Gov. Northam, First Lady, Virginia Council on Women announce STEM Essay winners

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the 10th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Essay Contest for young women in their junior and senior years of high school.

The awardees will be recognized at a virtual reception later this month which will be hosted by the Governor and First Lady.

The Virginia Council on Women established this contest in 2012 to award scholarships to high school junior and senior girls planning to pursue STEM careers in college and technical schools.

This year, nearly 100 young women from around Virginia submitted essays focusing on their vision for a future STEM career.

To date, the Council has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships through this annual essay contest.

The award recipients, separated by locality are:

Southwest and Southside Virginia

  • Abby Bartz, Abingdon High School, Abingdon
  • Elyssa Kancherla, Bassett High School, Bassett

Valley and Western Virginia

  • Gretchen Maune, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg
  • Emi Miyazaki, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg
Eastern Virginia and Hampton Roads
  • Elisa Miller, Landstown High School, Virginia Beach
  • Michelle Nguyen, Yorktown High School, Yorktown
Richmond and Central Virginia
  • Ritika Allada, Deep Run High School, Glen Allen
  • Imani Lee, Greensville County High School, Emporia
Northern Virginia
  • Ahana Sinharoy, Freedom High School, Chantilly
  • Lidya Demilew, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke

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