Signature School student wins Governor’s STEM award

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INDIANAPOLIS—Governor Eric Holcomb today announced the four winners of the 2020 Governor’s STEM Team awards. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of the College Choice 529 Program administered by Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell.

One local student, Ankusk Dhawan of Evansville’s Signature School, won the award for Engineering.

Ankush Dhawan is a senior at the Signature School and has already earned several college credits via dual credit courses. He earned a perfect score on the SAT II Math exam and nearly perfect scores on the SAT Math and ACT Math exams as well as ACT English and ACT Reading exams. Ankush was a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a top finisher in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Indiana winner and overall 2nd place winner in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize U.S. National Competition, and the 2017 silver medallion winner at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad. His long-range goal is to continue working towards sustainability through research in water contamination and a major in environmental engineering.

In lieu of an in person awards presentation, the students enjoyed a video call with Gov. Holcomb.

“Indiana is home to incredibly gifted and talented students. It gives me great pride to honor this year’s STEM Team for all their hard work. Each of these seniors have a promising future ahead of them. They represent some of Indiana’s finest and I look forward to seeing the amazing things they accomplish in the years ahead.” said Gov. Holcomb.

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(This story was originally published on May 12, 2020)

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