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Photo Gallery: 2019 Hall of Fame Gala

The Da Vinci Science Center celebrated the accomplishments of local educators, high school students, companies, and community leaders April 27 at its 20th anniversary Hall of Fame Awards 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.

Reception and Dinner

Gala Photos

Hall of Fame Award Winners

Peter Dent

Leonardo’s Legacy Award sponsored by Art and Denise Katsaros

  • The Dent Family and Charles C. Dent (posthumously), represented by Peter Dent

Grand Maestro Corporate Award sponsored by Alvin H. Butz, Inc.

  • B. Braun Medical

Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award sponsored by Victaulic

  • Jack Pfunder, president and CEO of Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC), and MRC

Representatives from the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pa.

Distinguished Female STEM Leadership Award sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield

  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Young Inventor Award sponsored by Lutron

  • Hayden Schmidt, Emmaus High School, grade 9

STEM Leadership Award sponsored by Just Born Quality Confections

  • Marisa Barilka, STEM Coordinator, Valley View School District

Educator Excellence Award sponsored by ATAS International, Inc.

  • Anna Leigh Conway, Carbon Career & Technical Institute, Science Teacher grades 9-12

Graceanne Ruggiero, right,

New Educator Excellence Award sponsored by BB&T

  • Graceanne Ruggiero, Freedom High School, Bethlehem Area School District, Science Teacher grades 9-12

Student Excellence Awards sponsored by PPL, Air Products, Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt, and B. Braun Medical

  • Matthew Liu, Parkland School District, Grade 12
  • Rhea Malhotra, Moravian Academy, Grade 11
  • Sriyaa Suresh, Parkland School District, Grade 12
  • Vidhya Thiyagarajan, Lehigh Valley Academy, Grade 12

Erel STEM Scholarship Award sponsored by Fusun Bubernack and ET&T

  • Madison Yeager, Schuylkill Haven Area School District, Grade 12