The seventh annual Biomedical Sciences White Coat Ceremony was held on Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Pattonville High School main gym to recognize students who have successfully completed coursework in Pattonville's nationally certified biomedical sciences program.
Students enrolled in the third year of the program were presented with a white coat and recited the Hippocratic oath before family, friends and colleagues. Due to physical distancing needs, only students receiving their white coats were recognized in-person.
Those students are Macy Avery, Corina Baker, Nicole Cobbs, Marlaina Corson, Josiah McCall, Paul Palermo, Yashika Raja, Clare Ridings, Aryan Sankpal and Muneer Sarrar. They are taught by high school biomedical sciences teachers Jamie Jobe and Megan Kemper.
In the 2013-2014 school year, Pattonville High School started the national Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences program. This program is a four-course sequence that gives students the opportunity to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, public health and forensic sciences.
“They examine the structures and interaction of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing challenges of today and the future,” Jobe said while addressing the crowd of family, friends and colleagues.
Third year students received a special white laboratory coat with their name embroidered on it. Second year students had their names read out loud and will receive a biomedical department T-shirt and fourth year students will get their own laboratory notebook.
Pattonville High School has been recognized as a 2021-2022 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of just 191 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW[Computer Science, Biomedical Science, Engineering]. It is the second straight year Pattonville High School has received this award.