WATCH: Abigail Watson of West Shore Jr./Sr. High Receives Florida Tech STEM Star Award

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Abigail Watson exemplifies a student who seamlessly integrates all STEM fields

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: West Shore Jr./Sr. High School student Abigail Watson was presented with the first Florida Institute of Technology STEM Star Award for her outstanding work in STEM-related courses at the school. Watson and her teacher, Jill Whitacre, spoke about the award with Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Abigail Watson, a 9th-grade student at Westshore Jr./Sr. High School was presented with a Florida Tech STEM Star Award in a ceremony on Monday.

Watson was nominated by the West Shore administrators as a Florida Tech STEM Star because she ​exemplifies a student who seamlessly integrates all STEM fields.

When asked what STEM field Watson is most passionate about and what are some of their academic achievements, her teachers said that ​Abigail excels in all STEM fields but technology (Computer Science) at the present time.

Abigail has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking academically rigorous courses. As a 7th grader, she was named the Robotics and Athletic Student of the Year for her grade level.

She is already in her second year of French and enrolled in AP Computer Science Principles, which is usually recommended for 10th grade and above.

​Although Watson is enrolled in accelerated classes at West Shore, she plays on the school golf team and plays on two competitive soccer teams at a very high level, and she takes on many STEM challenges that come her way.

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: West Shore Jr./Sr. High School student Abigail Watson was presented with the first Florida Institute of Technology STEM Star Award for her outstanding work in STEM-related courses at the school. Watson and her teacher, Jill Whitacre, spoke about the award with Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno.

She is also a part of the Whirly-Girls Drone team at West Shore for which she comes to school at 6:45 a.m. twice a week. The team won first place in district competition.

In addition, Abigail entered and won second place in the International Monaco Mousetrap Grand Prix Competition. Students came from Italy, France, Monaco and the United States to be part of this competition.

Building, testing and revising her car was done outside of school on her own, many times late in the evening on her neighborhood basketball court by the light of the moon and flashlights.

​”Abigail not only strives to always put forth 100 percent effort, but she is also cognizant of those who need help,” said Watson’s teachers.

“She strives to always be the best she can but truly wants everyone to be able to put forth their best effort. Abigail can consistently be counted on to see those that need encouragement or help and is there to support or cheer them on without being asked to do so.”

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