A Bee’s Farewell to The Hive

by Havann Brown, editor-in-chief MAY 2022 — It is with a great degree of sadness that I say goodbye to The Hive. As I prepare to graduate next week, I must retire from my role as editor-in-chief. No words can adequately express how much I’ve gained from this experience. I am so incredibly proud of the staff,…

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What is the Ohio Alliance of Independent STEM Schools?

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor MAY 2022 — Throughout my educational journey at Bio-Med Science Academy, I never once heard the term “independent STEM school.” In fact, I had never even considered what type of school Bio-Med was or how it received funding — that is, until I found myself standing outside the Ohio Statehouse building…

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Nothing Too Tricky For Bio-Med Teacher Miss Hickey

by Logan Cook, staff writer MAY 2022 — Gregarious. Affable. Forbearing. These three words were used by Ms. Kaitlyn Long, Bio-Med Science Academy’s 10th grade history teacher, to describe her colleague, Miss Britany Hickey. Hickey is the 10th grade CTE Multimedia and Image Management teacher. She joined the sophomore team at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school…

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Immigration Detention Profits Off of Injustice. It’s Time to Change That.

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer “How can we call ourselves the land of the free if we’re so willing to abide by a system that makes money off of imprisoning guiltless people for profit?” Randall Hatfield, staff writer First, it’s important to clarify the difference between immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees. Amnesty International defines an immigrant as a…

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Bio-Med Students Travel To Europe!

by Avery Miller, staff writer MAY 2022 — When most people travel to Europe, they picture stone villages, grand architecture, and beautiful scenery. Five students from Bio-Med Science Academy experienced the real thing with Education First (EF), a company that provides experiential learning programs through international travel, March 26 through April 4.  Ms. Laura Sass, the STEM…

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Climate Change May Be Irreversible and Bio-Med Students Aren’t Fine With It

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer MAY 2022 — Climate and environmental scientists are saying, “It’s now or never,” in response to the most recent climate change report, published April 4. The report, released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), indicated that a rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is necessary by 2025 to avoid catastrophic climate…

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The Colorful Cords of Graduation

by C.J. Delaney, staff writer MAY 2022 — Cords have been used as symbols of achievement and awarded during ceremonies since the 14th century, and are worn around the neck. To showcase various accomplishments, seniors at Bio-Med Science Academy receive cords of recognition upon graduation. There are five senior cords, and it is possible to…

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Commentary: Abortion Bans Are Anything But Pro-Life

by Havann Brown, editor-in-chief MAY 2022 — Abortion is currently legal everywhere in the United States. However, it appears that won’t be true for long. According to a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito in February, at least five of the court’s justices have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973…

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Abigail Stiller Spotlight: A Day in the Life of a Nursing Intern

by Elise Miller, staff writer MAY 2022 — Abigail Stiller, a nursing intern at Summa Health in Akron, is also a high school senior at Bio-Med Science Academy. Like many seniors, Stiller has an internship project that occupies half of her school day. During their junior year, students at Bio-Med are required to pursue either an internship, research…

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Tubbs: From Lacrosse To Teaching And Back

by Aiden Hills, staff writer MAY 2022 —Mckenna Tubbs has gone through a long journey to get where she is now, starting from her career playing lacrosse, to her career teaching math, and picking up various lessons and hobbies along the way. She is currently the eighth-grade math teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy. She has a lot…

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Obsessing Over a Compulsion: OCD and the Reasons Behind the “Bizarre”

by Mallory Butcher, staff writer MAY 2022 — One winter morning, students dragged snowy shoes through the hallway on their way to class. Tables and chairs stood against the walls. Suddenly, a student in the crowd slipped on the melting ice. They tumbled forward, bumping their left hip into a table. Dread surged, the feeling of imbalance knotting in their…

