The Beachcomber

Coach Iammarino Pins 52nd Year at Beachwood

After his two goes as head varsity coach, Iammarino has totalled an astounding 30+ years as the position. His achievements as coach include coaching 12 State Wrestling Champions and 72 State Place Winners/Qualifiers. His teams also won the Metropolitan Area Conference (MAC -8) in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Photo by Gabriela Covolan Costa

Tyler Pohlman, Staff Writer

May 17, 2017

It was that time year again: trees began to shed their leaves and moms frantically buttoned their kids up in big coats. In crowded gyms across Northeast Ohio, wrestling season had begun. Bison wrestlers anxiously waited for their names to be called to the mat. Beachwood, the smaller and less experienced...

Author Marcus Sedgwick Describes Life on the Border

After wrapping-up the assembly with a few questions from the audience, Sedgwick was available in the library to sign books. Photo by Gabriela Covolan Costa

Malinda Creel, Staff Writer

May 13, 2017

On Thursday, April 27, author Marcus Sedgwick spoke in the BHS auditorium. Principal Reed briefly discussed his love of reading as a child before introducing junior Abbey Brewer, library club President, who gave a brief introduction to Sedgwick and welcomed him to the stage. Sedgwick has published...

Female STEM Students Encouraged to Defy Expectations

Science teacher Lisa Bugenske described a lack of female peers and role models in her time as an engineering student at University of Michigan and during her career at General Electric. Photo by Gabriela Colovan Costa.

Cameron Godfrey, Staff Writer

March 9, 2017

According to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce (DOC), women hold nearly half of all jobs in the United States, but less than 25% of jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Economics and Statistics Administration of the DOC cites many factors contributing to this discrepancy, including...

Federal Move Towards Vouchers Could Cut Into School District Budgets

Betsy DeVos speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Feb. 2017. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

Dalia Zullig, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2017

Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate on Feb. 7 to the position of Secretary of Education, with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence. At her confirmation hearing DeVos demonstrated a lack of knowledge about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),  the federal law that ensures that every student with a disability rec...

Exploring the Impacts of Video Game Use

According to the American Psychological Association, more than 90% of children from the ages of 2 to 17 play video games. Photo by Shane K. via Wikimedia Commons.

Tyler Pohlman and Parker Gill

December 15, 2016

Video games have become a staple of childhood and adolescent entertainment. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 90% of children from the ages of 2 to 17 play video games. Freshman Zach Harf estimates that he spends about 10 hours a week playing video games. “Sometimes,...

Inequitable School Funding a Persistent Problem in Ohio

Ohio’s school funding formula has been ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court, but the state legislature has never addressed the problem.  Image by Livi Eppell.

Alex Cala, Opinion Editor

December 14, 2016

School funding is something that doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as it should. However, for some students, it can be the difference between having a full-time school nurse or a music class, things that are viewed by many educators as essential. And in Beachwood, where we benefit from one...

11,000 Miles to Beachwood

Ofek Hyer, Staff Writer

October 15, 2016

The sun bakes down violently on the dry desert of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and on the girl wearing the black hijab. But she is used to the heat. She is used to wearing the black, heat-absorbing cloth. She is used to the division of genders in her school. She exchanges numbers with her friends...

Exploring the City With the Cleveland Club

“It’s always nice to go up to the top of the market and look down,” senior Simone Rackmill said. Photo courtesy of Greg Deegan.

Rihab Ali, Staff Writer

October 7, 2016

Social studies teacher Greg Deegan and the Cleveland club traveled downtown on Friday, Oct. 30. The plan was to go to the Flats East Bank, but Cleveland’s weather did not cooperate. Due to rain, the club adjusted and went to the West Side Market instead. The students toured the market and bought...

A Problem That Needs To Be Faced

Statics from RAINN. Infographic by Jinle Zhu

Gabriela Covolan Costa, Image Editor and Staff Writer

August 28, 2016

People don’t like to talk about sexual assault. According to staff members at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC), rape is an issue that needs to be discussed, because our society silences sexual assault victims when we keep quiet. Ignoring the fact that a sexual assault occurs in America every...


Physics teacher Michael Lerner demonstrates properties of light, holding a concave mirror up to his class and asking students, “what do you see?” Photo by Yuke Zheng

Yuke Zheng, Staff Writer

May 19, 2016

Long before he taught physics in Beachwood, Michael Lerner left home to teach abroad in post-Communist Warsaw—in the process, he learned to grapple with uncertainty.

Destination Imagination Offers Creative and Fun Competitions

The team

Clarissa Djohari, News Editor

April 27, 2016

At the Ohio Destination Imagination (DI) tournament on April 16, two BHS teams placed sixth and seventh out of 17 teams in the improvisational challenge. Flaming Marshmallowzzzz, the team that placed sixth, is comprised of juniors Molly Rosen, Amanda Wasserman, Julia Warner and Andrew Feldman. Four...

We Asked BHS Students About Their Social Media Habits

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Grace Warner and Additional reporting by Beachcomber Staff

February 23, 2016

Here's What We Found