Top 100

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Emily Nguyen

We are always proud to spotlight our 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Taylor Belyeu from Longwood, Florida. This week, the limelight is on Emily Nguyen from Harvest, Alabama!

Emily is a first-year student at Auburn University pursuing a degree in chemical engineering with specializations in pre-medicine. In high school, she was a multiple-event state finalist in the Science Olympiad and also a HOSA - Future Health Professionals state finalist.

Read more about Emily below in her own words.

Emily Nguyen

Harvest, Alabama

Auburn University

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...as a toddler, I actually started writing with my right hand but swapped to my left when I was given the notion that being left-handed was "cooler." That's why, today, I do everything with my right hand except for writing.

For fun, I like to...volunteer and browse Pinterest (there's nothing like smiling faces and pretty things that lift my mood).

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Leonardo da Vinci. I would love to see how he thinks and sees the world, giving me a glimpse into the mind of a genius.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was...not actually my "official" teacher. Mrs. Hodge is the sponsor for my Science Olympiad and InSPIRESS team, but she has gone above and beyond to help me in any aspect; she is the sole reason I was able to qualify on my AP Chemistry exam last year.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...the ABC Channel app so I could watch some of my favorite tv shows (I highly recommend The Good Doctor and How to Get Away with Murder).

In ten years, I see myself...happily occupied with a job that will give me opportunities to travel and immerse myself in cultures all over the globe.

My greatest dream is...(very cliche) a world dominated by love and happiness that no amount of evil can overcome: an end to mass violence, a cure for cancer, and for me, a life of stability.

My favorite thing about STEM Premier is...it being such an accessible portal to multiple opportunities in education, internships, and various organizations.

We hope for the best for you Emily! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Taylor Belyeu

We are always proud to spotlight our 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Richard Coca from California. Next up is Taylor Belyeu from Longwood, Florida!

Currently a senior at Smith Prep Academy, Taylor is a soccer stand-out with aspirations of serving the United States as a member of our armed forces. She is currently active in the Civil Air Patrol, and has received recognition for her leadership ability and dedication. She hopes to contribute her talents in the field of cyber security, which she has already demonstrated by being recognized for her achievements at the Patrick Henry College Intelligence and Foreign Policy Camp.

Read more about Taylor below in her own words.

Taylor Belyeu

Longwood, Florida

Smith Prep Academy

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I manage the family cattle ranch. This includes taking care of a herd of cattle and a few goats.

For fun, I like to...read good books, both fiction and nonfiction, and go skydiving.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...George Washington. He was an amazing military and political leader. Plus, he's one of the Founding Fathers.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was...my math teacher, Mrs. Tiller. When I started with her, I hated and feared math, but through her tutelage, I've come to enjoy it as one of my favorite subjects!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Slack. I use it for my robotics club and my internship with DFW Speech and Debate.

After high school, my next step is to…attend a four-year college, preferably a military academy, and major in computer science.

In ten years, I see myself...as a Cyber Operations Officer in the military.

My favorite thing about STEM Premier is...the connections it makes between colleges, businesses, scholarships, and students. It makes life so much easier, and it's really nice to have profile set up for easy access.

We hope for the best for you Taylor! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Richard Coca

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was Neha Chava from Northville, Michigan. Next up in the limelight is Richard Coca from California!

Richard currently attends Reseda Senior High in San Fernando Valley while also dual-enrolled at Los Angeles Mission College. The AP Scholar is highly involved with HOSA where his team was named as one of the state’s Top 10 for biomedical debate. But certainly his most “thrilling” accomplishment was winning first place in the Magic Mountain Roller Coaster Proposal Competition in which competitors design a roller coaster from scratch!

Read more about Richard below in his own words.

Richard Coca

San Fernando Valley, CA

Reseda Senior High School

Something you wouldn't know about me is...Something you wouldn't know about me is that I'm very Twitter savy. Follow me on Twitter @richcocacola

For fun, I like to...get out of the house, especially to travel and visit new places.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne. He seems like a down-to-earth guy and his previous research interests me.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was...Dr. Wendy Wooten. She was the one who gave me so opportunities in science and allowed me to get my foot in the door to research.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Attendify. I had to download it for CAL HOSA's State Leadership Conference. HOSA is a great club for future health professionals because of the networking opportunities, workshops, and events.

After high school, my next step is…to go to Stanford University. I'm nervous but even more excited. #FearTheTree #GoCardinals

In ten years, I see myself...doing some type of scientific research. As to what kind, I'm not sure but I do know that I want it to have real world applications.

My greatest dream is…being part of the generation that solves cancer, or even Alzheimer's, or any other disease. The future is limitless and I am really excited that I'll get to be a part of a change that hopefully benefits the world.