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Graduating With Honors

by Ken Burchett, associate editor MAY 2022 — Although Bio-Med Science Academy students have the opportunity to earn an Academic Honors Diploma or a STEM Honors Diploma, many students are not sure if doing so is worth the effort. Benjamin Morgan, a Bio-Med alumnus from the class of 2020 who earned an Academic Honors Diploma, is fully in support of…

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The Hive: Recognized by OSMA

by Ken Burchett, associate editor MAY 2022 — Bio-Med Science Academy’s newspaper, The Hive, won eight awards at the Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) 2022 state conference. The conference was held April 22 at the Kent State main campus, where The Hive members each attended four informational sessions, followed by a banquet and awards ceremony. The…

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Can Men Be Feminists?

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer MAY 2022 – There are many misconceptions about the definition of feminism and what feminists are. Misconceptions include the ideas that feminists hate men, feminism kills traditional femininity, and only women can be feminists. Cheryl Tawney-Lallemand, a junior at Bio-Med Science Academy and member of its Feminist Club, said, “I would…

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Backstage Stories, A Kadence Papantonakis Spotlight

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer MAY 2022 – The Trumbull New Theater in Niles, Ohio, performed a production of “Our Town” by playwright Thornton Wilder March 11-27. The play featured a wide variety of cast, including five of Bio-Med Science Academy’s students and a staff member. One of those cast members was sophomore, Kadence Papantonakis,…

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Why Are There No AP Classes at Bio-Med?

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer MAY 2022 — Despite student preference, Bio-Med Science Academy has no plans to offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes for the 2022-2023 school year. AP classes are a national program for high school students governed by the College Board. The classes serve as an introduction to college-level material for high school students and allow…

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The Ins and Outs of Otus: How Are Grades Calculated at Bio-Med Science Academy?

by‌ ‌Alyssa‌ ‌Cocchiola,‌ ‌associate‌ ‌editor‌ ‌ ‌  MARCH 2022‌ ‌—‌ After Bio-Med Science Academy began using Otus — a new learning management system (LMS) — this school year, many students have expressed confusion about how their grades are calculated. Otus uses a standard-based grading system, where projects are broken down into several learning objectives (LOs), to…

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Community Perception of Bio-Med

by Logan Cook, staff writer MARCH 2022 —  Bio-Med Science Academy’s unique designation leads to many questions and varying perceptions from the community. Bio-Med’s mission statement, according to its website, is to create “a national model that leads the educational system to evolve, enabling schools to embrace innovative practices.” Bio-Med has a formal STEM designation from the state…

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How Have Google’s New YouTube Settings Changed Bio-Med?

by C.J. Delaney, staff writer  MARCH 2022 — Bio-Med Science Academy students under the age of 18 received an email Sept. 7, 2021 from Team YouTube notifying them of the coming changes to their experience on the site. Due to a new policy at Google, school accounts used by students under 18 years old are no longer able…

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Panchyshyn: Hard to Pronounce but Easy to Understand

by Avery Livezey, staff writer MARCH 2022 — Ms. Catherine Panchyshyn (panch-sure-shin) is the newest Chemistry teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy. Panchyshyn is one of the many new tenth grade teachers, having joined during the 2021-2022 school year. When Panchyshyn was deciding what to major in at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, education was on her mind, but she…

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Schools Supporting Students: How Do Teachers Handle Students’ Mental Health?

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer MARCH 2022 — In recent years, the condition of teenagers’ mental health issues has been at the forefront of many discussions among teachers at schools across the country, including Bio-Med Science Academy. According to the World Health Organization, it’s estimated that as of November 2021, a reported 3.6 percent of 10 through 14-year-olds…

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The Portrayal of Teenagers in Television

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer MARCH 2022 – From “The Brady Bunch” to “Euphoria,” the depiction of teenage characters has changed dramatically as the television and film industries have developed over the years. Originally being shown as perfectly well-behaved, teenagers in the media can now be seen as nuanced young adults. Is this new portrayal helping…

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What is Wordle, and Why is it Everywhere?

