STEM & Entrepreneurship Scholars earned $51,000 in Scholarships During an  Online Believe in Ohio – Regional Competition  

Dublin, Ohio – 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.  

Recently, 110 students from 17 high schools throughout Ohio competed in the second of two  Regional Competitions for the opportunity to advance to the 2021 Believe in Ohio State  Competition. Student projects are developed and then evaluated either as a STEM  Commercialization Plan or a STEM Business Plan. The Believe in Ohio State Competition will  take place in late June where they will compete for $250,000 in total scholarship awards.  

“STEM and entrepreneurship are a powerful combination that can used to innovate  commercialized solutions to problems as a market-based opportunity”, said Michael E. Woytek,  Executive Director for The Ohio Academy of Science. Woytek went on to add, “these students are  the future professionals needed to propel Ohio’s innovation economy”.  

Each of the students advancing from the Regional Competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship  to attend any Ohio college, university, or technical college and the opportunity to compete for a  $10,000 scholarship at the State Competition.  

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


The Believe in Ohio Regional Competition Scholars include:  

School Name and City Type of Plan Student Name(s) and Grade(s) .

Anna High School – Anna

Individual Mr. Dylan Michael Seigle, 12 

Plan Title: Magnetic Phone Holder: Gym Buddy 

Bio-Med Science Academy STEM School – Rootstown 

Individual Ms. Autumn Margaret Nicole Groen, 12 

Plan Title: Carnauba Wax Food Wrap 

Individual Mr. Tage G Mahle, 12 

Plan Title: MahleTage 

Individual Ms. Anna Colgrove, 12 

Plan Title: Magnetic Organizer Portfolio 

Individual Mr. Garrik Neill Catania, 12 

Plan Title: An Easy-use Mountable Fluid Pump 

Individual Ms. Rayleigh Stafinsky, 12 

Plan Title: Puzzle Storage Innovation 

Blanchester High School – Blanchester

Individual Ms. Grace Danielle Irwin, 11 

Plan Title: Interstitial Fluid Microneedle Sensor Patch Incorporating Nanoparticles for Monitoring Opioid Use. 

Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS- Broadview Hts 

Individual Mr. Dominic Michael Policarpo, 11 

Plan Title: FormAnalyzr, the Squat and Bench Correction System Using 3D Machine Camera Sensor and  Gyroscopic Technology to Give Athletes Feedback and Prevent Injury 

Individual Mr. Lucas Andrew Kirin, 12 

Plan Title: Handheld Power Tool Guidance System  

Team Mr. Zachary Bryan Zywiec, 10 and Mr. Jacob Bryan Zywiec, 12 

Plan Title: myFit, the Virtual Try-On and Fitting Clothing Experience 

Individual Mr. Logan Jeffrey Nall, 11 

Plan Title: SkiCom: Revolutionary AR Skiing Goggles 

Team Mr. Jadon Christopher Gamboa, 11, Mr. Jacon Ernest Didea, 11 and Mr. John Junghoon Kim, 11 Plan Title: Uplift 

Canfield High School – Canfield 

Team Ms. Bridgett Katherine Kelly, 11 and Ms. Julia C Sansoterra, 11 

Plan Title: Creating Pothole Filler from Dandelion Latex 

Individual Ms. Jordan Marie Helmick, 12 

Plan Title: Fertility Bath Bomb 

Individual Ms. Emma Dodig-Drahotusky, 11 

Plan Title: Naturally Occuring Antiviral Agents for Use on Cell Phones 

Team Ms. Madison R Puskar, 12, Ms. Morgan E Carey, 12 and Ms. Marisa F Scheetz, 12 Plan Title: Neutralized Dog Waste Solution 

Individual Mr. John Michael Heino, 11 

Plan Title: Road Salt Runoff Purification Method 

Individual Ms. Aurora Fares, 12 

Plan Title: Specialized Dye to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms in Coastal Waters 


Individual Mr. Owen DeMali, 12 

Plan Title: Cycle Akron 

Individual Mr. Jamil Wright, 12 

Plan Title: Estimation Money Device 

Individual Mr. Zaq Brown, 12 

Plan Title: Fallback Fire Safety: A resource for wildfire survival 

Individual Mr. Sha’Heen Williams, 12 

Plan Title: STEM Culture Connection Newsletter 

Individual Mr. Justin Segriff, 12 

Plan Title: VENT 

North Canton Hoover High School – North Canton 

Individual Ms. Rachel Marie Noebe, 11 

Plan Title: Dash Facts  

Individual Ms. Tess Avery Rosler, 10 

Plan Title: Growing Thyme: An innovative way to encourage gardening and save the environment. 

Individual Ms. Claire Georgia Wood, 10 

Plan Title: RainCart: A waterproof covering that clips onto a grocery cart to prevent groceries from getting wet -MORE-

Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin School – Chardon 

Team Ms. Liz Brey, 11, Ms. Abby Bouton, 11 and Ms. Cailin Hyslop, 11 Plan Title: Misting Hand Sanitizer Station (EMAW-Station) 

Team Mr. Vincent D Mickey, 11, Mr. Brandon D Preseren, 11 and Mr. John Cesen, 11 Plan Title: Ultrasonic Instrument Mouthpiece Cleaner: The Cleanstrument 

Team Ms. Vivian Ha, 11, Ms. Zoe Bella Allison, 11 and Ms. Kaitlin Mary Tabernik, 11 Plan Title: Wi-Fi Signal Recognition Tracker (WSRT) 

Olmsted Falls High School – Olmsted 

Team Mr. Dominic Michael Philbrick, 12 and Mr. John Thomas Skinner, 12 Plan Title: Lux LLC  

Individual Mr. Galvin J Morgan, 11 

Plan Title: Wellworks Water 

Upper Arlington High School – Upper Arlington 

Individual Mr. Malachi Gallo Son, 11 

Plan Title: Intercept 

Valley Forge High School – Parma Heights 

Individual Mr. Zachary James Ansbro, 12 

Plan Title: Quick Pin Cable Release 

VanWert HS – Van Wert 

Team Mr. Andrew Li, 12 and Ms. Sophie Grace Rutkowski, 12 

Plan Title: Massaging Biometric Compression Sleeve 

Team Mr. Zachariah Andrew Mason, 12 and Mr. Octavius Malichi Tucker, 12 Plan Title: The Big Rig Trash Compactor 

Westlake High School – Westlake 

Individual Mr. Andrew Thomas Cirincione, 12 

Plan Title: Modern Video Productions LLC 


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