My favorite thing about STEM Premier is...its easy to use platform and how simple it is to highlight all of your accomplishments.

We hope for the best for you Richard! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Neha Chava

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Meigan Wu from Bakersfield, California. Next up is Neha Chava from Northville, Michigan!

An extremely involved member of HOSA, Neha has participated in several of the organization’s leadership conferences. She is an extremely talented tennis player who has laid claim to multiple regional and state championships. Her passion for tennis led her to establish and coordinate a summer youth tennis camp; proceeds from the camp went to charity. She has also volunteered for the American Red Cross and her local food bank. She recently enrolled at the University of Michigan where she will being pursuing her goal of becoming a cardiologist.

Read more about Neha below in her own words.

Neha Chava

Northville, MI

University of Michigan

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...I have a twin brother!

For fun, I like to...bake! I love to bake anything and everything and even started a baking club at school.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor. I would love to meet her because of the perseverance she exhibited when faced with the adversity in her life.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was...my high school English teacher because he fostered great class discussions and taught many valuable analytical skills!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...”I Love Hue” - a color game! It’s challenging but fun!

In ten years, I see myself...being a cardiologist and treating patients!

My favorite thing about STEM Premier is...how a student’s profile can be entirely customizable to reflect their own interests, activities, passions, and - best of all - their personality!

We hope for the best for you Neha! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Meigan Wu

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Anna Weinstein from Denver, Colorado. Now - hailing from Bakersfield, California - it's Meigan Wu's time to shine!

Honored as valedictorian of her high school class, Meigan is undeniably a "renaissance woman." She was named as both the top instrumental music student and top science student of her high school, and her contributions to her tennis squad earned her the distinction of "most inspirational player." She was also presented the Good Citizens Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution  for patriotism and service to her community. 

It is no surprise then that she received the 23rd Congressional District of California Merit Award personally presented by Congressman Kevin McCarthy for demonstrated excellence in academics, citizenship, and leadership skills. 

Meigan recently enrolled at UCLA after spending her summer interning with an environmental consulting firm. She intends to major in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics.

Read more about Meigan below in her own words.

Meigan Wu

Bakersfield, California

UCLA

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...I am obsessed with Walt Disney films and characters. My favorite Disney movies are Peter Pan and Mulan.

For fun, I like to...play music on my flute! I especially love playing with others in duets, small ensembles, orchestras, and bands.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Empress Wu Zetian, the only female ruler in Chinese history. 

The best teacher I’ve ever had was...my AP Calculus BC teacher and high school band director. Both are very passionate about the subjects they teach and are always there to help and support me!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Pinterest.

In ten years, I see myself...living a comfortable lifestyle in a suburban area. I imagine myself as a classy researcher making discoveries in a well-known institute. 

My greatest dream is...to travel the world with my friends and family.

My favorite thing about STEM Premier is...being able to organize my information in an easily accessible way, and I really appreciate the resume STEM Premier generates.

We hope for the best for you Meigan! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Anna Weinstein

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Jonathan Banks from Oak Park, Illinois. Now, it's time to shine it on Anna Weinstein from Denver, Colorado! 

Anna recently graduated from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado - a suburb of Denver - where she was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and an AP National Scholar. Her nimble footwork on the pitch also earned her All-Conference Honorable Mention recognition for women's soccer.

She was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will begin classes this fall and continue her soccer career. 

Read more about Anna below in her own words.

Anna Weinstein

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...I kick box in my free time 

For fun, I like to...spend time in the mountains camping, kayaking, skiing, climbing fourteeners, and just enjoying the fresh air

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...L.L. Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto. He holds a unique position as the creator of the most widely spoken constructed auxiliary language in the world, and as such presents an interesting character.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...either my 6th grade Math teacher or 11th and 12th grade English teacher because they both created an environment that encouraged students to independently confront issues in creative ways. In English, about a third of the class would stay after class to continue discussing different topics with the teacher

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Duolingo and Morse Coach to continue learning Esperanto and to start learning German and morse code

After high school, my next step is...to attend MIT and major in Computer Science and possibly Brain and Cognitive Science as well. I also hope to travel and study abroad in Spain, Ireland, or really anywhere

In ten years, I see myself...working with a company that allows me to work on creative solutions to intriguing questions connected to psychological and physical health. I may also have completed graduate school.

My greatest dream is...to build a machine that can shrink and enlarge matter to resolve any problem ranging from pollution to resource competition. But more realistically, I aspire to contribute to society on a large scale by working on programs that help research, diagnose, or treat different aspects of mental and physical health. Current apps like Sea Hero Quest which generates data for Alzheimers research and fantastical creations like the psychoanalytic game in “Ender’s Game” fuel these goals.