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer MARCH 2022 —As a result of pandemic lockdowns, puzzle games rose in popularity, and even as restrictions eased, a public interest in simple games like 2021’s Wordle remained. Wordle was initially created by Welsh software engineer Josh Wardle in 2013. The game, which was a prototype at the time, had been set aside, until…

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Commentary: Teachers Are Quitting And I Don’t Blame Them

by Havann Brown, editor-in-chief MARCH 2022 —Unsurprisingly, schools across the country are struggling to find and retain permanent teachers. Educators are quitting, and they will continue to leave in record numbers. Teaching was once seen as a stable career with the potential to positively impact the next generation; however, in recent years, teachers have been left without…

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Women’s History Month Continues to March Towards Equality

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer MARCH 2022 – This year is the 35th annual Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month was created to celebrate the contributions of women throughout history. Every year, a Presidential Proclamation is issued to honor the achievements of women in the United States. President Joe Biden stated in a press briefing, “This Women’s History Month,…

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Sexual Education at Bio-Med

by Ken Burchett, associate editor MARCH 2022 — Sex ed, short for sexual education, is receiving a change in the way it runs at Bio-Med Science Academy by introducinga cohesive year-by-year program.  Ms. Tasha Jackson, the school case manager, described how Bio-Med currently chooses programs. “They’re going based off of what they see in here.…

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Not so Makerspace

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer MARCH 2022 — The makerspace, a room dedicated to students learning new technologies, is left mostly unused at Bio-Med Science Academy. “The makerspace is a lab where students can make prototypes of their designs,” explained ninth grade engineering teacher, Ms. Rachel Hughes. “Whenever we are working hands-on with projects that involve…

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Optional Masking Policies at Bio-Med Science Academy

by Elise Miller, staff writer MARCH 2022 — Data showing signs of a decrease in COVID-19 cases resulted in the removal of the mask mandate at Bio-Med Science Academy March 7. Replacing the mandate is an optional masking policy, giving students and staff the option to wear a mask. In the Bio-Med newsletter sent out on Feb.…

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Blood on Backorder

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer MARCH 2022 – The American Red Cross reported January 11, 2022 that the United States is experiencing a national blood crisis, another unprecedented change caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis is being referred to by the American Red Cross as “the worst blood shortage in over a decade.” The organization described the effect…

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Sporting A New Perspective

by Mallory Butcher, staff writer MARCH 2022 — Bio-Med Science Academy has housed a multitude of athletes over the school’s ten-year run. The school has no sports teams of its own, so any aspiring student athletes must play for their home districts. Keeping up with education while participating in sports has proved to be a difficult task, according to…

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Review: The Book of Boba Fett — A Messy Missed Shot

This review is spoiler free by C.J. Delaney, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 —“Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett” debuted on Disney+ in December of 2021 as a spinoff of “The Mandalorian.” Jon Favreau returned to write all seven episodes, with the sixth being co-written by Dave Filoni. As the title suggests, the show centers around the legendary bounty hunter…

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The Effects of Caffeine on Bio-Med’s Community

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — Students of Bio-Med Science Academy can often be found drinking coffee or energy drinks for the caffeine found inside them. This mildly addictive stimulant, though known for helping people stay alert, can have potentially harmful side effects. There are many benefits of caffeine besides preventing drowsiness. As claimed by…

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From Banned Books to House Bills: To What Extent Should a School’s Curriculum be Regulated?

