Bryce Picton Creates Opportunities to Learn and Contribute
Creating His Future
It’s one thing to investigate the structure of a bacterial protein. And it’s another to enjoy just being a teen. Bryce Picton is a senior at RBV High, and to balance his many involvements, he finds time to chill. “It took me six years, but I have tried everything on Pepper Tree Frosty’s original blue-white menu,” said Bryce, who interns five hours a week at Tri-City Medical Center to get real-world experience as he considers a career in healthcare.
Bryce is a leader. He is president of two of his school’s service-oriented clubs, the California Scholarship Federation Honor Society and the Environment Club, and he especially enjoys outdoor community service events, such as habitat restoration and beach/park cleanups. He plays on the RBV academic team, is a member of the Feminism Club, and runs varsity long-distance events in track and field.
Name: Bryce Picton
School: Rancho Buena Vista High School
Parents: Deanna Gifford and Todd Picton
Hobbies & Interests: Running, hiking, drawing, painting, bowling
Favorite Local Places: Pepper Tree Frosty, Vista Village, Buena Vista Park
Last summer, Bryce investigated internships in biology or chemistry, mirroring the majors he’s considering in the state’s top universities. “I have not decided exactly what I want to do,” mentioned Bryce, “but I am considering being a surgeon or medical researcher and everything in between.” To gain real-world experience, he created his own internship. Bryce elaborated, “I emailed all the Cal State San Marcos biology and chemistry professors my resume and asked each professor if I could help out in a lab in any capacity.” He was accepted into the lab of Dr. Sajith Jayasinghe and worked with grad and undergrad students four days a week over the 10-week summer. His internship research focus was to help determine if a bacterial protein in E. coli could eliminate symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. “I immensely enjoyed that this work was original,” added Bryce. “The protein structure of CsgE was unknown and I had the opportunity to contribute to its discovery.”
“I am considering being a surgeon or medical researcher and everything in between.”
His other real-world experiences are centered on community-building; as a former volunteer with Solutions for Change, Bryce helped serve dinner to the homeless once a month for over two years, and at the recent Alley Art Festival, he helped paint a mural. From writing poetry to painting to rock climbing, Bryce blends his passions for nature and the environment to be a well-rounded, well-balanced student star. This is Bryce’s foundation for all the places he’ll go.