PLTW and IBCP seniors attend White Coat Ceremony

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) students attended a white coat ceremony to commemorate completing their programs Tuesday, April 23 in the Multi-Purpose Room.

At the ceremony, 29 seniors were awarded a lab coat, a medallion and a certificate. Biomedical science teachers Ellie Blanchard, Chiara Morgan, Bryn Schultz and Trisha Shah were also present.

“I feel like the white coat ceremony is really a great way to showcase all the work students have done over the last three years in the biomedical program,” Blanchard said. “It’s a culminating event for their families to celebrate them and their achievement.”

A reception was held before the ceremony with food and drinks for students and family members.Three students received special awards: Seniors Emi Hays, Jonathan Acosta and Jocelyn Sagahon-Ramirez were awarded Excellence in Biomedical Sciences, Creative Thinker and Enthusiastic Learner, respectively.

“I was surprised, since there are so many smart people in the program. I’m grateful that I [received the award] and am extremely flattered” Hays said. “It was a nice experience being able to hang out with all of my friends in the class, since we’re all very close.”

After the reception, Science Dean Barbie Cole introduced special guests, including Principal Brandon Dade and Assistant Principal Daisy Carrasco. She also explained the significance of the white coat and thanked all staff members in the program.

“I feel like all my hard work has paid off,” senior Seleste Solorio said. “I joined the PLTW program to get more of a feel for the biomedical field and then realized how much I love it.”

By Landon Park, Staff writer
Photo by Jessie Dixon