David Carter graduated from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay with high honors. He participated in organizations such as the National Honor Society and H3P (Health Professions Pipeline Program) and earned several awards for his excellence in the classroom and his participation in research at CWRU. He also enjoyed doing cross country running each fall. At Case Western Reserve University, David plans to pursue a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in statistics. He plans to join the Archery Club, pursue undergraduate research, and volunteer his time around Cleveland. After graduation, David plans to continue doing research while pursuing a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biology, but he hasn’t yet chosen a specific field. After he has accomplished these goals, he plans to pursue a career in medical research.
Intended Major: Computer Science
Javon Colvin-Hatchett, from Akron, Ohio, graduated with honors from Walsh Jesuit High School. A member of the engineering and diversity clubs, Javon was also captain of the track team, garnering All-Regional Honors and recognition as Most Valuable Thrower for 2017. In addition, he became a black belt in Taekwondo. At Case Western Reserve, Javon intends to major in computer science with a minor in philosophy, and he will join the CWRU track and field team. After graduating, Javon intends to move to Seattle to pursue a career in graphic design. His long-term goal is to create his own software development company to rival companies such as Google and Apple to reach the worldwide technology stage.
Intended Major: Civil Engineering
Akwasi Duah graduated from the Cleveland School of Architecture and Design at John Hay as his class’s salutatorian. He was selected for National Honor Society and earned several outside awards. He was also a member of the John Hay ACE Mentoring of Cleveland Team, which designed practical solutions to help improve the city of Cleveland. Akwasi will major in civil engineering at Case Western Reserve, where he plans to join the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. In his spare time, Akwasi enjoys playing football and basketball. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in construction management or engineering, with the goal of working as a licensed civil engineer.
Intended Major: Medical Anthropology
I am Aylisa Grenald, a 2017 graduate of Horizon Science Academy of Lorain, where I earned an honors diploma. I am from Lorain, Ohio. At Horizon, I was the media coordinator for my robotics team, I participated in many intercultural language competitions where I would sing in Turkish, and I also won many awards from science fairs and math competitions. Also I have participated in the Concept Young Scholars Program and the National Society of High School Scholars. I have dreamed of coming to Case Western Reserve University ever since my first campus visit in the 9th grade. I plan to be in the Pre-Medicine program with a possible major in Medical Anthropology. I also have many creative interests in art and music, and I plan to explore them in clubs or other activities throughout my undergrad years. After graduation, I will go to medical school and then pursue my ultimate dream of becoming a traveling pediatrician to help children all over the world. This is me at a robotics competition next to a show-bot. My team was called the Spartans, too—how exciting!
Intended Major: Nursing
Dayonna Jeter ’21 grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Shaw High School as salutatorian, having earned several College Credit Plus and AP credits. At Shaw, Dayonna was president of National Honor Society, a member of College Now’s Upward Bound Program, and a member of the Millionaires’ Row step team. Dayonna also participated in Case Western Reserve’s Solar Engineering Internship for high school students, and she had internships at Cleveland Clinic and The Music Settlement through Future Connections. At Case Western Reserve University, Dayonna will major in nursing. After graduation, she plans to continue her education, become a pediatric nurse practitioner, and eventually earn a PhD in nursing.
Intended Major: Biology or Political Science
Aliah Lawson graduated with honors from Cleveland Heights High School in 2017. She served as student council president during her senior year and belonged to several other clubs, including the National Honor Society, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Cleveland Heights Youth Committee, and the Heights Students of Promise Program, in which she served as a peer tutor in math. Aliah also played volleyball for her school all four years, the last two on the varsity level. Now that she is a student at Case Western Reserve, Aliah is thinking of majoring in biology or political science, with a double minor in French and business management. She hopes to continue her involvement in student government programs and explore a few new activities along the way. Aliah plans on being her own boss in any field she enters and hopes to pursue her interest in real estate and property flipping.
Intended Major: Biology
Aniya Martinez graduated with high honors from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She has participated in the Charles R. Drew Academy at Cleveland Clinic, and she studied for three summers at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA on a full scholarship. At Case Western Reserve University, Aniya plans to major in biology with a double minor in psychology and cognitive science. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as a neurological surgeon.
Intended Major: Biology
Chris Martinez was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and moved to Cleveland at the age of 1. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay with an honors diploma. At John Hay, Chris participated in the chess club, the math club, and the Frisbee team, as well as The Top 50 program. He also competed with a math team at John Carroll University and came in at first place. At Case Western Reserve University, Chris plans to pursue a major in biology and a minor in either linguistics or computer science. For an extracurricular, he will join the Frisbee team or the wrestling team. After graduation, Chris plans to attend medical school and become a pediatric oncologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital or a pediatric physician.
Intended Major: Engineering
Jaad Quraan graduated with high honors from James Ford Rhodes High School in Cleveland, where he participated in the ACE Mentorship Program. He was also part of an early college program, High Tech Academy, in which he took classes at Cuyahoga Community College, became a student ambassador during his senior year, and engaged in community service around his school and on campus. At Case Western Reserve University, Jaad plans to major in engineering and participate in various groups and volunteer activities.
Intended Major: Psychology
Kristen Sanford grew up in Bedford and graduated 3rd in her class at Bedford High School, where she participated in Tennis Club, Robotics Club, Pop Culture Literature Club, and the Blood Drive. She was also the stage manager for the school’s musical and vice president of the orchestra during her four years as a Bearcat. As the “voice of Bedford,” Kristen delivered the daily morning announcements. Along with extracurriculars, she was an honor roll student, a member of University Bound Scholars and the National Honor Society, and Rotarian of the Month where she participated in the Four-Way Test Speech Competition. Her teams won awards at the Bryant and Stratton Robotics Competition, and she had a hand in earning silver at the Tri-C Biotech Olympics. Kristen also received the honor of hosting a discussion panel about “Gender and Race in Comics” at the Cleveland Comic Con two years in a row. Outside of school, Kristen assists with her church’s food pantry. She plans to major in psychology at Case Western Reserve and go on to medical school to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
Intended Major: Undecided (Pre-med)
Justin Satchel is a graduate of Bedford High School and a resident of the Walton Hills village. During his time in high school, he was an avid member of many extracurricular organizations, including the school orchestra, the school robotics club, and most notably the Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Tri-C Orchestra. He was elected president and concertmaster of the school orchestra and held these positions for two years. Graduating among the top 5 in his class, Justin has a passion for developing new skills. At Case Western Reserve, Justin hopes to prepare himself for medical school while continuing to play the violin in the university orchestra and chamber groups. He also hopes to get involved in activities that will be new to him, such as archery and fencing.
Intended Major: Biology
Allan Willmon graduated from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, where he was Sergeant-at-Arms for his senior class student government and a member of the National Honor Society. He also interned at Case Western Reserve as a lab assistant in the Scientific Enrichment Opportunity Program (SEO). Allan plans to major in biology as a pre-med student, and he would like to pursue several opportunities for community service on campus. After graduation, Allan plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.