Area student wins statewide STEM essay contest



 Lily Toombs, senior at Randolph-Henry High School and dual enrollment student in the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Career Tech Academy, has been named a winner of the 8th Annual Virginia Council on Women STEM essay contest. Nearly 1,000 young women from across the Commonwealth submitted entries, and only five winners, each representing a different geographic region, were selected. 

“Every year, this contest rewards some of our brightest young women and provides them with scholarships to pursue their educational goals in high-demand STEM fields,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “The First Lady and I are extremely proud of this year’s contest winners, and all of the students across our Commonwealth who will lead our future as the next generation of scientists, doctors, coders, and engineers.”

As a Career Tech Academy (CTA) student, Toombs attends classes five days a week at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) in South Boston, VA. There, she studies mechatronics, a field combining electrical, mechanical, fluid power, robotics, and computer systems technology to control a process. “Mechatronics encompasses all of my core strengths, goals, and passions into one field of opportunity that will not only benefit myself but the world around me,” Toombs wrote in her essay. 

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