POWER SET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering, and Technology) held their annual Induction Ceremony yesterday. Returning members include: Alison Carrion, Taylor Cordoba, Tiera Gibson, Amber Hanzik, Jasmine Hernandez, Sophia Landry, Harlie Lavergne, Sydney Lawhon, Elizabeth McElroy, Olivia Schulz, Sophia Tinus, Kathryn Willy, Madison Woolsey, and Melody Yates. New inductees include: Chynelle Blackmon, Jaycee Franz, Emily Gonzalez, Taylor Lakota, Chloe McWillis, Bailey Rion, Katelyn Stone, and Sydney Waldorf. VVHS POWER SET Sponsor, Sherry Martinez, along with all of the members would like to thank all of the following for supporting VVHS POWER SET organization:
Texas A&M University
Nuclear Power Institute (NPI)
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
Dr. Kenneth Peddicord, Director of NPI and Dr. Valerie Segovia, Executive Director of Outreach and Programs, NPI
The Advisory Board - Rhonda Shay, Phillips 66; Kathleen Vandaalen, STP; Elizabeth Castanon, STP; Laura Brieden, STP - Executive Board of Outreach and Programs, NPI
Van Vleck ISD Administration - John O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools; Gayle Blackmon, Assistant Superintendent for Finance; Christie Dement, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Federal Programs; Brandon Hood, High School Principal; Charles Wright, High School Assistant Principal, and Kari Bottke, High School Counselor
Nate McDonald, Matagorda County Judge
Jessica Russell, Bay City Community Development Corporation Exeuctive Director - Keynote Speaker
This was the 7th Van Vleck High School POWER SET Induction. Congratulations to returning members and new inductees for their achievements. POWER SET is a unique program for high school girls that provides the tools, academic support and mentoring needed to pursue educational and career opportunities related to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Each POWER SET member receives a pearl necklace which shows the world her commitment to the program and its goals. Pearls are the world’s oldest gems, treasured for centuries for their smooth finish and warm glow, and are often the first jewels young women receive. Highly prized for their myth and perceived magic, pearls represent the ideals of POWER SET: overcoming adversity through hard work, persistence, and tenacity. Pearls also signify purity, perfection and feminine charm. Pictured here: Returning member Katheryn Willy presents a pearl necklace to new inductee Chloe McWillis.
Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Russell delivered an outstanding keynote speech to the VVHS POWER SET group. Mrs. Russell is also an Alumni of Van Vleck High School.
Dr. Kenneth Peddicord congratulates the Van Vleck High school POWER SET chapter on their accomplishments and encourages them to set high standards for themselves and to realize and achieve their academic and career goals.