Miss America encourages girls to pursue STEM career fields

Posted at 9:18 PM, May 10, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY – Miss America came to Salt Lake City on Friday to encourage young girls to study science, technology, engineering and math.

Mallory Hagan spoke to the girls about STEM-related career fields and encouraged them to start preparing for college now.

She says the STEM subjects weren’t emphasized in her high school so she wasn’t fully prepared to study bio-medical science when she got to college, and she’s hoping her story will motivate the girls to get started now.

“It makes me feel as though I’ve done something with my year rather than just run around and shake hands and take pictures. You know, you have the opportunity to touch so many lives in so many different ways and this is just one of them,” Hagan said.

Hagan also met with Utah government, educators and business leaders to support the state’s STEM efforts.