Remember your introduction to science—asking a question or doing an experiment? How about your first immersion into the delights and dips of nature? For Ashley Engle and Miranda Bunnell, they need only look back a couple weeks. They are 17-year olds now entering their senior year at Lake Placid High School (10 minutes north of Archbold). But for this summer, they were part of Archbold's special community of scientists and educators thanks to a National Science Foundation award to Dr. Eric Menges, Director of Archbold's Plant Ecology Program. The 'Research Assistantship for High School Students' was a summer job unlike any other. Engle and Bunnell spent 2.5 months collecting data alongside Archbold Plant Ecology research interns (recent college grads) and research assistants like Stephanie Koontz while conducting their own independent research culminating in a formal presentation. A day in the Florida scrub with the engaging duo is filled with comedy, drama, blunders, and pure joy. Thanks to the National Science Foundation and Archbold's community of inspiring mentors, they will carry this science experience forward in all they do.