Science, faith drive top Roncalli student

The students gathered around the petri dishes, examining the bacteria that had been growing.

Stephanie Asdell and her classmates were completing a bacterial transformation lab in biology class. They put a certain gene into a bacterial culture and watched over multiple generations as it took on luminescent properties, glowing in the dark.

“It seemed so much more advanced than what you could do in high school — creating something and doing something new,” she said. “I thought it was so cool we could do that in our little classroom here.”

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