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Syntero will host the 33rd Annual Catalyst for Positive Change Awards on Friday, April 12, 2024. The Catalyst for Positive Change Awards showcases students from Central Ohio high schools who have demonstrated outstanding community service and who exemplify Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness. 

Location: Fawcett Center, OSU


2024 Keynote Speaker:

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Dr. Frederic Bertley
President & CEO, Center for Science & Industry (COSI)


Syntero’s emphasis on being a catalyst for change in the lives of individuals, families and communities inspired the Catalyst for Positive Change Awards breakfast, which focuses on honoring high school juniors and seniors who  are making a difference in their schools and their communities. Since 1991, Syntero has honored more than 1,500 students for their exceptional character, service and community impact–for being Catalysts for Positive Change!


Big Walnut High School

Bishop Watterson High School

Centennial High School

Columbus School for Girls

Dublin Coffman High School

Dublin Jerome High School

Dublin Scioto High School

East High School

Franklin Heights High School

Grandview Heights High School

Hilliard Darby High School

Hilliard Davidson High School

Mount Gilead High School

Northmor High School

Olentangy High School

Pickerington Central High School

St. Charles Preparatory School

Thomas Worthington High School

Tolles Career & Technical Center

Upper Arlington High School

West High School

Westerville North High School

Support a  worthy cause

Syntero is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Event proceeds support Syntero’s compassionate, professional, expert counseling and community-based services for Central Ohioans of all ages and from all walks of life! 

Click here to support the cause as a donor, then select "Catalyst Awards" from the dropdown menu. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.

If you would like to become a sponsor, please click below for sponsorship opportunites. or contact Kelly Galindo for more information.

Join The celebration

Syntero wants to honor as many deserving students as possible. School administrators who are interested in nominating students for the Catalyst for Positive  Change Awards may contact Syntero for more information.

Tickets for the breakfast will be on sale soon. Check back often.

Past Keynote Speakers

Ryan Miller

Co-founder of 2nd & 7 and m2 marketing

and former OSU lineman


Amy Acton, MD, MPH

Former Director of the Ohio Department of Health/

RAPID5 President and CEO

Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP 

Founder/Chairman of the Board - Moody Nolan

Chris Spielman

Former OSU & Pro Football Player/Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate

Satch Sullinger

Basketball Coach and Author of “Winning with Purpose”

Alex Sheen

Founder of Non-Profit, “Because I Said I Would”

Ann Fisher

WOSU Radio- “All Sides with Ann Fisher”

David Brown

Founder and Director of the Harmony Project

Sarah Nerad

Founder of Heartland Recovery High School

Simon Fraser, DO

Doctor/Former OSU & Pro Football Player

Joe Blundo

Columbus Dispatch Columnist

Maddie Spielman

Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate/Former High School All Star Salute Honoree

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