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor FEBRUARY 2022 — Many schools around the United States have pulled books off their shelves due to objectionable content and parental complaints. On top of this, several house bills were proposed to further censor the school curriculum. These regulations have caused many to wonder what the future of education holds. “Maus:…

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The Family Scoop

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — Bio-Med Science Academy’s Family Group is a gathering among different grade levels, supervised by teachers, that meets once a month at the end of the day. During this time, students participate in various collaborative activities. The concept of Family Group was created during the 2013-2014 school year with the intention to be a…

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Student Jobs and the Regulations that Bind Them

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — For many high school students, having a job can be an effective way to earn money while learning career skills. According to Walden University, an estimated 30 percent of high school students nationwide — including many at Bio-Med Science Academy— are employed at some point during the year at a variety of businesses. Ohio has many regulations to…

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Getting In Sync With Sinkele

by Logan Cook, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — Mrs. Carrie Sinkele is Bio-Med Science Academy’s newest engineering teacher, having joined the school at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. Sinkele joined the sophomore team, which includes four other teachers new to Bio-Med. Sinkele graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in…

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The Broken Elevator: How Bio-Med Accommodates for Accessibility

by Ken Burchett, associate editor FEBRUARY 2022 — The elevators by the North staircase and Stair E were both out of service on Feb. 11. The elevator by the North staircase has been out of order since Jan. 24. “[That elevator is] being fixed as soon as possible. Parts have been ordered; we are just waiting for…

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Ms. Cairns, A Teacher Who Goes The Extra Mile

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 – Ms. Melissa Cairns is one of Bio-Med Science Academy’s newest hires, joining the school as the new 10th grade Integrated Math instructor. Cairns joined the sophomore team this summer alongside four other teachers who are also new to Bio-Med. Cairns brought veteran teaching experience to her new position…

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How Snow Days Work

by Elise Miller, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — As the snowier months set in, so does the possibility of the fabled “snow day” at Bio-Med Science Academy. Last year, it was noted that in Ohio, “February was the snowiest month of the winter,” according to Ohio Winter Summaries (2020-2021). It is likely that this February will experience…

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Loss of Planning Time; Further Effects of the Teacher Shortage

by Mallory Butcher, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — During the first week that Bio-Med Science Academy returned from winter break, five teachers called off work. Due to the shortage of substitute teachers, fellow educators were obligated by the administration to relinquish their planning periods to cover for the absentees rather than the previous volunteer request.…

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Competitive Clubs

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 — Bio-Med Science Academy students can benefit socially and academically from taking part in competition-based learning clubs. Tessa Wood, a Bio-Med junior, is a member of many competition-based clubs, including Science Olympiad and quiz bowl. Wood considered the impact that participating in these clubs has had on her.…

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Saying Farewell to Ms. Janna Mino

by Ken Burchett, associate editor FEBRUARY 2022 — Ms. Janna Mino, senior physics and Environmental Science for Agriculture and Natural Resources instructor, is leaving her position at Bio-Med Science Academy on Feb. 17. She accepted a position as a STEM education program specialist for the Ohio Department of Education and will begin her new position…

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science: February 11th 

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer FEBRUARY 2022 – Women around the world have fought for spots in male-dominated fields for years, and that fight still continues. Feb. 11  marks the seventh annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. According to The American Association of University…

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The Bio-Med Experience as a New Student

by C.J. Delaney, staff writer JANUARY 2022 — At the midpoint of the 2021-2022 school year, new Bio-Med Science Academy students have had time to reflect on their experiences stepping into the Bio-Med pool. Unlike students who have attended Bio-Med for years and have grown accustomed to the less conventional nature of the school, new students…

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Bio-Med Social Structure

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer JANUARY 2022 — “Mean Girls,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Heathers” all have one thing in common: cliques. Movies often depict high schools with stereotypical friend groups like jocks, nerds, and preps. At Bio-Med Science Academy, however, the social structure does not reflect these classic tropes. Not only can the cliques…

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Bio-Med Lunches: Do They Meet Every Student’s Needs?

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer JANUARY 2022 – Bio-Med Science Academy’s free lunches have attracted the attention of hundreds of students. However, the varying nutritional values and availability of these lunches have raised concerns among the school community. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 sets guidelines on the nutritional standards for school meals. Melinda…

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How Did Senior Internships Impact Alumni Students?

