Maui student recognized for STEM activities

Racieli Andrade, a recent Maui High School graduate, was one of 10 Hawaii youths recognized by the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility on Aug. 15 for their dedication to science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities and academic excellence. Each student received a $2,000 cash award that was funded by the National Defense Education Program.

Shipyard Commander Capt. Brian Osgood congratulated the young men and women for their achievements.

“You represent the best our state has to offer and this award is a deserving tribute to your hard work and dedication to STEM,” said Osgood. “I am proud of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard’s support to STEM in Hawaii we are the largest employer of engineers in the state, so it’s imperative we play a role in growing our future workforce.”

Gov. Neil Abercrombie attended the ceremony, which preceded the shipyard’s apprentice program graduation program.

Andrade, who flew to Oahu just for the ceremony, will begin her freshman year at Cal Poly Pomona and said she is proud to receive the recognition.

“Throughout my high school career, I dedicated a lot of time to robotics, so I’m glad others such as the shipyard appreciate the importance of robotics and STEM in our community.”

The shipyard is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and a one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in the state with a combined civilian and military workforce of about 5,000, according to a news release.