Class of 2022

Throughout the 2021-22 school year we’ll be introducing members of Birchwood’s Class of 2022

“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




Akhil

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Winning in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) competition with my friends in fifth grade was really fun.
 
Proud Accomplishments
Winning first place in swimming at the nationals as well as placing in the top three in all of my events and being named third fastest swimmer in my age group.

Advice for Students in Grades 5-7 
Have fun. Go to school knowing that is going to be hard. Do your work at home and know that each day you’ll see your friends so it will be fun overall.




Brooke

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Learning at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. It was really fun. I loved being with everybody and getting to be immersed in nature! 
 
Proud Accomplishments
Making it to the National Contest for National History Day in sixth grade. I am also proud of my improvement in swimming. I placed in several races and qualified for long course championships in the 50 freestyle two years ago.

Advice for Students in Grades 5-7 
Manage your homework well and stay organized. Do everything the day it's assigned and don’t procrastinate.




Ari

Favorite Birchwood Memory
My first poetry show in third grade. It was a fun experience because I had never done anything like it. I realized I liked acting and presenting my lines in front of the parents and guests. 
 
Proud Accomplishments
I am proud of my Taekwondo 2nd degree black belt and my History Day efforts what you learn is really worth it.

Advice for Students in Grades 5-7 
Do not be afraid to ask a question. Even if you feel like it is not a good one, ask. If you do not understand something, ask again. In Future and Creative Problem Solving do not be scared to contribute an idea. 




Isabella

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Our class trip to the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. I was able to learn so much about nature and I had an amazing time with my friends!
 
Proud Accomplishment
Receiving a Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. I think I was able to do this because I had a story I cared about and other people cared about it too.

Advice for Students in Grades 5-7 
Appreciate how lucky you are. You’re going to a school where people genuinely care about you. When you can, try to give back to people who might not be doing as well. 




Tarunika





Favorite Birchwood Memory
Taking part in a breathtaking Science Fair robotics competition. 
 
Proud Accomplishment
Developing website building skills during last year’s History Day contest.

Advice for Students in Grades 5-7 
Not to procrastinate with your work and always be on task.




Ben

Favorite Birchwood Memory
Coming into school and playing Battleship with my friends in kindergarten.
 
Proud Accomplishment
Qualifying for Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) PSAT 8/9 conference and receiving an award for high achievement.

Advice for Students in Grades 5-7 
Do homework the night it’s assigned and listen to your teachers, and you’ll have a great middle school experience.