W.Va. Public School Students, School Receive National Award

March 23, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia public high school and two students have received national awards from the Siemens Foundation for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Diana Shi from Morgantown High School and Sandeep Patnaik from George Washington High School in Charleston were among nearly 100 students in 50 states who received the award for their performance in Advanced Placement courses. Each will receive a $2,000 college scholarship for earning the greatest number of grades of 5 in West Virginia in AP biology, calculus BC, chemistry, computer science AB, environmental science, physics C: electricity and magnetism, physics C: mechanics and statistics. Students must obtain a grade of 5 on at least two of these exams to qualify.

Wheeling Park High School also was recognized for its commitment to students and leadership in AP participation and performance. The Ohio County school will receive a $1,000 grant from Siemens Foundation to be used to support math and science education.

Math and science are critical to preparing today’s students for the 21st century,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Diana and Sandeep are role models for all West Virginia students, and Wheeling Park is a fine example of how excellent teaching can help students learn challenging math and science concepts. They all should be proud of their achievement.”  

The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement is a $300,000 annual commitment of support for the efforts of students, teachers and high schools that excel in STEM-related Advanced Placement initiatives across the nation. The company employs nearly 200 people in West Virginia.

"Since 1998, the Siemens Foundation has been engaged in honoring excellence among students, teachers and high schools in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a series of innovative programs that span education from grade school through graduate school," said James Whaley, president of the New Jersey-based Siemens Foundation. "Our support of STEM through scholarships, awards and grants in each of the 50 states is an investment in our future and those who will create it.”

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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