STEM girls as future global leaders

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STEM School Highlands Ranch launches empowered and prepared girls. Our graduates make choices about college pathways after their rigorous preparation and experiences. STEM girls know their superpowers and what they wish to pursue in higher education. Is it just STEM or something about the Front Range?

This past week was the memorial service honoring the late former Secretary of State, Madeleine Korbel Albright. She grew up on the University of Denver campus while her father founded the Korbel School of International Studies. She was the first female US Secretary of State and the first person to have three presidents speak at her funeral. She was a strong presence for freedom on the world stage.

Condoleezza Rice also grew up in Denver and attended high school at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood and earned her doctorate from the Korbel School of International Studies at DU. She went on to be the first African American US Secretary of State.

Golda Meir attended North High School in Denver. She went on to be Israel’s first female Prime Minister. Her house was moved to the Auraria Campus. Auraria notes the importance of Meir’s Denver experience documented in her 1975 autobiography My Life, where she states,
“It was in Denver that my real education began…”

Three world leaders, each a first, from one medium-size town in the west? Why not?

STEM School Highlands Ranch is nurturing powerful future leaders who will accomplish greatness and improve lives.

Gitanjali Rao has taken the world by storm when she was still in our middle school and now, as a poised junior, she continues her ascent. Being named Time Magazine’s very first Kid of the Year was a natural progression from her many other accolades including the US Top Young Scientist in seventh grade.

This year’s graduates are exceptional young men and women ready for the next stage of life fully empowered to seize opportunity. Each has a story of perseverance and triumph.

STEM board chair, Roy Martinez, searched for a school to maximize his two daughter’s potential. He drove a long distance from out of district for about eight years every day, twice a day. Both of his daughters, Ariana and Isabella, have excelled at CU in engineering and science, and have been selected for competitive programs, positioning them for an exceptional trajectory.

Rudy Lukez, STEM board director, is the parent of STEM graduate Jillian Lukez. Jillian was active in TSA. She is now at CSU and is the recipient of a nationally competitive internship to study water issues abroad. She is a powerhouse and positioned for greatness.

Our STEM Enrichment group called Girls Persist, led by our former Compliance and Replication Officer, Carletta Stewart, is an evidence-based STEM leadership program designed to put problems into practice while fostering an environment for girls to thrive.

The STEM faculty is dedicated to our stated belief to “Unleash Human Potential.” It starts with having the student believe in herself. She then has access to a rigorous curriculum and can move at her own pace customizing to interests and passions. It is her choice.

I cannot wait to see what our STEM girls accomplish. When adults fret about the state of the world, I know help is on the way. Our girls are PBL experts and fearless to take on challenges. They are our future.

P.J. Eucker PhD
Executive Director

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? …..Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. ………..And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

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