SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Elementary and middle school girls from throughout the country were honored earlier this month by ThinkSTEAM, a nonprofit organization founded by Lakeland High School student Jothi Ramaswamy.

The ThinkBIG Challenge was designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). It challenged girls to think creatively by producing a 1-4 minute video inspiring girls to enter STEM fields and/or how this can be done through the arts.

The Winners

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  • Middle School Winner Video: Sofia Melnychuck from Arizona
  • Elementary School Winner Video: Queen of Arts (Mahati Rayadurgam, Ruchira Prasad, Roshni Rao, Arushi Singh) from DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science in Minnesota.
  • Middle School Runner-up Video: Raina Ghosh from Lakeland Central School District.
  • Elementary School Runner-up Video: Shruthi Lingam from Washington

Distinguished Finalists: Elementary School Division

  • Jane Hanson from New York
  • Mrinalini Sengupta from California

Distinguished Finalists: Middle School Division

  • Clarissa Furtado from New Jersey
  • Amia McDonald from New York
  • Maathangi Nellicherry from Connecticut

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