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Farrah Berry ’25 Wins 2024 Women in STEM Award from FIRST Chesapeake Robotics League
In recognition of her leadership, teamwork and passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Farrah Berry ’25 was named the recipient of the Women in STEM Award at the recent FIRST Chesapeake Robotics breakfast hosted by Leidos HQ in Reston, VA on February 6, 2024. Berry joined seven other semi-finalists from the region (Maryland, DC, Virginia and North Carolina) in highlighting the vital role women play in shaping the future of technology and innovation. The award included a $1,000 college scholarship. 
“Farrah's application stood out for several reasons,” said Shelly Stoddard, Director of FIRST Robotics, Virginia. “First, her maturity and poise were impressive and what I like to call 'old people wisdom.' Second, Farrah is such a multifaceted young person. She plays basketball, loves school, does outreach and advocacy for women in STEM and the list went on. Overall, she stood out for being a true representation for all the core values and mores that FIRST Inspires promotes. We are proud to have her represent FIRST Chesapeake as a Women in STEM Scholarship winner!” 
Berry is a co-captain of Titan Robotics Team 539, representing Trinity in the FIRST robotics league competitions. In 2023, the team brought home a first place banner from the March 2023 district competition in Portsmouth, VA. Cynthia Chinworth, coach of the Trinity robotics team also accompanied Berry to the awards ceremony. “Farrah is one of those unique students who has an innate understanding of her strengths and weaknesses and her steady approach to her work allows her to generate exceptional results,” said Chinworth. “Farrah’s interests are broad and she is leaning towards a degree in Aerospace Engineering. It is such a joy to be a part of Farrah’s journey because she truly is interested in the world around her and her dedication is inspiring.”
In her application, Berry wrote of her desire to share her passion for STEM and robotics with other students at Trinity through her involvement with clubs like the Science Society, Mortar Sports Club, Mathletes and classes in game design. “In these events, I also encourage other students to join the FIRST community with us so that they too have a chance to be involved in a tech-based organization that has the vision to make a positive impact on the world,” she wrote. “Personally, I want to become a more versatile member of my FRC team by continuing to learn more advanced coding languages and by being the type of leader my team may need at a specific moment. Additionally, I want to continue to study engineering at a higher level while also being able to gain a better understanding of the mechanics of the world around me.” 
Congratulations to Farrah Berry for this well-deserved honor!

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