My favorite thing about STEM Premier is...the opportunities it provides to connect with different organizations that align with my goals and interests.

We hope for the best for you Anna! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Jonathan Banks

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our previous spotlight was on Kaylee Smith from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Now, it's time for Jonathan Banks from Oak Park, Illinois to shine!

For Jonathan, it's all about making people smile. That's one of the reasons he aspires to attend dental school and become an oral surgeon. He was recently recognized as an Illinois State Scholar, an honor given to the top students in the state. However, his most impressive academic achievement may be his perfect 36 score on the ACT!

When it comes to creating smiles, it's not just about dentistry; Jonathan also authors a blog aimed at inspiring young people to live their best lives. 

Read more about Jonathan below in his own words.

Jonathan Banks

Oak Park, IL

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...My family and I have kept a vegan diet for over 6 years! Since we watched the documentary Forks over Knives that taught us about healthy lifestyles, we decided to change the way we eat and live, and it's been great!

For fun, I like to...make music. I have played saxophone for over eight years, and I just love the feeling of playing music. My favorite is jazz, and playing in my school jazz combo is one of my favorite extracurriculars. I also like blogging, and I try to keep my site updated as often as I can with inspirational blog posts. You can find me at www.jbgreatday.com

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Pythagoras; he seemed to be right about a lot of things.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...Ooh. That's tough. My teachers have been great for pretty much my entire educational experience, and I credit them for my academic success thus far. I'd have to say one of the classes I enjoyed the most was my sophomore honors chemistry class taught by Ms. Cheryl Rulis. She helped make chemistry fun, and every day in that class I felt my understanding grow. She never failed to challenge and push all of her students so we could learn and grow. 

The last app I downloaded on my phone was..."Really Bad Chess." I saw it in the app store, and I think it's pretty cool. It's a fun spin-off of chess, and I like it because it forces me to think about the game I've played for years in a different way. I recommend!

After high school, my next step is...to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago (Go flames!!). I will study biological sciences and go on to dental school so I can ultimately become an oral surgeon. I like smiles a lot, so I want to go into a profession that revolves around helping people smile easier. 

My greatest dream is...To help as many people as possible, as much as possible. I want to help people smile more.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...how it connects students with opportunities that help them grow into the wonderful people we all will soon become. The connections that STEM Premier provide are powerful. 

We hope for the best for you Jonathan! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Kaylee Smith

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Our last spotlight was on Mika Domingo from Mililani, Hawaii. This week, it's time for Kaylee Smith from Stillwater, Oklahoma! 

Music is a big part of life for this aspiring biomedical scientist; Kaylee is a member of three different bands, and can play several instruments! She has been honored as Musician of the Year three times by her high school, and she even serves as Assistant Band Uniform Manager! But her world doesn't revolve solely around sharps and flats. She is also a highly involved mock trial participant, a HOSA member, and Vice President of her National Honor Society chapter. 

She hopes to one day find the cure for some of the world's most debilitating diseases. In fact, she's already decided to get a head start by serving this summer as a laboratory assistant at Oklahoma State University - a school she is currently considering attending. She also is interested in Washington University in St. Louis as well as the University of Tulsa. 

Read more about Kaylee below in her own words.

Kaylee Smith

Junior

Stillwater High School

Stillwater, OK

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I play 6 instruments: oboe, flute, euphonium, English horn, piano, and ukulele!

For fun, I like to...watch videos from my favorite drum corps, Carolina Crown, and hang out with my mini golden doodle, Gus.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Martin Luther King Jr. He made a drastic change in the world, and I think that is so inspiring.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...Mrs. Anderson. Her English class was super fun, and she is still my mock trial coach today!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Google Sheets. I used it in my Environmental Sustainability class as we were doing different tests, like fecal coliform, pH, and ammonia on water sources

After high school, my next step is...pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering with possibly a minor in statistics.

In ten years, I see myself...working in the biomedical research field researching Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. after completing my Ph.D.

My greatest dream is...to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...how students can showcase themselves. I can tailor my platform to be unique for me, and it lets colleges and employers see a little bit about me in a new way.

We hope for the best for you Kaylee! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Mika Domingo

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Last week, the spotlight was on Matthew Frost from Hood River, Oregon. This week, we're headed way out into the Pacific to shine it on Mika Domingo from Mililani, Hawaii! 

