Written by Christina Sheldon
COURT HOUSE – Kristian Catarcio, a senior at Cape May County Technical High School, and resident of Court House, was recently selected for the inaugural class of the Governor's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholars Program.
Catarcio is enrolled in the Allied Medical program at the school. He has the opportunity to earn college credits from Rutgers University and the University Of Medicine and Dentistry.
Catarcio is treasurer of the school’s Key Club, and he is a member of the varsity swim team. He has been an employee at Steve’s Café 47 on Delsea Drive since 2009.
Catarcio is also a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. In addition, he is a student at Musikhaus Studios in Court House, where he studies music theory and vocal performance. In the future, he would like to attend college and major in either microbiology or molecular biology, and eventually attend medical school.
In its inaugural year, the Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is a free, statewide STEM education initiative for New Jersey students in grades 10 through the PhD level.
A public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, Governor’s Office, New Jersey Department of Education, and Secretary of Higher Education, this program brings together a diverse and representative group of 50 high school and postsecondary student leaders who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related major and career in New Jersey’s vast STEM economy.
The program selects student leaders who are interested in STEM so that they can be exposed to everything New Jersey has to offer in STEM across all sectors – academia, industry, and government. Through a series of four conferences during the school year, as well as trips to STEM organizations across the state, the Governor’s STEM Scholars provide students with opportunities to closely interact with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations, and state policymakers to educate themselves about and experience the state’s STEM economy. The program offers scholars mentoring opportunities and enables them to make personal and professional connections that can last throughout their academic and professional careers.
The Governor’s STEM Scholars’ goal is to educate students about STEM opportunities within the state, as well as to encourage New Jersey’s economic development by further developing New Jersey’s STEM talent pipeline.”
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