Celebrating Washington's Next Generation of STEM Leaders


Danielle MaddoxGrade 12, Chelan High School

Chelan, WA
King County Region
2022 Washington STEM Rising Star

Meet Danielle

What are your plans after high school?

After High School, I will be attending a University and Majoring in Zoology. Fingers crossed I get into Washington State University. I love animals and want to know that I can do my part in the pursuit of their population growth. Whether that may be saving an animal from an injury or helping them mate. Zoology is the best way to go.

What do you like best about STEM?

The best part about STEM is the Math. Lots of things in life revolve around math and it’s awesome to see. From measuring wood so you can build, to knowing how many covid cases there have been and predicting how many there will be is a part of our life and we need to know these things.

What advice would you give your 5-year-old self?

If I could time travel and talk to my 5-year-old self I would tell them to relax. Our stuttering doesn’t get in the way of us doing a great job in life. Take your time, talk slow and don’t apologize for something you can’t control.


To learn a little more about this year’s Rising Stars, we asked our awardees some fun questions. Check out these videos to hear their responses.


Danielle, a student at Chelan High School in Chelan, WA, was nominated by her teacher Seth Manthey. She was selected for XXXX and her XXXX. You can read the full nomination below.

“Olivia has been able to explore topics of inequities in the biomedical and health science spaces. She is currently working on an op-ed exploring health inequities in the Latinx community.”


Seth Manthey’s nomination

I am nominating this student due to her involvement in STEM beyond what opportunities are available to her at school. Both over the past summer and throughout the school year Olivia has been involved in an internship at the Fred Hutchinson Center for Cancer Research. Throughout this whole process she has been able to learn a wide variety of skills around coding and the roles of coding in biomedical research. She has also been able to explore topics of inequities in the biomedical and health science spaces. Olivia currently is working on an op-ed exploring health inequities in the Latinx community. Additionally, I am nominating Olivia due to her success in her science courses (STEM, Biology 101, Human Physiology 201, Biotechnology, and Systems Medicine). She not only achieves well in these classes she is often pushing the edge of her understanding and peers always seeking to understand more. She does excel in other areas of school and is an active member of the school’s volleyball team.



The Washington STEM Rising Star Awards, presented by Kaiser Permanente, encourage girls to embrace STEM education and to explore the use of STEM in ways that will support their education, career, and personal development and the development and needs of others.

Meet all of the 2022 Washington STEM Rising Stars on our website!