New Orleans Area Student Named Top Competitor in Broadcom MASTERS

Rachel Pizzolato, a student from River Ridge, is among 300 others participating in the Broadcom MASTERS. The competition is the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program for middle school students across the country.

The competition is hosted in partnership between the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public. Students from 35 states are represented in this year’s competition.

“Middle school is a critical time for all students. It is a time when they are beginning to explore all possibilities in front of them as they grow into adulthood. The Broadcom MASTERS is so important because we are engaging these young people and helping to cultivate their interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society for Science & the Public.

The Society for Science & the Public shared that the top 300 students include more females than males, with 152 girls and 145 boys in the competition. Additionally, 59.7 percent of students in the competition come from public schools, 30.3 percent from private schools, 6.3 percent from charter schools, 3.3 percent from home schools and 0.3 percent from an online school.

The Broadcom MASTERS is designed to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st century.