Grace Miner was one of many EGHS students who got inspired during last year’s Choose2Matter event at the high school, but her efforts since then landed her on a red carpet in Washington D.C. last month, receiving a Bammy! Award.

What is a Bammy! Award?

Here’s what the Bammy! Award website says:

The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across  the entire education field every day – from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists,  parents and students.

Or, to use Miner’s words,

“The Bammy Awards are given out annually by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. It’s like the education Oscars, a red carpet and black tie event. It is really exciting!”

Miner got the award for several projects she’s working on, particularly the Real Girls Matter Club at East Greenwich High School. The club has gone from 20 girls talking about how the media portrays girls and women last February to 75 girls organizing a conference titled “Girls in STEM” this spring at EGHS, sponsored by Raytheon.

Miner is also a member of an international steering committee for GirlRising, an advocacy organization for girls’ education all over the world.

And she’s participating in a United Nations project on girls education that’s being presented this week – which came about because Miner attended a Youth United for Global Awareness and Action (YUGA) Leadership Summit over the summer.

One more thing: the Bammy recognized Miner’s grant through New England Tech’s Rotaract Club to sponsor a girl through Plan USA International for a year.

“Grace Miner exemplifies what it means to Choose2Matter. She is passionate, determined, resilient, humble, and full of grace. She is the learner, leader and citizen I aspire to be,” said C2M head Angela Maiers. Maiers nominated Miner after meeting her during the C2M event at EGHS in February.

“This is really an exciting time to be a girl,” Miner said. “October 11th is International Day of the Girl and we are planning some things at the high school to raise awareness and money to sponsor more girls in developing countries.”

Miner credited friends, classmates and teachers are helping her with her various projects, especially fellow students Kristin Carosotto andEmily Abbott for their help with RealGirlsMatter.

The Girls in STEM conference is being held to encourage girls to stick with the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – subjects girls often move away from in middle and high school.

“To remedy this troubling finding, girls and young women are being encouraged, guided, and inspired to pursue their interest in STEM fields through conferences like the one we plan to hold at EGHS this spring,” said Miner. “Great things are happening with the young women at EGHS.”

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