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Stephanie Lammlein, founding chief administrative officer of the Bio-Med Science Academy located on the campus of Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, was the featured guest speaker at the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Lammlein spoke to the more than 50 in attendance about the growth of the year-round public STEM+M high school that graduated it first class in 2016. "When I spoke to this group back in 2012, the Bio-Med Science Academy was in the 'idea-dream' state, today I am proud to report that we are one of only 46 high schools in the state of Ohio to receive a perfect report card from the Ohio State Board of Education," Lammlein said. "Our students representing 36 school districts from five counties worked exceptionally hard to help us earn A's on every aspect of school performance that was measured." Lammlein announced that because of the success of the academy and the increasing interest, the curriculum will expand next year to include students starting at the sixth-grade level. The luncheon, sponsored by Roger Sidoti, was held at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. From left are Roger Sidoti, chamber board member and luncheon sponsor; Dr. Jay Gershen, president, Northeast Ohio Medical University; Michelle Hartman, chamber board member; Stephanie Lammlein, speaker; Lori Wemhoff, chamber executive director; Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala; and Scott Flynn, chamber board president.