11 March 2010

Outstanding!

Four of our 9th graders, Alejandro Oliveros, Kayla Darvin, Zachary Lindsey, and Cecille Sorio were accepted into the second class of the Voelcker Biomedical Science Academy, a prestigious, three-year opportunity to engage in university-level biomedical research at the UT-Health Science Center campus. The program provides a unique opportunity for local high school students to experience and learn about the world of biomedical research in a manner that is usually reserved for graduate level students.

Dr. Irene Chapa, director of the outreach program said, ”This year's applicants were incredibly strong academically. The average overall GPA of applicants was a 97 and there were over 60 applicants this year.” The freshmen join Academy sophomore Stephanie Gonzales in the program. Stephanie was selected for the program in its inaugural year (last year). Pictured in the photo (L-R): Stephanie Gonzales, Cecille Sorio, Zachary Lindsey, Kayla Darvin, Alejandro Oliveros, and Bishop Oscar Cantu. Bishop Cantu was the guest celebrant for the Academy's daily Mass and was with the students on the day we received notification of the awards.