Scholastics Awards Birchwood School of Hawken Writers

The nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens has awarded local teens their highest honors. Each year Scholastic Art and Writing Awards accepts entries from seventh through twelfth-grade students in 28 categories. They are then blindly adjudicated by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts for originality, technical skill, and authentic and unique point of view.
Local Birchwood School students received the highest honors for their writing.

Isabella Bixler 
Home, Personal Essay & Memoir, Gold Key
Lydia Chen 
The Light, Short Story, Honorable Mention
Albert Khawam 
The Untold Story of Marc Vaynbeerg, Personal Essay & Memoir, Silver Key
James Paponetti 
Accepting Change, Humor, Honorable Mention
Manan Raina 
Deep South Football, Short Story, Silver Key
Reyna Uechi 
Wither and Fade, Short Story, Silver Key
Ryan Vaziri 
The Skateboard, Short Story, Honorable Mention
Their writing teachers, Lorraine Tzeng and Jennifer Seward, congratulate their students for their hard work and well-deserved honor.
Birchwood alumni also received recognition. Jane Nilson, now attending Hawken Upper School, received Honorable Mention, Gold Key, and Silver Key awards for four pieces of poetry.  Also, Nadia Ibrahim, now attending Laurel School, received awards for thirteen pieces in a wide range of writing categories including humor, poetry, memoir, short story, and science fiction/fantasy.