The Beachcomber

Junior Swathi Srinivasan Invents Heating System for Premature Infants, Wins Prize From MIT

Last year, Srinivasan won first place in the chemistry category and also won grand prize at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Srinivasan was also a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Photo courtesy of Swathi Srinivasan.

Sydney Eisenberg, Staff Writer

February 22, 2016

Earlier this month, BHS junior Swathi Srinivasan traveled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a National Finalist for the MIT THINK Scholars Program. Srinivasan was selected as one of five national finalists for her proposal, A Novel High Efficiency System for Infant Warming through Se...

Experience Pays Off For Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad students take practice tests to prepare for competition. Image courtesy of Beachwood Science Olympiad.

Jinle Zhu, News Editor

February 11, 2016

On a Friday after school in January, room 705 is crowded and bustling with activity. A line of multi-colored backpacks are stacked haphazardly against the back counter. A drill buzzes at one end of the room as two students work on a heavy wooden contraption. Nearby, another group fiddles with plastic...

Online Bullying a Persistent Problem For Some Students

Image by Raquel Wu.

Grace Warner, Staff Writer

December 16, 2015

It’s everywhere. With just one click onto a social media account, students see bullying. By posting unflattering pictures, hateful texts or mean comments, teens can damage one another’s self-confidence and even cause depression. In too many cases, these incidents have resulted in suicide. According...

Speech & Debate Club Enriches Minds

Assistant coach Jove Tse, Co-President Samantha Shaffer and sophomore Daniel Mishins at the Chagrin Falls and Solon speech and debate tournament. Photo courtesy of Steven Shaffer.

Dalia Zullig, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2015

Speech and debate practice on a Monday afternoon is hectic. The room is loud, as students bounce ideas off one another and crack jokes. English teacher and head coach Nicole Majercak sits at her desk, discussing upcoming competitions with senior Simon Perilla, who is Co-President with fellow senior Sama...

Eating to Win

Eating to Win

Lynn Jiao, Staff Writer

December 9, 2015

Given all the class work, sports practices and extracurricular activities occurring in a high school athlete’s life, nutrition might not be a priority.  However, research from the National Institutes of Health shows that it is imperative for athletes to possess a healthy diet in order to perform ...

Where Are They Now? Joe Burwell Edition

Burwell in June on the Appalachian Trail in northern Va. Photo courtesy of Joe Burwell.

Phil Schnee, Sports Editor

October 2, 2015

Like many of the teachers who "graduated" last spring, former science teacher Joe Burwell is taking full advantage of his retirement. “I have definitely enjoyed my time off so far,” Burwell said. “Now, I sleep in until 4:30 or 5:00 a.m., compared to waking up at 3:15 during school.” Of c...

Swathi Srinivasan Stuns With Classical Indian Dance Performance

Srinivasan in her last dance of the evening. Photo by Ravi Sunderrajan.

Dalia Zullig, Online Editor-in-Chief

August 13, 2015

Walking into the small lobby of the auditorium at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metro Campus on Saturday, June 27 was like being transported to India. The room was packed with South Asian families gathered in small groups, speaking unfamiliar languages. Women wore colorful saris, while men wore famili...

With Increased Academic Pressure, Stress is a Mental Health Issue

Image by Jinle Zhu.

Dalia Zullig, Inkyu Kim and Grant Gravagna

June 11, 2015

Nationally, levels of teen stress are on the rise. The American Psychological Association’s 2014 Stress in America survey found that millennials were the most stressed generation. One potential stressor for students is the increasing competitiveness of college admissions and the pressure to take...

Podcast: When Parents Split, Teens Lives are Changed Forever

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Alex Cala, Phil Schnee, and Aden Stern, Staff Writers

June 4, 2015

Divorce has a tremendous impact on the lives of American children. According to Scientific American, 1.5 million children each year join the group of minors that are affected by divorce. Studies by the American Sociological Review, The Center for Research on Child Well-being and The Harvard University Press, among others, have shown that it has many negative effects on kids such as a higher rate of dropping ou...

Breaking the Glass Beaker

Sophomore Claire Bruening works on construction for the BHS robotics team. Photo by Bradford Douglas.

Cathy Perloff, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2015

When math teacher Jessica Kellogg arrived at her upper level college math classes, she knew she was in a man's world. Her teachers were male; her peers were male; even the tutors at the support center were male. “I felt like you had to really earn your way to show you belonged there--more than the...

Beachwood Celebrates Centennial With Leaves, Trees and More

Greg Perry's junior achievement marketing class sold commemorative beech leaves to local businesses. Some of the leaves are on display at the Beachwood Community Center. Photo by Bradford Douglas.

Emily Topilow, Features Editor

April 29, 2015

This is the big year for Beachwood. The city turns 100 and the City Recreation Department is holding events every month. “[The residents] are very proud of their community,” Community Service Director Karen Carmen said. There will be events such as Olaf’s summer splash, which is an event...

From Fowler to Pamplona

Summers spoke at the Thanksgiving assembly this fall.

Alex Cala, Staff Writer

February 13, 2015

Summers’ family owned almost 200 acres. His jobs included planting and harvesting crops such as corn, oats and wheat. He tended to the cattle, and in the summer he baled hay.