Tommy Sherman Runner-Up in NY Time Essay Contest

Congratulations to BHHS junior Tommy Sherman for being a runner-up in 2019 New York Times National Essay Contest! Tommy's essay was in the top 1.5% of 2000 essays submitted. Tommy's submission can be viewed by following this link.

"I couldn't have accomplished this without a lot of help from my amazing teachers and counselor. Ms. Twomey, my AP Government teacher first brought the NYT contest to my attention by encouraging everyone in the class to submit an essay. Later, when I finished writing my essay, Ms. Twomey was also really helpful in revising my essay. I definitely wouldn't have submitted my essay without this encouragement and edits.

Additionally, when I wanted another opinion on my writing, I went to see Mrs. Griesbeck, my English teacher, who gave me amazing advice on several specific grammatical issues present in my essay and how to fix them. Mrs. Griesbeck also continued to inspire me to move forward and continue editing and revising. Without Mrs. Griesbeck, my essay definitely wouldn't have been as great as it was. 

Finally, without my counselor Mrs. Brooks none of this would have been possible. Mrs. Brooks helped set me up with a fantastic schedule this year with amazing classes and even more amazing teachers. Mrs. Brooks is always smiling in the counseling office and is really helpful in answering any questions I have," shared Tommy.

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2019 MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to all of the BHHS students who participated in the 2019 MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The top scores from around the state will be compiled and students will be notified if they are selected to perform in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo in early May. Congratulations to the musicians who have earned a position the MYAF ensembles, to Debbie Wogaman (horn) who was nominated as top soloist in the state, and to the Black Hawk String Quintet on their nomination as one of the top chamber ensembles in the state! View the full list of results

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Three BHHS Artists Earn National Scholastic Art Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers released the national results of the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Senior Rory Burman earned a national Silver Medal award for the photo "Confined." "The Family Tree" by junior Jenny She also received a national Silver Medal. Sophomore Nolan Lopez also won a national Silver Medal for the photo called "Midas". Congratulations to the student artists and instructors, Barb Brownson and Peg Pasternak, on these prestigious awards!

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Alan Zhang & Balazs Szamosfalvi Advance to the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam Competition

Congratulations to BHHS junior Alan Zhang and senior Balazs Szamosfalvi for being nominated within the 11 out of 175 students who competed in the Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition on March 21 to advance to the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam on April 25 at U of M Dearborn! The top 20 students from the National Exam are then invited to attend a study camp where they could be selected for the International Competition to represent the U.S in Paris, France. Best of luck, Alan and Balazs!

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East Hills Book Swap

This month at East Hills a new tradition began.  The Book Swap.  March is reading month and some parents had the idea to hold a book swap to help celebrate reading month.  Last week students were encouraged to bring up to 5 books, at the 4th to 8th grade reading level, that they could then swap for other books on Monday, March 11th.  Roughly 70 students participated and brought books, and over 250 books were swapped.  This tradition was a fun way to get students to connect over reading, to read more, and to recycle books instead of throwing them away.  We hope that this tradition will continue on for many years and would like to wish everyone a very Happy Reading Month!


Written by Lucia Farah, 7th Grader

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