State Reps. McNamara, Sullivan congratulate Evansville student named STEM team winner

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, May 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 19, 2020) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently named Signature School student Ankush Dhawan to the 2020 Governor's STEM Team, according to State Reps. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).

Dhawan is 1 of 4 students selected for their work in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and will receive $1,000 through the College Choice 529 Program. McNamara said part of the reason why Dhawan was chosen for this award is because of his work ethic, dedication to his studies and near perfect marks on the math portion of the SAT, and the English and reading sections of the ACT.

"Ankush's success is because of his determination and ambition, in addition to the support of those close to him," McNamara said. "It is encouraging to see students from our area accomplish such incredible things, and I'm confident he will continue making his community proud."

According to Sullivan, Dhawan is the Indiana winner and overall second place winner in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize U.S. National Competition, the 2017 silver winner at International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project Olympiad and top finisher in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

"Indiana is fortunate to have gifted students like Ankush who use their talents to make the world a better place," Sullivan said. "His accomplishments extend internationally, and Evansville is proud of his success."

Dhawan is graduating with several dual credits and hopes to focus on sustainability by researching water contamination and majoring in environmental engineering.


State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
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