Welcome to the Westlake STEAM website! Our goal is to inspire and empower students about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) that will fuel curiosity, inspiration and wonder. 

Mary Knopp and Janet Matthews

Females Face the Future: Meet Our Mentors

Our team of female high school mentors inspire and support 6th grade girls in STEM activities thanks to a grant from NYSCATE (The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) 

Manpreet Kaur - 12th Grade

My name is Manpreet Kaur and I am currently a senior at Westlake High School. I have  a passion for biology and math. My passion for biology has grown since I took AP Bio. Currently I am taking 5 AP classes one of them being AP Calculus AB. I want to pursue a career in medicine in the future. Outside of school, I am part of the Science National Honors Society, Social Studies Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Math Club, Tech Crew, and English Honor Society. I also enjoying volunteering by tutoring students with math and English via Zoom. This past summer, I was a part of the Cybersecurity camp at Pace University. This experience has allowed me to look into fields in cybersecurity and computer science. I am looking forward to mentoring the 6th grade girls and being a role model for them. 

Marina Kidangen - 12th Grade

My name is Marina Kidangen and I am a senior in high school. I have a passion for the sciences and hope to be a pediatric intensive care physician in the future. In school, I am a science research student and am researching the effect of beta-amyloid proteins on an Alzheimer's disease brain using PET imaging. Additionally, I am the treasurer of Tech Crew, a member of the Science National Honor Society/National Honor Society, a flutist, and a science tutor. Outside of school, I am a dance teacher and child care provider. To add on, I attended a series of informative workshops through Burke Neurological Institute. 

Evalyne Shim - 10th Grade

My name name is Eva Shim and I am in 10th grade. Back in 6th grade I took part in a Girls for Tech event where I was first exposed to the world of computer science. Ever since then I have always had a great interest in science, math, and technology!

Currently, I am excelling in AP Computer Science Principles where I am learning about how our everyday computers work and solve problems. In that class, I am also learning how to code using Scratch, which is now one of my most favorite pass times, alongside reading and playing the piano. After school, I participate in the Tech Crew and Science Olympiad where I can independently learn and study about the various sciences such as anatomy and physiology, physics, and geology. I am an aspiring artist who loves ceramics and the digital arts as well. On my own time, I take an intensive mixed media art class to build up my pre-college portfolio and compete in a variety of art contests. I am active in the school’s yearbook club and also write book reviews for the local library. My career goal is to work in animation / graphic design and game development where I can apply my knowledge of math and science with my passion for the visual arts! Through my high school years I hope to inspire creative minds to go into STEAM and learn that science and the arts can go hand in hand. 

Melania Petriccione - 10th Grade

My name is Melania Petriccione and I am currently in 10th grade. I have always been interested in science and math and have participated in a number of classes and extracurriculars related to those subjects! Last summer I joined Camp Cryptobot, a cyber security-based camp where students engaged in coding challenges and learned from mentors in the field. Also, in both 2020 and 2021, I participated in the virtual STEAM Symposium where I was exposed to professionals from all fields STEAM-related! Outside of school, I am a club swimmer who swims all year round and I'm on the school's varsity swim team. In my free time, I enjoy curling up with a good book, volunteering out in the community, sometimes through the school's service club, and playing the flute! Additionally, I am a member of the school's math club and frequently attend meetings. Looking towards the future, I hope to pursue a career in which I can work towards my STEAM strengths and, over the course of the 2021-2022 school year, I am looking forward to continuing to help spread STEAM to young girls throughout the school. 

Featured Alumni in the News

Name: Jeehyun Karen You / WHS Class of 2010

Degree: Stony Brook University: BS, Biochemistry and MS, Physiology & Biophysics

Click here to read Jeehyun's Biography and Q&A

Welcome 2021-2022 STEAM Ambassador

Meet Christina Kelly

My name is Christina Kelly and I am in the 11th grade. I have a passion for science and math and am currently a science research student, as well. Outside of school I am a three-sport athlete playing for the school’s soccer, basketball, and softball teams. I also enjoy volunteering in our community and working with our school service club. In the future, I hope to be able to work as either an engineer or in a drug development company. This summer I performed original research under the direction of a mentor studying Spinal Cord regeneration in a laboratory and will be furthering my research next summer. STEAM classes have long been my favorite in school and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to develop the 2021-2022 STEAM Speakers' Series for our student body.   

STEM Speakers' Series

Career Cafe - Cybersecurity