Newark High School’s Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences program recently honored nine graduating seniors at the third annual End of the Beginning Celebration: Noah Arnold, Amanda Colombo, Kailyn Crawford, Adian Elliott, Koebi Gorske, Jaiden Hernandez, Alexis Horn, Elizabeth Lang and Phillip Ross.
Each received a medal for completing the program’s core course requirements that they will wear at commencement.
Now in its sixth year, this college and career readiness program introduces students to medicine and human body systems. It prepares them for potential careers in medical and health-related fields.
The program is overseen by a community partnership team consisting of area biomedical professionals, parents, educators and students.
“Our PLTW partnership team plays a vital role in the sustainability and efficacy of the biomedical sciences program,” Principal Tom Roote said. “Our PLTW community partnership team, unlike others, is building our program into an exemplary, sustained program with influence that reaches beyond the bounds of our school.”
Chair Richard Martin welcomed parents, seniors and other program participants at NHS to the evening event. He congratulated the seniors for their hard work.
Wayne County Administrator Rick House was the keynote speaker. He said he was impressed by the seniors’ posters that highlighted key points and memorable experiences from their journey in the program and glimpses into their futures.
House commended the students for participating in the program. He said he always hears from department heads about needing quality candidates for jobs when they become available who are adept at critical thinking, can work as part of a team and can solve problems.
Shawn Flanagan, lead NHS biomedical sciences teacher, thanked all the students involved in the program. He said an advantage of the program is that students can determine before college whether they want to pursue a career in the medical field.