Mika envisions for herself a career in healthcare, and her passion for the field has already taken root. She has already served on the Teen Advisory Council for the Hawaii Meth Project and was involved with the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii. She has also been a reliable volunteer for Kaiser Permanente, assisting in various departments such as the pediatrics ward. Recently, Mika was a qualifier for the 2017 HOSA International Leadership Conference for prepared speaking. 

She recently graduated as valedicatorian of her high school and will be attending Santa Clara Universtiy next fall as a Presidential Scholar. 

Read more about Mika below in her own words.

Mika Domingo

Senior

Mililani High School

Mililani, HI

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Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I am a competitive gymnast! I’ve been doing competitive gymnastics for about 12 years and I am currently a level 9 gymnast. This year I won the all-around state champion title for my age group, and qualified to compete in the Western National Championships. 

For fun, I like to...read and listen to musicals.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Vera Cáslavská. She was an Olympic gymnast, and at the 1968 Olympics she protested the invasion of her home country of Czechoslovakia on the podium.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...my calculus teacher. I’ve had him for AP Calculus BC last year and Calculus 3 this year. He makes math class so enjoyable and I’m very grateful for him. This week, we are using differential equations to make mathematical models where vampires, humans and other species may peacefully coexist.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...the Tamagotchi app

After high school, my next step is...to attend a four-year University (still undecided) to major in biomedical engineering.

In ten years, I see myself...hopefully working in the medical field doing a job I truly enjoy

My greatest dream is...to become a doctor. I’ve had this dream since I was about five years old, and it hasn’t changed yet. I’m not sure what I’d like to specialize in yet but the fields of immunology and infectious disease especially interest me.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...the endless opportunities that you can find on this website. I initially joined to explore HOSA’s opportunities, but I have encountered many other opportunities while using STEM Premier.

We hope for the best for you Mika, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Matthew Frost

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Last time, our spotlight was all about Laura Mulrooney from Raleigh, North Carolina. Today, we're shining it on Matthew Frost from Hood River, Oregon!

An avid robotics enthusiast, Matthew has been a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics World Championship competitor for two years running, and recently competed in Houston, Texas against other teams from all around the world.

His love for robotics drove him to design a mobile "Fab Lab" which he uses to visit local elementary schools to promote STEM and robotics. As a high school student, his proficiency in mathematics and science has allowed him to tutor college-level students. Talk about flipping the script! It's no wonder that he was voted ""Most Likely to Become The Next Einstein" by his classmates

Read more about Matthew below in his own words.

Matthew Frost

Senior

Hood River Valley High School

Hood River, OR

For fun, I like to...WORK WITH ROBOTICS! So much learning and life skills come out of these activities, and the innovation is so exciting.

Something you wouldn't know about me is...I love writing "To-Do" lists for just about anything. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to recycle the piece of paper with a bunch of completed tasks on it.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Albert Einstein or another scientist who has changed today's world. Watching them invent a brand new technology would be amazing.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...either my 8th grade math teacher who taught us calculus or my 11th/12th grade English teacher who "sometimes" gets off track to teach my class life lessons and important skills.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...a game called Psych to play with my robotics team. I highly recommend it for parties or large groups of people!

After high school, my next step is...to go to college and get a degree in engineering.

In ten years, I see myself...if all goes well, sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, watching the sun appear over the horizon. In reality, I'll probably be sitting at a desk late at night trying to finish up some cool engineering project.

My greatest dream is...helping humanity through engineering.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...the endless opportunities it has.

We hope for the best for you Matthew, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Laura Mulrooney

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

We caught up with Top 100 student Tyler Blake for our most recent spotlight. This week, it's all about Laura Mulrooney from Raleigh, North Carolina!

Laura is an enthusiast of the great outdoors who loves to get her hands dirty while exploring the world around her. She is a volunteer with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where she has spent the past five years conducting research and presenting her findings. 

She also enjoys the fine arts, spending her free time in choral performance, playing the piano, and practicing several styles of dance. 

She has committed to attend the University of Florida where she intends to major in Geology and Earth Science. 

Read more about Laura below in her own words.

Laura Mulrooney

Senior

Millbrook High School

Raleigh, NC

Laura pauses to snap a quick pic during a day-long hike in Yosemite during spring break.

Laura pauses to snap a quick pic during a day-long hike in Yosemite during spring break.

For fun, I like to...hang out and watch HGTV with my younger brother. 

Something you wouldn't know about me is...I have fought Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD) in my right leg for years. But I have beat it and am able to walk again despite a time when I was told it was unlikely I would be able to. 

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt -they seem like such interesting people who managed to have such a humongous impact on the world and life I know today. 

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...was my 6th grade English teacher- I still use his tricks and techniques today, even in AP English!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s, 'Seafood Watch' app. If that doesn't describe me, I don't know what would lol. 

