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St. Margaret’s School senior awarded $5,000 scholarship for STEM essay

St. Margaret’s School senior Paige Haley (right) chats with First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe (left) and other STEM essay winners at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women recently announced the winners of the 4th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls. 

Paige Haley, a senior at St. Margaret’s School (SMS) in Tappahannock who plans to attend the College of William & Mary in the fall, placed third in the contest, receiving a $5,000 scholarship. In her essay about wanting to return to the Chesapeake Bay area as a marine biologist one day, she credits her Bay Ecosystem Studies class at SMS for heightening her desire to make the bay healthy again.

“During my time as Paige’s science teacher, I have observed growth into a critical thinker who already had the intrinsic motivation and curiosity necessary for exploration in the sciences,” noted Susan Foulk. “Paige’s passion for marine biology and a healthy ecosystem is undeniable.”

For more information, contact St. Margaret’s Director of Communication and Marketing Lindsay Harmon Knight at 804-466-3142 or .

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 04.29.2015

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