MTHS students leading the way with STEM recognition


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A number of Mountlake Terrace High School STEM students are leading the way for science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies in the Edmonds School District and beyond, as evidenced by the recognition many are receiving for their work.

Washington Aerospace Scholars have selected four Edmonds School District students to participate in Phase One of the organization’s state competition for high school juniors; three are students from MTHS. Hilina Defersha, Thu Phan and Collin Rhodes, in addition to Alexander Nguyenle of Edmonds-Woodway High School, will be taking part in a competitive STEM education program over the next five months. The students will be competing for one of 160 slots in a summer residency session at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Haeley Johnston at state CTSO day in Olympia, Feb. 5.
Haeley Johnston at state CTSO day in Olympia, Feb. 5.

On Wednesday, while many in the area were celebrating at the Seahawk Celebrate48 Victory Parade, MTHS sophomore Haeley Johnston was in Olympia to participate in the Career and Technical Student Organization Legislative Day. Johnston, a state officer for the Washington State Technology Association (WSTA), was representing the 4,000 members of the WSTA and encouraging state legislators to find a way to increase state funding for career and technical education.

Many MTHS STEM students will be participating in a WSTA Regional STEM competition this Saturday, Feb. 8, at Jackson High School in Mill Creek.

Later this month the Edmonds School District will hold its 2nd annual STEM Exposition, an event that celebrates student research and design in science, technology, engineering and math. STEM Expo 2014 will be Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-noon at Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600-212th St. S.W. District students in grades 4-12 will display and discuss STEM projects as teams, clubs, classrooms or independently. Additionally, there will be representatives and displays from STEM-related college programs and companies in our region.

— By Doug Petrowski


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