2019 BioGENEius Mentor Awardee

Philadelphia High School for Girls,
Philadelphia, PA
(accepted by Dr. Parthenia A. Moore, Principal)

We would not have the quality of national STEM excellence in women or the talent to feed our future biotechnology workforce were it not for the dedicated STEM programs offered by this year’s BioSTEM Leader Awardee, the Philadelphia High School for Girls (PHSG).

The Philadelphia High School for Girls was founded in 1848 to “prepare teachers for the common schools of Philadelphia.” It was the first municipally supported secondary school for girls in the United States and was called the Girls’ Normal School. In 1893, the Philadelphia High School for Girls separated from the Girls’ Normal School, and the basis for today’s college preparatory curriculum was laid. It continues to exist as a school for the academically talented, providing young students with outstanding opportunities for scholarship, leadership, and service. Its’ motto, “Vincit qui se vincit” (He conquers who conquers himself) attributed to the first century B.C. writer Publilius Syrus, is embodied in the school's Code of Honor and Courtesy and adopted because of the realization that self-mastery is one of the most important goals one should strive to attain.

Under the strategic vision of Principal Dr. Parthenia Moore, GHS began its STEM/STEAM Program a few years ago and invited students to come to the inaugural meeting. Expecting twenty-five students to attend, more than sixty showed up and continues to increase to date. To assist GHS’s vision of growth in STEM, Dr. Moore secured $3 million for two newly refurbished science laboratories and the refinishing of a third laboratory with no cost to the school. They have had installed twenty additional SMARTBoards in teachers’ classrooms across the school to assist in student learning, again at no cost to the school. GHS has also established STEM partnerships with University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Drexel and Temple Universities.
 
The students of GHS have connected to the sciences at levels that have surpassed expectations. Through its STEM Program, students are seeking opportunities and being provided information that further supports them in the areas of technology, engineering and mathematics. “With an appropriate modification to their motto ‘She conquers who conquers herself’, the young women of GHS will be well equipped to achieve their goals in the field of STEM” said Dr. Larry Mahan, President of the Biotechnology Institute.

As a college preparatory school whose heritage is founded in tradition, it serves academically talented young women drawn from the diversity of Philadelphia. The school’s mission is to graduate students who will treat others compassionately and lead lives of personal integrity at the university level, preparing them to be future leaders. This is accomplished in a safe, nurturing environment that challenges the intellect, provides an enriching extracurricular program, embraces diversity and encourages ethical behavior. PHSG maintains a rich and rigorous academic program, which includes Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, as well as outstanding humanities courses.

Under the strategic vision of Principal Dr. Parthenia Moore, GHS began its STEM/STEAM Program a few years ago and invited students to come to the inaugural meeting. Expecting twenty-five students to attend, more than sixty showed up and continues to increase to date. To assist GHS’s vision of growth in STEM, Dr. Moore secured $3 million for two newly refurbished science laboratories and the refinishing of a third laboratory with no cost to the school. They have had installed twenty additional SMARTBoards in teachers’ classrooms across the school to assist in student learning, again at no cost to the school. GHS has also established STEM partnerships with University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Drexel and Temple Universities.

The students of GHS have connected to the sciences at levels that have surpassed expectations. Through its STEM Program, students are seeking opportunities and being provided information that further supports them in the areas of technology, engineering and mathematics. “With an appropriate modification to their motto ‘She conquers who conquers herself’, the young women of GHS will be well equipped to achieve their goals in the field of STEM” said Dr. Larry Mahan, President of the Biotechnology Institute.

It is with great pride that we honor the Philadelphia High School for Girls with the 2019 BioSTEM Leader Award.