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Encouraging young women to partake in STEAM career fields is an essential step toward creating equality for women. These careers allow women to be involved with the most fascinating innovations of our time and provide them with unique economic opportunities that exceed those of traditional female jobs. According to The Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House, 2013, " Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men." My hope is to mentor young girls, inspire them to realize greater success, and open doors to opportunities that had not been previously considered. As Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen, I have the unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of young ladies in Delaware and I am excited to share my passion for this relevant, critical issue.  

 
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Ashley's Scholastic Honors:  Placed 1st in the state and 3rd in the world for Odyssey of the Mind (OM) (2015), 4th in the world (OM) (2014); placed 1st in the state with the OMER award and the 350 award for OM with world finals; national 1st place winner for Business Math and Career Research and 2nd place winner for Business Fundamentals in Business Professionals of America (BPA) (2012), 2nd place in DE in Financial Analyst Team (2016); enrolled in all honors and AP courses at the Charter School of Wilmington, (ranked #1 public school in the state and #15 high school in the nation by US News and World Report); 1st honors for all report cards; Silver Award for the National Spanish Exam (2014); Best Novice award in Model United Nations (2015); National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence (2015).