Intended Major: Theater
Intended Major: Biology
Tessa Askew is from Ashtabula, Ohio, graduated from Lakeside High School, and belongs to the class of 2019 at Case Western Reserve University. She is a biology major, with minors in chemistry and health communication, and is on the pre-med track. Tessa is a member of Project Sunshine, a student-run volunteer group that works with children at the Cleveland Clinic and UH, the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, a mentor through the Collegiate Connections program to incoming freshmen and a tutor to K-12 students at the Church of the Covenant. Tessa was a part of the last class at CWRU for the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program in the summer of 2017, and during the summer before her senior year, she was a research student at the Cleveland Clinic and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in the urology lab of Dr. Margot Damaser. After graduation, she hopes to teach English abroad before completing a post-baccalaureate program and enrolling in medical school. Tessa plans to become an Ob/Gyn, with a possible degree in public health, as well as a teacher.
Intended Major: Chemical Biology
Nichola Bomani is a native Clevelander and a graduate of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay, just a block away from Case Western Reserve. As a Joan C. Edwards Scholar, Nichola has earned a full scholarship to CWRU for her undergraduate studies and for medical school. With Biochemistry and Spanish majors and an Arabic minor, Nichola is a former president of the Muslim Student Association and former public relations chair of the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative, helping to make the campus a more inclusive space for all. Nichola currently works as an operations team member at think[box], where she enjoys giving tours. In summer 2016, Nichola participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (now the Summer Health Professions Education Program). The following summer, she conducted research in MetroHealth Hospital’s Department of Neonatology on preterm/premature rupture of fetal membranes (PPROM). Currently, she is engaged in vascular biology research at the CWRU School of Medicine’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, a project she began as a participant in the Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program. As a recipient of a Rocks Fellowship, Nichola has been traveling the country to collect narratives of U.S. Latina/x Muslims. Her goal in this project is to help build confidence and strengthen the identities of women in the U.S. Latina/x Muslim community and to better understand her own place in that community. She created a blog to showcase the women’s narratives and journal her experiences throughout the project. After graduation, Nichola plans to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and later become a primary care physician.
Intended Major: Chemical Engineering
Miles Booker grew up in Mentor, Ohio, and graduated with honors from Mentor High School. Being a student in the top percentile of his class and taking many tough AP classes, Miles juggled his time between school, working at a car dealership, and playing on the school’s varsity tennis team. He knew from his studies in high school that he loved chemistry, and is now studying chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve. He has participated in many of the university’s activities and clubs, such as the campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies, the Table Tennis Club, and the Case Engineers Council, as well as volunteering at Judson Park. Miles plans to participate in CWRU’s co-op program in the chemical industry field and to study abroad for a semester. After graduation, he plans to pursue research and development with a chemical engineering focus at a large company.
Intended Major: Undecided
Yvonne Chappell is a third-year student pursuing a double major in psychology and communication sciences and a minor in art studio. She is originally from Cleveland but recently moved to Akron, Ohio. Before starting college, Yvonne attended the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and participated in CLiPS, an engineering program at Case Western Reserve for high schoolers. Yvonne plans to become a counselor either in schools or in a juvenile detention facility. She recently had a great opportunity to work at a summer camp, and this experience increased her love of children and solidified her desire to make change in their lives as a counselor. She loves helping others and making people smile, and thankfully she has had the opportunity to do this many times over through work, school, and church. Yvonne has participated in CWRU’s African American Society and the African Student Association, but she is most proud of her role in the Residence Hall Association as the community representative of Clarke Tower. She has also been a tutor through CWRU’s Project STEP-UP since the spring semester of her first year.
Intended Major: Undecided
Oluchi (Oh-lu-chee) Onyeukwu (Own-you-coo) is a native Clevelander who graduated from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in human nutrition in hopes of helping improve not only her life, but also the lives of others through health and wellness. Being of Nigerian heritage, Oluchi has been involved in CWRU’s African Students Association since her first year and currently serves as its public relations chair. In this role, she actively works to create a more diverse and inclusive atmosphere for underrepresented students. Oluchi is also a member and former treasurer of Cheza Nzuri, the university’s only African dance team, and a co-founder of The Sisterhood, which provides a community, a safe place, and a source of empowerment for Black women at CWRU. It is the first organization of its kind on campus, and Oluchi was elected as its president for 2018-19. For the past four years, Oluchi has held a work study position as an office assistant at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, where she interacts with patients and helps provide quality care to the CWRU and greater Cleveland community. During her junior year, she became a Jochum Moll Scholar, receiving financial support that allowed her to continue her undergraduate studies. As a senior, she became a research assistant in the Department of Nutrition. With the help of her project advisor and a fellow student, Oluchi placed second in the Fall 2018 SOURCE symposium and poster session. As she prepares for graduation this May, she is hopeful that she will find her niche—a position that allows her to combine her passions for nutrition, community outreach, and administration. She also plans to continue her education.
Intended Major: Undecided
Intended Major: Sociology
Brittany is from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and is pursuing both an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree in social service administration under the Senior Year in Professional Studies program offered by the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. Her major concentration is social inequality, and she has also completed a minor in child studies. Brittany’s goal is to be a school social worker in Cleveland, in hopes of helping underprivileged students to succeed academically. During her first year at CWRU, Brittany obtained a position in the Office of the President, and she became a research assistant for a study examining child maltreatment and neighborhood dynamics in Cleveland. As a sophomore, she collaborated with faculty members on a manuscript reporting findings from this study, and in summer 2017 she presented these findings at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting. Brittany will return to this conference in 2018 to present the work she completed her Junior year on demographic change and community perceptions in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights (CHUH) school district, a summer project funded by SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) at CWRU. Her previous awards and honors include receiving the Louis Stokes Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship, as well as many other locally funded scholarships; and, induction into Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society. Outside of classwork and research, Brittany is a flute instructor for the CHUH schools, a peer mentor at CWRU, a member of the A Place 4 Me YWCA Youth Leadership Board, and a member of the Cleveland Heights Citizens Advisory Committee.
Intended Major: Computer Engineering
Arik Stewart was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from Whitney Young Gifted and Talented Leadership Academy with an honors degree. During his high school years, he was a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Student Advisory Committee, and he participated in the Polymer Envoys Chemical Engineering Program at Case Western Reserve, doing research under the mentorship of graduate students. He also played for his high school’s first varsity football team and went on to run for the school’s newly formed track team. Here at Case Western Reserve, Arik is studying Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Gaming. He is an active member of the campus community, serving as Vice President of CWRU’s African American Society and as Public Relations/Telecommunications Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers. Following graduation, Arik plans to pursue a master’s degree in engineering or game design, and he hopes one day to open his own game design studio.
Intended Major: Psychology