Air Force Association Names McKinley Tech Juniors STEM Students of the Year 

Feb. 13, 2012

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The Air Force Association- National Capitol Chapter (AFA-NCC) recently honored McKinley Technology High School students Christian Wright and Arnasha Jones with AFA-NCC STEM Student Awards for their accomplishments in the classroom.

Wright was named the male STEM Student of the Year Award and Jones received honorable mention for female STEM Student of the Year. Both students, who are juniors at McKinley Technology High School, received a plaque with a gold American eagle relief; a certificate of recognition for the accomplishment; an Air Force medallion; an AFA calendar; and a subscription for a year to the AFA magazine. Wright also won $500 and Jones won $250.

“I felt very proud of my accomplishment,” said Jones, who has a passion for math and engineering. “I love solving word problems and math problems and dealing with numbers.”

The AFA-NCC presented the awards at a recent ceremony hosted by Gideon Sanders, McKinley Technology High School’s director of Partnerships and Internships, and Rene Bergeron, the AFA-NCC representative. In attendance were Wright's parents and a set of grandparents. Jones’ father and sister were also in attendance.

Also, Wright's ACE-E (Area Coalition for Education Excellence) mentor, Lt. Gen. Larry Spencer, was able to attend the ceremony and share some inspirational words with the 50 students in attendance. DCPS STEM Director Camsie McAdams also attended and shared some words to help students motivate to succeed at the highest level.

The vision of McKinley Technology is to become the highest performing high school in the nation through the integration of a rigorous college preparatory and STEM curricula, taught by master teachers, that prepares students for the challenges of the ever-changing and competitive global market.

McKinley Technology offers four high-level STEM programs: biotechnology, information technology, mass media and engineering. Each program has a rigorous curriculum and prepares each student for college and a career in their field.

“The opportunity that exists in the District of Columbia are finally being realized by McKinley Technology, not just in terms of recognizing what students are doing but also in extending STEM beyond the school walls,” Sanders said. “AFA-NCC is showing that there is an effort by all entities at the city’s disposal to ensure that students are succeeding and that success is recognized.”

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