Bella Merino


Dublin Coffman High School

Overall GPA: 4.351

Graduation Date: May 27, 2017

The Ohio State University

Zoology Major

Expected Graduation: May 2021


Dublin Coffman High School Marching Band

  • Sophomore Representative (2014-2015)
  • Vice President (2015-2016)
  • President (2016-2017)
  • Squad Leader (2015-2017)
  • Mellophone Section Head (2016-2017)

National Honors Society

  • Inducted as a member (2015-2017)
  • Corresponding Secretary (2016-2017)


Dublin Coffman High School Marching Band (2013-2017)

Dublin Coffman High School Symphonic Band (2013-2017)

Dublin Coffman High School Pit Orchestra (2016-2017)

Dublin Coffman High School Full Orchestra (2014-2017)


Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue (2012-2015)

  • Cleaned the rescue and groomed the dogs
  • Aided in adoption procedures
  • Co-led events to raise donations
  • Advocated for rescues and no-kill shelters

Miracle League of Central Ohio (2011-Present)

  • Help kids with disabilities play a game of baseball on Saturdays in the summer

LifeCare Alliance (2015-2016)

  • Help pass out meals through Meals on Wheels
  • Assist in preparing meals
  • Decorate and assist in a Valentine’s Day dance for elderly members


Babysitting (2012-2016)

Petsitting (2011-present)

Sears (2016)

  • Worked as a cashier to ensure quality customer service

City of Dublin Youth Camp Counselor (2017)

  • Worked as camp counselor for elementary school kids


I took this photo one weekend when I volunteered at Sunrise Sanctuary, which is a sanctuary for farm animals. This is Wesley, and he was very sweet when I met him. Volunteering there was a rewarding experience, and I hope to come back in the future to help the animals!

My G.O.A.L.S.

Global Awareness: I would like to study abroad. I plan on getting involved through university resources to learn about how different cultures treat and view animals. I would then like to bring those ideas back into my life and education.

Original Inquiry: I really want to get involved in research. All the different breakthroughs being made everyday amazes me, and I would love to be a part of that. There are a lot of opportunities on campus that I plan on using to get involved in research.

Academic Enrichment: I plan to get involved with different clubs and student organizations on campus that will help along with my studies. I also hope to be able to help future students with their college career through tutoring or becoming a TA.

Leadership Development: I want to get involved with student organizations and hope to help lead some in the future. I also really enjoy service activities such as community commitment, so I plan on getting involved with volunteering.

Service Engagement: I really enjoy doing service. I plan on staying involved through Pay-it-Forward and Rotaract. I also want to help volunteer at local animal shelters during breaks.

About Me

My name is Bella Merino, and I am currently a first year student at The Ohio State University. I am from Dublin, Ohio and went to Dublin Coffman High School. In high school, I was very involved in the marching band. I played the mellophone/french horn and loved it. I was also very involved with the National Honors Society, and I love to volunteer. I have been a buddy with the Miracle League of Central Ohio for six years now, which is an organization where we help kids with special needs play a game of baseball. I hope to continue doing service through different organizations at The Ohio State University.

I have always loved animals, and I am so excited to be going to school for something so cool as Zoology. I can’t wait to have an amazing time this year!