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor JANUARY 2022 — During students’ senior year at Bio-Med Science Academy, the majority of students participate in an internship. However, despite the internship being a popular choice among students, many wonder what impact internships leave with students after graduation. Several Bio-Med alumni from the class of 2018 shared how their internship experience influenced…

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A Guide to the Senior Schedule

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor JANUARY 2022 — Seniors at Bio-Med Science Academy are required to take on an internship or independent study project in order to gain career experience prior to graduation. This is done as a part of their Senior Apex project, a final presentation that showcases their high school accomplishments. “Since it is up to me…

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The Return of the Bio-Med Toy Machine

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer JANUARY 2022  — The Bio-Med Science Academy toy machine has been present for much of the school’s history. Many students have had the opportunity to pass by the small, red dispenser, but for most of its lifetime, the machine has remained empty. A paper sign, formerly attached to its front face, explained that…

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Opinion: Critical Race Theory Is Not The Enemy

People of Color Are Not Background Characters in U.S. History by Havann Brown, editor-in-chief JANUARY 2022 — Too often, people attempt to sanitize and erase the uncomfortable parts of history. Conversations about systemic oppression are often ignored in schools and, in some cases, banned. For example, Arizona teachers were told they could face a $5,000 penalty if…

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Defining Masculinity

by Ken Burchett, associate editor JANUARY 2022 — Senator Joshua Hawley claimed that the political Left was waging a war against masculinity in an October keynote speech. “The Left want to define traditional masculinity as toxic. They want to define the traditional masculine virtues — things like courage, and independence, and assertiveness — as a danger to society,” he…

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Fighting For Foreign Language Classes At Bio-Med Science Academy

by Mallory Butcher, staff writer JANUARY 2022 — Seniors attending Bio-Med Science Academy argue for improved communication regarding college application requirements and a possible return of in-house foreign language classes. In-house foreign language classes offered at Bio-Med were discontinued in 2014. Originally, Bio-Med provided Mandarin Chinese and Spanish courses students could take through the school. However, when the Spanish instructor…

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Edgenuity Replaces Senior English Classes

by Elise Miller, staff writer JANUARY 2022 — In an ever-changing 21st century, online courses are becoming more and more prominent. For the first time at Bio-Med Science Academy, the regular curriculum for senior English classes is taught entirely online through the platform Edgenuity. Seniors can either take Edgenuity content for traditional ELA 12 or college composition courses through the…

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College Majors – A Major Problem

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer JANUARY 2022 — High school seniors across the country struggle with anxiety over choosing their majors while applying for college. According to a study conducted by the University of Bridgeport, 20 to 50 percent of all college freshmen enter college with an undecided major. Bio-Med Science Academy senior Ian Ruehr has also struggled in deciding on…

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Distracting or Helpful? The Groove Inside Bio-Med Students Revealed

by Aiden Hills, staff writer JANUARY 2022 – Music is proven to stimulate the brain and improve focus, but it could also lead to distraction. A study presented by Northcentral University introduces that certain genres of music can help focus while others can be a distraction to work. Music with quieter volume, slower tempo, and no lyrics are shown to be beneficial to people trying…

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COVID-19 In The New Year

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer JANUARY 2022 – With the start of a new year came more threats from the COVID-19 virus. During the late months of 2021, Omicron, a new variant that spreads faster than the original virus, appeared in the United States. Though not much is known about Omicron, the best way to fight it is…

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Canfora Discusses Her Experience on May 4, 1970

by Havann Brown, editor-in-chief DECEMBER 2021 – Dr. Roseann “Chic” Canfora visited Bio-Med Science Academy on Nov. 17 to speak with the junior class about her experience at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, and to highlight the importance of democracy. This was one of the culminating activities ending the juniors’ integrated study of…

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ALICE Training and Safety Procedures at Bio-Med Science Academy

