Kaylee Kirkelie is Clark County's STEM Rising Star

Congratulations to RHS 10th grader Kaylee Kirkelie on being selected as the STEM Rising Star for Clark County! Kirkelie was selected for the honor because of her role as a mentor in the RHS robotics club and expertise in CAD and the CNC machine (and much more)! As the STEM Rising Star from Clark County, Kirkelie will receive a $250 stipend from Career Connect Southwest, a certificate, a goodie bag from local partners, and an invitation to attend the Network Awards Reception on June 6th, 2022 at ESD 112 in Vancouver, Washington.

Kirkelie's nomination, along with two others from other parts of Southwest Washington, will be sent to Washington STEM, and one winner will be selected as the Southwest Washington STEM Rising Star. That winner will receive an additional $500 stipend, some more goodies, and a trip to an in-person event at the Microsoft Bellevue campus. The winner will also be featured on the Washington STEM website and in social media campaigns.

The Washington STEM Rising Star Awards presented by Kaiser Permanente encourage girls to embrace STEM education and to explore the use of STEM in ways that will support their education, career, and personal development and the development and needs of others. This state-wide effort acknowledges one student, nominated by a wide array of education, community, and business leaders, from each of the 11 Washington STEM Network partners/regions.

Every girl should feel empowered to take advantage of the transformational opportunities STEM has to offer. The Rising Star Awards highlight girls who will become the next generation of STEM leaders. Their accomplishments are inspirational for the people who nominated them, and we hope they will inspire all girls to reach for the stars and embrace STEM!