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Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it.

Speakers blast ‘blended’ option

School redistricting and parents don't always blend well. The Henrico County School Board learned that tonight during a public hearing about the redistricting process that will set boundaries for the new Kaechele Elementary School in Short Pump and impact other schools in the region.

Most of the 42 speakers who addressed the board during the hearing at Hermitage High School made it clear: they don't like the school system's "blended" redistricting option.

Henrico student vies for $100k

Maggie Walker High School senior Saumil Bandyopadhyay, of Henrico, will be one of six National Finalists for a $100,000 award from the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Bandyopadhyay’s research on an infrared photo detector with potential applications in car collision avoidance and mine detection won him an invitation to present his work at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Glen Allen resident to compete for $100k in tuition at SEC championship game

Ryan Kovacik, a VCU student from Glen Allen, is one of five finalists selected by Dr Pepper to compete for $100,000 in tuition money prior to the SEC football championship game Dec. 1 in Atlanta. Kovacik submitted his video to DrPepper.com explaining why he deserved to win college tuition from the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway.

“Dr Pepper is a longtime supporter of college football, and we are proud to have helped so many students reach their dreams by removing the burden of tuition through the annual Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway,” said Leslie Vesper, director of brand marketing for Dr Pepper.

Rivers Edge ES librarian named emerging leader by ALA

Kathleen Roberts, the school librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary School, is among 56 librarians from across the country that were selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as an "Emerging Leader." In addition, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) selected Roberts as an Emerging Leader they will sponsor.

“Kathleen is the ultimate professional, a librarian extraordinaire, with boundless energy, enthusiasm, and creativity,” said Ann Martin, the educational specialist for Library Services. “She is a strong leader, purposeful innovator, goal-oriented, and a collaborator.”

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Hermitage Technical Center holds a canned food drive every year. Students collect non-perishable food items that will be used at a Thanksgiving dinner. Hermitage Technical Center has collected from Nov. 5-16 and then will serve meals at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Thanksgiving day from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The Tech Ethics Society (an HTC student service organization) works in cooperation with The Giving Heart Foundation to run this contest between the a.m. classes, and then another between the p.m. classes, to see who can collect the largest number of cans.

School briefs - Henrico High School

This year’s homecoming at Henrico High School was different from most other homecomings; this one celebrated the school’s 50th anniversary.

Established in 1962, the school is celebrating 50 years with a Warrior Jubilee, which kicked off with an alumni tailgate before the Henrico football game against Atlee High School.

School briefs - Glen Allen High School

Glen Allen High School’s competition cheerleading squad won first place in the Capital District competition for the first time in the school’s three-year history. The team placed second in the Central Region and will be one of four teams representing the region at the state competition.

Junior Tristen Slamowitz credits team work and senior leadership for the team’s success.

School briefs - Performance Learning Center

The Performance Learning Center (PLC) is located on Williamsburg Road in Henrico’s East End. Ms. Christie Forrest is our principal. This program gives students a more efficient way of receiving an education. Students must submit an application and complete an interview before being admitted. Each student has his/her own reason for being here. In my case, I joined for the sake of concentration, tranquility and a chance at early graduation.

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