Pictured are the Ottawa Elem. students selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM at Bowling Green State University. They are (left to right): Liam Haviv, Wyatt Seyer, and Alaia Maldonado.
Pictured are the Ottawa Elem. students selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM at Bowling Green State University. They are (left to right): Liam Haviv, Wyatt Seyer, and Alaia Maldonado. (photo submitted)

OTTAWA — Earlier this year, Ottawa Elementary’s third grade teacher Ms. Lisa Felkey nominated Liam Haviv, Alaia Maldonado, and Wyatt Seyer to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM, an Envision program held at BGSU this week and next. Upon selection, their attendance was sponsored locally by the Putnam County Optimists, Morman Familiy Chiropractic, and Darrell Groman, O.D. Vision Care. Mr. Groman also wrote a letter to each student congratulating them, and, if interested in the medical field, asking that they consider optometry.

According to a press release, Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs (www.envisionexperience. com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.

These outstanding, very bright fourth grade students will join other students in intensive, engaging, hands-on workshops focused on five skills considered essential to success: self management, time management, communication, collaboration, and goal setting.

Liam, Alaia, and Wyatt will have the opportunity to explore a future careers in exciting STEM pathways, such as: engineering, medicine, and communications.

Liam’s parents are Shlomo & Amanda Haviv; Alaia’s mother is Danielle Steinberger; and Wyatt’s parents are Derek & Joei Seyer.