By Kayla Walker
INDIANAPOLIS — A new competition is seeking the top four high school students in science, technology, engineering and math in Indiana.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick announced the competition to recognize the top STEM students who go above and beyond in demonstrating innovation and entrepreneurship.
The winners receive a $1,000 college scholarship and a one-of-a-kind blue and gold state letter jacket that will have the one of the following letters – S T E or M, designating them as part of the governor’s STEM team.
“Schools address STEM creatively and in traditional ways and nontraditional ways,” said Stephanie Wilson, the governor’s press secretary.
Wilson said that the application includes a writing component where the students share how well they have done in STEM-related courses. There is also an opportunity for students to be nominated by teachers and faculty.
“We work very closely with the Department of Education and their curriculum specialist in these four areas to make sure we’re identifying the kids who are the real stand outs.” Wilson said.
Academics are a big part of winning the competition but the DOE is also looking for other character-related qualities, such as community service and leadership.
“These are going to be some of the smartest kids in the state and, I don’t know, they could be my boss someday,” Wilson said.
Applications are available online at https://secure.in.gov/apps/govstemawards/.
The deadline for the nominations is April 9 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and the governor and McCormick will announce the first STEM team in May.
Kayla Walker is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.