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor DECEMBER 2021 — In the aftermath of the school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan Nov. 30, Genesee county urged school districts to consider their safety protocols. The shooting resulted in at least four deaths and several injuries and was reported to occur in the span of around five minutes. It ended…

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Supreme Court Discusses Abortion Bans; Similar Ohio Law Proposed

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer DECEMBER 2021 — The Supreme Court reviewed a case regarding the right to an abortion on Dec. 1. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization discusses the Gestational Age Act, a Mississippi abortion ban. The Supreme Court also discussed a similar Texas law, Senate Bill (SB) 8, on Nov. 1. While the cases…

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Inside the Hive

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer DECEMBER 2021 – The Hive, Bio-Med Science Academy’s student-run newspaper, features monthly articles about current events and important information. Student-run means that the staff is comprised of students who make the decisions, choose article topics, write the articles, and run the newspaper website. Although there is a class adviser, Jenna Bates, the eleventh grade English Language…

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Analyzing the Bio-Med Uniform

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer DECEMBER 2021 – Many schools, including Bio-Med Science Academy, use dress codes as ways to show professionalism and identify students. Each school’s dress code is unique, designed based on school colors or future career attire. While dress codes have their benefits, many may feel that they are overly restrictive, or not enforced…

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Growing Up Gen Z Part One: Helicopter Parents and Why Kids are Growing Up More Slowly Than Ever

by Avery Livezey, staff writer DECEMBER 2021 – “Kids are growing up too fast,” is a phrase that many report hearing, but research shows that’s not the case. Kids are growing up slower than ever, and traditional risk taking activities, such as drinking, smoking, and having sex, are at an all-time low in teenagers today, according to…

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The Revamped Drop-off and Pickup

by C.J. Delaney, staff writer DECEMBER 2021 – As Bio-Med Science Academy continued to expand its grade levels and shuffle grade levels to different buildings, the process of dropping off and picking up students at the Rootstown campus has changed over the years. Safety concerns, efficiency, increased capacity for student grade levels, and a surplus of…

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CTE Pathways and Classes: What Students Need To Know

by Logan Cook, staff writer DECEMBER 2021 – Starting with the class of 2024, Bio-Med Science Academy students will be able to choose a Career Tech Education (CTE) Pathway to follow their junior and senior years. Many underclassmen don’t fully understand the difference between the CTE classes they have taken and the new pathways, nor what…

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Striketober Spills Over Into November

by Havann Brown, editor-in-chief NOVEMBER 2021 – All across the United States, tens of thousands of organized workers are on strike. Teachers, nurses, factory workers, and many more have joined this labor uprising stretching from Hollywood to Midwestern factories. Throughout October, the widespread movements led to the month being dubbed “Striketober” by various media outlets. The first large-scale…

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How COVID Affected Volunteering 

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy students need 60 volunteer hours to graduate. Due to COVID-19, many places shut down their volunteer programs or changed their policies to keep everyone safe. This has affected many students who wanted to complete their volunteer hours.   During the shutdowns, places like libraries and The…

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Eric Salmen: the New Senior Math Teacher

by Elise Miller, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – There’s a new math teacher this year at Bio-Med Science Academy named Mr. Eric Salmen. He teaches all of the senior math courses, including Statistics, College Math, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. This is his first year teaching at Bio-Med, but not his first teaching opportunity. He was also…

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A Change in Class Time Teaches Students Valuable Lessons

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 –  Some high school teachers at Bio-Med Science Academy are changing the structure of their classes and the way work time is offered to students. Junior and sophomore teachers are shifting their classes away from providing large amounts of in-class work time to do projects and assignments, moving the responsibility to…

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From Sinks to Assault: Are TikTok Trends Affecting Students?

by Aiden Hills, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 –  Recently, schools have seen a significant increase in behavioral issues caused by social media trends. The social media app TikTok has been the main app to find and start these trends. TikTok has more than 1 billion users, and studies by Statista and wallaroommedia show that 25-32 percent of those users are ages of 10-19. More than 285,000…

