A Kent-Meridian High School senior and 48 other students from across the state received honors as part of the Boeing, Tallo and Partnership for Learning Washington State STEM Signing Day.
Ahmad Al Ghifari, who plans to study aerospace engineering at the University of Washington, was recognized for 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.
The Washington state high school seniors were chosen based on their accomplishments and involvement in STEM education, according to a May 19 press release from Partnership for Learning, which works with partners to improve the state’s education system so Washington students are ready to pursue the career pathways of their choice.
Leaders in education, business, and communities around the state joined Boeing in recognizing these students’ hard work and drive for success in the virtual ceremony.
“Celebrating the next generation of STEM leaders is inspiring and hopeful,” said Gina Breukelman, senior manager, Northwest Region, Boeing Global Engagement. “You have worked so hard to explore your interests and embark on a journey toward a STEM career. Thank you for your passion and ingenuity. Our communities and future are brighter because of you.”
Washington’s honorees were among more than 600 students honored at similar events nationwide this spring, according to the press release.
The Washington students plan to study many STEM subjects, including air traffic control, astrophysics, chemical engineering, computer science, medicine, neuroscience, statistics and more. They plan to attend colleges and universities in Washington and beyond, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, Lower Columbia College, Pacific Lutheran University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Al Ghifari said he looks forward to attending the UW and working alongside ambitious innovators that will further advance technology. He also gave credit to his parents for his success.
“I would like to thank my mother and father who gave me incredible support throughout my high school career,” Al Ghifari said. “They have been there for me at my lowest and cheered for me at my highest. They have been my greatest motivators and cheerleaders and I wouldn’t be where I’m at without them.”
Boeing has been a supporter of STEM Signing Day since 2017. Roughly 2,500 students nationwide have been recognized at STEM Signing Day events over the last six years.