FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2023
CONTACTS: Migee Han, Washington STEM,


 Seattle, WA. – Lilli McCauley, a junior at the White Salmon Academy in the White Salmon Valley School District, has been named Career Connect Southwest’s 2023 Washington STEM Rising Star. “Lilli has contributed countless hours after school and on weekends developing assistive devices for people with disabilities and challenges,” McCauley’s Project Invent mentor. says Jack Perrin, the Founder of Gorge Makerspace and Lilli’s Project Invent mentor.

The Washington STEM Rising Star Awards recognize young women who explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in ways that will support their education, career, personal development, and community. The awardees were nominated by their schools and selected in partnership with regional networks. They will receive a $500 stipend and will be celebrated at Washington STEM’s 2023 Summit luncheon. 

“The data show that a strong cradle-to-career STEM education prepares students for high-demand, household-sustaining jobs,” says Lynne K. Varner, CEO of Washington STEM. “The Rising Star Awards highlight the next generation of leaders and encourage girls and young women to explore STEM education and careers.”

The 2023 Rising Star awardees are listed by name and region on the Washington STEM website.

About Washington STEM
Washington STEM is a statewide, education nonprofit leveraging STEM for social change, removing barriers to credential attainment, and creating pathways to long-term economic security for historically excluded students. In our state STEM is at the forefront of discovery, on the frontlines of creative 21st century problem-solving, and serves as one of the largest pathways to family-wage careers and long- term economic security. STEM pathways have promise like few others in Washington and it is imperative that students of color, rural students, girls and young women, and students experiencing poverty have access. For more information, go to You can connect with us on Twitter (@washingtonstem) and via Facebook and LinkedIn.