VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 02/10/17 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 045 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

Landstown High School student named Outstanding STEM Award honoree

Landstown High School freshman Gabby Taylor is one of six recipients of Virginia's 2017 Outstanding STEM Awards, which are presented by Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Science Museum of Virginia.

Taylor is the STEM Phenom award recipient, which recognizes a Virginia student who applies science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) principles to improve our world, according to the museum's website. She is being honored alongside Virginia's Outstanding Scientists, Science Innovation Award winner and STEM Catalyst honoree.

Taylor's contributions are in beekeeping, which began at age 11 with her involvement in a local 4-H Club. Her interest grew into volunteering at local events to highlight the crucial role bees play in the environment and dispel fear of the hardworking insect. Taylor now tends to more than 35,000 bees in her backyard under the guidance of hobbyist mentors. She won statewide essay contests on the topic twice. She was also featured in the HBO documentary, "Saving My Tomorrow," a series about the environment where children share their thoughts about climate change and endangered animals.

"We are so proud to have Gabby recognized with Virginia's leading scientists and innovators who are at the forefront of the STEM fields," said Dr. Cheryl Askew, principal at Landstown High School. "Gabby's passion for the environment and the role we all share in being responsible stewards of our resources is a great example of how students can and will make a difference in this world."

According to the Science Museum of Virginia, to qualify for the award, a team of scientists and researchers compile a pool of Virginia students who excel in STEM and the winner is selected from those candidates.

Honorees will be recognized Feb. 23 during a ceremony at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. For more information about the awards program, visit the Science Museum of Virginia website.

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