James Clemens High School staged a signing ceremony today for some of its top A students.
"A" in this case for academic, not athletic as in many signing events where HS senior athletes reveal their college of choice.
The students all earned early acceptance into medical schools to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses. Early acceptance is huge because it secures their spots as they advance through their education, provided the rigorous academic requirements in each program are met.
Students L-R in photo) are as follows:
Caitlin Howard: Pharmacy, Auburn University. She is 1 of only two high school seniors selected. The field included many current college students.
Rachel Ruoss: Nursing, Troy University. She is one of only 8 students selected.
Will Creech: UAB Medical School, One of only 30 among more than 400 applicants.
Jaya Vadapalli: UAB Dentistry. Typically only one is selected.
Sarah Vaughn: UAB Medical. One of only 30 among more than 400 applicants.
The students are in the Medical Academy at JCHS which includes a biomedical track or a health sciences track.
Leading the ceremony before parents and fellow students was JC Health Sciences Teacher Ashley Steinert. She is also a co-adviser for the national HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organization.
Ms. Steinert said the school wanted to recognize the students for their hard work. "We felt like they needed recognition just as if they were going off to play football somewhere," she said.
Principal Dr. Brian Clayton commended students and said he hopes they come back to this area some day to offer their health services.