Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA

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Roane/Calhoun HSTA
Recruiting 8th Graders for school year 2022-2023
If you know of any rising freshmen interested in a STEM career, please contact T. Mitchell
( 304) 531-2058


Webster students ready to lend a hand carrying pizza to their club meeting.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 14/09/2021

Braxton HSTA students prepare to conduct first with hands on activity.


Two Roane students inducted into National Honor Society.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 12/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Julie Snodgrass Drennen. She attended WVU and received a BS in Child Development and Family Studies specializing in Early Childhood Education. She attend Marshall Graduate College and received a MA in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood Education. She also certified in Early Childhood Special Education. She just went back to school and received a MA in Literacy Education from WVU.
She had signed up for HSTA her 8th grade year because it offered an opportunity to go to camp at WVU and that seemed really exciting to me. The summer camps were always so much fun and you didn’t know you were learning because of all the exciting things you get to do. She made some great friends and has some wonderful memories.
She also enjoyed doing the science experiments that would be presented every year. Students always picked what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. She felt it was nice to have the freedom to choose something they were interested in, such as when they chose to see how many germs were growing around the local high school. They swabbed water fountains, handrails, lunch tables, etc. and then grew the bacteria in petry dishes. Then they compared where there was the most bacteria and presented it. She states that, " For me to remember that over 20 years later really says something about how much fun I had during that time."
Her career has led her to work in Kanawha county teaching Pre-K and currently, on her 7th year of teaching at Geary Elementary Middle School in Roane County where She attended school.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 09/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Catlin Goodwin Bates. She graduated RCHS in 2012 then received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2016 from West Liberty University. In 2018, She completed her Masters degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. Her career started in work with homeless veterans and children in the foster care system. She is currently a clinical therapist that works with co-occurring disorders. She has a dual licenses as a social worker and substance abuse counselor.

There are many opportunities as a social worker and therapist throughout West Virginia. HSTA helped build her financial foundation to achieve in her field. She is thankful for everything that HSTA was able to offer.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 07/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Lauren Reichard Lawson. She states that she will forever be grateful for the experiences and opportunities HSTA provided .

She graduated RCHS in 2011. She received an Associate of Science in Nursing ( ASN-RN) in 2013 from Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. In 2017 she completed the WVU Online RN-BSN program. She worked as an RN in the emergency room , medical surgical floors, pre-admission testing for outpatient surgeries, and as an RN Case Manager for Workers Comp. She is currently married and staying home with two children ( 3 years old and 18 months).

There are so many opportunities as an RN and in the medical field in general. HSTA paved the way for her to receive these Nursing degrees without financial burden.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 04/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Mat Richards. He went to Calhoun County High School in the 2000 graduating HSTA class. He went to college and met his now wife, Gwen, then moved out of state and took a break from college for a few years. He married in 2006, and went back to college in 2008, where he mentored at GSC’s HSTA camp in 2009. His daughter Jocelyn was born in 2010, and he graduated from Glenville in 2012. He started teaching at RCHS in 2013, and became the Calhoun HSTA advisor in 2014. He took over Roane HSTA in 2015, and have advised them ever since, even after moving to Ripley High School in 2018.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 04/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Megan Skaggs Giles. She is a 2011 Graduate of RCHS. She received a BA in Psychology from West Virginia State University in 2016 and was on the deans list every semester. She felt that HSTA was truly a blessing, because they were family to her. She met several people along the way and is still in contact with them today. She is forever grateful. She currently is a substitute teacher of Roane County Schools. She has 4 kids and is a foster parent. She is happily married to a wonderful officer and truly believes that HSTA and the people she has met along the way have pushed her to achieve all that she has. Summer camps were her absolute favorite. The forensic science one at state was her favorite and is why she chose to go there.


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Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 02/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Melissa Ashman. She is a 2014 RCHS graduate; a 2018 WVU graduate with a BS in Exercise Physiology with Summa Cum Laude distinction; and currently a third year Medical Student at Marshall University. She has been doing rotations in several fields of medicine and has enjoyed family medicine because of the variety. She has been very grateful for the HSTA program for helping her with not only for paying for tuition, but for the opportunities of the many camps and internships that have given her the important experiences in the field of science.

Photos from Roane/Calhoun/Webster/Braxton HSTA's post 01/03/2021

Feature Story: Where Are They Now?

Meet Kacey Blosser Freeze. She graduated from RCHS in 2014 and She has an associate degree in applied health science from Bridgevalley. She is a stay at home mom expecting her second child. She is hopeful to continue her education and become a pre school teacher once her boys are a little older. HSTA will continue to provide for her education. HSTA gives opportunity and hope for young people and in Kacey's situation, she still has that opportunity to resume her education even though her life situation has changed.


Due to Covid restrictions, 2020-2021 school year has been meeting virtually. Here are Some of the current Roane and Calhoun students.


The Health Sciences & Technology Academy, known as HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps participating high school students enter and succeed in STEM-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors―teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves―through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college.

HSTA Scholars Are . . .

75% rural, 37% African American, 69%, Female,68% First-Generation college attendees, 46% Financially Disadvantaged

And They Achieve Phenomenal Success

2879 high school students have graduated from HSTA, 1998-2019

99% of HSTA graduates matriculate to college

89% graduate from college; 86% graduate with a 4 year degree or better

84% of our college graduates continue to live and work in West Virginia

On average, HSTA students earn $30,000 per year more than their parents.

State schools provide substantial tuition support through medical school and other advanced STEM-based degrees


2020 High School Graduates

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