11th grader from Jackson High takes home $50,000 for video inspired by hit movie

Jan 27, 2017

Jackson High School junior Yuna Shin was named the high school grand prize winner of the Search for Hidden Figures video contest inspired by the movie Hidden Figures.

The search, according to the contest website, invited real-life women and girls who had yet to be recognized for their great work or potential in STEM to share their stories and compete for $50,000 to put toward education or research. Shin was selected from a total of 7,000 applicants who entered the contest from across the country.

PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox partnered to find the next generation of women who will lead the way in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

“My essay really emphasized being a woman in STEM,” said Shin. “It’s about breaking barriers in STEM because it’s not a common thing for a woman to be expected or acknowledged in the field.”

Shin was also part of the Jackson High School design team that entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge last January that was named Best in State for their mobile app concept. Inspired by a friend with epilepsy, the JHS team of innovators created a cost-effective medical tool for the 1 million Americans diagnosed each year with a chronic brain disease.

The energetic teenager also uses her creativity through STEM as a Washington Aerospace Scholar and instructor for Girls Rock in Science and Math to empower others.

“It makes me feel like I’m doing something that is going to leave an impact for all these little girls to know that they can pursue STEM,” she said.


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