A 2021 Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship winner, Alima Conde, is first-generation high school senior and attends Zebulon B. Vance High School while enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the fall, she will begin her first semester of college majoring in Computer Science. Prior to attending Zebulon B. Vance High School, she resided in Maryland where she got the opportunity to participate in the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy in 2020.
Throughout her education, she has relocated frequently, although that has not kept her from achieving her academic and personal goals. Her experiences taught her to persevere and take on leadership roles by participating in local non-profit organizations. During her middle school years, she attended an all-girls STEM middle school where she found her passion for technology. Alima was named the school spelling-bee champion, won a leadership award and has remained on the honor roll.
Throughout her high school career, Alima has participated in an Academic bowl, been a teacher’s aide and has been a member of various clubs. She was a member of the Mad Scientists club where she researched Biomass energy industries and presented her project to judges receiving the gold medalist award. This year, she will graduate with a 4.37 GPA.
In addition to her academic success, she works hard to help her community and undertake leadership and volunteering activities. Alima participated in the Earth Day event at school where she decorated flyers that would encourage students to become eco-friendly. She also volunteered for an elementary school where she was able to make connections with young students with learning disabilities. Being fluent in English, French and literate in Arabic, she is hoping to expand her knowledge in languages. Without a doubt, she is driven by a desire to do good for her community and hopes to one day aid students with their educational goals.
Asata Mander is a 2021 Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship recipient. Asata's Exelon journey began with the 2020 Summer Exelon STEM Academy program and extended into the Exelon STEM Mentoring program and multiple Exelon STEM sponsored programs. As a dual enrollment student at The George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science and the Community College of Philadelphia; and a member of her school's Robotics club, Asata's love for learning and science is well-grounded in her educational foundation. This love for science and education reached from the classroom to the community and is well marked by her co-founding an Environmental Club within Philadelphia City Rowing and volunteering in her former elementary school with peer tutoring. These rich learning experiences and her love for learning led Asata to excel academically and become inducted into the National Society for High School Scholars.
Beyond academics, Asata is an athlete and volunteer within her community. Rowing is Asata's sport of choice; it is a significant aspect of her life; she is passionate about the sport. It is not only a physical challenge but a mental one as well. Rowing prepared Asata to excel at home, in her school, and community. Rowing taught her leadership skills, discipline, team building and created a drive for excellence. It also taught Asata patience, understanding, and the importance of working as a unit. It helped Asata to not only focus on bettering herself but also on her team. This love for rowing has translated into her committing to Villanova University Division I Rowing team. Rowing drives Asata forward. That drive has carried over to her work within the community; it is the fuel that leads Asata to volunteer.
Asata is a certified Lifeguard, an active student leader, co-founder of her School's first Black Student Union, and a historic Underground Railroad site volunteer at the Johnson House. In addition, every year, she volunteers for the Juneteenth Festival, serves meals at the Gift of Life Family House, works on voter registration drives, and participates in community clean-up events. Rowing and volunteering are not Asata's only activities; however, they highlight what motivates Asata. A drive to be her personal best, an appreciation of her heritage, and a commitment to improving herself and the community around her to create a better future.
It is this inspiration to improve communities that led Asata to choose Artificial Intelligence (AI). At the outset, choosing a career in AI may not seem consistent with the desire to make a difference in communities; unless you understand that real change comes from having a seat and a voice at the table. Machines are not, in fact, neutral. Machines and their emerging systems are only as good as the diversity, creativity, and coding which created them. AI is rapidly becoming an integral part of society. It is used in multiple systems- educational, criminal, social, financial, energy and health, to name a few. Asata recognizes it is how society will lean forward into the future. This recognition makes Asata grateful for the opportunity to partner, learn, and grow with Exelon. Asata understands the opportunity presented by the Exelon STEM Scholarship is life-changing and propels her in the direction of her dreams.
Danielle Thompson is a 2021 recipient of the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship. Currently a rising sophomore at the University of District of Columbia, Danielle is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with the intention of having a career in the energy sector with an interest in nuclear power and the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Station. She is a graduate of Washington D.C’s Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, specifically the Engineering Academy. She is NAF (define this) Track certified, and graduated high school valedictorian.
Danielle was an attendee at the very first Exelon STEM Leadership Academy, and in the following summers worked as a junior counselor at the academies as well as assisting with teacher workshops for the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. She has worked as a Peer Health Educator with the Young Women’s Project, and volunteered with Progressive Maryland as an intern for Krystal Oriadha’s political campaign for Prince George's County Counsel. She is currently employed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in the Explainers Program.
