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Two students Earn Scholarships to continue their 'Journey of Learning'

For the past four years, two area teenagers have entered their science labs in pursuit of “how.“ “How do cells really work and stay healthy?“ and “how does physics make a difference in everyday things?“ Their search led them each deeper into the intricacies of scientific discovery and this month Brianna Martin and Bailey Mosley have been selected as the 2018 Penshorn Science Scholars from Steele and Clemens High Schools respectively. Each senior will receive a $1250 scholarship toward her freshman year in college.

Steele HS senior Brianna Martin, the daughter of Greg and Terri Martin, realized her love of science in Pre-AP Biology. After multiple science classes, including Medical Microbiology within the STEM track, she decided to continue on that track for college. She will attend Texas State University and seek a degree in microbiology with a focus on research and a future in pathology.

“I have chosen this path because I would like to do stem cell research and work toward a cure for cancer,“ said Martin.

“Brianna always wants those around her to be successful alongside of her. Her dedication to understanding what she is learning and helping others to do the same makes her an excellent student,“ adds Ms. Shayler Wagner, Martin‘s pre-AP biology teacher at Steele.

Clemens HS senior Bailey Mosley, the daughter of JD and Kelley Mosley, is the 2018 Texas State Champion for the Technology Students Association (TSA) competition in Engineering Graphic Solutions. Finding her niche in engineering skills, Mosley has won multiple awards at state-level TSA competitions during high school, has succeeded in a full complement of traditional AP science classes and STEM-track engineering classes, and held a leadership position in the Clemens TSA this year. She will attend Texas A&M University and major in civil engineering.

“I discovered a love of science at an early age, and was so glad that I could choose a STEM endorsement at Clemens which allowed me to participate in additional science and engineering courses over the past few years. My hope is to someday join Engineers Without Borders and with engineering solutions provide help to those who suffer in other parts of the world,“ said Mosley.

“Bailey‘s understanding of AP Physics and hard work in my class was second to none. She never gave up until she had mastered the material and had helped everyone else learn it too. She understands how physics is applied in real life and she is respected highly by her peers,“ said Clemens AP Physics teach Roger Alcala.

“I believe Brianna and Bailey have been well prepared by our two high schools for the college curriculums they are choosing. It is exciting to see the new opportunities our high school students are getting to lay a strong foundation of learning in the sciences as they consider their future careers,“ said Dr. Penshorn. “Both of these young women have worked hard to excel in AP Physics and related science classes while being incredibly involved in other activities as well. As they head to college, I‘m glad to be on their team and offer some financial support for this next step on their journey of learning.“

Dr. Penshorn began the Penshorn Science Scholarship in 2008 as he celebrated his 25th year of dental practice in the Schertz area. Scholarship winners from the past 10 years now hold advanced degrees in various science fields, are health care providers, engineers and researchers. A special congratulations goes to Emily Hecox, one of the 2014 Scholars, who graduated this month from Angelo State University and begins medical school at Texas Tech this summer.

Previous award winners are as follows:

  • 2008 - Kanesha Hines (SCHS) and Sarah Harrod (SHS)
  • 2009 - Alyssa DeMassey (SCHS) and Erika Sells (SHS)
  • 2010 - Sandra Roberts (SCHS) and Paul Virost (SHS)
  • 2011 - Cory Durham (SCHS) and Jennifer Singel (SHS)
  • 2012 - Austin Nesser (SCHS) and Rachel Concha (SHS)
  • 2013 - Zachary Goodall (SCHS) and Emily Helgren (SHS)
  • 2014 - Noah Land (SCHS) and Emily Hecox (SHS)
  • 2015 - Jonathan Mitchell (SCHS) and Katelyn Jones (SHS)
  • 2016 - Sayona Land (SCHS) and Sam Helgren (SHS)
  • 2017 - Christian Jacobson (SCHS) and Enrique Navedo (SHS)

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