Students from Rockford and Sparta high schools were awarded the honor of being accepted into a highly competitive summer science program hosted by Ferris State University (FSU) and CVS Pharmacy this past summer. These students got the opportunity to learn about pharmacy, drug design, chemistry and science by working in local CVS pharmacies as well as Dr. Boncher’s research laboratory at FSU. Among the brightest and most talented of the Rockford and Sparta area, these students got the opportunity to work right next to pharmacists in area pharmacies and learn about drug interactions, filling of prescriptions as well as day-to-day operations in a pharmacy. After this experience, they traveled up to Big Rapids and got involved in diabetic research synthesizing analogues to better improve upon drugs such as Avandia. While at FSU, they also learned how products such as toothpaste, Chapstick and various gels are made. Students presented all their work at Kendall College of Art and Design after the completion of the summer program. “These students were such fun to work with and their excitement, passion and curiosity for learning is very refreshing,” said Dr. Boncher.
Ferris State University
At BraeSide Golf Course, where Rockford High School players practice and compete, and joined by Coach J. Eric Cullum, Trent Davison signed his letter of intent to continue his sport at Ferris State University. Davison began his Rockford golf career as a freshman. He has continually improved and learned how to perform on the golf course. Davison was a first team Division I All-State team member in 2009 and is definitely on track for that again this year. Staff and coaches at Rockford High School are proud of Davison, and see even bigger accomplishments in his future.