The Albia Community High School Aspire class, which is completing its first year, attended the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa STEM Summit at the Iowa Events Center for the first time.

Michael Thomas, who was nominated, interviewed and chosen as a Model Student representative, served as the only student on the Work-based Learning Changes, a panel of business leaders, teachers and student.

“Michael did a remarkable job as a panelist,” said Aspire teacher Salli Pence.

About 1,000 people were in attendance for the summit, including featured speaker astronaut Sally Ride.

Albia has one of the latest Aspire classes which develop business partnerships to work on real issues and challenges.

Albia’s Aspire group is currently working with the Victorian Stroll, King Opera House, Monroe County Hospital and Clinics, Monroe County Tours, Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative, Fiber Art Shoppe, Helping Hands, Lovilia Betterment, 4 Counties 4 Kids, Hy-Vee, Monroe County History and Silver Service.

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