Welcome to the Hive!

The Hive Staff, 2021-2022 Havann Brown — Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Alyssa Cocchiola — Associate Editor McKenna Burchett — Associate Editor CJ Delaney — Reporter Elise Miller — Reporter Randall Hatfield — Reporter Camryn Myrla— Reporter Mallory Butcher — Reporter Jesse Mitchell — Reporter Logan Cook — Reporter Avery Livezey — Reporter Alex Levy — Reporter Cadence…

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Respecting Personal Pronouns

Respecting Personal Pronouns by Serena Gestring, staff writer May 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy strives to foster an environment where students, staff, and community members are respected, connected, and inspired. This type of environment creates a sense of community, one of the six Bio-Med attributes. One of the necessary pieces required to reach this goal…

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National Pet Month! Part 2

National Pet Month! Part 2 by Serena Gestring, staff writer May 2021 – It is National Pet Month in the United States. To celebrate this occasion, here are even more featured pets from the Bio-Med Science Academy community. Sophia Christian, eighth grader, has a blue and gold macaw named Carla. Carla was rescued from a…

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New Beginnings! An End of the Year Wrap Up

New Beginnings! An End of the Year Wrap Up by Aliscia Phillips, Editor in Chief MAY 2021 – As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, so does my time as editor and chief of The Hive. Our other senior staff members will also be leaving as they graduate and move on to their…

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Vax-Teen: Teenagers Now Eligible for Covid Vaccine

Vax-Teen: Teenagers Now Eligible for Covid Vaccine by Havann Brown, staff writer May 2021 – Vaccine eligibility has expanded across the United States. All Ohioans ages 16 and older can receive the COVID vaccine. The Ohio Department of Health said those aged 16 and 17 must have parental consent for any vaccine and must be…

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Advice for Bio-Med Underclassmen

Advice for Bio-Med Underclassmen by Christine Whyde, staff writer MAY 2021 – On May 21, Bio-Med Science Academy’s Class of 2021 will say goodbye to underclassmen as they spend their last official academic day on campus. Many of the seniors will be heading to college, entering the workforce, and some will become service members of…

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Buckle Up! The Roadmap to Getting Your Driver’s License

Buckle Up! The Roadmap to Getting Your Driver’s License by Alyssa Cocchiola, staff writer MAY 2021 – Getting a driver’s license is often viewed as a sign of maturity and freedom among teens. However, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. The process to obtain a license is less glamorous than some may think.…

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Is Drivers Ed Necessary For Adults?

Is Drivers Ed Necessary For Adults? by Alyssa Cocchiola, staff writer MAY 2021 – Not all students get their driver’s license when they turn 16. In fact, the amount of 16 year old drivers in America decreased from 46.2% in 1983 to 25.6% in 2018, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Unlike teenagers, adults over…

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Aiming for Equality With New Amnesty International Club

Aiming for Equality With New Amnesty International Club by McKenna Burchett, staff writer May 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy is adding a new club to its repertoire: Amnesty International. This club is dedicated to serving the organization of the same name, upholding human rights. The club will be run by William Ullinger, current freshman history…

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Economic Crash Brings Job Success

Economic Crash Brings Job Success by Kaden Starkey, staff writer MAY 2021 – Ms. Rachel Hughes is in her 11th year of teaching and her first year at Bio-Med. She teaches two engineering courses: engineering logic to freshmen and engineering logic to seniors. Originally, Hughes went to school to become an engineer, receiving a bachelor’s…

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TikTok’s Impact on Mental Health

TikTok’s Impact on Mental Health by Havann Brown, staff writer APRIL 2021 – In 2017, a Beijing-based tech company called ByteDance acquired Musical.ly for $1 billion before moving its users to a new platform.  A year later, the popular video streaming app, assumed a new name: TikTok. It is a social video-sharing app that allows…

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Stress Levels at Bio-Med Science Academy

Stress Levels at Bio-Med Science Academy by Alyssa Cocchiola, Staff Writer APRIL 2021- With due dates, state testing, and pressure to decide a career path in the midst of a pandemic, life for students can be stressful. A total of 102 students from grades 7-12 participated in a survey conducted by The Hive rating their…

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From Tutor to Teacher

From Tutor to Teacher by Kaden Starkey, Staff Writer APRIL 2O21 – Mrs. Madison Cambria is a new face at Bio-Med Science Academy. She teaches science to seventh grade students and is in her first year of teaching. Initially, Cambria’s plans were not to become a teacher; she went into college as a biology major,…