After high school, my next step is...to go to college in order to learn and explore the different pathways within geology, in order to best determine what I would like to devote my time and research to.

In ten years, I see myself...having built a strong career, that is ready to grow with a good circle of friends and family by my side.

My greatest dream is...to work at the Smithsonian museum as a paleontologist. Wouldn't that be the life!

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...that it allows me to keep all of my accomplishments in one place for whenever I need to pull them out for an application. It also helps me to hold myself accountable and keep everything I do up to my personal standards, all the while allowing me to see the future I am working towards. It's my constant reminder of why I do what I do!

We hope for the best for you Laura, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Tyler Blake

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

We caught up with Top 100 student Jake Chao for our most recent spotlight. This week, we're checking in with Tyler Blake from Provo, Utah. 

Music is a big part of Tyler's life, where he has distinguished himself in both instrumental and vocal performance. His talent on the piano has led him to perform in concert tours of Central America and Southeast Asia , and he has been honored for his ability at the state-wide level several times. He was also named to Utah's All-State Choir, and he serves as president of his school's choir team. Academically, Tyler has earned recognition as a National Merit Scholar as well as an AP Scholar with Distinction.  On the playing field, he serves as captain of his club soccer team. 

He has committed to attending Brigham Young University - where he was awarded the institution's selective Russell M. Nelson Scholarship - beginning this summer. He is interested in pursuing a future in both the musical and psychological fields. 

Read more about Tyler below in his own words.

Tyler Blake

Senior

Timpview High School

Provo, UT

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For fun, I like to...meet new people. I have always been fascinated by people. Everyone has a different story to tell, and each one is worth hearing.  

Something you wouldn't know about me is...I absolutely love animals. I have a pet dog named Chester, and he's definitely one of the highlights of every day. 

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Johann Sebastian Bach. Music is a large part of my life, and Bach is by far my favorite composer to play. It would be an amazing experience to meet him, learn from him, and get a firsthand account of how he composed and played. 

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...my 11th grade english teacher, Mrs. VanOrden. She had a way of creating a classroom environment in which grades were not the focus. Instead, she was able to focus on learning to write, and learning to love writing. There was never any pressure to perform at a certain level. Just a love of writing that she was able to transfer to each of her students. I learned more in that class than I have in any other. 

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...GroupMe. I know it's super boring, but I don't really ever download apps on my phone. GroupMe just lets me have a simple and easy way to manage group texts with various organizations I am a part of. I'd rather be out doing something than looking at a new app on my phone. 

After high school, my next step is...attending Brigham Young University this summer. After this summer, I will be taking a break from college to serve a 2 year LDS mission, after which I will continue to pursue my educational goals at BYU. 

In ten years, I see myself...still in school, working on a doctorate degree. I also see myself married in ten years, possibly with a child. Family has always been a major part of my life, and will continue to be so in ten years.

My greatest dream is...to find a way that I can really make a difference in the world. Whether this is through humanitarian efforts, or simply through my career and research, I want to create a way that I can help thousands upon thousands of people improve their lives. Service has always brought me great joy, and I hope to be able to continue to find ways to serve more and more people throughout my life. 

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...it helps you to organize your portfolio. While completing college and scholarship applications throughout the last year, there was a lot of different aspects of my life that I needed to write about. STEM Premier gave me an opportunity to organize the highlights of my life in a concise and simple manner that helped me to organize my ideas for any essays I needed to write for college. 

We hope for the best for you Tyler, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Jake Chao

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Last week, the spotlight was on Paige Davis from Kansas. Now it's Jake Chao who's next up! Hailing from Cypress, California, Jake has excelled both inside and outside the classroom. As a talented public speaker, Jake has competed on debate teams, mock trial teams, and was elected as student body president of his school. He was also named the Youth Leadership America Speaker of the Year. He is a National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction. Athletically, he has been honored as a leader of his cross country team as well as his track and field team. 

Read more about Jake below in his own words.

Jake Chao

Senior

Oxford Academy

Cypress, CA

Jake (left) with his friends after their annual Senior Citizens Prom, a dance they help coordinate, which allows students to dance and interact with the elderly at a local senior citizen center.  

Jake (left) with his friends after their annual Senior Citizens Prom, a dance they help coordinate, which allows students to dance and interact with the elderly at a local senior citizen center.  

For fun, I like to...run and watch MasterChef. I am slowly getting better at cooking! 

Something you wouldn't know about me is...I am red-green colorblind! 

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Jeff Bezos. After reading about Amazon in the book The Everything Store, I have taken Jeff Bezos as the model to follow in innovation and work ethic. 

