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Lusher Students to Speak at National Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Summit on November 12

Date: November 12th, 2019

Lusher Charter School Students to Represent School and Community at National Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Summit on November 12Students and educators from Lusher Charter School are among an elite group selected to present to hundreds of attendees at the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) conference – PLTW Summit – in Kansas City in November. They are one of just four groups from across the country chosen to present; PLTW selected them based on the school’s exceptional implementation of their PLTW programs.Current Lusher seniors Brynn Beatty and Mariana Avendano-Herrera will join Lusher ‘19 graduates Chloe Cazayoux and Autumn Routt to present at the conference along with their PLTW Engineering teacher Matthew Owen. Chloe attends the University of Colorado-Boulder (Mechanical Engineering) and Autumn the University of Virginia (Biomedical Engineering).  PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers, partnering with more than 11,500 schools across the U.S. to deliver hands-on programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Lusher Charter School offers PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Science. “We are so proud of these young women and their accomplishments in high school and beyond,” said Lusher Charter School CEO Kathy Riedlinger.  “Project Lead the Way has guided them into a career path in engineering that they have excelled in and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”PLTW Summit is the premier gathering for individuals dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Guests will include PreK-12 educators, students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders.Lusher Charter School will present on the main General Session stage on Tuesday, Nov. 12 to a crowd of more than 750 guests. They will also have the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills. “Lusher Charter School is a true champion of PLTW’s relevant, engaging approach to learning, teaching, andcommunity engagement,” said PLTW Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer David Dimmett. “We’ve invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that can be taken back to other communities to benefit students across the country. We are thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from Lusher Charter School us at PLTW Summit.”In addition to PLTW Summit Kansas City, there are three other PLTW Summit experiences taking place this school year:·      PLTW Summit San Antonio, Nov. 17 – 19·      PLTW Summit Anaheim, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2·      PLTW Summit Indianapolis, Feb. 18 – 10For more information or to register to attend, visit


Pictured (left-right): Autumn Routt, Chloe Cazayoux and Brynn Beatty.Not pictured: Mariana Avendano-Herrera  (Pictures from the speech will be forthcoming)###Lusher Charter School’s renowned academic program engages students and challenges them to think critically, analytically and creatively. Lusher Charter School offers a unique program that inspires imagination and intellectual curiosity. Lusher, a National Blue Ribbon School in partnership with Tulane University, provides an environment which fosters the social-emotional development of young adults and values the unique combination of talents and interests in each of our students. 

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