GREENFIELD — Fifth-grade student Mikalia Martens will join other outstanding elementary school students from across the state over the summer to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience.
The National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM will take place in Los Angeles at Occidental College from July 14 to 19. Pathways to STEM is one of Envision’s family of programs to enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
Martens, a student at Arroyo Seco Academy in Greenfield, was nominated by her fourth-grade teacher Alexander Cervantes from Oak Avenue Elementary.
In her free time, Martens enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, quad riding and hover boarding. One of her greatest honors was her acceptance into the STEM program, along with her math and reading and six years of perfect attendance.
In the future, Martens aspires to become a commissioned flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force.
“I am excited to attend this program to meet new people and learn new things, especially in the medical portion of the program,” Martens said.
Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.
“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Mikalia Martens to meet, work and collaborate with fellow high-aspiring students from other cities and schools,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP and general manager for Envision. “Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people and grow.”
Martens is the daughter of Marcel Martens and Rebecca Grabeal.