On Saturday, March 7, with brisk temperatures but sunny skies, 61 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Birchwood students traveled to University Circle to compete at the district level of the National History Day competition held at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland History Center. With a mixture of nervousness and excitement, students presented their projects to teams of judges and were evaluated on the historical quality of the projects, the connection to the theme of Breaking Barriers in History, and the overall quality of the presentation. The results were outstanding! Twenty-six students qualified to compete at the state competition with a total of 14 projects. The state competition will be held on April 25, 2020, at Ohio Wesleyan University.
On Saturday, February 8, Birchwood’s 7th and 8th grade teams competed at the district level Power of the Pen creative writing tournament. The 7th grade team placed 2nd and the 8th grade team placed 4thout of 21 teams. Individually, James Mamone placed 10th and Sebastian Boyer (7th grade of Cleveland) won “Best of Round” for his piece entitled “Heart of Silver.”
Birchwood School’s MathCounts team won 1st place at the regional Chapter Competition held at Cleveland State University on February 15th. They also placed 2nd in the Speed Round. Additionally, several team members placed individually: James Mamone (8th grade of Parma) placed 2nd; Manan Raina (7th grade of Brecksville) placed 3 rd; and Carter Fleming (8th grade of Bay Village) placed 9th. This is the second consecutive year that the team has won this competition and in the last 10 years Birchwood has won seven first-place titles.
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.