Gloucester High School Named MassBioEd Innovative School of the Year
March 11, 2013 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Gloucester High School (GHS) has been named this year’s Joshua Boger Innovative School of the Year by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) for inspiring students to explore life sciences careers through progressive biotechnology education and exemplary science career programming.
In 2009, GHS was selected as a BioTeach school. Over the past four years students and faculty have actively participated in both teacher professional development and biotechnology lab experiences. Gloucester has successfully utilized their BioTeach grant to create innovative programs and partnerships to ensure that students of all levels and academic achievement have the chance to experience biotechnology labs.
“Gloucester High School has done a remarkable job fostering STEM education and encouraging students to pursue careers in biotechnology as they look toward their futures,” said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of MassBioEd. “The judging panel was particularly impressed with the school’s commitment to building new partnerships to develop science outreach programs and their innovative use of BioTeach labs to give all students the opportunity to explore the world of biotechnology.”
GHS has also creatively adapted BioTeach labs and equipment to establish new biotech summer camp programs for high school students.
"This recognition is an important step forward for Gloucester High School, as we work towards our goal of becoming a leader in STEM related high school education,” said Principal Erik Anderson. “Thank you to MassBioEd for making the Innovative School of the Year Award available. All the credit for this honor goes to Mr. Eric Leigh, whose hard-work and selfless dedication to Gloucester High School students makes a difference every day. Way to go, Mr. Leigh and way to go Gloucester High School!"
“Gloucester High School is so excited to be named the Innovative School of the Year,” said Rachel Rex, Supervising Program Leader, Gloucester High School Science Department. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. The resources provided by MassBioEd continue to enable Gloucester High School students to see a real world connection between the classroom and industry. Who knows, an opportunity such as this could cultivate the next great Nobel Laureate.”
The award will be given at a luncheon ceremony at MassBio’s Annual Meeting on Friday, March 15th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA. GHS will be represented by science teacher Eric Leigh and 10th grade students Morey Ronan and Jason Erwin.
The Joshua Boger Innovative School of the Year Award was established by the MassBioEd Foundation to honor a Massachusetts school that has distinguished itself through exemplary progressive biotechnology educational programming.
Gloucester High School is well-deserving of the prestigious award for its year round dedication to ensuring all of its students have the opportunity to explore the life sciences. The award will help the program continue to encourage students to pursue an education in STEM and biotechnology through the growth of partnerships and program expansion.