Archbishop McNicholas High School’s Science Department recently received its 27th consecutive Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. The award recognizes excellence in science department instruction as well as the opportunities that students have taken advantage of to extend their science education beyond the classroom.
As recently as 13 years ago, McNicholas was the only Cincinnati high school to receive the award. According to Michael Woytek, Interim CEO of The Ohio Academy of Science, the organization began presenting the award 31 years ago in 1985, so McNicholas High School’s 27th consecutive award is quite remarkable.
Last year, McNicholas High School’s general science grade 9 team placed second nationally on the National Science League Test. AP Biology students attended a one-day genetic conference, and three of those students received an honorable mention in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition. The award for using current or emerging technology places their project among the top 10 percent in the national competition.
The Academy named all McNicholas science faculty in the award—Regina Goines, department chair, Debbie Bonecamp, John Chadwell, Mary Dennemann, Cathryn Lest, and Jon Spurlock.