Every year, branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Washington State sponsor a Scholar Recognition Program to recognize the achievement of high school girls, selected by their respective faculties, who have excelled in science, mathematics, or technology. On Sunday, April 17, 2016, the Hudson’s Bay branch event was hosted at Washington State University Vancouver where 48 young women from several regional high schools were recognized.

Adrienne Nicholson

Adrienne Nicholson

Among those honored at the event was Ridgefield High School’s Adrienne Nicholson—distinguished for her scholastic achievements and selection as an outstanding high school female student in mathematics. Adrienne is the youngest daughter of ICD’s Technical Service Manager, Jeff Nicholson.

ICD High Performance Coatings is proud to acknowledge the academic accomplishments of its extended “family” and members of the local community where we are headquartered, but we take particular notice of remarkable achievements in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. From there, even greater significance is applied to the successes of women in these fields that have been historically occupied almost exclusively by men.

Adrienne’s notable scholarship in STEM academics resonates well with our CEO, Kris Vockler, who not only holds degrees in multiple STEM fields but also occupies the highest leadership position in our company—a distinction she shares with fellow women whose presence as top executives account for fewer than 9% of those positions across the private sector.

“The STEM fields, and women in them succeeding, are near and dear to my heart. Programs such as this are vitally important to the support women need in being assured they have a place in what is already an inherently difficult range of fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Everyone at ICD is proud of Adrienne, and all young women in our community, for their well-recognized accomplishments!”

Currently, Adrienne is nearing the end of her sophomore year at RHS with plans to earn an associate degree concurrent with her high school diploma through Washington State’s Running Start program.  Following high school graduation, in 2018, Adrienne is interesting in pursuing a degree in environmental engineering with minor studies in business and communication.

    Question:  In what ways might your company promote STEM scholarship within your communities?