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Cedarlane Academy Student Shoots for the Stars in Million Girls Moonshot Flight Crew
Posted 7/13/22

 

CITY OF INDUSTRY – Keira Tung, an incoming eighth-grade student at Cedarlane Academy, was one of 16 girls selected from across the country as a member of the Inaugural Flight Crew for the Million Girls Moonshot, recognizing her extensive leadership in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

 

The Million Girls Moonshot movement seeks to engage a million more female students in STEM through afterschool and summer programs. Tung and the flight crew are working to break down stereotypes, spark their peers' curiosity in STEM, and amplify the youth voice in the conversation around STEM equity. 

 

Keira founded and manages an elementary girls’ math team at Cedarlane, where she recruits middle school students to coach and teach math to third-grade - fifth-grade girls, creates lesson plans for each practice and manages the afterschool club.


“I envision a legacy where middle school girls would coach and mentor younger elementary students and this would continue year after year,” Tung said. “I hope to train younger girls to take on the leadership role of running this afterschool club. I hope what I am building now will continue long after I leave middle school and hopefully for decades to come.”

 

The flight crew received an all-expense-paid trip to Chicago, where Tung sat on a panel during the June 2022 “Girls Build Solutions” conference. During the panel, Tung discussed her love for STEM, how she competes in STEM competitions, including cybersecurity and math competitions and how she runs the Elementary Girls’ Math Team. Tung also spoke about how she overcomes the challenges that arise from often being the “only girl in the room.”

 

"I would like to thank Principal Park and the Cedarlane teachers for supporting me by allowing me to use their classrooms, providing me the flexibility to join many extracurricular activities and enabling me to start many competition teams,” Tung said. “Without their support, I wouldn't have been able to have these remarkable experiences."

 

On top of her STEM-related accomplishments, Tung competes at the national level in Speech and Debate tournaments, is a Girl Scout and Patrol Leader for Diamond Bar’s troop and is a martial arts competitor. 

 

“I’m not sure what I’m going to be when I grow up, but I can be anything and I can change the world in millions of little ways that make big steps for others,” Tung said. “I hope what I am building now will continue on, hopefully for decades to come.”

 

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HLPUSD_TUNG1: Keira Tung with Leanne Caret, Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and Candice Smith, Director of Enterprise Engineering at The Boeing Company at the Girls Build Solutions conference on June 28. 

 


HLPUSD_TUNG2: Keira Tung and the Flight Crew receive a star and an all-expenses-paid week at Space Camp from Frito-Lay at the Girls Build Solutions conference on June 27.