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...Mr. Jun Cuenca. He truly cares for his students, and his dedication to the organizations he advises is beyond belief. Thank you Mr. Cuenca!

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Attendify. I downloaded it to use at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in Anaheim!

After high school, my next step is...attend college at Stanford University. I hope to pursue a degree in economics and possibly create a startup. 

In ten years, I see myself...working hard in life to attain success. I might still be working for an education, but I hope to be making my way in the business world. 

My greatest dream is...to learn how to cook! I am slowly getting better at it, but I want to have one signature dish that I've mastered. 

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...its downloadable report of my profile! It works as a resume when I need to fill out other applications.

We hope for the best for you Jake, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Paige Davis

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Last week, we shined the spotlight on Sophia Reck from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. This week, Paige Davis from Derby, Kansas takes center stage! One of the top students in the entire state, Paige is a highly engaged member of both Project Lead The Way and HOSA - Future Health Professionals who has committed to attend the University of North Texas. She was recognized by the Wichita Business Journal as one of their "Young Achievers" and was one of only three students from her high school to be named as a National Merit Finalist!

Read more about Paige below in her own words.

Paige Davis

Senior

Derby High School

Derby, KS

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For fun, I like to...binge-watch my favorite shows on Netflix or go to the movies. 

Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I am a self-proclaimed concert junkie. I have been to three in the last six months alone and I already have five more planned for the rest of the year--my bank account does not thank me. 

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...my favorite female scientist, Rosalind Franklin, who significantly contributed to our understanding of DNA, RNA, and viruses.

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...my Project Lead The Way biomedical pathway teacher, Mrs Long.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...the puzzle game Monument Valley 2. 

After high school, my next step is...to go to the University of North Texas to pursue a degree in biology with a concentration in pre-med. 

In ten years, I see myself...beginning my first job in the 'real-world.' Though I know my plans may change throughout college, right now the plan is to become a medical researcher. 

My greatest dream is...to be able to have a home and work life that makes me happy and the ability to travel on a semi-regular basis. 

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...being able to organize all of my accomplishments in a neat and visually-pleasing format.

We hope for the best for you Paige, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Sophia Reck

We were proud to recently unveil the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Sophia Reck is our first student in the spotlight. From marine biology to choral performance to the culinary arts, it's safe to say that Sophia has quite a range of hobbies! She is highly involved in her Pennsylvania community and has her eyes set on The Big Apple for college next fall. What a fantastic student to kick off our 2018 Top 100 spotlights! 

Read more about Sophia below in her own words.

Sophia Reck

Senior

Wyomissing Area High School

Wyomissing, PA

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For fun, I like to...learn about new cultures and then cook or bake their cuisine. I have a passion for both anthropology and cooking, so I like to combine them in my spare time. One of my favorite recipes was nian gao,  also known as Chinese New Year cake.

Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I traveled to New Brunswick the summer after my sophomore year to study marine biology— specifically whales and other marine mammals. Although I don’t want to pursue biology as my career, I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean and its myriad of creatures.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Grace Hopper, widely regarded as one of the first computer scientists. Being a woman in STEM is difficult in 2018, so I can hardly imagine the courage and grit it took to be successful in the ‘50s and ‘60s! 

The best teacher I’ve ever had is...my computer science teacher, Mr. Minich. I entered his classroom as both the only freshman and only girl in his Java programming course. Without his help and encouragement, I would never have been able to accomplish all I have throughout my high school career.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...the NYC Subway app. I will be spending my college years in the big apple (foreshadowing 101), so, I wanted to get acquainted with the metro system so I’m ready to go in the fall.

After high school, my next step is...to attend New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering for Computer Science. As I alluded to in the previous answer, New York City is going to be my new home for at least the next four years. Go Violet!

In ten years, I see myself...as a project manager for a technology company in New York or another large northeastern city. My dream employer is Google, but I’m sure that’s true for lots of people! If someone from Google reads this, I’d love to meet up since I’ll be very close to your New York headquarters soon!

My greatest dream is...be able to inspire other girls to pursue their interest in STEM. I realize that not many people had access to the wonderful opportunities I did during high school, so working towards availability of technology for all is still imperative. Hopefully, by the time I’m finished, being a woman in STEM will just be the norm!

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...being able to connect and interface with plenty of colleges, companies, and other engaged high schoolers. It’s an amazing resource that I’d recommend to any ambitious and driven student.

We hope for the best for you Sophia, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

STEM Premier Releases 2018 Top 100 Students

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It's once again that time of year! And so it is with much pride and excitement that we announce STEM Premier’s 4th annual Top 100 rankings: The 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

 This year, over 350,000 STEM Premier student users attending over 19,000 high schools from across the country competed for a place in the Top 100, making this accomplishment a testament to the Top 100’s academic and extracurricular endeavors.

