About Us: The North High School Biomedical Science Club was established in the 2016-2017 school year under the direction of Mrs. Kelly Dine.
Mrs. Dine first came to North HS as a Student Teacher 4 years ago. That year, she encouraged 17 Biomedical Science students to participate in the 2014 APS District Science Fair, the first North HS students to do so in over 11 years. Just 3 years later, 47 Biomed students participated in the Science Fair, with 6 gold medals and 27 silver medals awarded. Additionally, freshman Destiny Perryman won gold (superior rating) not only at the WRD5 Regional Science Fair, but also at the 2017 State Science Fair for her Artificial Pancreas model. Freshman Monisha Rai also advanced to the Regional Science Fair, earning a Silver Medal. Destiny, along with Hsa Win, Reshma Subba, and Yalina Rai, also participated in the 2017 BEST Medicine Engineering Fair. These students won a combined total of $160 cash, as well as First Place Best in Category awards.
The Biomedical Science program participation has grown dramatically too, from 32 students in 2014, to 110 students this year!
In their first year ever participating in HPAC, North HS Biomedical Science students won the 2016 Best New HPAC School at the 2016 Scholars' Day competition held at NEOMED. Over 600 students from 55 schools competed. In 2017, North HS students Brianna Black, Samantha Laughlin, Than Than Cho, Shyann Anderson, and DaVyan Caldwell won three different first place individual awards at the NEOMED Scholars' Day. Our Biomed students have also spoken to community leaders at Summa Health Systems, giving a panel roundtable presentation on Cultural Diversity in Health Care.
Biomedical Science students Pradip Rai, Ashok Tamang, and Jalan Niroula were 3 of 4 North HS students awarded the $500 first place cash prize for their 2016 University of Akron Summer Science Club project. Biomed students Boo Le '17 and DaVyan Caldwell '18 were honored with All-Akron Student Engineering Program paid internships in the summer of 2017. Biomedical Science students Chandra Gajmer, Pradip Rai, Samantha Laughlin, Tara Biswa, and Roshni Kalikotey were chosen for Summa Health Systems summer 2017 paid internships.
Last year, Biomedical Science students racked up over 60 college credit hours through Stark State. Our North HS Biomedical Science students have been awarded scholarships to a number of universities and colleges, including the University of Akron, Kent State University, the University of Dayton, and THE Ohio State University (Mansfield). Both Ashawnti Brown '16 and Shyann Anderson '17 were awarded full scholarships to the University of Dayton.
All of these accomplishments aside, the best awards that can be bestowed upon a Biomedical Science student are compliments regarding maturity, poise, intelligence, critical thinking skills, and genuine compassion and caring for others.
Mrs. Dine took over as lead PLTW Biomedical Science instructor in the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to that, she was a long term, full time sub in the position for the 2014-2015 school year. Mrs. Dine has maintained her active R.N. license since 1991. She was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in 2003 after 13 years' service at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4). Mrs. Dine was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship '13, and she was selected as the Akron Public Schools Rookie of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. She was also selected to present at both the 2016 and 2017 Ohio ACTE conferences, her first two years participating in the conference. Mrs. Dine has been an R.N. since 1991, after graduating from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She is also an alumni of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She earned her Masters' degree in Education from the University of Akron, as well as earning more than 20 credit hours in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).