Class of 2021



“A Birchwood graduate is not simply someone who finished their eighth grade year at Birchwood. Rather they are a student who is hard-working, productive, eager to grow, willing to take on new challenges, and aspiring to serve purposes greater than themselves.”

                                                                                            – Head of School Charles Debelak




Congratulations to Birchwood School of Hawken’s class of 2021 – photographed together in the fall of 2019.


Leo Yang

Reyna Uechi

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our seventh grade History Day award ceremony. Even though I didnt place, I was very happy to see my classmates get awards.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Debelak – has inspired me with his way of teaching how to be a good person. The virtues he shares are things I will carry on in my future forever.

What High School will you Attend?
Saint Ignatius High School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
History Day. The Birchwood community is so supportive. It was fun spending time with my classmates and I loved how we all sat together and cheered during the awards ceremony. 

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Seward – she was always patient and gave me confidence in my writing skills. 

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School

Matthew Yang

Omar Issa

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our sixth grade experience at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – as he would always find something good in the bad and make me better.

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
My first day at Birchwood!

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – as he was always someone who made me smile going into class.

What High School will you Attend?
St. Edward High School

Nadine Nouraldin

Dilan Nadkarni

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our sixth grade end-of-the-year field trip.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Gregory – who taught me you do not need to be good at something when you first try it.

What High School will you Attend?
Magnificat High School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Being part of the winning Field Day team in first grade.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – who inspired me to try writing by making it interesting.

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School