 This year’s Top 100 features students from 29 different states, with the most highly represented states being Texas and California. High school seniors comprised roughly 75% of the top 100, but twenty-two juniors also made the list. An additional handful of talented sophomores also earned the distinction.

 Top 100 students are comprised of valedictorians, National Merit Scholar Finalists, AP Scholars,Science Olympiad Champions, Girl Scouts & Eagle Scouts, Presidential Scholars, and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) students.

What makes the STEM Premier Top 100 unique is the diversity of educational and professional paths represented. While many of the Top 100 plan to attend a traditional four-year university - including reputable schools such as Stanford and MIT - others will be continuing their STEM education at two-year technical schools and community colleges in fields such as advanced manufacturing, information technology, and healthcare. The result is an elite group of students who reflect the shifting realities of the U.S. economic, educational, and professional environments. 

 How are students chosen for the Top 100? We utilize a unique algorithm which accounts for over 30 different factors from each student’s profile. This process quantifies and synthesizes the profile information and creates a star rating for each individual student. Students considered for the Top 100 are then contacted and verified to ensure accuracy and integrity of the information added to their STEM Premier profile.

 While we are proud to announce this year’s Top 100, we would also like to recognize every single one of the 350,000+ students on STEM Premier’s platform who are pursuing their educational and professional dreams. We wish all the best of luck as you shoot for the stars!

 Click here to view the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100

Announcing the 2017 STEM Premier Top 100

It is with much pride and excitement that we announce STEM Premier’s 3rd annual Top 100 rankings: The 2017 STEM Premier Top 100!

This year, over 225,000 STEM Premier student users attending over 16,000 high schools from across the country competed for a place in the Top 100, making this accomplishment a testament to the Top 100’s academic and extracurricular endeavors.

This year’s Top 100 features students from 32 different states, with the most highly represented states being Texas (13 students), California (9), and Washington (8). The diversity of academic and extracurricular success of this group is astounding. Top 100 students are comprised of valedictorians, National Merit Scholar Finalists, AP Scholars,Science Olympiad Champions, Girl Scouts & Eagle Scouts, Presidential Scholars, and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) members.

And that’s just getting started.

Other Top 100 students are involved in specialized and highly technical organizations such as FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, Google Code-in, JROTC, HOSA - Future Health Professionals, 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Mu Alpha Theta, and SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers).

How are students chosen for the Top 100? We utilize a unique algorithm which accounts for over 30 different factors from each student’s profile. This process quantifies and synthesizes the profile information and creates a star rating for each individual student. Students considered for the Top 100 are then contacted and verified to ensure accuracy and integrity of the information added to their STEM Premier profile.

While we are proud to announce this year’s Top 100, we would also like to recognize every single one of the nearly quarter-million students on STEM Premier’s platform who are pursuing their educational and professional dreams. We wish all the best of luck as you shoot for the stars!

Click here to view the 2017 STEM Premier Top 100

 

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Kimberly Green

In January, we were proud to unveil the 2016 STEM Premier Top 100 students.

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of STEM talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Kimberly Green from South Carolina is our next spotlight student. Whether it’s singing or playing the guitar, she enjoys surrounding herself with the beauty of music. She’s been incredibly active with Project Lead The Way, and has won first place in back-to-back years at the PLTW Principles of Engineering Competition.  

She’s been accepted to Clemson and the University of South Carolina, but she may also have her eye on a few schools outside the state - most notably Yale and Duke.

Read more about Kimberly below in her own words.

Kimberly Green

High School: Dutch Fork High School (SC) 

Class year: Senior 

Something you wouldn't know about me is...I have traveled to seven different countries with my choir to sing in cathedrals and venues all over the world!

For fun, I like to...sing and play music! I play the guitar, ukulele, and piano in addition to singing in my church choir.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I have grown up singing his music, whether it be the simple joyous melody of "Love Divine", the complex and beautiful "Requiem", or even the "Miserere" that he practically stole from The Vatican after hearing it only twice!

The best teacher I’ve ever had was...Mr. Thomas Brower. He was my freshman engineering teacher, but he continues to influence me to this day by serving as a role model and pushing me to always stretch my limits.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was...Groove. It is a music app that allows me to access my Microsoft music.

After high school, my next step is...to study either mechanical or materials science engineering at Clemson! I'll decide which one after I get there.

In ten years, I see myself... working in the engineering field as a successful engineer, planning to attend a post graduate program for engineering.

