Washington high school seniors honored for their commitment to pursue STEM education and careers

STEM Signing at the VMAC

High school seniors from across Washington state received honors from Boeing, Partnership for Learning, and Tallo during a Washington State STEM Signing Day event in Seattle, on June 4. The event recognized students committed to pursuing science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) after high school.

Just like college signing days for athletes, the event showcased the next generation of STEM leaders. Each honoree signed a letter indicating their intent to pursue STEM at a college or university. The Washington high school seniors were selected based on their accomplishments and involvement in STEM education.

Elected officials joined education, community, and business leaders in the ceremony to recognize these students’ dedication to innovation and their drive to make Washington’s future brighter.

“As we gather to celebrate the hard work and potential of these ambitious future STEM leaders, we are filled with inspiration, hope, and optimism,” said Gina Breukelman, Senior Manager, Northwest Region, Boeing Global Engagement. “Each of these students has put in the work both academically and individually to identify a STEM field that excites them, and that’s no easy feat. I am confident that their journeys and careers will play a pivotal role in positively shaping our communities and our future.”

Washington honorees joined the ranks of many high school seniors celebrated at similar events nationwide this spring. These Washington students plan to study many STEM subjects, including aerospace engineering, astrophysics, cybersecurity, chemistry, and more. They plan to attend colleges and universities in Washington and beyond, including the University of Washington, Central Washington University, Everett Community College, Princeton, Caltech, and others.

Boeing has been a proud supporter of STEM Signing Day since 2017. Through community engagement efforts like this, the company seeks to support increased awareness of high-demand credentials and career-connected curriculum. Boeing contributed more than $19 million to support education, workforce programs, and public universities in Washington state in 2022.

WASHINGTON STUDENTS HONORED

First Name Last Name High School
Adonis Kasperski Orcas Island High School
Alex Estoy Glacier Peak High School
Alexander Schwieger Snohomish Senior High School
Angelina Besana Spanaway Lake High School
Archit Kumar Glacier Peak High School
Bahadir Keremoglu Kentridge Highschool
Beckham Segura Glacier peak Highschool
Betul Demir Bothell High School
Brady Pietz Sammamish High School
Bryant Le Grover Cleveland STEM High School
Calum Weston Okanogan High School
Cliffton Hedwood II Graham-Kapowsin High School
Cody Hunt Yelm High school
Cristobal Rebolledo Delta High School
Daniel Bekele Everett High School
Diego Fonzseau Everett High School
Gabriella Rebutiaco Auburn High School
Harini Thiagarajan North Creek High School
Helin Taskesen Cleveland STEM High School
Howard Cheng James A. Garfield High School
Jasmine Phillips Hanford High School
Jonathan Chu King’s High School
Julia Guske Lacrosse High school
Kevin Nguyen Hanford High School
Lauren Selin Shorecrest High School
Lilia Freire North Creek High School
Lillian Fairchild Skyview High School
Nikhita Penugonda Interlake High School
Paytin Kupferer Foster High School
Pierce Bader The Bear Creek School
Pranavi Rohit Eastlake High School
Roman Todd Delta High School
Rosie Yates Homeschool
Samuel Atuyota Bellevue Big Picture School
Sarah Webb Enumclaw Sr High School
Soranarith Sophan Everett High School
Xavier Nishikawa Bellevue Big Picture School
WA State STEM Signing Day honorees in a group photo at a celebration event on June 4, at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC).

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