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Saving the Planet: Earth Day and Recycling at Bio-Med Science Academy

Saving the Planet: Earth Day and Recycling at Bio-Med Science Academy by McKenna Burchett, staff writer APRIL 2021 –  Most students at Bio-Med Science Academy report that they don’t do anything particular to celebrate Earth Day. Sophia Wood, an eighth grader, believes that Earth Day is important, as it “stresses the importance of preserving our…

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National Pet Month! Part 1

National Pet Month! Part 1 by Serena Gestring, staff writer APRIL 2021 – In the United Kingdom and other countries, the month of April is designated National Pet Month. The United States, however, honors pets during the month of May. National Pet Day is also celebrated on April 11 every year. To celebrate this occasion,…

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Making College Decisions

Making College Decisions by Christine Whyde, staff writer APRIL 2021 – The first week of April is an exciting time for most college-bound high school seniors in the United States. It is during this time that most colleges and universities will be releasing admissions decisions online and through the mail, as many require students to…

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Teacher Vaccinations

Teacher Vaccinations by Alyssa Cocchiola, Staff Writer MARCH 2021 – On Friday, Feb 19, Bio-Med teachers and staff had the opportunity to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This was a digital day, so students could work from home while staff received their vaccinations.  “The process was smooth and convenient,” Mrs. Borcoman, the…

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A Change In Schedules

A Change In Schedules By Alyssa Cocchiola, Staff Writer MARCH 2021 – The 2020-2021 school year at Bio-Med went through many schedule changes. The year started off with everyone learning virtually, and then switched to the hybrid schedule on Sept. 28. With hybrid, students were broken up into two groups; purple and green, and would…

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month by Serena Gestring, staff writer MARCH 2021 – March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. This is a time to spread awareness of a little-known illness and hear the approximately 176 million voices of those living with it all over the world.  Endometriosis is a medical disorder in which endometrium, the tissue that lines…

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Preparing for the Inevitable

Preparing for the Inevitable by Christine Whyde, staff writer MARCH 2021 – Millions of Americans are noticing an alarming trend as funeral costs continue to rise. According to a 2017 article by Business Insider, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the funeral costs and burial casket prices had increased by more than 230% since…

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Raising the Minimum Wage

Raising the Minimum Wage by Havann Brown, staff writer MARCH 2021 – On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 from $6.55 per hour. While the federal minimum wage has not been raised in almost twelve years, the longest stretch without an increase since its creation, twenty-five states raised their minimum…

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New Horizons for the Student Council

New Horizons for the Student Council by McKenna Burchett MARCH 2020 – A new set of by-laws has been put into place for the student council here at Bio-Med Science Academy. These rules outline the expectations for each member, as well as offering a complete overhaul of the system of electors. Before, each grade had…

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The Importance of Valentines Day

The Importance of Valentines Day by Alyssa Cocchiola, staff writer FEBRURARY 2021 – Originally, Valentine’s day was created to celebrate St. Valentine, according to the History Channel. However, there is controversy about which St. Valentine the holiday celebrates and is based on. The most popular legend of St. Valentine comes from Christian and Roman tradition,…

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A Disease Free Valentine’s Day: Safe Ideas to Spend the Holiday

A Disease Free Valentine’s Day: Safe Ideas to Spend the Holiday By Alyssa Cocchiola, Staff Writer FEBRUARY 2021 – Instead of boxes of chocolates and heart shaped cutouts, most people recommend prioritizing items like masks and hand sanitizers for this Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a holiday typically associated with spending time with others. However,…

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Teaching in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

Teaching in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic by Serena Gestring and Kaden Starkey, staff writers FEBRUARY 2021 – Education is an essential part of our society, and it is the vital job of teachers to provide that to students. However, the current pandemic has been a devastating and strenuous experience for the entire world, including…

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New Senior Teacher Brings Field Experience

New Senior Teacher Brings Field Experience By Kaden Starkey, staff writer FEBRUARY 2021 – Ms. Erin Bradley, a recent addition to the Bio-Med Science Academy staff, teaches two senior-level classes: Human Pathophysiology along with Biotechnology of Health and Disease. Becoming a teacher was not her original plan. She instead nurtured a secret passion for numbers. …

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January is a SOUPer month! The National Month of Soup

January is a SOUPer month! The National Month of Soup By McKenna Burchett, staff writer FEBRUARY 2020 – According to a survey conducted by The Hive, only 12.9% of students at Bio-Med Science Academy knew that January is National Soup Month. National Soup Month was started by Campbell’s Soup Company in 1986 to promote the…

