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Lady Knights attend Go Red Goes STEM Conference focused on empowering women
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Lady Knights represented Lincoln-Way Central once again at the Go Red Goes STEM Conference at Northwestern Medicine's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago. The 2nd Annual Go Red Goes STEM Conference was held on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Thirteen Lincoln-Way Central seniors were honored to be there.

Students in Lincoln-Way Central teacher Mrs. Taylor's Anatomy & Physiology class took the initiative to apply to Chicago’s Go Red Goes STEM event and were accepted with about 100 other young females in the Chicago area.

The Go Red Goes STEM event was a daylong conference to inspire girls to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outside the classroom and embrace being heart healthy.

“My favorite part of Go STEM was the speed mentoring because I was able to ask questions and learn about professions I have never heard or thought about. The speed mentoring allowed us to form connections with different professionals and they encouraged us to start networking now. This opportunity showed me how important women are in these programs and how each generation needs to encourage the next generation into exploring all the options of STEM,” said Lincoln-Way Central senior, Lauren Limpin.

During lunchtime the participants were moved by the inspiring story of Rachel Castro, who at the age of 17 had a stroke and now at age 20, is a student at UIC thriving and studying neuroscience. The closing activity promoted creating the students’ own personal brand, as well as what they stand for as a females loving science.

“I would suggest this event to other young women because it really helped to shape my view of the professional world and the amount of different possibilities there are in the STEM fields. It is so empowering as a woman to see so many others excel in their careers while maintaining families. It helps you to realize that your aspirations aren't just dreams, but achievable goals. This is such a unique opportunity that gave me so much insight and valuable information on how to become not just a successful worker, but also a confident and empowered woman,” said Lincoln-Way Central senior, Jessica Bowers.