Six Stamford Students Picked For STEM Workshop At West Point

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Six Cloonan Middle School students will work on their math and science skills at a four-day workshop at West Point. From left are: Isan Spruill,  Taran Duncan, Hoshahnia Kumaran, Emma Sawch, Riana Soliven and Jharif Rochabrun.
Six Cloonan Middle School students will work on their math and science skills at a four-day workshop at West Point. From left are: Isan Spruill, Taran Duncan, Hoshahnia Kumaran, Emma Sawch, Riana Soliven and Jharif Rochabrun. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Six students from Stamford's Cloonan Middle School have been selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide to participate in a four-day STEM workshop at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The workshop concentrating on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, began Monday and ends Thursday.

The seventh-grade students are part of the College For Every Student STEM program, which helps students become college ready, with a strategic focus on increasing their interest, knowledge and skill in STEM topics.

One of the students said it will help boost her interest in math and science.

“I hope to expand my knowledge of the math and science fields and meet new people who share my interests,” said seventh-grader Hoshania Kumaian.

Designed to motivate middle school students in STEM fields, the West Point Workshop will also show students the different opportunities at West Point.

“The sooner young people are introduced to these areas, the better they can prepare for possible admission to West Point and other tier one colleges and universities,” said Maj. Betty P. Myrthil, diversity admissions officer at the U.S. Military Academy.

Stamford student Jharif Rochabrun hopes the four-day workshop is something he can build on toward his eventual goal of attending college.

“Our partnership with West Point has opened countless doors for our Scholars,” said CFES President & CEO Rick Dalton. “It’s experiences and opportunities like the West Point STEM Workshop that are going to make lasting impressions on these students and ultimately effect their future college and career decisions.”

The CFES STEM Program at Cloonan Middle School is supported by the GE Foundation.

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