Washington State STEM Signing Day honorees in a group photo at a celebration event on May 22 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Three Kent high school students were among those honored. COURTESY PHOTO, Partnership for Learning

Washington State STEM Signing Day honorees in a group photo at a celebration event on May 22 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Three Kent high school students were among those honored. COURTESY PHOTO, Partnership for Learning

3 Kent high school students honored on STEM Signing Day

Students from Kent-Meridian, Kentridge and Kentwood

Three Kent high school students were among the 46 from across the state who received honors from Boeing, Tallo and Partnership for Learning during STEM Signing Day in Seattle and Moses Lake.

The events recognized students who are committing to study a science, technology, engineering or math discipline after high school.

Just like college signing days for athletes, the next generation of STEM leaders signed a letter of intent to pursue a two- or four-year credential in a STEM field, according to a May 30 Seattle-based Partnership for Learning media release. The Washington state high school seniors were chosen based on their accomplishments and involvement in STEM education.

The Kent students selected and honored May 22 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle were:

• Abdihamid Sidali, Kent-Meridian High School; plans to attend Washington State University in Pullman

• Aleena Khan, Kentridge High School; plans to attend University of Washington in Seattle

• Hariharan Malmurugan, Kentwood High School; plans to attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg

“Witnessing the accomplishments and aspirations of this group of young people committed to STEM fields is truly inspirational,” said Gina Breukelman, senior manager, Northwest Region, Boeing Global Engagement. “Each of these students has diligently pursued class work, extracurricular commitments, individual exploration, and other activities to find and go after a STEM career that sparks their interest. Our communities and our future need your energy, tenacity, and innovative thinking.”

Washington’s honorees were among more than 300 students honored at similar events nationwide this spring. These Washington students plan to study many STEM subjects, including aviation maintenance, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, medicine, nuclear engineering and more.

Founded in 1994, Partnership for Learning brings together business leaders and the education community in support of policies that drive better education outcomes for all Washington students.

Tallo helps students build a professional online profile to showcase their interests and accomplishments to help them discover career and college pathways, according to the company.

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