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ACPS White Coat Ceremonies

May 24th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science students from Allegany High School, Fort Hill High School, and Mountain Ridge High School were recognized at their schools at the 4th Annual White Coat Ceremony. Each school held its own event. Allegany High School’s ceremony was on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., and Mountain Ridge and Fort Hill High Schools held events on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Prior to the ceremonies, students showcased their research projects in a gallery walk. 

The White Coat Ceremony is a recognition awarded to senior students who have successfully completed the entire four-course sequence for the PLTW Biomedical Science Program.  Receiving the White Coat serves as a reminder to students of their journey and their 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 county-wide event held virtually in April.  Emily Metheny, a senior student from Allegany High School, was selected by the mock interview panel as the top student in the county based on her interview, portfolio, and resume.  Emily is the daughter of Richard and Debra Metheny and plans to attend Frostburg State University to major in Early Childhood Education.

Joseph Brewer, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, stated, “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.” 

The PLTW Program began at ACPS during the 2014-2015 school year with the inclusion of the first course, Principles of Biomedical Sciences.  Current program enrollment in Allegany County stands at 280 students. This year, the program will graduate 58 completers from the program.