Greater Cleveland ANSO host S.T.E.M. students

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The Greater Cleveland Association of Naval Service Officers hosted students from Garrett Morgan and Martin Luther King High Schools for a day of interaction and education about careers in science technology and math at the Cleveland Moorings here, May 21. Seven students from both schools toured Station Cleveland Harbor’s new 45-foot response boat (RB-M) and the 140-foot icebreaking tug Neah Bay, including asking crewmembers about their career paths as Coast Guardsman.

Machinery Technician 2nd Class Randall Knight, a Coast Guard recruiter for the northern Ohio area, offerred a brief presentation on the professional and educational opportunities available in the Coast Guard. He gave insights about his job as a boat engineer as well as his service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In conjunction with the Great Minds in STEM program, the ANSO representatives provided awareness of a diverse array of career paths, whether civilian or military, available in the naval services of the U.S.

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Just a little history on ANSO: The organization was created becaise of concerns by Hispanic officers that they were not fully represented in the officer corps and, more specifically, there were too few Hispanic applicants for the various officer programs. To that end, the members develop and leverage Hispanic STEM talent to play a leadership role. STEM, of course, is the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related professional fields in partnership with Viva Technology.

Not all the members of ANSO are Hispanic, by the way, since their group boasts a lot of diversity, too. For instance, Gunnery Sgt. Sherman Lessane, an accountant with the Defense Accounting and Finance Service and Matt Vazzana, an intern with the Ninth District’s legal office, offer their services for the association.

Lt. Yamaris Barril concluded the afternoon by presenting certificates of appreciation to two students from both schools for their participation in the Great Minds program. Barril is assigned to the district’s Prevention and Investigations department.

In the spirit of both ANSO and the STEM program, she and her member colleagues motivated and inspired the students to achieve careers in math , science and technology, while also promoting the value of service to their community and nation.

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