September StemStar Announced By Genesis: Pathways to Success


Ripley County, Indiana – Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS) is proud to present its September STEMstar, Maria “Charlee” Wilhelm!

“Charlee is a smart, determined, hard-working girl,” said Laurie Rodgers, who nominated her for the STEMstar award. “She takes her studies very seriously and always tries her best.”

Charlee is a junior at Batesville High School (BHS), working toward completion of the BHS Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering program. She aspires to pursue a degree in engineering from Purdue University upon graduation from high school.

“Charlee is an excellent recipient for the STEMstar award,” said Craig Hughes, BHS PLTW instructor.  “Charlee’s great mathematics skills, scientific inquiry and work ethic have made her a great addition to the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses at Batesville High School. Charlee’s academic work and motivation provide an excellent example for students to be successful in the PLTW program. I look forward to seeing the bright future she will have as a woman involved in STEM.”

Charlee is a member of the BHS swim team and is a member of the BHS Rube Goldberg team.

GPS began the STEMstar program in January 2017 to recognize students and educators who are making strides in STEM. To nominate a STEMstar, please fill out the STEMstar form at

Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS) is an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation dedicated to empowering students to succeed in STEM by developing programs in areas such as engineering, agriculture, health science and technology as well as by supporting events that encourage students to apply curious minds and critical thinking skills to real-world opportunities. GPS generates ongoing and meaningful dialogue and collaboration to prepare a talent pipeline for a globally dynamic marketplace. For additional information, please visit




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