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South High student honored by UMSL

Connie Shen a junior at South High School was recently presented with the University of Missouri-St. Louis Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science. Future scientists, engineers and doctors were honored by the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ College of Arts and Sciences. Thirty-six St. Louis-area high school juniors received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Science at the inaugural ceremony held March 2 in the Millennium Student Center on campus.

 Students, their parents and teachers were treated to dinner, a performance by the Dickson String Quartet and various speakers prior to receiving their awards.

 “Accomplishments in the STEM disciplines represent an essential component for America’s future,” said Ron Yasbin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “As a nation we need to nurture and support those students who will be the leaders in advancing our knowledge of those disciplines. By honoring students who have demonstrated truly outstanding capabilities in the sciences we are helping to reinforce the importance of these areas of study and research.”

STEM refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.