The Da Vinci Science Center has bestowed its Hall of Fame Awards annually since 1999 to students who show a unique passion for science, educators who inspire enthusiasm for science with innovative approaches, professionals and companies who bring science to life every day, and partners who support the Science Center’s mission.
Below are the winners of the 2021 Hall of Fame Awards.
The Science Center recognizes four exceptional high school students, who have demonstrated a passion for the sciences both in-and-out of the classroom. Each student receives a $2,000 scholarship.
Addison Liu, Unionville High School
Addison will bring her passion for robotics to Harvard University next fall, where she hopes to dive even deeper into scientific research.
Sponsored by PPL
Ankhitha Manjunatha, Parkland High School
Ankhitha is eager to work on developing devices that can address modern challenges through the use of physics and engineering. She hopes that through her research, she can make a positive effect on the lives of others and is excited to continue her journey.
Sponsored by B Braun
Angelina Xu, Ridge High School
Angelina is an incoming freshman at MIT and is considering pursuing an MD-PhD or a major in public health.
Sponsored by Victaulic
Purva Gupta, Parkland High School
Purva is currently training to deliver prehospital care and transport as an EMT.
Sponsored by ATAS International, Inc.
This is a needs-based scholarship that recognizes an outstanding female high school senior who has demonstrated strong academic ability and a commitment to learning, achievement and serving others in the community. This scholarship provides both a mentorship opportunity as well as financial support of $2,000 to be used toward the cost of tuition.
The Erel STEM Scholarship is funded by Fusun Bubernack, philanthropist and entrepreneur, in honor of her parents, Hasan Fehmi & Sabahat Erel, and their commitment to the importance of quality education and the pursuit of excellence.
Lucy Clayton, Blair Academy
Lucy will continue to study biology and material science as she moves on to Davidson College next year, and is so excited for all she has left to learn.
Sponsored by Fusun Bubernack and ET&T
Educators can be nominated for the Teacher Excellence Award and the STEM Leadership Award. These awards honor educators in grades K-12 who inspire enthusiasm for science with innovative approaches.
Cynthia Dale Miller, William Tennent High School, Centennial SD
Over the 18 years of Cynthia’s teaching career, she has taught a wide array of science courses including Biology, Discovery Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Forensic Science.
Sponsored by Vince & Michelle Sorgi
Stacey Chunko, March Elementary School, Easton Area SD
During her 22 years of teaching, Stacey has always been committed to giving her students every opportunity to engage in experiences that will help them in real-world situations.
Sponsored by Corbenic Partners, LLC
Denise Route, Rock L. Butler Middle School, Wellsboro Area SD
Denise is a second career teacher in her 10th year of teaching. She believes that a student’s curiosity should always direct their learning process and a teacher’s job is to encourage that exploration while bringing learning to life for every student.
Sponsored by Just Born
Matthew Erway, Rock L. Butler Middle School, Wellsboro Area SD
Throughout his career, Matthew has used Technology Education, Engineering, and STEM-based curriculum to provide students with opportunities to learn concepts and build skills that will impact their future.
Sponsored by Michael J. Stoudt, Jr., CPA, and Stoudt Associates, LLC