Senior Banquet & Awards 2019

The XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy will celebrate the graduation of the twenty-five (25) members of their fifth class of students on Monday, May 20th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. The event will be held at Central VA Community College in the multipurpose room in Merritt Hall. Invited attendees will include STEM Academy students and parents, STEM Academy Partnership Team members, STEM Academy Board Members,members of the XLR8 faculty , representatives from each of the five school divisions including the eleven base schools and other invited guests.

The courses at the STEM Academy are all dual enrolled which offers students the opportunity to earn college credits and up to two career studies certificate from Central Virginia Community College. Currently, the three identified student pathways to be offered at the academy include cybersecurity, biotechnology and mechatronics; the latter being the blending of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.

The twenty-five students will be recognized for earning career studies certificates in engineering fundamentals, Mechatronics Fundamentals, Biotechnology Fundamentals, Health Science Fundamentals and Cyber Security Fundamentals and three students earned their Associate’s degree in General Studies from Central VA Community College and will receive recognition for completing the curriculum at the XLR8 STEM Academy.  The STEM Academy Faculty and staff will also present each student with an individual senior superlative award.  Lastly, the XLR8 STEM Academy faculty and staff will be awarding four additional awards for Academic Excellence, Most Improved, Leadership and STEM Academy Student of the Year.

Our speakers for the evening will be Dr. Lisi Pisenti, a medical school graduate completing her residency with Lynchburg Family Medicine from CENTRA , and out Keynote Speaker will be Jonathan Whitt, who is currently the Vice President of Outreach & Business Engagement for Liberty University.

The STEM Academy has had a very positive impact in the lives of the students who are attending the STEM Academy. The STEM Academy will have 25 seniors graduate this year in May from CVCC with Career Studies Certificates in Engineering Fundamentals, Biotechnology Fundamentals and Mechatronics and 100% of those students will be entering the workforce, continuing their education either at CVCC  or at a 4 year college or university in STEM related fields, including  James Madison University, Liberty University, Longwood University , Randolph  College, University of Lynchburg, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University and Washington and Lee University. The vision of the STEM Academy is that all students graduate with multiple options for success in college and post- secondary career opportunities; that vision is being met at the STEM Academy.

Corporate Sponsorship
The XLR8 STEM Academy would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event. Presenting Partner: CENTRA, Supporting Partners: Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and TRAX International, Corporate Partners: Automated Industrial Technologies and Master Engineers & Designers.

About XLR8-Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy
XLR8: Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy – is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for High School Juniors and Seniors in Virginia’s Region 2000/Lynchburg regional area. Located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College – XLR8 offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, mechatronics, biotechnology, health science, and cyber security.

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Susan Cash
XLR8 STEM Academy, Director
scash [at] xlr8academy [dot] com