BHS Academic Boosters Club hosts spring awards

BHS Academic Boosters Club hosts spring awards
Posted on 05/20/2022
Guest speaker Justin Dinovo

Bellefontaine High School recently hosted its annual spring academic awards ceremony in the auditorium.

The featured speaker was BHS alum Justin Dinovo, who is the president of Citizens Federal.

Dinovo encouraged the students to persevere in their careers and life.

He used his journey as an example.

Dinovo dropped out of college, then returned to get his degree in 2007.

He’s been leading Citizens Federal for nearly 6 years.

The BHS Academic Boosters Club then recognized freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors for a variety of awards.

The first group of academic awards were decided by the BHS teaching staff across 15 different departmental areas.

Students were chosen based on five criteria: character, attitude, service, genuine interest in the content, and academic performance.

The awards were sponsored by various community members and businesses.

Each winner received $25.

Click here for the list of award recipients.

Senior Milah Hunt won the prestigious Honda-Ohio State Stem Award.

The award was created as a partnership between Honda and The Ohio State University to recognize outstanding talent among high school seniors who excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The award is intended to identify students with high learning potential who plan to seek a college degree and a STEM career.

Students are nominated by Bellefontaine High School teachers who teach any STEM-related course.

Hunt showed an extreme aptitude for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Due to winning the award, Hunt received a $3,000 scholarship (renewable for 4 years).

She will study biomedical engineering and minor in Spanish at Ohio State.

Finally, BHS presented SOAR Awards.

Bellefontaine High School is very proud of the rigorous coursework available for students to help prepare them for their education beyond high school.

Honors classes, college credit plus classes, post-secondary options, and Advanced Placement classes are all available at BHS. Though all of these paths are difficult, the AP classes require the students to be willing to work above and beyond the usual expectations for a high school class. AP classes also require students to take a culminating standardized exam to show mastery of the material.

The SOAR award was established to recognize high school seniors who have strived to challenge themselves by taking these AP courses. It recognizes those students who didn’t shy away from this difficult level of rigor and were still able to maintain a high grade point average.

To qualify as a 2022 SOAR Award recipient, students are required to take at least 7 Advanced Placement classes, have a 4.00 GPA or higher at the end of their 7th semester of high school, and completed 19 or more college-level courses.

Each SOAR winner received a certificate and $100 cash. Their names will also be added to the SOAR plaque displayed in the academic trophy case.

The SOAR Award recipients include (name, college, major):

Morgan Burden: The Ohio State University, Pharmaceutical Science

Sarah Fulmer: Miami University, Biology

Lincoln Howell: University of Toledo, Biological Sciences

Milah Hunt: The Ohio State University, Biomedical Engineering

Cadence Latimer: University of Cincinnati, Psychology and Criminal Justice

Mackenzie Southard: Ohio Northern University, Accounting

Gabriella Stolly: The Ohio State University, Business Economics and Pre-Law

Bellefontaine City Schools Gifted Coordinator Angie Horvath reflected on the ceremony. “The entire focus of the Academic Boosters Club is to enhance academics and honor kids who make academics a priority.”

High School Principal Dr. Pam Noeth served as the emcee.

The BHS Academic Boosters Club also hosted awards ceremonies in October and February.

Photos: Guest speaker Justin Dinovo

Students honored during the ceremony.

BCS Superintendent Brad Hall commends the award recipients.

Guest speaker Justin Dinovo

Students honored during the ceremony.

Students honored during the ceremony.

Students honored during the ceremony.

Students honored during the ceremony.

Students honored during the ceremony.

SOAR Award recipients

Superintendent Brad Hall commends the award recipients.

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