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Jennings seniors garner recognition for outstanding contribution in STEM


Jennings seniors garner recognition for outstanding contribution in STEM


JENNINGS, MO April 19, 2018 – Jennings Senior High School students Jasmine Nelson and Taj Robinson were recognized this week as the winners of the “Outstanding STEM TEAM Contributor” award for the 2017-18 school year.


Jasmine Nelson’s involvement with STEM includes participating in the NSBE Pre-Collegiate Initiative Weekend at Washington University in St. Louis, attending the NSBE National Conference in Kansas City, attending the HEC-TV production of “The Science Behind Aviation,” attending the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) Girls in STEM Student Leadership Conference at Central Michigan University, attending the TRiO Educational Talent Search Summer Enrichment Program at Harris Stowe State University, and completing summer research in biology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). Jasmine earned her Pharmacy Technician License during her senior year as part of a St. Louis College of Pharmacy Program. She is also involved with GEMS, JAG, DECA, Girl Scouts, and Student Council. She intends to begin university work at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in the fall where she will study pre-medicine. Nelson noted, “Being a part of the STEM TEAM was a true blessing; [STEM TEAM] introduced me to new people and situations. As a double minority, these opportunities opened my mind and helped me find my voice. I’m truly thankful for the experience.”


Taj Robinson has also invested his efforts in multiple areas of the STEM TEAM including two years participating in the Boeing Engineering Challenge which included designing parts for the F/A-18 at the Immersive Development Center located in Boeing's Phantom Works building and the HEC-TV production of “The Science Behind Aviation,” two years participating in the World Wide Technology Hackathon where he visited the Advanced Technology Center and contributed to the HEC-TV production of “The Changing Face of Manufacturing,” attending the NSBE National Conference in Kansas City, presenting at the NAF Benefit in New York City, being interviewed in studio by KMOX’s Carol Daniel, and attending the EOA Men of Excellence Conference at Kent State University. Taj is also involved with BETA, GEMS, NAF, and athletics (football, basketball, track, and baseball). In the fall he will begin his collegiate work toward a degree in biomedicine. Taj stated, “STEM TEAM is a society of students engaged in activities that target pathways to their future. Being a part of this group was fun and helped me stay on track. It was a great way to meet different types of people and minds.”


The two join the ranks of previous winners over the last few years. LaDeja Jones (’18) and Antawan Ross (’17) were selected for the 2015-16 school year, while Betty Mancuso (’17) and Marcel Hudson (’17) were selected for 2016-17. Both Nelson and Robinson will be recognized again at the Jennings Senior High All-Sports Banquet on Wednesday, May 9th.


The UMSL Bridge NextJenn STEM TEAM at Jennings Senior High is a co-curricular amalgam of students in ninth through twelfth grade that competes in multiple local and national STEM competitions. Students involved participate in industry and university visits as well.


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