# Area Middle School Girls Attend Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS) at SCC

Published on **Dec 17, 2018**

Students from Adair County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Rachel Brown, Ashton Flatt, Jenna Lee; back: Hailey Curry, Kaylee Cross, Jessica Hamlett, Angel Jackson. |

Students from Casey County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Madison Hamm, Jailyn Stephens, Rosa Reusser; back: Hailey Canter, Karis Cundiff, Macie Lee, Madison Chansler. |

Students from Cumberland County Middle School, recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Abigail Duvall, Alexis Garner, Kendra Coe, Carly Jo Nettles. |

Students from McCreary County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Jaelynn King, Olivia King, Caroline Richmond, Jayci Bell, Autumn Smith, Chloe Kidd, Abbigail Perkins, NaTasha McTaggart. |

Students from Meece Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Jailynne McClendon, Scarlett Grace Elizabeth Bruner, Katelyn Robertson, Kayleigh Bartley; back: Deanna Dean, Johnna Katherine Bruner, Carly Cain, Amelia Napier, Samantha Ledford. |

Students from Northern Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Katrina Grigsby, Morgan Keith, Gracie Fain, Alexandra Cundiff; back: Abigail Clevenger, Allie Sexton, Paisha Cowan, Kaydence Shadoan, Mallory Phelps. |

Students from North Laurel Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Maggie Moore, Cassidy Holcomb, Eva Clark, Hannah Gaddis, Raelyn Bradley. |

Students from Rockcastle County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Olivia Goodson, Riley Sherrow, Abigail Shepherd, Emma Phillips; back: Bailey Bullock, Hallie Brown, Keelee King. |

Students from Russell County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Lakyn Stearns, Rachel Webb, Olivia Pierce; back: Natalie Williams, Maleah Preston, Makenzie Kelsey, Holly Mcclure. |

Students from Science Hill Independent School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: September Ellison, Ellen Cherry, Nevaeh Petrarca, Breanne Smith; back: Emily Burns, Katie Brown, Elizabeth Dalton, Annie Jones, Calli Eastham. |

Students from Somerset Christian School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Sierra Barnett, Ashlan Cunnagin, Makayla Waters. |

Students from South Laurel Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Madison Marcum, Hailey Haan, Avery Darden, Harper McKnight, Madden Breeding, Macy Hedrick. |

Students from Southern Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. Shown above from left front: Lucille Peters, Sydney Jones, Morgan Whitis; back: Emma Fultz, Adriana Gaulzetti, Sydney York, Shaley Daulton. |

Alexandria Chmura, a student from Wayne County Middle School recently participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science Conference (GEMS), at Somerset Community College. GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in doing mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. |

For 11 years, area middle school girls have had the opportunity to explore careers related to math and science thanks to a program at Somerset Community College (SCC).

The Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) Conference is held annually on the SCC
Somerset campus. This year, students from 14 area middle schools including Adair,
Casey, Cumberland, McCreary, Meece, North Laurel, Northern, Rockcastle, Russell, Science
Hill, Somerset Christian, South Laurel, Southern and Wayne County took part in the
11^{th} anniversary event.

GEMS was created as a way to encourage female students to consider mathematics-oriented and science-oriented careers, to gain confidence in mathematics and science and to take advanced level mathematics and science courses in high school. The GEMS program is designed to promote the National Science Foundationâ€™s (NSF) program which promotes a larger and more diverse science and engineering workforce.

Each student participated in hands-on workshops hosted by programs such as Emergency Medical Services â€“ Paramedic, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Physics and Engineering, Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Electrical Technology. Lunch was catered by SCC Culinary Arts students and Chefs Michael Wells and Ed Nazario.

GEMS team members include Debra House, Kathy Lewis, Cindy Byrd, Jenny Metcalf, Kelly Johnson, Scott McClendon, Shawn Stratman, Elaine Kohrman, April Kilgore, Carol Calcaterra, Tanya Cowan, Alesa Johnson, Loris Sherman and Sara Tucker.