The 6th cohort of the Stephen F. Austin State University STEM Academy was recognized along with top STEM volunteers at the September board meeting. The new cohort of students were given a laptop computer to enhance their studies. The SFA STEM Academy is a partnership and cohort program between Lufkin High School and Stephen F. Austin State University, aimed at enriching the high school experience for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics college study and careers. The SFA STEM Academy offers students additional STEM elective courses taught on the high school campus, as well as laboratory/field experiences led by SFA professors.
STEM Coordinator Suzy Jungmann showed a video at the board meeting of the life of a STEM student, STEM 1 through STEM 4. This year’s class will be the STEM Academy Class of 2023. To be selected for the academy, students completed an application, written essay, and were interviewed by professors from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Along with the new cohort, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade STEM students were recognized with a plaque for the most hours given to volunteer outreach projects and events in the community.
10th Grade Regina Alexander – 63 hours, Jennifer DeLaGarza – 71 hours, Marlene Zepeta – 75.5 hours
11th Grade Luz Gomez – 54.5 hours, Yousuf Mir, 53.5 hours, Guadalupe Sarabia – 52 hours
12th Grade Andrew Adams, 73 hours, Diana Zepeta – 61.5 hours
College Students Maria Mejia (Araceli Mejia accepted on her daughter’s behalf) – 42.5 hours, Chanler Eckels – 40.5 hours
Board member Kristi Gay thanked Mrs. Jungmann and her leadership. She said, “I’m a big volunteer as are may of our board members, and I love seeing our STEM kids out volunteering. They see what it’s like to look outside themselves and give back to others.”
INCOMING STEM ACADEMY STUDENTS:
|SREE NIDHI KARNATI|
PHOTOS BY: ANDY ADAMS/LUFKIN ISD