ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The St. Louis College of Pharmacy wrapped up its one-week pilot program for St. Louis Public School students. The oldest student was only 14.
Growing up in a small Colorado town, John Pieper had few career role models.
"When you had the neighborhood pharmacist was a pillar of the community. We had no physician in our town, or no dentist, or no other health professional."
Pieper said little has changed since he became president of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
"Pharmacists, in many places, are the only health professional in a community."
These middle-school students started preparing for this huge responsibility early. They made calamine lotion to treat bug bites and cases of poison ivy. Pieper says he and St. Louis Public School Superintendent Kelvin Adams wanted students to consider a bio-science career after this one-week pilot program.
"Really, the important thing that Dr. Adams and I talked about is really trying to light a spark."
Eighth-grader Jaydon Williams already knew he wanted to be a bio-tech engineer.
"Recognizing organisms, or recognizing the characteristics of organisms, compounding mixtures like what we're doing today,' explained the 13-year-old. 'A lot of stuff has to do with biotech engineering."
Williams said he doesn't know what college he will attend, but professors expect to see these young scientists again.
"It's great to have them here," Dr. Pieper smiled. 'There's this whole buzz on campus with them here. It's been really wonderful."
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