STEM Scholars from Altha School Win Photography Competition

The photo above shows Altha School students junior, Justin Moore and senior Hannah Register transplanting in the sterile environment – “under the hood”.

STEM Scholars from Altha School Win Photography Competition

Altha students, Justin Moore and Hannah Register, were recently notified that a photograph, taken while they were working under the hood, in the sterile tissue culture lab at Oglesby Plants International recently won the runner-up prize in the Society of In Vitro Biology’s photo competition.

Oglesby Plants International, located in Altha, Florida was one of the founding business partners for the FloridaLearns STEM Scholars Project. Oglesby, a leading international supplier of young plants for commercial growers, has provided advisory support for the project and during two summers, allowed a team of Altha School students, led by Sara Waldorff, the school’s STEM Mentor Teacher, to spend two weeks onsite. The Oglesby team, headed by partners Gary Hennen, President, David Oglesby, Vice President, Mary McKenzie, Secretary/Treasurer and Ray Gillis, Laboratory Director, carefully planned activities for students that took them from the sterile tissue culture lab to the greenhouse. The company maintains an active profile in providing educational support, thus demonstrating commitment to the students from their local community and to our state’s STEM human capital pipeline.

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