Two members of the Carroll High School Class of 2022 have earned the distinction of valedictorian, and two others are being honored as Salutatorians. Kelly Dong and Ryan Donohue are the top students from the 168 member class, and Vivian Dao and Jacob Reuter also completed their careers as Carroll students with extraordinary academic records.
Kelly Dong, Gonzaga House, St. Helen Catholic School
Kelly is an Editor for Yearbook Club and the President of National Honor Society. She was honored her junior year as 1 of 24 Melvin Scholars by the Ohio Academy of Science in recognition of her science fair research project. Outside of school, she likes to cook, bake, and is an intern in the Wright Scholar program for mentor Dr. John Harrell; last summer, she assisted in research on the physiological and biomedical impacts of flight on fighter pilots. She will continue her research this upcoming summer. Kelly will major in Chemistry at The Ohio State University with the final intent to pursue medical school and to become an oncologist.
Ryan Donohue, Baltimore House, St. Luke School
Ryan was involved in Varsity soccer, Varsity track, Yearbook Club, Student Advisory Council, National Honors Society, and Spanish Honors Society. I served as the co-President of Spanish Club and earned 7 varsity letters throughout high school as well as the Merit award for service. Ryan was All-District in track and All-Miami Valley and All-GCL Co-ed in soccer. His career goal is to become a biomedical engineer and eventually get a master’s degree. He plans to attend The Ohio State University.
Vivian Dao, Trinity House, Pathway School of Discovery
During her time at Carroll, Vivian participated in several activities like Drama Club, Science Olympiad, Harry Potter Club, and TSA TEAMS in addition to being a member of tennis team and serving as a House Captain. She plans to study mechanical engineering at Miami University.
Jacob Reuter, St. Mary's House, St. Luke School
While in high school, Jacob played varsity soccer, varsity tennis, and was a Family Room Captain. He also performed more than 100 hours of community service. Jacob will attend The Ohio State University to study Computer Science and Engineering. After graduating college, he plans to start a career in the cybersecurity field.
Two years after the COVID-19 shutdown, the spring blood drive at Carroll High School has returned to the familiar ground of the Patriot gym.
The “Unity” blood drive on March 23 marked the sixth annual “Unity in the Community” campaign with rival Chaminade Julienne High School.
The closing of schools in March of 2020 meant cancelling proms and graduations, and at Carroll the school musical Bye Bye, Birdie, But Carroll re-opened the gym on the final day of virtual classes to reschedule the school blood drive. As the pandemic continued, Carroll shifted blood drives to Bloodmobiles.
“It’s our first indoors since 2020,” said science teacher and blood drive coordinator Laura Wright. “It makes it easier to come and go from classes when it’s down here.”
Wednesday’s return to the gym marked a step toward traditional collection goals. There were 70 donors, a 49% improvement from the 2021 spring blood drive, and 54 donations. The 44 first-time donors more than doubled the number of new donors from a year ago.
The annual “Unity in the Community” campaign is a partnership between Community Blood Center, Universal 1 Credit Union, and rivals Carroll and CJ. The schools host Unity blood drives and alternate choosing a charity to receive the Unity Award sponsored by Universal 1.
The sixth annual Unity in the Community campaign began with CJ’s Feb. 25 “Drop of Love” blood drive. It totaled 71 donors, 64 donations and 39 first-time donors.
Carroll will choose the recipient of the $1,000 Unity Award, which will be presented at an upcoming Carroll-CJ basketball game.
Freshmen Addy Westerfield and Sam Smith volunteered to organize the Carroll Unity blood drive. They found sponsors to donate pizza, donuts and cookies and directed volunteers.
“People signed up, that’s something we do here a lot,” said Addy. “So, everyone signed up to donate blood.”
“I’m always looking for opportunities to lead and serve the community,” said Sam. “It’s a very good cause. I also want to donate blood next year when I’m old enough to donate.”
“My mom is a pharmacist, she donates, and she’s always encouraging me and my brothers to donate,” said junior Nadia Severt. “It helps people and it’s a good cause.”
Junior Jacob Ruef Setting set a good example for new donors by making his fourth lifetime donation on Wednesday.
“My great-grandfather had a plaque downtown for donating a large amount of blood,” said Jacob. “It was really cool to see how big an impact he had and how many people he helped.”
Junior Brooke Close made her first donation Wednesday with a goal in mind. “Red Cord!” she said, about the CBC Red Cord Honor program for students who register to donate at least three times in their high school years. “It shows accomplishment in the blood drive and helping people.”
Carroll alumna is one of two University of Dayton students first to complete new life science quality assurance minor
Abigail Lee, a senior biology major from Mason, Ohio, and Hayley Jesse (Carroll High School Class of 2019, pictured right), a junior chemical engineering major from Dayton, are the first students to complete the University of Dayton’s quality assurance in the life science industries minor. Launched during the 2020-21 academic year within the College of Arts and Sciences, the minor is intended to prepare students for careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and biomedical device industries.
Housed in premedical programs, the minor provides students with skills to assure product quality, safety and efficacy, and meet the industry’s scientific and business challenges. The curriculum includes industry-specific courses about regulatory and legal requirements, product development and risk analysis, as well as microbiology and business courses.
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