Senior UCS Senior Margaret Mooney was honored by a state organization for
excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Mooney, a senior at Utica High School and the Utica Center for Science and
Industry, earned a Jr. Horizon Industry Award from the Women In Defense,
Michigan Chapter for excelling beyond her peers in STEM education.
Mooney was nominated by Jill Rilley, the CSI Leader Teacher. After her
nomination was submitted to the local chapter, a selection committee of Women In Defense members, industry professionals, and academia considered her
qualifications and conducted a personal interview.
Based on her body of work at CSI and her interview performance, Margaret
received the Junior Horizon Award at a special black-tie Gala November 9.
Mooney is studying mechatronics, a field of study that merges the
principles/processes of four engineering disciplines - electrical, mechanical,
computer and industrial - to produce complex "smart" devices.
Mooney, who has a 3.96 GPA, plans to study biomedical engineering.
“Margaret is always looking for different ways to accomplish a task," said
CSI teacher Scott Spry. "She would rather not take the easy route. In taking the
‘road less traveled’, Margaret often has numerous ideas for products or ways to
accomplish any given task; many of these ways involve extremely intricate,
complex designs and tremendous depth of knowledge.”
Additionally, Margaret was elected by a statewide group of her peers to be
the Vice-President of the Michigan Chapter of SkillsUSA. She is working with a
board of students from across the state to organize and facilitate SkillsUSA
activities, including the state conference for more than 2,500 students.