STEM & Entrepreneurship Scholars earned $274,000 in Scholarships During an Online Believe in Ohio – State Competition


Funded by the State of Ohio through the Department of Higher Education and operated as a program of The Ohio Academy of Science, Believe in Ohio is a STEM and entrepreneurship program that teaches students how to commercialize products and services and create business plans that are driven by innovation.  A total of 31 STEM Commercialization and STEM Business Plans were awarded with $274,000 in scholarships at the Believe in Ohio State Competition. These scholarships can only be used to attend an Ohio college, university, or technical college.

In 2021, the Believe in Ohio program awarded more than $400,000 scholarships in total.  “This year’s projects were not only amazing, but also very inspiring”, said Michael E. Woytek, Executive Director for The Ohio Academy of Science. Woytek went on to add, “the Believe in Ohio program provides students with a vision of what’s possible as it broadens and builds critical skills needed to compete in today’s economy. It also provides them with a sense of purpose for pursuing post-secondary opportunities, here in Ohio”.

Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, curriculum-based, STEM and entrepreneurship program for Ohio high school students. The program is designed to create a “Culture of Innovation” and to prepare students to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labor market and become contributors to Ohio’s innovation economy. Believe in Ohio is a program of The Ohio Academy of Science and was collaboratively developed with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio.

For more information about Believe in Ohio, please visit www.believeinohio.org.

The Believe in Ohio State Competition plans include:
School Name and City, Type of Plan, Student Name(s) and Grade(s), Plan Title, Award

 

Bio-Med Science Academy STEM School – Rootstown

Individual Ms. Autumn Margaret Nicole Groen, 12
Plan Title: Carnauba Wax Food Wrap
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Mr. Tage G Mahle, 12
Plan Title: Epoxy Scaleable
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Ms. Rayleigh Stafinsky, 12
Plan Title: Stackable Puzzle Storage System
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Blanchester High School – Blanchester

Individual Ms. Grace Danielle Irwin, 11
Plan Title: Interstitial Fluid Microneedle Sensor Patch Incorporating Nanoparticles for Monitoring Opioid Use.
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Mr. Carter Anthony Stevens, 12
Plan Title: Bone Regenerative Injection
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan 1st Alternate

 

Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS- Broadview Hts

Individual Mr. Lucas Andrew Kirin, 12
Plan Title: Handheld Power Tool Guidance System
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Team Mr. Zachary Bryan Zywiec, 10 and Mr. Jacob Bryan Zywiec, 12
Plan Title: myFit, the Virtual Try-On and Fitting Clothing Experience
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Canfield High School – Canfield

Individual Ms. Emma Dodig-Drahotusky, 11
Plan Title: Naturally Occuring Antiviral Agents for Use on Cell Phones
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Team Ms. Morgan E Carey, 12, Ms. Madison R Puskar, 12, and Ms. Marisa F Scheetz, 12
Plan Title: Neutralized Dog Waste Solution
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Carroll High School – Dayton

Individual Mr. Kevin Samuel Agnew, 12
Plan Title: LED Pacing System for Runners
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Columbus Academy – Gahanna

Team Mr. Soham Joshi, 11 and Mr. Raaghav Malik, 11
Plan Title: S.E.N.S.E: A Multipurpose Robotic Glove Designed to Teach Sign Language through Guided Manual Motions
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Hilliard Darby High School – Hilliard

Individual Mr. Anas Muhammad Mereb, 9
Plan Title: Bio Inspired & Smart Blade Designs for more Efficient and Resilient Small Wind Turbines
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Jackson High School – Massillon

Individual Ms. Snehal Choudhury, 11
Plan Title: Creating an Alcohol-Free, Essential Oil-Based Sanitizer for Better Hand Hygiene
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Lutheran West School – Rocky River

Individual Ms. Acacia Allison Uechi, 12
Plan Title: Citrus Clothing Company
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Milton Union High School – West Milton

Individual Ms. Alyssa Layne Smith, 11
Plan Title: SwingMax
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Ms. Madison Elizabeth-Ming Stasiak, 11
Plan Title: The Bottle-Attachment with Suction Equipment (BASE), a Universal Non-Tipping Cup Holder to Keep Bottles Upright
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin School – Chardon

Team Mr. Zach DeRespiris, 12, Mr. Evan Fonash, 12, and Mr. Mario Misiti, 12
Plan Title: Aerobic Success Enhancement Mask (ASEM)
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Team Mr. John Cesen, 11, Mr. Vincent Mickey, 11, and Mr. Brandon Preseren, 11
Plan Title: The Cleanstrument
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Team Ms. Abby Bouton, 11, Ms. Liz Brey, 11, and Ms. Cailin Hyslop, 11
Plan Title: Misting Hand Sanitizer Station (EMAW-Station)
Award: STEM Business Plan 1st Alternate

Team Ms. Zoe Allison, 11, Ms. Vivian Ha, 11, and Ms. Kaitlin Tabernik, 11
Plan Title: Wi-Fi Signal Recognition Tracker (WSRT)
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan 2nd Alternate

Olmsted Falls High School – Olmsted

Individual Mr. Galvin J Morgan, 11
Plan Title: Wellworks Water
Award: STEM Business Plan 2nd Alternate

 

Rutherford B Hayes High School – Delaware

Team Ms. Caylee Bree Combs, 12 and Ms. Brynn Eleanora McGrail, 12
Plan Title: Creating a Sustainable Cycle with a Duckweed-Based Fertilizer
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Upper Arlington High School – Upper Arlington

Individual Mr. Malachi Gallo Son, 11
Plan Title: Intercept
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Mr. Mihai Crisan, 11
Plan Title: Development of a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that outperforms current ubiquitous integrated circuits
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Mr. Benjamin Maximus Son, 10
Plan Title: Receiver Protector
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

VanWert HS – Van Wert

Team Mr. Andrew Li, 12 and Ms. Sophie Grace Rutkowski, 12
Plan Title: Massaging Biometric Compression Sleeve
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Team Mr. Zachariah Andrew Mason, 12 and Mr. Octavius Malichi Tucker, 12
Plan Title: The Big Rig Trash Compactor
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

West Geauga High School – Chesterland

Individual Mr. Bryn Patterson Morgan, 10
Plan Title: Improved Spatial Positioning System Pt. 2
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Westlake High School – Westlake

Individual Ms. Michelle Khoury, 12
Plan Title: Water Weighers
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

Individual Mr. Jacob Mathew Rintamaki, 11
Plan Title: The Transformable Tent: A Novel Design to Aid Humanitarian Relief Efforts
Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

William Mason High School – Mason

Individual Mr. Emir Tali, 10
Plan Title: Portable Solar Tracker
Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship