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  • The Birchwood School of Hawken Power of the Pen team.

    Birchwood 7th & 8th Graders Scribe Their Way to Success at Power of the Pen Districts

    Birchwood School of Hawken students let their ink do the talking at the Power of the Pen Northern Region District 2 competition as both of their teams earned top-three honors. Birchwood’s eighth-grade team won first overall while the seventh grade placed third overall.

    Around 180 students representing 22 area schools competed at the tournament, held on Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Raphael Catholic School, in Bay Village.

    Each Birchwood team was made up of six members with one or two alternates designated for each team. In all, Birchwood School of Hawken brought 15 students to the tournament.
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  • Birchwood Power of the Pen Team Places Second in Ohio

    Birchwood School of Hawken’s 2023 Power of the Pen (POP) team wrote its way to rewards at the recent State of Ohio tournament, returning with a second-place overall finish as well as a handful more accolades earned by its seventh- and eighth-grade scribes. 
     
    Other Birchwood student winners are: 
    Individual Award    Joshua Gordon, 8th grade      11th Place 
    State Platinum Pen Awards
    Reeve Vincent, 7th grade, for “War and Blood”
    Joshua Gordon, 8th grade, for “Why?” and “So Much More”
    * Both are eligible for publication in Power of the Pen’s annual Book of Winners, determined from regional Best of Round.
     
    Birchwood’s student team is coached by language arts specialists Lorraine Tzeng, Jennifer Seward, and Allison Noga.
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  • Joshua Gordon is Named Promising Young Writer

    Joshua Gordon, an eighth grade student at Birchwood School of Hawken received First Class distinction for his writing "Only a Game" and was recognized as a 2023 Promising Young Writer by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

    This year, schools nominated 146 students to participate in the Promising Young Writers Program. Of those, 56 were selected to receive the First Class designation, 58 received the Superior designation, 27 received the Excellent designation, and 5 received the Merit designation. Students had to submit original works based on the prompt: Revision as Life: Ourselves, Worlds, and Perceptions Two to three independent judges evaluated each submission holistically on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.
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Birchwood School of Hawken is a member of the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS), the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Birchwood School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.