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Rose-Hulman Recognizes High-School Educators for Encouraging STEM-Related Studies

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
High School educators pose with awards.

Recognized Educators: Honored at this year's Honors & Awards Ceremony for improving science, technology, engineering, and math education were (from left) Robert "Mick" Boatz of St. Cloud (Minnesota) Technical High School, Jennifer Bowen of Highlands Latin School (Louisville, Kentucky), and Christopher Repa of Oak Lawn (Illinois) Community High School. Repa is a 1999 Rose-Hulman chemical engineering alumnus. (Photo by Terry Miller)

Rose-Hulman has honored three high-school educators for their roles in improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and encouraging their students toward careers in those fields. The educators were nominated by current Rose-Hulman students, alumni, faculty, and staff members.

The following awards were presented during the institute's Honors & Awards Ceremony, taking place May 2 in the Hatfield Hall Theater:

Samuel F. Hulbert Outstanding Teacher Award

Robert "Mick" Boatz, Pre-Calculus/AP Calculus Teacher

St. Cloud Technical High School, St. Cloud, Minnesota

This 46-year teaching veteran is well known among Minnesota educators for his outstanding instructional skills and is appreciated by former and current students for encouraging them to pursue STEM education. Boatz has taken Tech High School's mathematics team to state competitions for more than 20 years and has been inducted into the Minnesota High School Math League Hall of Fame.

Outstanding Mentor Award

Christopher Repa, Physics Teacher

Oak Lawn Community High School, Oak Lawn, Illinois

The 1999 Rose-Hulman chemical engineering alumnus has launched STEM programs and clubs while encouraging students to pursue careers in engineering. He has introduced new physics courses and works with students to conduct scientific research at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. "Chris is a phenomenal teacher" who has "touched the lives of hundreds of students," says a science department colleague. Repa makes himself available to students practically around-the-clock, according to one former student who now attends Rose-Hulman.

Charles Howard Outstanding Counselor Award

Jennifer Bowen, College Counselor

Highlands Latin School, Louisville, Kentucky

Bowen assists outstanding students with STEM-related interests to find the college or university that suits them best. Her assistance has helped students attend some of the nation's top institutions, including Rose-Hulman. "Typically we have Rose-Hulman applicants each year," says Bowen. "It's one of the best options for our students who want to study engineering."