WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School juniors Justin O’Boyle and Kathryn Armstrong were honored at Tuesday’s board of education meeting for having been selected as 2017 Governor’s STEM Scholars.

The program selects student leaders who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) so that they can be introduced to everything New Jersey has to offer in STEM across all sectors – academia, industry and government. Through a series of four conferences during the school year, as well as trips to STEM organizations across the state, the Governor’s STEM Scholars provides students with opportunities to closely interact with New Jersey STEM professionals, research organizations and state policymakers to educate themselves about and experience the state’s STEM economy. The program offers scholars mentoring opportunities and enables them to make personal and professional connections that can last throughout their academic and professional careers.

The Governor’s STEM Scholars’ goal is to educate students about STEM opportunities within the state, as well as to encourage New Jersey’s economic development by further developing the state’s STEM talent pipeline.

O’Boyle and Armstrong were among 85 students selected from 600 applications using very rigorous criteria, including character, leadership ability and STEM aptitude. The program for students in grades 10 through PHD is a public-private partnership among Governor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, Secretary of Higher Education and the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.