Nesochim Iheanyi-Igwe is a 2021 recipient of the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship. She is an 11th grader at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland and is graduating early in the class of 2021. She is a member of the Varsity Cheerleading team, President of Young Democrats, an Executive Board member of the Howard County Voices For Change advocacy group, an avid Girl Scout since Kindergarten, and a recent graduate of the Elkridge Junior Firefighters program, having participated since she was 10 years old.
Nesochim is dual enrolled at Howard Community College and in addition to her high school diploma, will be graduating this Spring with an Associates Degree. Creativity is an integral part of her daily life and she has an extensive art portfolio and awards that showcase this talent. Her linguistic skills include Arabic, French and most recently Chinese. She plans to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering and Computer Programming with a focus on polymer biomaterials. Nesochim hopes to start her own company designing and marketing models for bio-synthetics particularly for pediatric cancer patients.
During the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy, she was challenged with working on an innovative project to combat greenhouse emission. The challenge sparked and ignited her passion to continue finding solutions outside of the challenge space. She believes working in the energy and engineering sector will create a platform for her to make an impact, and that ideas like hers will help to create the next generation of scientists, engineers, and inventors, collaborating to create effective change.
A 2021 Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship recipient, Nicole Onyemeziem is currently a Senior at St Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, she will receive her high school diploma with honors. She is a member of Model UN, Black Organization of Successful Students (BOSS) and Students Committed to Social Action (SCSA). She was an active participate in the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy and continues to participate in many Exelon STEM Leadership Academy programs and events as a leader and student mentor.
Her curiosity in STEM since 8th grade, has led her to explore and participate in workshops at Brave Initiatives, ChickTech and Code Nation to build her technical skills. More recently she is engaged in a fellowship program at Stripe. In the Fall of 2021, Nicole will be attending Cornell University College of Engineering to study Computer Science or Operation Research & Information Engineering. After college, she hopes to use her knowledge and experience in innovation to help make a difference in the world. In her free time, she likes to cook, play the piano, dance and listen to music.
In 2020, Nicole was recognized for her commitment and service to her community with the President's Volunteer Service Award. Over the years she's volunteered with several organizations including serving Sunday dinner at Community Feast a soup kitchen in Rogers Park, Chicago IL; Chaotic Charities for the Tuesday supper, Moody Church at various events and Market Box where she helps bag and deliver groceries to families on the south side of Chicago.
Her achievements and aspirations in technology and computing have been recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology as an award recipient for Aspirations in Computing (AIC). In 2020, she was awarded the Northern Illinois Affiliate winner and in 2021 she received National Honorable mention.
Samantha Booher is a 2021 recipient of the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship. Currently a senior at Pennsbury High School in Yardley, Pennsylvania, she is President of two robotics clubs, Sea Falcons and Vex Robotics. As President she led Sea Falcons to first place at regionals as well as an invitation to internationals all during Covid-19.
Sam found her passion for engineering in her sophomore year of high school when she created a project for her design and prototyping class with her team that led to a profit of over two hundred dollars. She then continued on to independent study with the head of the Technology and Applied Engineering department where she taught the students how to use the computer numerical controlled router and taught the district’s primary education teachers how to use coding software.
An alumna of the 2019 Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy, Samantha also served on the student staff for the academies in 2020 and in 2021. In the fall of 2021, she will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
A 2021 Exelon STEM Leadership Academy Scholarship recipient, Teegan Mathey is currently a senior at Oswego East High School, and resides in Aurora, IL. She first became involved in energy conservation during middle school and won national awards with her class through the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and Exelon’s Energizing Student Potential program at Bednarcik Junior High. She continued to build her energy knowledge and has become very involved in a variety of ways at Exelon.
Teegan was a member of the Orange Flare ComEd IceBox Derby team in 2019, when her team became champions under the guidance of Emily Torres. Later that summer she participated in the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy as a student, which helped her realize that she wanted to pursue a career in Environmental Science. Since then she continues to serve as a student mentor for the Exelon STEM Leadership Academy and as a facilitator and moderator for many ComEd, Exelon and NEED Project programs.
Teegan was a summer 2020 ComEd intern where she had the opportunity to learn more about the company’s key values and see the daily tasks of a ComEd/Exelon employee. She participated in EcoTeam and met with Environmental Scientists during her virtual internship and saw the passion that employees had to create positive change. She s currently participating in the Exelon STEM Academy Mentorship Program where she is mentored by Amrita Pulidindi, Kathleen Robertson, and Hannah McGoldrick.
Teegan will begin her college education this fall at the University of Alabama where she will major in Environmental Science and minor in Pre-Law on the STEM to MBA path.