Science-minded students from Birchwood School of Hawken brought home winning accolades from the 28th Annual Young Astronaut Day, hosted by Cleveland State University, on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Competing against nine other teams, the Birchwood Mission Specialist Team (made up of eighth graders) won top honors, taking first place in the Mission Specialist category and Birchwood’s Pilot Team (made up of fourth graders) earned second place out of fifteen teams in its competition.
The Birchwood Young Astronaut Day team is directed by science teachers Ms. Linda Brown and Mrs. Rana Bottino.
Birchwood School of Hawken eighth grader Joshua Gordon earned congratulations in October for his submission to the monthly Stone Soup Flash Contest for his entry “Finding Permanence.” Gordon, 13, was among six winners and another six honorable mention awardees who responded to the children’s literary magazine’s monthly writing prompt.
Birchwood School of Hawken is proud to announce that four of its graduates, almost 20% of the class of 2019, have been chosen as 2023 National Merit® Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Birchwood alumni Aiden Berard, Yian Shang, and John Shin are seniors at Hawken School; Zayd Haufe attends the Mastery School of Hawken.
The four join more than 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists competing for about 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million to be offered next spring. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The not-for-profit NMSC was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program and operates without government assistance.
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.