|DR.MED of NEISD STEM Academy with Maj. Gen. Justice (left) and Lt. Gen. Freakley (center) at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Army Strong Zone in San Antonio|
Team DR.MED, which hails from North East Independent School District STEM Academy in San Antonio, is led by Team Advisor Sandra Geisbush and is comprised of students Jocelyn Hernandez, Ricky Rodriguez, Nathaly Salazar and Carlos Zapata. The 2010-2011 eCYBERMISSION eighth-grade National Finalists were recognized for their work investigating the effects that the improper disposal of pharmaceutical chemicals has on groundwater resources.
According to Geisbush, eCYBERMISSION has had a transformative impact on the team. “Since last year, the change I’ve seen in them has been amazing,” said Geisbush. “[Before eCYBERMISSION] they were tentative and unsure of themselves. Now they are confident – their maturity has reached a new level.”
The team was thrilled to be honored in their hometown. “This was totally unexpected,” said Hernandez. “It’s such an honor.”
Geisbush stated that eCYBERMISSION has also helped open new doors for the team. “eCYBERMISSION has given them ideas about careers they had never even imagined.”
“It’s really made us focus on the careers and opportunities available to us,” Rodriguez elaborated.
Since their success with eCYBERMISSION, the team said they have noticed a change in their fellow students at school and are trying to make the most of their newfound status as role models. “The younger kids look up to us now,” said Rodriguez.
The team is also hoping to use their success to help inspire those in their community to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. “We are really proud to represent the community,” said Hernandez. “[Most people] in the area we come from are minorities or socioeconomically disadvantaged.”
Geisbush couldn’t be prouder of her team and was delighted that they had the opportunity to be recognized once more for their achievements. She summed up the change she has seen in her team perfectly: “They started [eCYBERMISSION] as kids, and they finished as young adults. It’s been a life-changing experience.”
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