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DAPCEP announces The Real McCoy awardees

DETROIT — The Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) proudly announces the honorees of its first annual awards fundraising event, The DAPCEP Real McCoy Awards presented by DTE Energy.

The 36-year-old non-profit organization — which has impacted the lives of more than 150,000 youth with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — has selected five Michigan-based “Real McCoys” in STEM and medicine fields to be honored at its Aug. 24 event.

“As Michigan is advancing in STEM and medicine fields, we feel it is appropriate for our organization to recognize current leaders who are innovatively advancing STEM and medicine endeavors,” says Jason Lee, DAPCEP executive director. “They are living examples to our students.”

The five DAPCEP Real McCoy honorees are:

-Science awardee: LaVetta Appleby, senior lecturer of chemistry, associate director of Master of Science Education Program, Lawrence Technological University

-Technology awardee: Christine Rice, president, VisionIT

-Engineering awardee: Dr. Levi Thompson, professor of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering, University of Michigan

-Mathematics awardee: Ron Wood, vice president of underwriting, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan

-Medicine awardee: Barbara L. Saul, D.O., senior staff physician, Henry Ford Health System Troy Family Medical Center

DAPCEP students Prayer Mitchell (eighth-grade, Douglass Academy for Young Men), Frances Grier (eighth grade, Brewer Academy) and Shelby Tate (eighth-grade, Ivan Ludington Magnet Middle), who produced the winning Metropolitan Detroit Science Fair project will also be recognized.

The DAPCEP Real McCoy Awards presented by DTE Energy is Aug. 24 from 5:30-9 p.m. at DTE Energy Headquarters, 1 Energy Plaza.

The Real McCoy Awards are named after fellow Detroiter Elijah McCoy (1844-1925), a mechanical engineer whose accomplishments and contributions paved the way for today’s leaders in STEM. McCoy invented the lubricator for steam engines, revolutionizing the industrial machine industry.

Visit www.dapcep.org for more information.

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