Certificate of Merit for excellence in Math and Science presented to young ladies

Several Ventura students were honored by the Society of Women Engineers.

The San Buenaventura Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) honored 62 female high school juniors from Ventura County with a Certificate of Merit for excellence in Math and Science. Over 125 students, parents and teachers attended the award event held at Moorpark College on Friday, March 23.

Dr. Scarlet Relle of the Moorpark College Engineering Department faculty hosted a tour of the engineering laboratories and coordinated with Moorpark College to host the event. Sheryl Shatz, Professional Geologist and SWE chapter president, along with Elena Woodard, a microchip process engineer, hosted the event. Seven other SWE members ensured that the evening went smoothly. In her keynote speech, Vivian Goo, retired engineer from Point Mugu, gave academic and career advice to the young women and their parents

In Ventura, the following students were selected from their schools: Buena – Delaney A. Jannone; El Camino – Sophia Nguyen, Cayla Rosene and Sierra Futterman; Foothill Technology – Anna Lapteva, Abbey Bufford, and Rachel Chang; Ventura – Isabel Mercado and Sarah Clench.

From Ojai, the following students were selected: Nordhoff – Abilene Runyan and Claudia Adelman, Oak Grove – Bria Schraeder; Ojai Valley School – Junwei “Ivy” Sun, Wendy Lazo-Dowdy, Peiwen “Cici” Feng; Villanova Prep – Keily Valdez, Maria Reed and Jiale Sherry Zhu.

Math and science teachers, and guidance counselors throughout the county are invited to submit two or three female student’s names from each school to receive SWE’s Certificate of Merit. Students are encouraged to add the award to their resumes or college applications.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities.

On the national level, SWE also offers over $715,000 in 233 scholarships. For more information about SWE SBV, go to http://sbv.swe.org/.

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