Monday, September 7, 2015

Miss Vermont Is a Science Nerd and Hails from a Women’s College

How cool is this? I loved that Alayna used her science knowledge to impress the judges!

Alayna Westcom didn't earn her Miss Vermont 2015 crown by being just another pretty face. You might say she took a scientific approach to winning. In April, Westcom wowed the Miss Vermont judges in the talent portion of the pageant not by singing a song, playing a musical instrument or performing a magic act, but by conducting a science experiment live onstage.

Since her victory, Miss Vermont has been traveling around the state sharing her enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — collectively known as STEM — with the goal of talking to at least 10,000 Vermont schoolchildren. . .  . 

She earned her bachelor's degree in forensic science from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass., and a graduate degree in medical laboratory science from the University of Vermont. Not too shabby, considering that Westcom and her older sister were the first members of their family to attend college.

Currently, Westcom works as a medical laboratory scientist at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans and as an autopsy technician for Vermont's chief medical examiner in Burlington. Next year, when her reign as Miss Vermont 2015 ends, she plans to apply to med school with the goal of becoming a medical examiner herself.

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