Beaming with pride, Cohort 8 students in the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) program earned their lab coats during an evening ceremony last month.
Students join past cohorts who started getting the white, personalized lab coats four years ago. The only difference is timing.
BAMS teacher Robert “Chip” Davidson explained:
“Previously, the lab coats were awarded upon successful program completion each spring. However, students were then off to classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College and did not have the opportunity to wear their lab coats to a BAMS class,” he said.
Beginning with Cohort 8, the coating ceremony has moved to the fall season where there will be plenty of class time remaining in the school year.
Students have the choice of taking their lab coat home or leaving it at BAMS. They will adorn their coats on specific school days.
Proud family members smiled as each high school sophomore stepped up to be feted (and fitted) into a brand new lab coat by BAMS teacher Stephanie Lewis.
BAMS Cohort 8 consists of Abby Troutman, Isabella Smith, Leah Strecker, Alexis Sink, Charlie Scrogham, Alex Rhodes, Melody Maddix, Hunter LeRoy, Caitlin Killen, Isabel Hart, Gracelynn Fuhrman, Macy French, Rachel Finn, Hunter Dixon, Zane Davis, Melissa Cooper, Noah Carter, Caden Carter, Baylee Carter, Keyaidra Cannon, Ashton Burroughs and Ashley Baumgardner.
BAMS is for qualifying high school freshmen and sophomores. The program provides a rigorous combination of online content, traditional classroom instruction, and authentic and exciting hands-on scientific inquiry experiences through Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, General Electric and the Kentucky Science Center amongst others.
Additionally, through a partnership with Jefferson County Community and Technical College Southwest, students have the unique opportunity to attain their diploma and the equivalent of an associate’s degree during their junior and senior years of high school.
“In short: yes, we are nerds, and proud of it,” Davidson smiled.