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Two L-EHS students ‘sign up’ for STEM

Posted: April 26, 2018 5:15 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Ninety-two South Carolina high school students pose on the steps of the State House in Columbia after being recognized by the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance, Boeing and BMW on “STEM Signing Day.” Among them are Lugoff-Elgin High School seniors Brett Jacobs and Mark Sury.

Two Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) students, Brett Jacobs and Mark Sury, are among 92 South Carolina high school students recently recognized by Boeing, BMW and the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) at the second annual S.C. STEM Signing Day.

Created by Boeing a year ago, STEM Signing Day recognizes students from across the state who have pursued STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education during their high school years and who plan to continue their STEM education at two- and four-year colleges. According to an alliance press release, students were identified through the S.C. Future Makers initiative using the STEM Premier platform.

“Boeing started this event last year to demonstrate our enduring commitment to STEM education and workforce in communities across the state,” Boeing Executive Vice President of Government Operations Tim Keating said. “We have invested almost $2 million on tomorrow’s innovators across South Carolina, and we make this commitment to early learning so every child has a chance to code -- to create -- and to innovate.”

BMW Vice President of Human Resources Christine Petrasch echoed Keatings comments, as did SCMA President and CEO Sara Hazzard.

“Since technology is constantly changing in the automotive industry, now more than ever, we must invest in highly-skilled workers. Investing in STEM education allows us to develop a pool of talented young people who will help sustain BMW’s future,” Petrasch said.

“S.C. STEM Signing Day was created because it is important to recognize the fact that there’s so much talent and opportunity in South Carolina,” Hazzard said. “We are very proud to lift up and recognize the achievements and future steps of some of our state’s brightest minds -- students who will eventually lead the way as we advance innovation and technology in the 21st century.”

Brett plans on studying environmental engineering technology at Central Carolina Technical College, while Mark will enter Grand Canyon University to become a pre-med biology major.

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