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News and Events

List of 3 news stories.

  • Thirty-Eight Students Qualify for the Future Problem Solving State Bowl

    This year, 38 Birchwood 6th-8th grade students qualified for the Future Problem Solving (FPS) State Bowl. Each year Birchwood 6th-8th grade students apply a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, and problem solving to qualify as individuals or teams composed of four students. 

    The following students, coached by Helene Debelak, Lorraine Tzeng, Diane Owen, Jennifer Seward, Rebecca Graham and Allison Noga will compete at the state level on April 11th:

    Junior Division Qualifiers
    Folashade Asalu, Samuel Chen, Nelson Kude, Jake Zhang, Kritika Chahar
    Caleb Alicea, Nathan Chilcote, Chrysanthi Constantinou, Andrew Khawam, Brian Milindi
    Intermediate Division Team Qualifiers
    Joshua Gordon, Ted Alten, Manya Raina
    Sabrina Syed, Sana Bahadur, Ayat Jaffar, Yara Salam, Aislinn Joyce
    Ishika Chand, Haadeya Salman, Caroline Lu, Joshua Chen, Stella Miyares
    Leen Salem, Joshua Thomas, Rhea Kumar, Sammy Nemr, Ayah Dinary
    Maliha Nadkarni, Olivia Kude, Kyle Vaziri, Reeve Vincent, Saanvi Chari
    Zain Daoud, Divyam Purohit, Alex Ticak, Nikhil Yalavarthy, Hussein Alzoubi
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  • Birchwood Students Soar at National History Day Competition

    On Saturday, March 4, 2023, despite blustery winds, 51 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders ventured out to the Cleveland History Center in University Circle to compete in the regional level of the National History Day competition. Due to the pandemic, this was the first in-person History Day competition since 2020, and the students' excitement was palpable. With entries in every project category, they had high hopes for the outcome.  Birchwood had a total of 30 projects entered into the competition, and 14 of them qualified to advance to the state competition. This strong showing was the result of months of diligent research and preparation. Below are the students who will compete at Ohio Wesleyan University on April 22 and possibly earn an invitation to attend the national competition in June 2023.
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  • Power of the Pen Regional Winners

    Congratulations to Birchwood School of Hawken’s seventh and eighth grade teams who won several team, individual, and special awards at the 2023 Power of the Pen Regional Tournament at Kent State University on February 25.

    The Birchwood teams are coached by Lorraine Tzeng, Jennifer Seward, and Allison Noga.
    Team Awards
    Eighth Grade – 1st Place
    Seventh Grade – 4th Place
    Regional Sweepstakes Award – 1st Place (third consecutive year)
    Individual and Special Awards
    Seventh Grade:   
    Rhea Kumar – 7th Place
    Reeve Vincent – 1st Place
    Eighth Grade:
    Haadeya Salman – 12th Place 
    Joshua Gordon – 7th Place
    Best of Round – Joshua Gordon 
    Best of Round – Ayat Jaffar 
    Platinum Pen – Joshua Gordon 
    Platinum Pen – Ayat Jaffar 
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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.