White coats for the future

Seniors who have done four years on the biomed pathway at MCHS will earn their white coats later this spring


Leah Pelletier

Biomedical students earn their white coats this may after completing four years on the biomedical pathway.

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor

A senior walks through the Warrior room, a bright smile on their face. This is the moment where they realize that this is exactly what they want to be doing. A white coat gracing their shoulders and their peers cheering them on. Four years of Biomedical science classes was worth it to be in this moment at their very own white coat ceremony.

This ceremony at MCHS is to honor students who have taken 4 years of biomedical pathway courses and symbolize the duties that they plan to uphold in a medical field. A white coat ceremony happens as a rite of passage in medical schools, and students are given a white medical coat as a symbol of dedication to a healthcare profession. At a white coat ceremony, students generally recite the Hippocratic Oath to ensure they will uphold standards and ethics within the medical field.

Leah Pelletier, a Biomedical Science teacher at MCHS has seen her students progress through different courses through the years. Now she is seeing them at their own White Coat Ceremony. “We hope that it reminds them of where they came from and to remember and cherish the times they had here at MCHS.” She states. “It serves as a symbol of the hard work, perseverance and dedication they have all exemplified throughout their high school careers.”

Four years of Biomedical classes have provided these seniors with a great outlook on their future plans. Senior Mara Torres, who will be taking part in the white coat ceremony, has found that not only has Biomed allowed her to create friendships with people who have similar interests, but that Biomed has prepared her for her future.

Biomed has taught me the fundamentals of the pathway that I intend to pursue, as well as shown me important ways to interact and communicate with patients and coworkers within the hospital setting. It has immensely prepared and given me a leg up for college, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to take these courses.” Torres states.

Biomed has many hard classes that these seniors have put a lot of work toward. They spent much of their high school career immersing themselves in the medical field. For many, the white coat ceremony holds more importance than just saying an oath.

Hepner says, “[the white coat ceremony} is important to me because us seniors have been in these courses for 4 years now so it’s like we are graduating. It will really show that our hard work has paid off because we choose these honors classes as our electives so they are a little harder than some other classes. But it’s a good way to wrap up our high school career!”

This celebration of hard work biomed students have put in over the past four years is leaving students in good spirits. The passion behind the program from not only Pellitier but also her students is reflected by the sheer happiness surrounding this ceremony.

Taking place on March 13 in the Warrior room at the Upper campus, the white coat ceremony for biomed students is leaving smiles on their faces. Friends and family are invited and encouraged to go and see the white coat ceremony to support 4 year biomed students.