Eye on UMSL: Making the cut

by | Mar 26, 2017

Lab activities in the new Science Learning Building at UMSL made up part of a recent evening honoring area high school students.

Jason Caleb Hoke, a junior at Living Word Christian High School, focuses on cutting tiny blue crystals as he peers through a microscope in a lab of the new Science Learning Building at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The crystal structures and his technique are magnified and on display to his left as doctoral candidate in chemistry Carl Oberle (center) explains to on-looking parents what Hoke is doing.

The opportunity to try his hand at some of the lab equipment came because Hoke, along with 42 other local high school students, was on campus March 20 to accept one of the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards for Excellence in Science.

Presented by UMSL’s College of Arts and Sciences, the award recognizes junior-level high school students for their good grades, talent and success in the sciences.

Hands-on demonstrations for students and their parents took place in 11 labs – including genetics, biotechnology, anatomy and physiology, physics and more – prior to the awards ceremony in the science complex’s Stadler Hall.

This photograph was taken by UMSL photographer August Jennewein and is the latest to be featured in Eye on UMSL.

See below for a full list of the 2017 honorees:

Affton High School
Steven Tyler

Alton High School
Leif Asher

Cahokia High School
Tyler Cotton

Central Visual Performing Arts
Katrina Bates

Chaminade College Preparatory School
Alexander Stewart

Clayton High School
Cooper Kennelly

Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience
Yusuf Bekirov

Collinsville High School
Emily Park

Crossroads College Preparatory School
Sydni Norville

Eureka High School
Catherine Colletti

Fort Zumwalt East High School
Bonnie Jeune

Fort Zumwalt North High School
Cicely Berzack

Fort Zumwalt South High School
Emily Harrelson

Fox High School
Patty Wolk

Lift for Life Academy
Kyajaa White

Living Word Christian High School
Jason Caleb Hoke

Lutheran North High School
Hongyou Liu

Madison High School
Rayniece Barbee

Maplewood Richmond Heights
Lauren Owens

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Ehan Kamat

McCluer High School
Keylana Jenkins

McCluer North High School
Cheyenne Parson

McCluer South-Berkeley
Teighlor Love Carroll

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy
Keona Hughes

Nerinx Hall High School
Anna Pendleton

Northwestern High School
Madison Graham

Orchard Farm High School
Anna Peacock

St. Charles West High School
Sam Ho

St. Dominic High School
Alexandra Sabala

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
Noah Thomas Elbert

St. John Vianney High School
Christopher Paul

St. Joseph’s Academy
Holly Shah

St. Louis University High School
Trent Adelmann

St. Mary’s High School
Alexander Spellmeyer

St. Pius X High School
Emma Grimshaw

Steelville High School
Gwen Cook

Triad High School
Payton Miner

Union High School
Brittany Baker

Ursuline Academy
Emerson Brazile

Visitation Academy
Claire Fanning

Washington High School
Amber Cunningham

Webster Groves High School
Ben Linehan

Westminster Christian Academy
Michael Thoenen

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