State Science Day Winners

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. 

Superior Awards and Sponsored Awards

6th Grade
Presley Burkholder   
2nd Place - Gordon J. Aubrecht Award for Outstanding Physics Projects
Dr. Lynn E. Elfner Young Scientist Award 

Melanie Statsevych 

8th Grade
Tarunika Saravanan  
Broadcom MASTERS Nomination

Jasmine Chen 
Broadcom MASTERS Nomination
Dr. Lynn E. Elfner Young Scientist Award
Omar Elbadawy  
1st Place- Excellence Award for Civil Engineering Projects 
Dr. Lynn E. Elfner Young Scientist Award

Adharsh Narendrakumar  
1st Place -Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Biotechnology & Biomedical Technologies  
1st Place - Future Physician-Scientist Award
1st Place- The Lemelson Early Inventor Award 
1st Place- Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship Award 
1st- JLG Excellence in Engineering Award 
Adharsh earned an interview from the Ohio Academy of Science Broadcom Foundation because his project demonstrated 1) STEM Knowledge 2) Coding/Computation 3)Expressed passion for helping/improving one's community.  

Brooke Gemechu 
2nd Place- Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Biotechnology & Biomedical Technologies 

Emerson T Krauss 

Excellent Awards and Sponsored Awards

6th Grade
Leen Salem 
Andrew Khawam

7th Grade
Caroline Grace Lu
2nd Place- Project American chemical Society Columbus Section - Chemical Science Award 

Ishika Chand

8th Grade
Michael Jiaqi Zhu
1st Place- Governor's Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research 

Isabella Bixler 
Jaiden Burkholder 
Aanya Lakireddy 

Click here to see a complete list of winning students.