Temple Bioscience Institute seniors

Shelley Pearson, associate vice president of health professions at TC and operations at TBI, drapes a silver cord around Temple High School student Kenna Burke’s neck during a ceremony Wednesday.

Texas Bioscience Institute seniors received silver honor cords during a Wednesday ceremony at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus.

The 86 students represented 11 area school districts. Five were home-schooled.

After recognizing school district administrators, parents and others, Temple College President Christy Ponce recognized the TBI seniors.

Ruth Ann Murphy, chairman of the chemistry, environmental science and geology department and professor of chem- istry at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, was the guest speaker.

“You are already impressive,” Murphy told the students. “I’ve worked with TBI students over nine summers. There was nothing they couldn’t do, they were equivalent to our UMHB students.”

The TBI is a distinctive educational opportunity, she said.

“I’ve been at a number of different schools and this is a unique program,” Murphy said.

Murphy talked about individuals in science who were successful in life and showed persistence in their work.

In 1935, people who had infected wounds were likely to die and pneumonia killed people of all ages. Today, that is no longer the case, she said.

“Pneumonia now kills only the very feeble and we tend to get over infections pretty easily with a prescription,” she said.

Research in antibiotics made the difference. Scientists responsible for the discovery of antibiotics tested 116,000 samples before isolating the chemical responsible for one of the first antibiotics.

“I think I would have stopped at 1,000, maybe 100,” Murphy said.

TBI students have learned to be problem solvers, she said.

Murphy talked about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a suspension bridge that opened in July 1940 and collapsed in November 1940, as a result of poor engineering.

Challenger, a space shuttle, blew apart after launch because the O rings failed on a cold winter morning in Florida.

“I see in this group problem-solvers who will step up and call for re-evaluation,” she said.

Linus Pauling received a Nobel Prize in chemistry for his study of the chemical bond. He went on to link vitamin C and its ability to ward off the common cold.

“He didn’t rest on his laurels,” Murphy said. “He recognized the disruptive power of nuclear weapons and crusaded for world peace.”

Pauling was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962.

“You, too, have unique skills and it’s exciting to think what you will blossom into,” Murphy told the students. “The job and career you choose should be your calling, something you love to do.”

The students honored Wednesday were being recognized for achievements beyond academics, Shelley Pearson, associate vice president of health professions and operations at TBI, said. It’s a commitment beyond the classroom.

To earn the silver cord the students had to complete 16 hours of job shadowing, 16 hours of community service, participate in research experiential learning opportunities and completing a college or university application, Pearson said.

The TBI Middle College program is a partnership with Temple College and area high schools that allow qualified students to enroll in rigorous STEM-focused — science, technology, engineering and math — dual-credit course work in their junior and senior years of high school. Most of the TBI students earn an associate degree from TC prior to their high school graduation.

The class of 2019 is the largest TBI class to date.

TBI graduates, with college they plan to attend

Temple High School — Victoria Aramanda (University of Texas), Jasmine Armendariz, Lauren Bailey (Texas Southern University), Kenna Burke (Texas A&M University), Ariana Caddie (University of Texas), Ashlyn Farley (University of North Texas), David Karr (Texas State University), Kevin Montelongo (Texas State University), Sonja Ramirez (UT-Arlington), Carlie Santiago, Jenna Southerland (Texas A&M University), Molly Strong (University of Texas) and Grace Thompson (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor).

Belton High School — Isabella Auker (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Jazmin Curley (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Dante Denley (University of Texas at Dallas), Allison Jones (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Makenzie Katzer (Texas A&M University), Kamryn Madden (Texas Tech University), Kyle Patterson (University of Houston), Kara Paulk (Texas Tech University), Eric Perrier (Kansas State University), Basel Wahab (Texas A&M University) and Austin Woodard (Texas A&M University).

Cameron Yoe High School — Blake Cole (University of North Texas).

Gatesville High School — Austin Byler.

Harker Heights High School — Haley Brown (University of Texas), Makayla Brown (Tarleton State University), Pierson Delapaz (Texas A&M University), Jannel Hayden (University of Texas), Alicia Holley (University of Texas), Pete Lealiiee (University of Texas), Christina Marcussen (University of Texas), Saphire Maxwell (Prairie View A&M University), Jeesoo Min (University of Texas), Alana Ordonez (Texas A&M University), Valeria Otero-Hiraldo (Texas A&M University), Jackson Post (University of Texas), Rana Radwan (Texas A&M University), Raven Stidom (Texas State University) and Steven White (U.S. Naval Academy).

Home-schooled — Reuben Durham III (Lamar University), Kelby Kosel (Texas A&M University), Sienna Taylor (Tarleton State University), Rowan Via (Southwestern University) and Bridget Hudnall.

Killeen High School — Ryan Black, Alyssa Cabading (University of Texas at San Antonio), Henry Castillo (Dakota State University), Armando Cruz (Texas A&M University), Djhavon Dormeus, Kezia Jones (Angelo State University), Littzy Paredes-Brignoni (Texas A&M University), Elizabeth Payne (Texas A&M University), Diego Pena-Orbe (Texas A&M University) and Kiara Vaughters (University of Texas).

Killeen Ellison High School — Tiani Siuai Ah Sang (Texas A&M University-Central Texas), Chantelle Cancel (University of Texas), Lauren Cassidy (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Jacqueline Dauz (University of Texas), Jazmine Jade Dauz (University of Texas), Aliya Gonzalez (University of Houston), Duha Kesbeh (Texas A&M University), Laiba Khan (Texas A&M University), Carolyn Orona (Texas A&M University), Angelina Perez (Texas A&M University), Amaya Reeves (University of Houston) and Trisha Reeves (University of Texas).

Killeen Shoemaker High School — Anjelique Gregor (Texas A&M University), Miya Leonidis (Texas State University), Erika McElveen (Texas A&M University-Central Texas), Isaiah Sears (University of North Texas), Cierra Weddle (Texas A&M University-Central Texas), Alicia Wegmann (Texas A&M University-Central Texas), Alexia Wilkinson (Central Texas College) and Alyssia Wilkinson (Central Texas College).

Rogers High School — Katelyn Erskine (University of Texas), Alexis Lara (Texas A&M University-Galveston), John Marshall (Texas A&M University), Caitlin Stanke (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Kelsie Watson (Tarleton State University).

Salado High School — Eliot Mettenbrink (Texas State University), Sebastian Welch (Texas A&M University-Galveston) and Aaron Wilkerson (Brigham Young University).

Troy High School — Levi Pierce (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) and George Robinson (Angelo State University).