Ant biologist Clint Penick (that’s him above on the far left) didn’t win the “Most Likely to Become a Scientist” award in middle school. In fact, when I asked Clint if he was cool in middle school he answered my yes or no question with one word: skater. He could do an ollie, play some power chords on the guitar and listened to obscure punk bands. He’d tell you which ones, but you’ve probably never heard of them.
Clint was more of the creative type in middle school, and favored “…any class that let you express creativity on assignments.” His favorite classes were writing and history, not science. In fact, he hardly remembers his science classes in middle school; he only remembers that they were boring. He attributes his love of creative subjects to good teachers noting, “