Education news from around Idaho

Kuna High student wins ‘I Voted’ sticker contest

Samantha Robson, a junior at Kuna High School, garnered statewide recognition with her design for an “I Voted” sticker celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

“This started as a class project for me, but it turned out to be a really exciting part of my year,” Robson said in a news release.

Robson’s design, which features the silhouette of a woman’s head surrounded by a red circle sprinkled with stars, beat out 100 other designs.

Robson’s design will be used on “I Voted” stickers across Idaho in all 2020 elections, including the presidential primary in March, the primary election, November election and more.

Boise 2020 STEM Expo

On Wednesday, Jan 22 the Boise School District will bring professionals in science, technology, engineering and math fields to speak with middle and high school students, and their parents, about possibilities in STEM careers.

Engineers, nurses, cybersecurity experts, computer programmers, physicians and others will attend the expo — held at the Dennis Technical Education Center at 3324 S. Pro Tech Drive in Boise — for panel discussions about what it takes to have a successful STEM career. Students will have a chance to tour the Dennis technical ed labs and classrooms to learn about the school’s career technical opportunities and try things like virtual reality welding.

Idaho has a well-documented need for workers in the STEM industry. In a recent news release, the Boise School District said only 2,000 Idaho students graduated with degrees in STEM fields in 2016, while the Idaho Department of Labor projects a need for 36,000 STEM degrees in the coming years.

Idaho School Fair

The Coalition of Idaho Charter School Families is hosting the Idaho School Fair on Jan. 25 for parents interested in exploring public, charter, magnet, private online and homeschool options. All school types will have tables and information for Idaho families.

The first 50 attendees at the event will receive free books. The event will also have free snacks, games and entertainment for kids and more.

The fair is on Jan. 25, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa.

The event is designed to coincide with National School Choice Week, from Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, when schools, homeschool groups, organizations and more host events around the country.

Two Idaho students nominated as Presidential Scholars

High school students Katie Tidwell of Boise and Mayetta Proctor of Deary joined the list of nominees for Idaho Presidential Scholar awards late last year, when Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra nominated the young women for consideration.

Tidwell, a senior at Centennial High School in Boise, is a varsity golfer, a pianist and an actor. She is a part of National Honors Society, Business Professionals of America and is also a teen member of the Girl Scouts Board of Directors.

Proctor, a senior at Deary Jr.-Sr. High School in North Idaho, plays four varsity sports and was named Academic Athlete and Female Athlete of the year. In addition to her sports accolades, Proctor has high grades, and serves on the student council and Idaho Drug Free Youth chapter.

Candidates for the Presidential Scholar program are nominated by state education leaders and selected by a national committee based on their SAT and ACT scores and community involvement. Semifinalists will be named in the spring and two final candidates, a boy and a girl, will get the chance to visit Washington D.C. as Presidential Scholars.

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