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Local senior students commit to STEM futures

Around 50 local high school seniors signed their letters of intent at the 2018 STEM Signing Day.

Posted: May 9, 2018 12:10 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 4:40 PM

Just like Signing Day for athletes, students signed letters of intent to continue their education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields. 

"I've known for the past three years I wanted to go into a STEM related program and I'm glad to finally commit to it today," said Korey Shively, a senior at James Clemens.

Around 50 students from Huntsville and Madison County have officially committed to pursuing STEM degrees at some of the nation's top universities.

The students are chosen to participate in the STEM Signing Day based on their studies and extra-curricular programs.

Companies like Boeing help integrate STEM courses into local schools, hopefully attracting the next generation of leaders.

"At Boeing we work on really exciting stuff and it's kids in this room that will be apart of that to help us, in terms of the work we're doing on the SLS, the work we're doing on the commercial crew, the work we're doing on commercial airplanes," said Sam Whiting with Boeing.

And for the students, their STEM commitments are just beginning.

"There's a ton of opportunities starting out in high school. There's a lot of internships and summer jobs that are allowing us to get in and start working towards what we think we may want to do and its a great opportunity to find out before you get to college, 'hey do I want to pursue this for the next 4 years or not,'" added Shivley.

Duke University, Auburn University and Mississippi State University are just a few of the colleges students plan to intend. 

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