Congratulations to 8th grade student, Omar Elbadawy for placing first at the 2022 Future Problem Solving Program International Conference in the Scenario Writing competition (Middle Division). His winning entry, entitled "The Big Bird" on the topic of Building Green, depicted the hard decisions the main characters of a floating green community faced during an emergency that involved the "other" side.
Additionally, he received 5th place at the international competition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for his participation in the optional IC 2022 Scenario Writing Competition. Qualifiers write a scenario of 1000 words that used the provided Future Scene as inspiration which explored the topic of Antibiotic Resistance.
"Omar is a relentless researcher as shown in his "Big Bird" piece which he worked on for months. For the International Conference piece, though he only had a few days to complete it, he banked on his extensive research of Antibiotic Resistance and deservedly pulled another win," explained Lorraine Tzeng, his writing coach from Birchwood School.
This year students from Australia, China, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States gathered at the FPSPI. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making.
For over 90 years and with more than 60,000 alumni, State Science Day is the pinnacle of student originated, inquiry-based science education for Ohio’s students. The academic equivalent of a state athletic championship, this year’s event was one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Drawing upon a base of over 25,000 students, 622 students in fifth through twelfth
grades from 176 schools were evaluated on their scientific research and communication skills during a virtual State Science Day. They competed for nearly 100 different scholarships and awards valued at nearly $400,000.
Congratulations to the following 16 Birchwood School of Hawken students who received Superior Awards, Excellent Awards, and Sponsored Awards at the 2022 State Science Day competition.
Congratulations to Omar Elbadawy whose Jr. Paper for the 2022 National History Day competition entitled “Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Early Republic Diplomacy and the Debate That Shaped the Nation” was selected for the Virtual Paper Showcase with The White House Historical Association. The 2022 National History Day theme was Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences. This showcase features 15 memorable White House-related submissions to this year's essay contest, hosted by National History Day, a partner of the White House Historical Association.
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.