For the third time since 2018, The Ohio Academy of Science awarded Archbishop Carroll High School the Harold C. Shaw Memorial Award, its most prestigious honor for student success at State Science Day.
Archbishop Carroll High School's group of 17 students presented independent STEM research projects at State Science Day as part of a virtual event for the second year in a row. Schools must send at least four students to present research, and 80% of those projects must earn the highest possible rating of Superior. All other projects must score at least an Excellent rating, and all students who register for the event must present his/her research. 14 Patriots earned Superior ratings, and three earned Excellent ratings for their projects. Carroll students also combined to win 22 special awards which include several scholarships and cash prizes.
“Earning the Shaw Award is a huge accomplishment for our students and their teachers. It is an honor to be recognized by a state-wide organization for the outstanding work these folks do year-in and year-out, Inquiry-based learning and research are fundamental to an education at Archbishop Carroll High School; especially in the STEM curriculum. This award is a recognition of that commitment and we could not be more proud!”
Only seven other schools across Ohio earned the Shaw Award, but Carroll’s group of 17 students more than doubled the number of students that represented the next closest school at seven participants. According to the Ohio Academy of Science, more than 1,000 Ohio students participated in the 2022 State Science Day.
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Teaching can be challenging, but with new guidelines and plans schools have to follow to slow the spread of COVID-19, it can be even harder. Dr. Christina O’Malley is a science teacher at Carroll High School who is on a mission to keep her students engaged in science even if they can’t always be together in the classroom.
Dr. O’Malley studied at Wright State University, got her master’s at the University of Dayton, and then pursued her Ph.D. at Ohio State. She returned to her hometown to teach and has been dedicated to encouraging her students to explore and enjoy the sciences.
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“The world is spiritual, but it is also scientific. The more our students today know about science, the better they will contribute to the world they will enter.”
This is the expressed motivation for Bob Barthelemy’s generous contribution to Carroll High School’s new STEM Lab. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and according to this devoted scientist, the lab was the perfect opportunity for him to continue his long association with the Dayton-based Catholic high school.
Barthelemy was born in New Bedford, MA, and did his undergraduate studies in nuclear physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He then joined the Air Force, where his first assignment was to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He later earned his PhD at Ohio State University. Bob’s long association with Carroll High School started with his three daughters, all graduates. Now, some of his grandchildren are beginning their own high school experiences at Carroll.
Barthelemy says, “The greatest contribution the new STEM Lab will make to a student’s experience at Carroll is that it will allow them to ‘do,’ not just study, science. I am an inherently inquisitive person. I am a scientist, and I know that doing science is what provides the greatest benefit to learning. There are many times when I have heard students say, ‘I do not see what this is for.’ I can show them what science is for. A lab allows students to experience how to apply what they study, how it will work in the real world.”
Carroll High School remains the only area high school to earn the Ohio Academy of Science Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education every year since its inception after once again winning the honor in 2019.
The award recognizes schools and educators who stimulate scientific research and technological design and extend opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. Forty professionals representing STEM employers from business, industry, government, and academia evaluate each school’s application for the award.
2018-19 Carroll faculty Dr. Christina O’ Malley, Laurie Fuhr, Mary Ollier, Dr. Martha Carter, Dr. Caroline Metosh-Dickey, Katie Baker, Diane Keller, Laura Wright, and Todd Tayloe as well as new 2019-20 faculty member Sarah Lesiak earned individual recognition from the review committee.
- Carroll High School offers six Advanced Placement courses in STEM fields
- Twenty-four Carroll students pre-college research at the 2019 Ohio State Science Day. Fifteen of those students earned a “Superior” rating, the highest rating possible
- Two members of the Class of 2021 were selected to present pre-college research at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the most prestigious science fair in the world