Range Engineering Council recognizes 2018 STEM all-stars

Area high school seniors and teachers were recently recognized by the Range Engineering Council for their efforts in STEM courses and activities. Submitted photo.

Area high school seniors and teachers were recently recognized by the Range Engineering Council for their efforts in STEM courses and activities. Submitted photo.

HIBBING – The Range Engineering Council honored local high school seniors and teachers for their efforts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). REC invited the nominees and their parents to recognize their achievement at an awards banquet on April 4, 2018.

A panel of industry representatives included Maggie Skelton (Minnesota Power), Kyle Jamar (Plexus Corporation), Christine Kennedy (Iron Range Engineering) and Rally Hess (Hibbing Taconite Company). All students in attendance at the banquet were awarded a $500 dollar scholarship and all nominees were given a jacket and pin for their achievements. A total of $8500 in scholarships was given away during the evening banquet.

Area high schools are asked to nominate two high school seniors who have excelled in STEM courses, activities or who are interested in pursuing further education in a STEM related field and one teacher that goes above and beyond to support students in STEM courses and activities.

The students recognized at the 2018 banquet were:

• Samantha Hollinday and Austin Youngberg of Bigfork

• Kyle Peterson and Alyssa Reini of Cherry
• Adeline Barto and Caleb Smilanich of
Chisholm
• Jared Celley and Alana Lindberg of
Eveleth-Gilbert
• Lochlan Baird, Sara Hoag and Logan
Yuretich of Hibbing
• Alan Nelson and Henri Parenteau of
Mountain Iron-Buhl
• Courtney Kilmister of Northeast Range
• Madison Hokkanen and William Keute of
Virginia
The teachers who were recognized were:
• Stuart Ostendorf of Bigfork
• Don Lalonde of Chisholm
• Chris Chad of Eveleth-Gilbert
• Ross Harvey of Hibbing
• Marie Today of Mountain Iron-Buhl
• Ellen Pierce of Northeast Range
Range Engineering Council is a non-profit

organization that supports and facilitates educational programs and activities across the Iron Range that promote awareness of and encourage participation in STEM programs.

The overall vision of REC is to provide opportunities for area students to learn about STEM fields throughout the region. These opportunities include: Teacher grants for K-3 and 4-8 grades; the Iron Range STEM Showcase; First Robotics and Lego League grants; Engineering, Cool! In Hibbing, Chisholm, Virginia, Mesabi East; the Iron Range Science and Engineering Festival; High School Science Fair support; STEM All-Star Banquet; Green Innovators Expo; Job Shadowing opportunities; Camp Invention in Virginia and Hibbing; and IRE #event for high school girls interested in STEM.

For more information on these opportunities, email rangeengineeringcouncil@gmail.com.

The Range Engineering Council is generously supported by local businesses, area foundations and private donors.

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