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


Birchwood School of Hawken’s class of 2021.




Sebastian Boyer

Lydia Chen

Favorite Birchwood Memory
When I made it to the state History Day in sixth grade.
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Debalak inspired me to grow in my character and learn all I can.

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
The end-of-the-year field trip in sixth grade.
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Gregory. She has been such a help with my math skills.

What High School will you Attend?
Mastery School of Hawken

Elizabeth Carey

Manan Raina

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Attending Birchwood's 2019 International Festival to experience our culturally diverse community. 
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
As there are so many inspiring teachers at Birchwood, I am still thinking about who to choose.

What High School will you Attend?
Mastery School of Hawken 
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Going to the West Side Market and a baseball game downtown for our sixth grade field trip.
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Debalak taught me math, a work ethic, good character, and how to be a good person overall.

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School

Zechary Cao

Ryan Vaziri

Favorite Birchwood Memory
The entire school being together for field day at the end of our sixth grade year.
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Debalak – as he taught me the skills of working hard, self-determination, and to try again when I have failed. 

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our field trip to the West Side Market followed by an RTA ride the stadium to watch a baseball game where we got wonderful access to the game.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – as he taught me about self-control.

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

Sinan Haufe

Chloe Leng

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Canoeing during our fourth grade field trip.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – as he paid so much attention to detail with his writing corrections and inspired me to be more attentive to my work.

What High School will you Attend?
Mastery School of Hawken
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Working with my friends on our History Day website.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Each taught me many different things. It is hard to think of one teacher among them all who has inspired me the most.  

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School

James Paponetti

Naoki Sato

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Playing mini golf and eating ice cream on our fifth grade field trip.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Debelak – she ingrained a lifelong love of reading in me. I also enjoyed her Avid Readers Club. 

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our sixth grade end-of-the-year field trip to watch a baseball game downtown.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – was my most inspiring teacher.

What High School will you Attend?
Saint Ignatius High School

Albert Khawam

Joshua Sifers

Favorite Birchwood Memory
My first Field Day as it was fun and I believe my team placed second.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mr. Kurtz – as because of him I began liking language arts more. He taught me how to make things like vocabulary tests more fun.

What High School will you Attend?
Saint Ignatius High School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Sharing our sixth grade end-of-the-year field trip with my classmates.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Little – as she  taught me how to adapt to a new environment and grow as a student when I came to Birchwood in fifth grade.

What High School will you Attend?
Hawken Upper School

Reyna Uechi

Leo Yang

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
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

Omar Issa

Matthew Yang

Favorite Birchwood Memory
My first day at Birchwood because when I walked into my classroom I realized I already had friends here.

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
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

Dilan Nadkarni

Nadine Nouraldin

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
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our sixth grade 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

Cadence Guo

Jennifer Song

Favorite Birchwood Memory
I was fun to go to the International Future Problem Solving Competition in 2019 to meet awesome people and work with some of the smartest kids in the world to make a scenario.
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Gregory – as she has been an awesome math teacher.

What High School will you Attend?
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center trip in sixth grade was so fun from the bus ride to camp to all the activities and experiments we did.
 
Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Mrs. Miller –  as I worked alone on History Day this year and she was always there to answer my questions and inspire me.

What High School will you Attend?
Magnificat High School

Jad Alsouss

Shreeyans Bhavaraju

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our sixth grade field trip as we all spent time together as friends.

Inspiring Birchwood Teacher
Ms. Brown

What High School will you Attend?
Saint Ignatius High School
Favorite Birchwood Memory
Taking part in MATHCOUNTS with Mr. Debelak.
 
Proud Accomplishment 
Making it to states for swimming.

What High School will you Attend?
University School