Three student artists were honored at the third annual STEM City Celebration Thursday at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Flagstaff High School student Jesse Stoney won first place in the EcoSTEM Art category for her piece, titled “Twins.” Fellow Flagstaff High School student Antonia Perkins won first place in the BioSTEM Art category for her piece, titled “Beauty in the Reaction.” And Northland Preparatory Academy student Natasha “Zoe” Hall won first place in the AstroSTEM Art category for her piece, titled “Galileo’s Dream.” Hall’s artwork was also named best in show.
The winning pieces, which were selected out of more than 20 entries, will be displayed at Museum of Northern Arizona, TGen North and Lowell Observatory.
This was the first year the STEM City Celebration — affectionately dubbed the “STEMmys” by TGen North’s director of programs and operations, David Engelthaler — included awards for art that represents science, technology, engineering and/or math as its subject matter.
The keynote speaker, conservation biologist Jut Wynne of Northern Arizona University’s Colorado Plateau Research Station, spoke about the importance of both knowledge and creativity in his speech, which focused heavily on the musings of Albert Einstein.
Coconino High School student Drew Stringer, who is captain of the CocoNuts robotics team, was selected as STEM City’s 2014 student of the year. Doug Allan, the director of Flagstaff Unified School District’s Career and Technical Education program, was named the community leader of the year for his 17 years of STEM work in the district. NPA sixth-grade science teacher Kaci Heins, who spearheaded Flagstaff’s involvement in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, was chosen as STEM City’s teacher of the year.
Editor's note: This article has been modified from its original version to reflect the correct spelling of Flagstaff High School student Jesse Stoney's name.