Mastery of STEM Brings Student $25K Prize
Posted on 12/08/2016
Check presentation to Eleanor Sigrext

Congratulations to Benton Middle School eighth-grader Eleanor Sigrest on her amazing accomplishments: Grand Prize winner of the prestigious middle school STEM competition, Broadcom MASTERS; a trophy and a check for the $25,000 Samueli Foundation prize; a VIP gala. All that is quite a lot to absorb; Eleanor Sigrest takes it in stride, joyfully yet with humility.

Officials from the Society for Science and the Public, Broadcom Foundation, and PWCS honored Sigrest at an assembly for more than 400 eighth-graders at Benton Middle School on December 7. Benton Principal Denise Huebner and science department chairman William Hutchinson received $1,000 each from the Broadcom Foundation. Shan Lateef, a classmate, was recognized during the assembly for also being invited to compete for the MASTERS.

“If you pick something you love, it never feels like work,” Eleanor said. “We [middle schoolers] see things differently which is the perfect ingredient for innovation. Go for it, find a mentor, ask lots of questions, and believe in yourself.” She received a standing ovation.

Sigrest was one of 30 finalists out of 2,343 who completed the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS application. More than 6,000 young scientists and engineers nationwide were nominated. Her project was on cold gas rocket nozzles and contributed to engineering knowledge on the subject. See video below.