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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, November 24, 2016, Page A5, Image 5

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wytana Shrewsbury, lejt, ana nnashe Williams worn together on the computer during the Women in STEAM conference held at Atkins High School on Saturday, Nov. 19. ? ' Volunteer Emma Anbrosious leads a math lesson during the Women in STEAM Conference held at Atkins High School on Saturday, Nov. 19. Wake Forest Baptist Health pediatric specialist Dr. Karyn Gordon encourages students to follow their dreams during the Women in STEAM Conference held at Atkins High School on Saturday, Nov. 19. STEAM from page AJ a decade, Gordon said there are still times where patients look at her and think she isn't qualified. For example, Gordon described one incident where a child was suffering from meningitis and need ed blood to be drawn. With little time left before the situation became life threatening, Gordon said the mother of the child refused to let her draw the child's blood. Luckily, Gordon ignored the mother's threats to take her to court and saved the child's life. "It doesn't happen as often as it use to, but peo ple look at me and don't think I have the ability to do it," she continued. "Sometimes you want to turn around and start cry ing because it hurts, but you have to stand up and take it. "Sometimes it can make your armor that much stronger and make you more determined to prove them wrong ."she said. After the panel discus sion, students had the opportunity to sharpen their STEAM skills by doing several hands-on experiments. While com pleting a science experi ment, Atkins High School t sophomore Ka^la Horton said after listening to Gordon she is now even more excited about follow ing her dream to become a chemotherapist. "It inspired me to keep pushing," said Horton. "I know there will be people who will have their doubts, but after listening to Dr. Gordon, I have more confi dence in myself and my abilities." Atkins freshman Wyland Shrewsbury, who wants to become an OG/GYN specialist, said it felt good to be around peo ^ple who have similar inter ests as her. After the hands-on experiments, students sat down with representatives from local colleges and universities to discuss internships. Representatives from North Carolina Central University, Forsyth Tech, Winston-Salem State University and a number of local businesses were all on hand during the confer ence. While the students were excited about all the events included in this year's conference, arguably the most excited person in the building was event coordinator Monika Vasili. Vasili, who is a sci ence teacher at Atkins, said when she started the con ference in 2012, her goal was to show girls that they are just as smart and talent 1 ed as boys. "Growing up in a com munist country, I under stand all too well what it's like having someone say you can't do something," she continued. "So when I came to Atkins and seen how many girls wanted to go into the science and medical fields, I wanted them to know they have my support." Although the confer ence has ended, the work to inspire young girls to follow their dreams is an ongoing process. To ensure they are on the right path to reach their goals, every student who attended this year's conference will be paired with a "big sister" who will help them get involved locally with STEAM. When discussing the future of the conference, Vasili said she hopes to see the event continue to grow. She said next year her goal is to fill the entire auditori um with girls from the area who want to purse jobs and careers in STEAM. "The growth over the last four years has just been amazing. I can't wait to see how many girls show up next year," she said. "This conference is all about building confidence and connections. Once you have those things, the sky is the limit." * SEPTIC TANK HEALTH AND MAINTENANCE DO: ?ihni?hwM hmISMH-QM ??!???>**? ? tafMlktMttn'lw'HMariripteinwtMsi CI?i*MMvawT3in>v ? ?<>>?*1**111 ImiMitilw^w? M"***""***'""?*????! ig?i Mint. DONT: tnlO? ? Mn Mr nfftiftm *at ' ? ftatntaclMMMtoSMif mi part *pm KptcntfM Environmental Health Vj j*''?"''. (3M) 703-3223 ?J TXeDOOK. *? ?- - - -w% ft lo. f novemoer iy jv ? 6Mpjn.-IMpjn. ^HB a/ I ? Forsyth Tech Jy ? I Mazia Woodruff Campus ^?/ 4905 Lansing Orfvo I Winston-Saiem W . The North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Inc. Adults - $26 | Sen/Student - $21 Children Under!5 - $15 TICKETS ON SALE N0W1 WWWi4C8LACKRB>.ORO 336-723-2266 GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE! Arts Council Theatre 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem, NC BLACK THEATRE IS FOR EVERYONE! v?AfiV lit W Cm\m Bhrli lU?my Ciwyj ? mi ?? if tmim| Itm Tit Am C?8 <4Uim mi Hn* Cmmj Tlii pwfri fe-'J COUNCIL www|yertriby*eN( ArnCee*il.?4hmwef*eDepaft?e?ofNaedA('*eri*eamfm > ^

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