SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Manya Trehan, a rising senior at Union Catholic, has been selected for the 2018-2019 class of the Governor’s STEM Scholars, the Research & Development Council of New Jersey has announced.  

Trehan, the founder and president of the first-year “Girls Who Code Club” at UC, was one of just 80 students chosen among nearly 500 applicants using very rigorous criteria, including character, leadership ability, and STEM aptitude. She joins a highly motivated class of students from all over New Jersey who share her enthusiasm for STEM.  

Over the course of the academic year, Trehan, a resident of Scotch Plains, will get a comprehensive introduction to what New Jersey offers in STEM, participate in a STEM research project, and meet some of the state's finest minds, including C-level executives and professionals.  

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The mandatory opening conference will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Rutgers University (Piscataway campus). In addition, there will be internship opportunities, field trips, and other ways to help Trehan learn about how to make your professional career in STEM.  

Trehan has built a great resume at Union Catholic. This past school year, she was selected as a 2018 New Jersey Affiliate Honorable Mention award winner from the New Jersey Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and instructed a Coding Class at the Scotch Plains Library as part of the fourth annual N.J. Makers Day. She also played first singles for the UC tennis team last fall and will serve as a captain this season, has severed as an Emerging Leader, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has done volunteer work for the communications department of the American Red Cross.