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ACESS presents annual awards

11/15/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SUMMIT COUNTY — The 65th annual Akron Council of Engineering & Scientific Societies (ACESS) Honors and Awards Banquet was held Nov. 1 to recognize local students and education professionals in various categories.

ACESS is a nonprofit consortium of scientific and engineering societies in Akron, representing more than 3,000 engineers, scientists and technicians, according to its website, www.acessinc.org. It promotes the technical environment in the Greater Akron area through the coordination and cooperation of technical societies, industry and academia.

The banquet included the presentation of the Distinguished Award of Council, the ACESS Award and the Gene Easter Award for Exemplary High School Chemistry Teaching, as well as recognition of Outstanding High School Students in math and science and the presentation of various scholarships to college students.

The Distinguished Award of Council is presented to an outstanding citizen for technical and managerial achievements and involvement in civic activities, according to ACESS officials. This year, the award was presented to Barry Rosenbaum, Ph.D., a senior fellow at The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF).

According to ACESS, Rosenbaum received his doctorate in 1967 from Northwestern University. His experience includes 23 years at Exxon and eight years at GenCorp/OMNOVA Solutions Inc., as well as membership in AIChE, ACS Rubber Division, the Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers and the International Research Institute. In 2005, he retired as a corporate executive to become a senior fellow at UARF and has helped to attract other executives who provide leadership in technology, innovation, entrepreneurism and business to the Akron area, according to ACESS officials.

The ACESS Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to ACESS. This year, the award was presented to Missi Zender-Sakach, Ph.D., a science consultant for the Summit County Educational Service Center.

According to ACESS officials, Zender-Sakach began her career in education in 1989 and received her doctorate in 2002 from UA. As a science consultant, she supports more than 50 school districts and their teachers in the state in teaching and learning about science. She has served on the Cleveland Regional Council of Science Teachers, the Science Education Council of Ohio and the Ohio Science Standards Writing Committee. She also has worked for the Ohio Department of Education and Stanford University. She currently serves on the National Science Education Leadership Association and the Advisory Council for the American Geological Institute. She also is ACESS secretary and a former president.

The Gene Easter Award, established by the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society, was presented to Brian Coventry, a chemistry teacher at Jackson High School.

ACESS also presented the following awards to students and teachers in the West Side Leader’s coverage area:

• Math and Science, Outstanding High School students: Anya Tran and Kevin Logsdon, Akron Early College; Myeisha Fry and Steven Foster, Buchtel High School; Sarah Lundell and Joseph Chadbourne, Firestone High School; Emily Helfer and Alan Du, Copley High School; Megan Tomic and Daniel Mann, Norton High School; Evelyn Troutman and Chris Pollard, Revere High School; Paige Graham and Steven Cunningham, Woodridge High School; Lauren Whitehouse and Matthew Onders, Archbishop Hoban High School; Natalie Silk and Nathan Wesley, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; Chloe Hillard and Christina Graziano, Our Lady of the Elms High School; Amanda Burke and Vincenzo Volpe, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School; and Renee Mirka and Joseph Sinopoli, Walsh Jesuit High School.

• Science Fair, Best of Show Akron Science and Technology Expo: for middle school, Jacob Rich, seventh grade, National Inventors Hall of Fame School® … Center for STEM Learning, for his project titled “Microbiology of Household Bacteria, What Is Living With You”; and for high school, Alena Veigl, 10th grade, Firestone, for “Determining Sugar Content Through Its Refractive Index”; and

• ACESS Grant Awards, consisting of one-time grants of $500 to 10 teachers based on grant applications: Kris Grubaugh-Lisk, Akron Digital Academy, for “Pathways to Biology,” sponsored by ACESS and ExxonMobil; Melissa Cantanese, Debbie Schwertner and Ginny Habig, Hillcrest Elementary, “Marble Mania,” sponsored by ACESS; Karen Hazlett, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, for “Differentiating Math,” sponsored by ACESS and OMNOVA; Elaine Dria, Our Lady of the Elms, “Girls Building Science,” sponsored by ACESS; and Rich Ettinger, Woodridge High School, “Growing Scientific Inquiries Through Hydroponic Gardening,” sponsored by ACESS.

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