My greatest dream is...to be able to mix my two passions in life: music and engineering.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...that it serves as an interactive resume and is easy for colleges and employers to access.

Good luck Kimberly! We’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2016 STEM Premier Top 100.

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Jonathan Berman

Last month, we were proud to unveil the 2016 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of STEM talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Jonathan Berman is next up in the spotlight. An avid coder and robotics enthusiast from Southern California, Johnny has his eyes set on some rather ambitious goals - including playing a role in establishing the first human colony on Mars.

Many of the most prestigious universities in the country are included on his interest list, which isn’t surprising given that he scored a 700 on the mathematics portion of the SAT...before his 13th birthday!

Read more about Jonathan below in his own words.

Jonathan Berman

High School: Harvard-Westlake School (CA)

Class year: Junior

For fun, I like to... I like to work on independent coding projects.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet...Sir Isaac Newton.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was/is...my middle school math teacher, Mr. Wiener. He always tried to push me to my mathematical limits.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was... FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Spyder to determine my team’s ranking at our FRC competition in Long Beach.

Something you wouldn't know about me is...I have participated in the White House Science Fair twice for my science research projects.

After high school, my next step is... to go to a university that will push me to innovate and learn more.

In ten years, I see myself...coding in Silicon Valley.

My greatest dream is...to work for SpaceX and help create rockets that puts people on Mars.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is...that it is a website that connects me to others who are interested in STEM.

We hope for the best for you Johnny, and we’re proud to have you be a STEM Premier user and part of the 2016 STEM Premier Top 100.

STEM Premier Top 100 Spotlight: Austen Adams

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Earlier this month, we were proud to unveil the 2016 STEM Premier Top 100 students.   

Hailing from all across the nation, the students of the Top 100 represent a wide variety of STEM talent, skills, and backgrounds. We wanted to get to know these students better and showcase the personalities behind the STEM Premier platform!

Austen is next up in the spotlight. A physics, math, and poetry enthusiast from the Lonestar State, this high school senior has his college plans settled and will be heading to the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall to pursue his undergraduate studies.

Get to know Austen in his own words below!

Austen Adams

High School: Round Rock High School (TX)

Class year: Senior 

Something you wouldn’t know about me is... how much I read.  Aside from textbooks for school, I love to read. Bestselling fiction series and Lord of the Rings-esque novels that I can share and talk about with friends, or poetry that I can nerd-out over with a teacher or friend. I’ve grown up around books and I couldn’t imagine not having one on my mind or in my hand.

For fun, I like to... go out with friends and enjoy a bit of down-time. “The Guys” and I will go bowling on weekends or swimming in the summers. Sometimes we just go out and see the latest blockbuster and laugh over dumb inside jokes over dinner.

If I could meet anyone in the world, I would want to meet...either Carl Sagan or Neil Degrasse Tyson. They’re both experts in their field, but what I’ve always found amazing and inspiring about them both is their capability of breaking up such large and crazy concepts so that it can be explained to nearly anyone. I appreciate the complex world that physics, math, and other STEM subjects embody. Furthermore,  I appreciate their complexities, and I feel that being able to explain the inner workings of the world to anyone is an incredibly useful skill.

The best Teacher I’ve ever had was...Mr.Smith, who’s been my English teacher for two years. He taught me to see the world in such a broad and open-minded sense, and has been a mentor not only in school, but in the ‘real-world’ that my fellow classmates and I will be finding ourselves in next year.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was... Snapchat. I’ve never been one to use social media, but a few friends finally convinced me to try it out. I have to say it is fun, and makes me keep an eye out for something cool to take a picture of and send to the people I know will also appreciate it.

After high school my next step is to... go to college. Right now I plan on pursuing a degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Texas at Dallas. I hope to take what I learn there to get into a research position and learn even more about both those subjects.

In ten years I see myself... out in the world. I hope to have completed a doctorate by then, and getting an opportunity to research and work with other people in my field. I don’t expect to change the world with any grand discovery in ten years, but I’d like to see a path to get me closer there within a decade or so.

My greatest dream is... to change the world. Maybe with some battery that allows our society to store energy more effectively, or perhaps with a new type of travel that makes space-exploration and expansion more feasible. The possibilities of the scientific world truly are endless, and I hope that whatever I end up working on is just as boundless in application.

The thing I like about the STEM Premier most is... the connection it gives me (or any individual using it for that matter) with the STEM industry. After all, it is an industry known for designing and defining the future of the world; it’s nice to be able to get a glance at the future this early on.

Good luck Austen. Thanks for being a STEM Premier user and congratulations on being chosen as a 2016 Top 100 student. We wouldn’t be surprised if you do get to meet Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the future!