by C.J. Delaney, staff writer
OCTOBER 2021 – During the Bio-Med Science Academy 2021-2022 school year, 14 diverse clubs are being offered to students. Similar to previous years, they were on display at the club fair. There, students had the opportunity to meet members of each club and get a taste of what the club had to offer. Each club featured representatives showing off their accomplishments and expectations for new members.
With clubs tackling social issues, practicing their writing skills, diving into the many areas of science, and making a difference in the community, there’s no shortage of unique experiences to be had by Bio-Med students.
After missing last year’s event during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Olympiad club is excited to finally compete in its annual science-based competition this year against other schools.
Every week on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 in Ms. Mino’s room (room 3009), the club members prepare accordingly for the events of their choice. The engineering/build events range from building miniature airplanes to ramps for model cars. Research and test-based events involve taking notes, diving into the specifics of an area of science, doing experiments, and more.
Representatives from the club shared stories of past years and what they’ll be doing for this upcoming competition.
“Science Olympiad is great for feeding your love of science, but it’s also a great place to meet people,” said senior Daniel Zalamea, a fourth-year Science Olympiad member. “It gives you the opportunity to learn from older students who know more than you, but you also get to hang out with people of all different grade levels. Plus, if you’re really into a certain type of science, you can learn about it at your own pace without the pressure of being graded.”
During the club fair, the station that drew the attention of many students was the esports club. They featured a game called “Super Smash Bros: Ultimate” on a large screen, and many students took the opportunity to play. “Ultimate” is one of eight games available for this season of Esports of Ohio that students at Bio-Med are able to play competitively.
Over the past decade, esports has grown to an enormous size across the country and the world, but the Bio-Med team recommends staying local.
“We’re advising you to stick with [the] Ohio Esports League since it’s free. You don’t have to pay an actual fee to join,” Aidan Veney, one of the 11 returning members of the esports club, said. “We’ll work with you on teamwork. A lot of it is just being with friends.”
With around 20 members in the club, and eight games to choose from, students can build a community while gaming. Meetings are every other Friday after school, supervised by Mr. Ettinger in room 301.
(For the 2021-2022 school year, esports will offer the following titles: “Valorant,” “Fortnite,” “Super Smash Bros: Ultimate,” “League of Legends,” “Overwatch,” “Hearthstone,” “Rocket League,” and “Smite.”)
Chess & Games Club
The Chess and Games club provides students with a laid back and social club experience. This fits the club’s more quiet station at the fair, where students could participate in brief games of chess.
“Basically it’s just a club with a variety of games,” said Sophomore Cooper Lappe. “I mean the main [game is] chess but, we got Connect Four, Monopoly, [and] all that kind of stuff.”
The environment of the Chess and Games club welcomes students who desire a less competitive experience. “[It’s not like] if you miss a day then it’s pretty bad. You can just kinda come up whenever you want, but it’s encouraged that you be there every day,” Lappe continued. “It’s after school [on] Wednesday and yeah it’s just really chill and fun.”
Chess & Games club is supervised by Mr. McDonald and meets in room 307.
Student Council enables students to play a more significant role in their school, or have a say in special events. The council is responsible for organizing spirit weeks, school events, fundraisers, and planning dances such as homecoming and prom.
The goal of the council is to “create a sense of community,” according to Student Council supervisor Ms. Diane Brook.
The role each member has in the decision making process depends on the position they hold. “We have eight official positions,” said Brook.
Four of those eight members are officers, while the other four are representatives. Ms. Shana Varner, the other student council supervisor, clarified that “to be a representative or an officer you have to serve on the student council for at least one year and then you run for a position at the end of the school year for the following year.”
All other students on the council are known as “general members.” To become a general member, students are required to fill out an application. In the past, Student Council was only offered for high school students, but the club recently changed who was able to apply.
“We also have a seventh- and eighth-grade student council and this will be the first year that Ms. Brook and I will be leading that. But we’ll be leading that with the help of our representatives and our officers,” explained Varner. “It’s more or less just to give the students a voice and for them to gain leadership experience.”
Student council meets weekly on Mondays after school from 3:15 to 4:15 in room 419.
The following clubs are also offered at Bio-Med:
HOSA (Mondays, 3:15-4:15 room 413)
Robotics (Thursday after school, Tuesday and Thursday during advisory, room 303)
Feminist Club (Wednesdays, 3:15-4:00, Room 405)
NHS (Tuesdays, twice a month, 3:20-4:45 room 407)
YSU Book Club & NaNoWriMo (Every other Friday, advisory, room 406)
Skills USA (Lunch A on Mondays)
Science Olympiad (Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15, room 3009)
Cyberpatriots (Wednesdays, 3:15-415)
Chess/Games Club (Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15, room 307)
FFA (Every other Tuesday, Lunch B, in Ms. Brook’s room)
Esports (Friday, 3:15-4:00, room 3015)
Relay For Life (Every other Tuesday 11:35-12:49, room 421)
Student Council (Mondays, 3:15-4:15, room 419)