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The Teacher and Substitute Shortage: More Education Problems Revealed by the Pandemic

by Mallory Butcher, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy announced a temporary closure of the Shalersville campus November 9, 2021. The building houses kindergarten through fourth grade students. According to the kindergarten through sixth grade Technology Instructor, Ms. Annette Lang, the closure is due to the lack of available substitute teachers. COVID-19 has caused the education system to…

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Tainted Turkey

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – This year, many activists are boycotting Thanksgiving celebrations due to claims of cultural insensitivity. Thanksgiving is known to be a holiday of cultural significance in America, centered around food and family. Schools offer extended time off for students and encourage them to spend time with their families. However,…

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Tracing Roots of Family Trees

by Ken Burchett, associate editor NOVEMBER 2021 – Every year, the freshmen at Bio-Med Science Academy research their family’s lineage and write papers about what they found. The project is administered by Mr. Brain McDonald, the freshmen English teacher. “The heritage project is a way for the students to understand where they came from, and the obstacles that…

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The Daylight Saving Time Debate

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor NOVEMBER 2021 — Most U.S. states participated in daylight saving time (DST) by switching the clocks from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m on Nov. 7, 2021. This year marks the 103rd anniversary since daylight saving time was introduced in the United States. However, many people do not know why it is practiced in the…

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Nathan Pastor: Preaching Soccer

by Logan Cook, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – Nathan Pastor, a Bio-Med Science Academy sophomore and member of the Rootstown Rover Varsity Boys Soccer team, leads the Portage Trail Conference (PTC) in assists and goals scored for the 2021 Fall Soccer Season. The PTC is a Portage County Conference for high school sports, and includes…

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International Trips and Safety Precautions

by Avery Livezey, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – International trips at Bio-Med Science Academy are returning and working to accommodate COVID-19 safety procedures and ensure students’ safety. “In the 2021 [through] 2022 school year, we have the Scandinavia trip that is set to happen in March. In the next school year, December 2022, the Guatemala…

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Bio-Med Senior Gains Experience in Theater

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 –  One important aspect of theatrical productions is designing costumes for the production, a task that senior Katherine Huntley tackles every day at her internship. Her work with costume design has led her to discover new ways to present the actors on stage. Huntley interns at the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. The…

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Lunch: Is the Old Way Better?

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – An announcement discussing the issues and change within the school lunch system was sent out on Sept. 29th, 2021, by Lindsey Mclaughlin, Chief Operating Officer and Principal of grades 10 through 12. When grades seven and eight joined the Rootstown Bio-Med Science Academy Campus, the number of…

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Sick-Or-Treat?

by C.J. Delaney, staff writer  November 2021 – The trick-or-treaters of Halloween 2020 were faced with something much deadlier than ghosts or skeletons. It was the first Halloween in more than 100 years where the health and safety of the public were threatened by a worldwide pandemic. The COVID-19 virus forced many families to be cautious when receiving candy from…

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New Snapchat Tool Encourages Young People to Run for Office

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer NOVEMBER 2021 – Snapchat introduced a new tool that tells its users how to run for office on Oct. 5. This initiative is one of the social media platform’s “minis,” meaning users can complete different activities without closing the app. Anyone with a Snapchat account can access it by typing “run for office” into…

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The Battle of Banned Books

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer October 2021 – Banned Book Week helps students and readers to defy the censorship of literature; during the designated week, organizations promote books that have been prohibited by numerous institutions. Banned Book Week was Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 2021. The week was created by Library Activist Judith Krug to…

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Behind the Scenes of Accelerated Term

by Elise Miller, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – As the holidays approach, so does a unique Bio-Med Science Academy tradition, fondly recognized by teachers and students as accelerated term. Unlike conventional schools, with electives offered throughout the year, Bio-Med offers all of its elective courses from Nov. 30 through Dec. 17. During this time, students and teachers receive a break…

