Holy Trinity School Earns Thomas Edison STEM Award

The Ohio Academy of Science has selected Holy Trinity School in Avon, Ohio to receive the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education for accomplishments in the 2016-17 school year. The award recognizes schools and teachers who display excellence in STEM-based teaching.

Holy Trinity School is one of 58 Ohio schools to be honored based on four categories ranging from hosting a science fair to student participation in science activities outside of the classroom. A team of 11 teachers and administrators collaborated during the 2016-2017 school year to apply for the distinction.

Junior High Science Teacher Nicole Castrigano – a contributor to the school’s application – appreciated the commitment of her fellow teachers.

“It’s an honor for Holy Trinity School to be recognized for our efforts in STEM education,” Castrigano said. “As teachers, we strive to provide our students with opportunities to learn new technology, math and engineering concepts to enhance our science curriculum both in and out of the classroom.”

First established in 1985, the Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards recognizes Ohio schools and teachers who stimulate scientific student research and technological design, and extend opportunities beyond traditional classroom activities. Students must participate in one of more youth science opportunities beyond the classroom, including State Science Day, The Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair, Science Olympiad and other structures STEM-related youth activities.

“This award really speaks to the amazing teachers and dedicated staff at Holy Trinity,” said Mike Modzeleski, Co-Principal. “These teachers continuously work at their craft as educators and it is great to see them recognized for all of their efforts. The honor from the Ohio Academy of Science highlights our goal of providing students at Holy Trinity with the skills they need to be successful well after they leave our building.”

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