BASD-Liberty student wins PBS contest to advance cancer research
This year, 600 high school students from around the country submitted essays on the importance of cancer research, and how science can find a cure for cancer. It was with great joy that BASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy announced that Liberty HS student Katie Neary was selected as one of the 100 student winners. Katie, along with Liberty Principal Harrison Bailey III and Assistant Principal Amanda Hinkel, appeared at the March 19 school board meeting, to receive praise from the board and audience alike for her outstanding accomplishment.
The program is a joint effort between the Public Broadcasting Service and Stand Up to Cancer. Most Bethlehem residents are familiar with PBS, with its local PBS39 building being located near the SteelStacks at the old Bethlehem Steel property.
Stand Up to Cancer is a charitable organization formed in 2008, as part of the entertainment industry. It is headed by numerous celebrities and entertainment personalities, including Katie Couric. By working together, the two entities have created the Emperor Science Award program, and have secured funding for the research prizes from innovative companies in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries.
Katie’s essay has landed her the opportunity to conduct research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She will mentor under an experienced scientist for a multi-week experience, and will also receive a Google Chromebook. It is the aim of the program to get students who are interested in the field of cancer research better access into the field, and hopefully build the next generation of cancer researchers, to someday develop the cure to cancer.