The Beachcomber

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.

Diversity Increases in School District

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Jinle Zhu, Staff Writer

December 19, 2014

In recent years, Beachwood’s population of  students from immigrant families has increased, along with the number of countries these students represent. According to census data from 2000, Beachwood’s population was then 87% white, 9% black or African American, 3% Asian and 1% mixed. 2010 cen...

BHS Alumni Win Big on Election Night

Image sources: Ohio Treasurer's Office, Ohio House of Representatives, and courtesy of Francine Goldberg. Photoshop by Jinle Zhu.

Grant Gravagna, News Editor

December 17, 2014

For three BHS alumni, election night 2014 was one to remember. Armond Budish, Class of 1971, Francine Goldberg, Class of 1982, and Josh Mandel, Class of 1996, all succeeded in their bid for election or reelection to public office. “[The teachers at BHS instilled in me the belief that] if you...

Minorities Underrepresented in City Government

The Beachwood City Council meeting on Dec. 15, 2014.

Dalia Zullig, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2014

After a number of highly-publicized police shootings in recent months, many have begun to question the accountability of local governments to their African-American residents. According to State Senator Nina Turner, whose district includes Beachwood, this problem is close to home. She identified...

Marketing Class Sells Beech Leaves to Celebrate Beachwood Centennial

A prototype Beech Leaf is on display in Benny's Spirit Shop.  Photo by Emily Topilow.

Emily Topilow, Features Editor

December 15, 2014

The City of Beachwood, founded in 1915, marks its 100th anniversary this year with twelve events scheduled every month of the year. Greg Perry’s Excel TECC marketing class is getting involved in the celebration. “The 100 Leaves Project is a public art project featuring six foot tall fiberg...

Meet Bracha Goldstein: Greeter at the Bistro

Photo by Cathy Perloff

Cathy Perloff, Editor-in-Cheif

December 14, 2014

It’s 11:30 on a Thursday morning. As BHS students scramble to put away lunch trays and make it to 7/8th period, junior Bracha Goldstein is clear, deliberate and focused. She has a job to do. Bracha works as a greeter at the Beachwood Bistro Thursdays and Fridays, welcoming  guests and thanking...

Traveling Exhibit Explores Influence of Nazi Propaganda

Photos by Alex Cala

Alex Cala, Staff Writer

December 1, 2014

Running from November 15 through March 15 at The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda examines how the Nazis used propaganda to get their agenda across to the German people, and why that still matters today. This thought-provoking display of historical memorabi...

Here’s Why Teenagers Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Here's Why Teenagers Don't Get Enough Sleep

Alex Cala

October 23, 2014

“I have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. every day,” sophomore Jacob Belleli said. “It’s not ideal. It’s a struggle to get out of bed in order to have enough time to make it to school.” In an informal Beachcomber survey, 13 of 15 BHS students reported needing more sleep. 14 students reported...

The Freshman View of High School

The Freshman View of High School

Jinle Zhu, Staff Writer

September 29, 2014

We talked to a group of BHS freshmen about their transition to ninth grade. Many feel challenged by the high school curriculum, but they are positive in their outlook. Name: Response: Photo: Sami Zawatsky (President of Class of 2018) "My courses are a little harder, but I like a challenge. It...

How Productive Was Your Summer?

Photo by Alex Cala.

Alex Cala, Staff Writer

September 16, 2014

A typical Beachwood student’s summer consists of lots of late nights, sleep and hanging around with friends. Not exactly a lot of productivity. While many of us stayed in Beachwood, three sophomores spent their summers developing skills and pursuing their dreams. Sophomore Matthew Aubourg interned...

Head Custodian Jeff Hedrick Fills Many Roles

Hedrick’s work ethic is not the only thing he brings to BHS. He is friendly with many of the employees in the school and can be seen at lunchtime giving advice, declaring his opinions, or trading jokes. Photo by Cathy Perloff.

Cathy Perloff, Editor-in-Chief

June 2, 2014

On a rainy May morning, at the storm drain behind the cafeteria, a mother duck stood helpless. All her ducklings were trapped beneath the iron grate, and she had no way of retrieving them. She eyed the storm drain anxiously, refusing to leave her deserted babies. The scene took place near the kitchen,...

Gail Brewster Approaches 50 Years of Teaching at BHS

Photo by Bradford Douglas.

Grant Gravagna, News Editor

May 30, 2014

The year was 1962. It marked the start of Johnny Carson’s 30-year run of hosting NBC’s The Tonight Show. A new car could be purchased for $2,500, and the gas to fill it, on average, cost $0.25 per gallon. It was also Gail Brewster’s first year as a teacher. She started her career at North...