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A Change in Weather and Mental Health

A Change in Weather and Mental Health by Christine Whyde, staff writer FEBRUARY 2021- As we endure the winter months, many Northeast Ohioans will find themselves experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also referred to as seasonal depression. But we are not alone. Boston University estimates that roughly 10 million Americans are impacted by SAD. Although…

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Internship Spotlight: Steven Gaffney

Internship Spotlight: Steve Gaffney by Aliscia Phillips, editor and chief  FEBRUARY 2020 – For Senior APEX, students are required to complete either a research project or internship in order to graduate. This allows students to pursue an interest that could lead to a career or gain actual experience in a field they may end up…

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Black Students Matter

Black Students Matter by Havann Brown, staff writer FEBRUARY 2021 –The phrase “Black lives matter” was first shared by Alicia Garza in a Facebook post on July 13, 2013. Her post was in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. The phrase was…

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2020 Election Results

2020 Election Results by Aliscia Phillips, editor and chief NOVEMBER 2020 – At the writing of this article, Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. Despite numerous recounts in states like Georgia and Wisconsin where the results were close, Biden has maintained a significant lead with a current total of…

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Captivating Students’ Interests with Clubs

Captivating Students’ Interests with Clubs By Alyssa Cocchiola, staff writer November 2020 – Instead of completing projects and writing papers, students participating in clubs are able to learn new skills and enrich their learning experiences in ways they are passionate about. Whether it’s through volunteering, participating in competitions, exploring future career opportunities, or a form…

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November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month by Serena Gestring, staff writer NOVEMBER 2020 – The month of November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, in the United States. This is a time to celebrate the diverse and substantial ancestry, culture, and traditions…

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Navigating the Holidays in 2020

Navigating the Holidays in 2020 by Christine Whyde, staff writer November 2020 – As we move into the holiday season, we prepare to embrace the cold air of winter and gather with those most dear to us. While Christmas may be the first holiday that comes to mind, there are a plethora of holidays and…

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The Asian Experience at Bio-med Science Academy

The Asian Experience at Bio-Med Science Academy by McKenna Burchett, staff writer November 2020 – According to Ohio.gov, only 2.6% of enrolled students were of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the 2018-2019 school year. So, what is it like to be a racial minority of Asian descent in a predominately white school? While the…

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Seniors take on Civic Responsibility

by Christine Whyde, staff writer OCTOBER 2020 — Millions in the United States will be casting ballots Nov. 3 to elect a president for the next four years. This year, a number of Bio-Med Science Academy seniors will be eligible to vote for the first time. While many high schoolers have had the opportunity to…

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Bigger Bio-Med: the Expansion to the Rootstown Campus

by McKenna Burchett OCTOBER 2020 — The Bio-Med Science Academy Rootstown Campus now features a new addition. This new building, dubbed the “Contemporary Wing,”  includes classrooms for grades 7-12, common spaces, IT rooms, and a cafeteria, all spread across the three floors. Students and teachers both enjoy the large space, the decor, and of course,…

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Coney Barrett Confirmed to the Supreme Court

by Havann Brown, staff writer OCTOBER 2020 — The Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the highest court in the land on October 26. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18 at the age of 87, of metastatic pancreatic cancer. One week later, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Judge Amy…

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The Virtual Life

by Alyssa Cocchiola, staff writer OCTOBER 2020 — For some students, an average school day consists of turning on their computer and completing work alone for hours at a time. While learning at home has its benefits for staying safe, there are some challenges that arise from digital learning.  Due to the increase of COVID…

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A Second First Day of School

by Alyssa Cocchiola, staff writer OCTOBER 2020 — For students attending Bio-Med Science Academy, Sept. 28 was the first time they physically attended school since last March. In response to safety guidelines and an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the school implemented what is known as a hybrid schedule. The hybrid schedule separates…

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Senior Class of 2021: Preparing for College

by Kaden Starkey, staff writer The college application process is underway for the current senior class of 2021. As deadlines approach, the students are tying up any loose ends, with the hopes that it is good enough for acceptance into the college of their choice.  A college application is a sort of form that one…

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After Graduation Alternatives to a Traditional Four-Year University

by Serena Gestring, staff writer Fifty-nine percent of teenagers plan to attend a four-year college course after high school, according to 2020 statistics. A lot of careers do require a college degree, but that is not the only option. Community college, technical or trade school, apprenticeships, the military, mission trips, and gap years are all…

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The Ancient and Bizzare Biochemistry of the Platypus

