STM Receives National Honor for Excellence in STEM for Fifth Consecutive Year

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July 7, 2022: St. Thomas More High School has been named a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished High School for the fifth consecutive year.

St. Thomas More was one of just 191 high schools across the United States to receive this prestigious honor. The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.

“Students in PLTW are challenged to solve complex problems and develop critical life skills, and the Distinguished School award is evidence of their high level of achievement and dedication,” biomedical science chair and PLTW Master teacher Darlene Langhoff said. “Many of our past PLTW students have gone on to very rewarding careers in STEM, and these students frequently credit their PLTW classes for starting them on the road to success.”

“The PLTW program has granted many students, including myself, an opportunity to look at the many career options in biomedical science,” said recent graduate Lupe Manuel Hernandez (STM ’22), who will begin her collegiate studies in biomedical science at UW-Madison this fall, with hopes of eventually going to medical school. “All my peers have mentioned that they are impressed with all the work that the PLTW program does. The PLTW program is something I will always remember.”

Schools must meet the following criteria to receive the PLTW Distinguished High School recognition:

  • Have 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW High School courses, or of those who participated during the previous school year, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses during their tenure at the school;
  • Offer and have students enrolled in at least three PLTW High School courses;
  • Have strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, and can support such claims with relevant data.

“We are honored to recognize St. Thomas More for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. “St. Thomas More should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

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