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Who is Brice Schoenbaechler?

by Meadow Sandy, staff writer October 2021 – Brice Schoenbaechler is a ninth-grade student who has played many sports over the years. His favorite sports are “anything that involves running.” He became interested in cross country during the COVID-19 pandemic and joined late into the season. In total, he’s played seven sports, including cross country, track,…

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What is College Credit Plus?

by Ken Burchett, associate editor OCTOBER 2021 – College Credit Plus (CCP) is a program that allows students to earn college credits during high school. It was created in 2014 when Ohio combined dual enrollment and postsecondary plans, where students could earn college and/or high school credits in additional classes. Bio-Med Science Academy began offering…

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A “Long” Climb to Teaching

by Aiden Hills, staff writer October 2021-Kaitlyn Long is the new 10th grade history teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy. She is a graduate of Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in social studies, and a graduate of Kent State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching in secondary education. Going into college, Long always planned to become a…

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Translating Mastery To Colleges

by Mallory Butcher, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – Mastery learning has been a staple of Bio-Med Science Academy since the school’s opening in 2012. Although mastery learning was first proposed in 1968, most schools have not implemented it, and students have raised many concerns over the years about the system. One question asked by students…

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PBL-ementary School: Introducing STEM Concepts Early

by Alyssa Cocchiola, associate editor OCTOBER 2021 — Bio-Med Science Academy soon plans to introduce STEM and problem-based learning concepts to elementary school students. This school year, Bio-Med admitted 25 kindergarten students and 50 first-grade students. Grades two through 12 have a maximum capacity of 100 students. Chief Administrative Officer, Mrs. Stephanie Lammlein, talked about the…

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Leader On and Off the Battlefield

by Jesse Mitchell, staff writer October 2021 — A number of seniors at Bio-Med Science Academy are undertaking more responsibilities, all while facing challenges in their academics and extracurriculars. Senior Zachary Kelly, who has stepped up to do more in his extracurriculars, has taken on a leadership role on the Bio-Med esports team. After the…

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Students Explore Their Passions and Hobbies at the Club Fair

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…

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Students’ Anxiety: The Grades or the Stigma

by Avery Livezey, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – The emphasis today’s society puts on grades has a psychological impact on students. In the last few decades, the expectation for students changed from the expectation of earning passing grades to earning excellent grades, followed by securing a college education. Receiving a C on the grading scale…

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Akron ArtWalk: Art on Display

by Randall Hatfield, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – The afternoon of September 10th was a busy day for the Summit artspace. Multiple artists making chalk works were lined up on the sidewalk, as an audience watched them work under the Artspace’s large, colorful entrance. It was time for the Artspace’s most recent Artwalk, titled “Chalk Fest.” The building…

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Economic Crisis In Lebanon, New Government Formed

by Camryn Myrla, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – At least 28 people were left dead following a fuel tank explosion near Beirut, Lebanon on Aug. 15. The tank, illegally hidden by an unknown source, was being seized by the Lebanese army due to an ongoing fuel shortage affecting the entire country. People were lining up to receive gasoline,…

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Gender Neutral Bathrooms

by Cadence Gutman, staff writer OCTOBER 2021 – Bio-Med Science Academy installed gender neutral bathrooms following the construction and building of the school’s newest addition. In April 2015, President Barack Obama installed a gender neutral bathroom in the White House. This response was in light of 20 state level bills intended to target transgender people,…

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Standardized Tests, No Longer the Standard

by Alexandra Levy, staff writer SEPTEMBER 2021 – High school students are no longer required to submit SAT and ACT scores to two-thirds of American universities, according to the Washington Post. Throughout the pandemic, schools and standardized testing facilities were closed. As a result, numerous colleges, including all eight Ivy League universities, will not require…

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