By Colleen Bungard, staff writer Most people know them for their peculiar appearances, but the platypus has more than just looks: a 2018 study conducted by the University of Adelaide revealed the presence of a protein in their venom and gut that could revolutionize the way we treat type 2 diabetes. It’s a fairly recent…

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Behind the Scenes of COVID-19

by Aliscia Phillips, staff writer With the spread of coronavirus, front line workers and first responders continue to risk their lives to help those in need. One registered nurse takes on the hardships of a pandemic head-on. This nurse, who has requested to remain anonymous, works primarily with digestive disease but, because of her line…

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Shake off Senioritis! Stay Motivated Senior Year

By Aliscia Phillips, Staff Writer Note: This article was written prior to the state’s stay-at-home order. Senioritis is a common phenomenon in students nearing graduation. It’s typically classified as a lack of motivation and occurs because students get caught under the false assumption that they don’t have to try as hard since they are so…

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Kicking it Outside of School: Elizabeth Morisak

By Christian Watkins, contributor To explore the diverse and interesting lives of Bio-med students outside of school and highlight the talents and skills of our peers, The Hive will spotlight athletes throughout the year. Elizabeth Morisak agreed to share her time and talk about her time as a goalie with the Streetsboro’s soccer team and…

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House Bill Raises Question of Religion in Schools

By Benjamin Morgan, staff writer Will Ohio students be allowed to answer homework and test questions according to their religious beliefs rather than what they learned in class? That’s the question on the minds of many students, educators, administrators and parents who are wondering what impact a new Ohio House bill would have if passed…

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Dreams Taking Flight: Dominic Russo With the Akron Aero Design Team

By Jacob Rude Senior Dominic Russo’s internship at The University of Akron reflects his eccentric soul and eclectic personality. He was finally able to obtain his internship after contacting fifteen other companies, where none attempted to work with him or even respond to him. His brother, Robert Russo, himself a Bio-Med alumnus, helped Dominic out…

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Generation Z Spearheading Social Change

By Benjamin Morgan and Skylar Cole Generation Z is preparing to enter the adult world en masse, and the recent wave of student activism shows that many members of this group aren’t willing to sit back and wait for change. Across the world, teenagers have gone on strike in opposition to the injustice they see…

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Interview: Miss Hisey Awarded OLSEN STEM Teaching Award

By Colleen Bungard Last June, Miss Candace Hisey, Bio-Med’s sophomore ELA teacher, earned the Excellence in STEM Teaching Award for her innovative integration of STEM in her classroom. The award is given yearly to a teacher in the state of Ohio who teaches STEM principles in unique and effective ways. It is funded by the…

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New Biomedical Engineering Teacher Shares Her Background

By Aliscia Phillips Mrs. Cassandra Bonvissuto, a recent addition to the Bio-Med Science Academy staff, currently teaches biomedical engineering to the juniors. Her passion for science started before she can remember and has stuck with her throughout her life. She explained how she likes the subject because of how broad it is and enjoys the…

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Abigail Longstreth Gets her Hands Dirty with Soil and Water Conservation

By Jacob Rude Abigail Longstreth’s senior internship is at Portage Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Ravenna, where she is able to make connections with government officials and gain experience with environmental science. The Portage SWCD is an independent division of the Ohio Department of Agriculture that provides support for issues including soils, streams,…

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Cows!

By Colleen Bungard During fair week this year, students had to figure out how they would address the fictional scenario of a federal law limiting cattle numbers being passed. In a study conducted by Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast in 2005, a genus of seaweed called Asparagopsis has been shown to reduce the amount…

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The Clubs of Bio-Med

By Evelyn Berry There are nineteen clubs at Bio-Med Science Academy, and each offers a unique aspect of the Bio-Med experience. Of these nineteen clubs, there are five competitive clubs, four committees, three educational groups, and seven leisure clubs.  The competitive teams in Bio-Med offer students the chance to compete both locally and across the…

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Educational Models of Civic Institutions Offer Crucial Experiences to Students

By Ben Morgan Bio-Med offers multiple student-run organizations that provide our community with experience and education in real-world institutions. Some of the most crucial lessons students take away from school are those on civic responsibility and the structure of the real world. These lessons are taught by allowing students to participate in mockups of some…

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Bio-Med Senior Turns Next Page with Internship

By Jacob Rude Stephanie Ijoma’s senior internship is working with author James Renner, where she has been tasked with finding “true crime stories,” as well as supernatural stories on the social media website Reddit. Renner has written several non-fiction books as well as a few novels, mainly encompassing true crime and supernatural fiction. He started…

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