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Distinguished Finalist

Perisa Ashar

Glen Allen, Virginia

Perisa Ashar, 16, of Glen Allen, Virginia, a member of Henrico County 4-H and a junior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, started “STEMinate,” through which she hosts coding, robotics and chemistry workshops for elementary and middle school students; she also developed a website that includes tutorials on coding and making DIY science kits. Perisa was inspired to start this project after learning about the lack of women and African Americans in STEM fields.