Local Students Delegates at Girls in Science Forum

Two area high-school students will be Michigan delegates at the fifth Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS) Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The Girls in Science International Platform aims to open dialogue with a variety of individuals on issues relevant to science, technology, and innovation while engaging a global audience in a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the world.

Lauren Clemens, a 12th-grade student at Armada High School in Armada and Naomi Elliot, a tenth-grade student at Merritt Academy in New Haven were accepted to attend the 3rd Annual Girls in Science Panel, held at the UN Headquarters during the forum. The pair will have an opportunity to share their vision on how to achieve Sustainable Development Goals using science, technology, and innovation, and discuss issues pertaining to renewable energy, science education, and agri-tech.

Elliot, who is also an alumnus of local non-profit A Beautiful Me’s self-esteem workshops feels the organization, which she was first introduced to in elementary school, is a contributing factor to the opportunity. In middle school, Naomi became active in FIRST Robotics and was driven to build more girls’ self-esteem while she observed gender imparity in the sciences. Elliot said “It’s important for girls to have confidence and make decisions to follow their passion. She also said, “Healthy self-worth allows women to follow their interests, be it science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics.”

Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.