STEM Night recognizes graduating seniors
By RANI CHOR
Wilson Institute of Technology and Science held its annual senior recognition and showcase night on Monday, May 6.
Hosted by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) department and Principal Danielle Kenfield, each graduating senior received a white sash for pursuing the STEM pathway and an opportunity to present his or her year-end project to the audience.
As part of his project, senior Matthew J. Wu spent the year brainstorming and designing an emergency system with his team that alerts drivers when first respondents or emergency vehicles drive toward their vehicles.
According to Wu, the showcase provides a great opportunity for students to take pride in their work and sets the precedent for future STEM students.
“I was excited because I wanted to showcase how our project worked and how it would be used in the future,” Wu said. “We are just the starters of a program that could be improved, and creative problem-solvers will create better projects in the future.”
Additionally, math and science teacher Courtney Bushyeager is proud of her students’ contributions to their projects and the STEM program as a whole.
“The biggest reward is seeing the students complete something that they have worked so hard to do,” Bushyeager said. “I think future students will be able to see that there is something tangible about investing time in a program that could turn out to be the first step in something bigger than themselves.”
Ultimately, physics and engineering teacher Justin Ro feels fortunate to have been able to teach such an amazing class of students.
“It has been four years in the making, and I am proud of their accomplishments,” Ro said. “I have seen them grow from squirrely freshmen to young adults that will leave great impacts when they get to college.”
The next senior event will be Grad Bash at Universal Studios on May 17.