Gabrielle Blackshire Major: Nutrition
Gabrielle Blackshire graduated from Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School as valedictorian of her class. She was treasurer of her school’s National Honor Society chapter and vice president of the student council, and she participated in a study aboard program to Turkey. At Case Western Reserve University, Gabrielle is on the pre-med track, majoring in nutrition and dietetics. She works as a research assistant at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing/University Hospitals, focusing on research with older African American patients and helping them with prehypertension, chronic stress, and physical and mental health. She also volunteers at the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland and is the president of the Student Dietetic Association. Once she graduates, Gabrielle plans to take a gap year to complete a dietetic internship and become a registered dietitian. She then plans to go on to medical school to become a physician.
Wilmel Cosme (CWR ’18) is enrolled in the Pre-Professional Post-Baccalaureate Program at Cleveland State University. He is also a research associate in the lab of Professor Ann Harris, Department of Genetics and Genomic Science, CWRU School of Medicine. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Wilmel majored in biology and anthropology (with a concentration in medical anthropology) at Case Western Reserve. He is the director of the CWRU Latino Alumni Board, 2019-20.
Nick Dikic grew up in Medina, Ohio, where he attended Medina High School. He graduated in the top 5% of his class with a 4.1 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society, Medina swim team, and Medina orchestra. At Case Western Reserve, Nick plans to graduate with a Biology degree and a minor in Accounting and to attend the university’s School of Dental Medicine. During his undergraduate career, he has held an internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, developing conservation plans for farmers in Northeast Ohio. Nick hopes to become a general dentist with his own practice one day.
Major: Cognitive Science
Suhib Jamal (CWR ’18), who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a minor in Arabic, is now enrolled at the CWRU School of Medicine as a Joan C. Edwards Scholar. Suhib came to Case Western Reserve from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay, where he graduated as salutatorian and an AP scholar with distinction. During his first year of medical school, he returned to CSSM as a volunteer with the Robbins Bridge Program to help seniors write their college admissions essays. During his undergraduate years, Suhib was secretary of the Muslim Student Association and sang in the Men’s Glee Club.
Eleanor “Ellie” Kilpatrick grew up on the west side of Cleveland and graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 2014. At Case Western Reserve University, Ellie is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology with a Spanish minor, and she plans to add a second major in sociology with a concentration in crime, law, and justice. She is a member of the Academic Integrity Board and has served as its secretary for two years. Ellie has two on-campus jobs during the school year. She works as a student manager for Tinkham Veale University Center, and she also works in the Kramer Law Clinic at the CWRU School of Law. Recently, Ellie accepted an undergraduate research position with the Language and Cognition Lab. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career related to law enforcement.
Ogo Okolo (CWR’18) is a 2018-19 post-baccalaureate fellow in the Department of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Md. He will begin medical school in Fall 2019. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Ogo acquired extensive research experience while earning a bachelor of arts degree in biology at CWRU. For three years, he worked in the lab of Dr. Xinglong Wang, Department of Pathology, CWRU School of Medicine, where his projects focused on mechanisms driving the pathogenesis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). During the summer of 2016, he participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (now the Summer Health Professions Education Program) at Columbia University. A year later, he returned to Columbia to conduct research full-time through the university’s Summer Program for Underrepresented Students. Ogo’s service activities included mentoring fellow undergraduates at CWRU and younger students in Cleveland-area schools. As a Center for Civic Engagement and Learning Scholar, he served as a Health Leads Advocate in the Women’s Health Center at University Hospitals. By connecting patients and their families with community agencies and programs, he helped them obtain resources such as affordable produce, baby supplies, furniture, and transportation to and from medical appointments. Ogo is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society.
Major: Computer Science
Dominique Owens (CWR ’18) earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science and now works for OverDrive, a global digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video, and periodicals for libraries and schools. A graduate of Shaker Heights High School, Dominique was a member of the Robotics Club at Case Western Reserve and made prototypes with Design for America. In addition, she engaged in several service activities during her college years. As a Spoken English Language Partner, she helped international students improve their conversational skills and adjust to American culture. Through Collegiate Connections, she was a peer mentor to first-year students from ESP; and through Project STEP-UP, she tutored high school students at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine in math and English.
Destini Powell (CWR ’18) earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with minors in sociology and public health. She spent her first summer after graduation as an intern with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and hopes to enter law school in Fall 2019. Destini came to Case Western Reserve from Lutheran High School East, where she was valedictorian of her class. During her undergraduate years, she gained research experience in the lab of Brooke Macnamara, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She also served as a Spoken English Language Partner, helping international students with their English and answering their questions about American culture, and she volunteered for Project STEP-UP, providing tutoring and mentoring to children in grades 2-6 in Cleveland public schools.
Kevin Smith (CWR ’18) is pursuing opportunities in journalism and law. Currently, he is an intern at Cleveland Magazine. Kevin grew up in East Cleveland, Ohio, but later moved to Twinsburg, graduating from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls. At Case Western Reserve, he majored in sociology with a minor in English. His undergraduate honors included the Mark Lefton Award for Excellence in Sociological Studies, the James Dysart Magee Award to an outstanding senior student in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Robert C. Davis Award for demonstrated commitment to sociological studies. During his senior year, Kevin was the executive editor and publisher of The Observer, Case Western Reserve’s weekly student publication. Before assuming this role, he wrote for the opinion and sports sections of the paper. Kevin also worked for the communications office in the CWRU School of Medicine, helping to run its social media accounts. He has taught journalism at University School’s REACH Program, which is dedicated to encouraging gifted African-American male students to continue on the path to excellence.