South Center High School Students Receives Student Leadership Award

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Serena Mooney, a senior at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., has received the 2016 Student Leadership Award from the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center. Ms. Mooney was recognized on April 30 in Cary, N.C. at the annual SMT Celebration.

This award recognizes a North Carolina student who provides extraordinary support to science, mathematics, and technology education in North Carolina.

“Ms. Mooney’s accomplishments allow her to stand out among her peers,” said Dr. Sam Houston, CEO and president of the SMT Center. “We hope she inspires other students to stand up and become leaders in education.”

“Serena’s passion has always been to help others – from volunteering and fundraising for non-profit organizations, to tutoring her fellow peers, she takes joy in seeing the people she helped succeed,” said Ann McClung, an AP environmental science teacher at South Central. “This passion stemmed for her love of science and escalated into something much bigger.”

The N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Center is focused on improving education as a means of providing all students in North Carolina with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens, and advance the economy of the state. Promoting innovation and change in education, the SMT Center celebrates educational excellence in North Carolina by supporting educators, engaging students, and advancing the growing importance of having a STEM-educated workforce.

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