Birchwood School of Hawken students recently competed in the National History Day Contest, held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, June 14-20. Rebecca Chin and Abby Gemechu won 4th place for their website on the visual arts of the Harlem Renaissance. Angela D’Souza earned 9th place for her documentary on Myra Merrick, the first female physician in Ohio in the 1800s.
During their home study this spring students at Birchwood School of Hawken took it upon themselves to submit writing to the 25th Annual Nature Writing Contest held by Geauga Park District. Birchwood students won six out of ten awards for student prose writers. Winning pieces are published online at geaugaparkdistrict.org and the authors are invited to read their works aloud on Sunday, August 2nd, at 3pm during the 29th Annual Nature Arts Festival at Big Creek Park in Chardon Township.
Birchwood School of Hawken sixth grade student, Omar Elbadawy’s poem was selected as a top ten winner in the Creative Communications Poetry Contest. The competition accepts submissions from students in Kindergarten through ninth grade and winning entries are published in an annual anthology. Top ten winners receive a $25 award and a free copy of the publication.
Reading teacher, Diane Owen, congratulated her student saying, “Your poem was so lovely, with poignant imagery. You are quite a poet.” During this time of tumult, Birchwood students have found creative expression to be both therapeutic and a window into their processing of events.
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.