ACESS Awards Banquet Bestows Recognition

Students, Superintendent Honored
Posted on 11/02/2018
Image of AchievementThe Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies (ACESS) presented its 71st annual Honors and Awards Banquet — part of its mission to promote education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) last night at Guy’s Party Center.

ACESS recognized the best science/math students in 30 area high schools, as well as area science fair winners, and handed out $500 grants to 18 kindergarten-to-grade-12 science teachers.

Superintendent David W. James was given the Distinguished Award of Council. This award has been presented annually since 1959 to an outstanding Akron area resident or organization for involvement in civic activities, as well as technical and managerial abilities that increases the prestige and enhances the image of the engineering and scientific profession.

ACESS also recognized many APS students for science and math excellence:
  • Heather Jandecka and Desmond Vang, Akron Early College High School;
  • Imani Jackson and Ronald Raines, Buchtel CLC;
  • Jayda Peterson and Matthew Stover, East CLC;
  • Claire Struhsaker and Scott Workman, Ellet High School;
  • Michelle Reitz and Jacob Murray, Firestone CLC;
  • Holly Miller and Michael Miano, Kenmore-Garfield High School;
  • Gwendolyn Jenkins and Aaron Brown Jr., National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School; and
  • Sar Ela Be Htoo and Nul Rai, North
The Best of Show Akron Science & Technology Expo (Jan. 27) winners were:
  • Middle school - Sandy Gao, Jennings CLC, project title "Investigating Boat Keels," adviser Elizabeth Poulos; and 
  • High school - George Hernandez and Dylan West, Buchtel CLC, project title "Oobleck," adviser Rebecca Butler
ACESS also awarded grants to several APS teachers, including:
  • ACS grant (The Anoop Krishen Teacher Grant) - Blake Beluscak, Ellet High School, project title "What Your Gas?;
  • IEEE grant - Penny Porter, Firestone CLC, project title “Electronics”;
  • Bridgestone grant - Levonia Swails and Caite Eggeman, Barber CLC, project title "Think Like a Scientist";
  • 2 SPE grants - Tracy Braho, East CLC, project titles "Factors Influencing Reaction Rate" and "Bridging to Polymers: Thermoset Lab Plastics;
  • Harwick Standard grant - Tracy Braho, East CLC, project title "Alka Seltzer and the Ideal Gas Law"; and
  • Dominion Energy grant - Zach Griffith, National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School, project title “What a Waterful Life: A Hydraulics PBL with Akron Water Supply Bureau.”
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