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

Posted On: Friday, July 22, 2022

Winners Natalie Benner, Keigen Martz, Josh Reichert, Ian Rex, Hunter Sherer, and Robert Spath

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.


A total of 37 STEM Commercialization and STEM Business Plans were awarded with $277,500 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 2022, the Believe in Ohio program awarded $468,500 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.

 


Believe In Ohio

2022 State Competition Awardees

 

School Name and City, Type of Plan, Student Name(s) and Grade(s), Plan Title, Award

 

Anna High School - Anna

Individual Carly Koverman, 12

Plan Title: SleepRate App

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Bio-Med Science Academy STEM School - Rootstown

Individual Logan Cook, 10

Plan Title: VSBS - Variable Size Box Stacking

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Blanchester High School - Blanchester

Individual Ainsley Whitaker, 11

Plan Title: Electro-Sensors and Cutoff Valves for Toxic Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Motor Vehicles

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Emma Falgner, 11

Plan Title: Thermo Smart Blanket: Temperature Regulated Sleep Tracking Blanket

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Leah Boegeman, 11

Plan Title: Vivid-Corrective Contacts

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS- Broadview Hts

Individual Lucas Torres, 11

Plan Title: SoundCube: Your Desktop Recording Studio

Award: STEM Business Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual McKenna Mack, 11

Plan Title: X-Perience the Workplace

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Team Audrey Bird, 11 and Emma Caputo, 11

Plan Title: The AirBoot: Ski on Air

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Team Fiona Kumar, 11 and James Patrick, 11

Plan Title: Wrapped

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

              

Team Jacob Roberts, 11, Joshua Ackerman, 11 and Kai Sustersic, 11

Plan Title: H.A.R.P. Glasses

Award: STEM Business Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Canfield High School - Canfield

Individual Jocelyn Zhao, 11

Plan Title: New Tortilla Shape Allows For Greater Burrito Filling Capacity

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

NIHF STEM HS - Akron

Individual Brendan King, 12

Plan Title: Button Lock

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Charles Murphy, 12

Plan Title: ListTD: The Better To-Do List

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Eleanor Smith, 12

Plan Title: Eleanor's Garden for Good

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Jailah Truitt, 12

Plan Title: Resilient

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Maddox Graham, 12

Plan Title: BetterBee Kit

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Noah Klein, 12

Plan Title: Android Application to Encourage Internships

Award: $2,500 Pitch Video Scholarship

 

Individual Skylar Bittner, 12

Plan Title: Creating an app to assist in food security

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

North Canton Hoover High School - North Canton

Individual Ryan Pedone, 9

Plan Title: Cell Phob, an app that prevents people from losing their keys or getting their car keys stolen

Award: STEM Business Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin School - Chardon

Team Frank Kroto, 11, Joe Stolarik, 11 and Noah Weber, 10

Plan Title: BioTech Lure Company

Award: STEM Business Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Team Jasmine Abounader, 12, Lia Kimball, 12 and Zoey Daher, 12

Plan Title: The Hydration Guard

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Team Alex Simerale, 12, Eric Remchick, 12 and Nathan Galante, 12

Plan Title: Shoe-Port

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Olmsted Falls High School - Olmsted

Individual Aidan Ciehanoski, 12

Plan Title: Health As A Whole

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Jayden Kleinman, 12

Plan Title: Wellness Walker

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Revere HS - Richfield

Team Anna Freeman, 12 and Elise Jakab, 12

Plan Title: Hooks for Hoodies

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Team Lola Downing, 9 and Sierra White, 9

Plan Title: QuickFlip Lacrosse Stick

Award: STEM Business Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Rutherford B. Hayes High School - Delaware

Individual Adam Fronduti, 11

Plan Title: JazzAssist: a Fusion of a Cultural Artform and Technology

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Upper Arlington High School - Upper Arlington

Individual Mihai Crisan, 12

Plan Title: Development of a Generic Programmable Nanophotonic Processor using Programmable Photonic Integrated Circuits (PPICs) that Outperforms Current Ubiquitous Integrated Circuits (ICs)

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Valley Forge HS - Parma Heights

Individual Alejandro Agosto, 12

Plan Title: Poseidon Car-Side Express

Award: STEM Business Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Individual Kaylee Rauch, 12

Plan Title: Training Track

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Van Wert HS - Van Wert

Team Joshua Reichert, 12 and Robert Spath, 12

Plan Title: Binder Ring Correction

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Team Ian Rex, 12 and Natalie Benner, 12

Plan Title: Improved Shopping Wheel Caster

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

Team Hunter Sherer, 12 and Keigen Martz, 12

Plan Title: New Spike Design for Cross-Country Shoes

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

West Geauga High School - Chesterland

Individual Amy Johnson, 12

Plan Title: AUDITION Recording Studio

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Westlake High School - Westlake

Team John Kilroy, 12 and Mahdi Hussein, 9

Plan Title: Quit Stick

Award: STEM Business Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

William Mason High School - Mason

Individual Laasya Acharya, 9

Plan Title: Ceres: A Smart Device Utilizing Neural Networks to Detect Fruit Diseases Using Imaging

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $10,000 Scholarship

 

Team Janu Gadthula, 11 and Tanya Keskar, 11

Plan Title: Clean Energy with an Affordable Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Award: STEM Commercialization Plan $5,000 Scholarship

 

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