The BHS Chapter of POWER SET held its second annual POWER SET Induction on September 24, 2018. Sixteen young ladies, meeting the strict criterion for membership, joined the ranks as POWER SET members along side the fifteen returning members.
These young women, whose goal is to pursue a career in a STEM related field, received words of encouragement from Mr. Keith Jedlicka as well as from guest speaker Dr. Kelly Wallace.
Dr. Kelly Wallace is currently employed with WCJC as the PTA Program Director, Advisor Committee member, and Professor of the PTA Program. Dr. Wallace holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University; a Bachelor of Science from Texas Woman’s University in Physical Therapy; a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M in Health Education and Post Graduate work in Adult Learning from the University of Houston-Victoria. Dr. Wallace is Licensed in both Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy and is a certified clinical instructor. She has worked as a Physical Therapist in Wharton, Edna, Rosenberg, and Pearland, Tx as well as in the city of New Orleans. Dr. Wallace also worked as the Academic Clinical Coordinator at Wharton Junior College.
When addressing the inductees and returning members, Dr. Wallace started by letting them know that “Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” She went on to stress the importance of setting goals, working hard, and never giving up. She continued to tell the girls of the struggles she endured in pursuing her dream and quoting “Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality-Les Brown”. Her ending quote came from one of her favorite speakers, Les Brown: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
At the conclusion of these words of encouragement, President and returning member Kayla Parker told the ladies the story of the pearl, which is one of the signature pieces of the uniform worn by POWER SET members. The inductees received their shirt and the returning members made the induction official by placing the pearl necklaces on each of the girls.
The new inductees were: Tori Arrington, Alma Barajas, Autumn Becerra, Kimberly Castillo, Hailey Davis, Kailey Davis, Emily Folmar, Trista Garza, Emily Gmitter, Sara Gonzales, Maria Gonzalez, Katherine Gubbels, Araceli Hernandez, Elizabeth Jeffrey, Samantha Pospisil, and Yatziri Ramirez.
Returning members included: Danielle Bowers, Gabrielle Castillo, Madison Floyd, Allison Jedlicka, Samantha Kalmus, Jasmine Munoz, Denia Ramirez, Celeste Rodriguez, Billie Sulak, and Mercedes White.
Officiating the Induction, 2018-2019 Officers: Kayla Parker-President, Sydney Archer- Vice President, Rhea Bhakta-Secretary, Laelah Bickham- Reporter, and Chloe Merecka-Student Advisor
The Boling High School POWER SET organization was established in partnership with Texas A&M University’s Texas Engineering Experiment Station and the Nuclear Power Institute. POWER SET is an acronym for Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science Engineering and Technology. The program was developed to encourage and support young women to pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – or STEM for short.
By Judy Wallace
BHS Chemistry/Physics Teacher
BHS POWER SET Sponsor