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2018 Hall of Fame Gala

The Da Vinci Science Center celebrated the accomplishments of local educators, high school students, companies, and community leaders April 28 at its annual Hall of Fame Gala.

The annual awards honor members of the community whose work embodies our mission of “bringing science to life and lives to science” in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

The Center also announced the renaming of two longstanding programs. The Science Inquiry Fund has been named the Linny Fowler Science Inquiry Fund, in honor of the late Marlene Fowler, a founding trustee who was instrumental in the development of the Center’s current facility. The fund provides need-and interest-based scholarships to students for Center school field trips, outreach programs, summer camps, and other experiences.

The Inventors Lab program has been named for its founder, Frank Schweighardt. Schweighardt, who received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has served as the Center’s interim CEO, chair and vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, and is currently a trustee. One of the most unique programs of its kind in the United States, the Inventors Lab provides students in Grades 5-8 the opportunity to explore the invention process through hands-on activities and presentations by professional scientists and engineers.

Hall of Fame Award-Winners

  • Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award, sponsored by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
    • Vincent Sorgi, chair of the Board of Trustees and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, PPL
  • Grand Maestro Corporate Award, sponsored by Lutron Electronics
    • WFMZ-TV
  • Distinguished Female STEM Leadership Award, sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield
    • Cedar Crest College
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Bob and Sandy Lovett
    • Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D.
  • Educator Excellence Award, sponsored by B. Braun Medical
    • Mary Antoni, STEM coordinator, Lansdale Catholic High School
  • Educator Excellence STEM Leadership Award, sponsored by Follett, LLC.
    • Ignacio Jayo, science teacher, William Tennent High School
  • New Educator Excellence Award, sponsored by Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt
    • Cassi Williams, science teacher, Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley
  • Student Excellence Awards, sponsored by Air Products, ATAS International, Inc., Cedar Crest College, and PPL
    • Sophia Swartz, senior, Central Bucks High School South
    • Neil Deshmukh, sophomore, Moravian Academy
    • Alesandra Temerte, junior, Central Bucks High School East
    • Sai Mamidala, junior, Garnet Valley High School

Gala Photos

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