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Syntero will host the 32nd Annual Catalyst for Positive Awards on Friday, April 28, 2023. The Catalyst for Positive Change Awards showcases students from Central Ohio high schools who have demonstrated outstanding community service and exemplify Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness.

Location: Fawcett Center, OSU

Time: 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Keynote Speaker:

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Ryan Miller
co-founder of 2nd & 7 & m2marketing and former OSU Lineman


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 demonstrate these attributes and actions.

Since 1991, Syntero has honored more than 1,500 students for their exceptional character, service and community impact–for being Catalysts for Positive Change!

Selection Process

Central Ohio high school administrators nominate two students from their school based on the following criteria:

  • Current junior or senior

  • Students who are involved in making the lives of others better in a selfless manner

  • Students who participate in the community-at-large:

    • Volunteering

    • Participating in civic, faith-based or other outside organizations

    • Other community involvement

  • ​​No minimum GPA required

Students nominated by their school can click here to access the application form.

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, but are not ready to submit payment, please contact Mariah Beidleman for more information. All ads must be submitted by March 10 for inclusion in the event program.

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.

Past Keynote Speakers

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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