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PLTW Biomedical Students Honored at White Coat Ceremony

Biomedical Science students from Allegany High School, Fort Hill High School, and Mountain Ridge High School were recognized at their schools at the 3rd Annual White Coat Ceremony. It was the first time each school held their own event.


The White Coat Ceremony is a recognition awarded to senior students who have completed the entire 4-course sequence for the PLTW Biomedical Program.  Receiving the White Coat serves as a reminder to students of their journey and a commitment to continuing to apply themselves beyond high school to make their goals a reality.


During the ceremony students were also presented with a gray graduation cord to be worn with their robes at graduation.  This honor is bestowed upon all students who complete a Career and Technical Education Pathway in the Allegany County Public School System.  


The final recognition of the evening was the announcement of the Mock Interview Winner for the countywide event held virtually in April.  Lena Litten, senior student from Mountain Ridge High School, was selected by the Mock Interview panel as the top student in the county based on her interview, portfolio, and resume.  Lena is the daughter of Jesse Bridges and Thomas Litten and plans to attend Allegany College of Maryland.


“We are proud of the seniors who have completed the rigorous Project Lead the Way program at  Allegany County Public Schools.  It is evident from their accomplishments that they will be successful as they continue their education in biomedical sciences or choose to pursue a career in another field," said Joseph Brewer, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education.  


​​The PLTW Program began in ACPS in the 2014-2015 school year with the inclusion of the first course, Principles of Biomedical Sciences.  Current program enrollment in Allegany County stands at 320 students. This year, the program will graduate 60 completers from the program, the largest class to date. 


"Congratulations to an exceptional group of seniors that have excelled in their high school career. Good luck in your future endeavors!,” said Dr. Eric VanSlyke, Secondary Science Supervisor and Coordinator of the PLTW Biomedical program. 


Students receiving the honor of the White Coat were: (Allegany) Jazzlyn Albright, Dawn Barley, Janna Barton, Desiree Beckman, Corbin Breiten, Mandy Chucci, Emily Evans, Brittney Faith, Dillon Hogamier, Harry Imes, Makenna Lowery, Kyeli Minke, Kelsey O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal, Jared Piser, Kyra Pittman, Trevan Powell, Annika Reddy, Sarah Sharpless, Hailey Snyder, Marley Steckman, Ila Steelman, Tiffany Terrell, Gabriella VanMeter, Morgan VanMeter, Ariadine Witmer; (Fort Hill) Mac Cohen, Cayla Crosser, Olivia Dawson, Sarah Duckworth, Lauren Gooden, DeMar’A Green, Madison Hollis, Jada Jones, Emily Mallow, Kara McCusker, Brady McKinley, Seyanna Rodney, Arissa Rouzer, Rylan Sensabaugh, Sidnee Stewart, Malakai Webb; (Mountain Ridge) Makayla Alexander, Allison Carey, Zaden Conway, Abby Derham, Abigail Donaldson, Tesse Hoppe, Joshua Kenner, Emily Lease, Devin Lissau, Lena Litten, Adria McMillan, Dylan Meader, Reagan Miller, Ireland Poorbaugh, Chloe Robison, Makayla Thomas



Allegany High School students display their white coats, graduation cords, and CTE certificates.  Mrs. Florence Saku, PLTW teacher at Allegany (front row), Mrs. Karen Bundy, Biomedical Sciences Program Advisory Committee Chair, and Mrs. Heidi Laupert, Principal of Allegany High School (back row) are also in the photo.

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Fort Hill High School students display their white coats, graduation cords, and CTE certificates.  The White Coat Ceremony was coordinated by Mrs. Stephanie Maddy (back row), PLTW Biomedical Innovations Teacher.


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Mountain Ridge High School students display their white coats, graduation cords, and CTE certificates.  Mrs. Crystal Weimer, PLTW teacher (far left), Mrs. Rebecca Byzon, PLTW teacher (second from the right), and Mrs. Katherine Lougherie, Assistant Principal at Mountain Ridge (far right) are also pictured with students.


Published 5/20/21