Six Birchwood students were awarded recognition in Cricket magazine’s September story-writing contest and were published in the January 2019 edition. This national competition invited children to submit a story about an act of kindness. Zain Daoud earned an Honorable Mention award. Mei-Li Mann won second prize for her story entitled “Hanging with My Cousins” about including family members in a gymnastics practice session. Ted Alten, Kartik Gulati, and Zain Abbas also received Honorable Mentions for their creative stories. Jonathan Samulak’s piece, “An Act of Kindness,” about being the recipient of kindness by strangers, garnered third place.
Birchwood students, Ehren Collins, John Shin, Samuel Pan, Aidan Berard, Angela Shang, and Rebecca Chin, finished among the top 5% of all math students in the US in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8).
Birchwood’s 4th grade class received the Team Achievement Award in the 2018 Noetic Learning Math Contest. This award is given to teams who place in the top 10% of participating teams. These young mathematicians also placed first out of all Ohio teams. Four students also earned National Honor Roll recognition: Manya Raina, Joshua Gordon, Ayat Jaffar, and Ted Alten.
PowerUp Puerto Rico! is now paying off for the students and teachers forced to restart after Hurricane Maria. An elementary school in San Juan, Puerto Rico recently installed new air conditioning units. Another elementary school in nearby Guaynabo is soon to build a new playground. Both improvements are the big imprints of Birchwood’s helping feet.
Six months ago, Birchwood students together took over half a million steps in their gym classes and raised $4,218.68 for Puerto Rican schools. The effort was muy grande, with 166 students participating. The average steps per student in a single gym period (as counted by pedometers) was 3,173. The giving of families was muy generoso, eventually tallying to $4,218.68. Que magnifico!
Congratulations to John, an eighth-grade student at Birchwood School of Hawken and resident of Richfield, for being named one of 2018 Top 300 Broadcom MASTERSfor his project on predicting Geomagnetic Storms with GPS. He was recognized on September 5th when The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public announced the top 300 middle school students nationwide in the 8th annual Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition. Winners were selected from 2,537 entrants who qualified by being among the top 10 percent of participants in Society-affiliated science fairs.
Birchwood School of Hawken students and parents gathered together on the morning of Wednesday, May 16 to celebrate the achievements they have earned throughout the 2017-2018 academic year and also to recognize the support each student has received from their family.
Congratulations to the members of the Birchwood Bach Quartet – Joseph D., Ehren, Hope, and John – on their third prize win in the 3rd edition of the global competition for young performers of The Music of Germany & Austria.
On March 17th a group of Birchwood School of Hawken students participated in the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day. This is one of 16 district fairs held each spring by the Ohio Junior Academy on Science. The five students who received a superior rating will be heading to the State Science Day in Columbus on May 12th: Joshua S., Praveen, John, Van, and Rohan.
Birchwood School of Hawken was represented by a group of seventh and eighth grade students at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) which was held on March 12-15 at Cleveland State University. Approximately 600 students from over 80 schools discussed their science projects with over 260 judges and competed for more than $20,000 in prizes.
Birchwood’s MATHCOUNTS team placed second in the local Chapter Competition on Saturday, Feb. 17. This placement entitled the team to attend the State Competition on Saturday, March 10 in Columbus. At the state level Birchwood’s team placed eighth out of 100 schools competing.
On Saturday, March 3, 38 sixth- through eighth-graders competed in the district level of the National History Day competition. Held at the Cleveland History Center and Case Western Reserve University, it proved to be an exciting day! With very strong competition this year, 19 students still qualified to advance to the state competition on April 21 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The 2018 Scholastic Awards for middle and high school students recognizes writing that shows originality, personal voice, and technical skill. Out of all the grade 7-8 students who participated in the Northeast Ohio region, 10 Birchwood students were recognized.
A team of Birchwood students in grades 5-8 competed in the annual Young Astronauts Day at the NASA Glenn Research Center on Saturday, Oct. 28. Students were divided into two groups the Pilot Team and the Commander Team before spending the morning competing in hands-on activities related to engineering problem-solving skills.