Birmingham Public Schools

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BPS Student Achievement

  • We’re proud of the exceptional students in our district. Below samples just a few of the achievements our students earn each year.

    2017 American Scholastic Press Association awards

    For the second year in a row, the American Scholastic Press Association awarded The Groves Scriptor three first place awards in their national competition: National First Place for Newsmagazine,  National First Place for Investigative Reporting, and a National First Place for Sports Photography. Birmingham Public Schools congratulates the Groves High School Scriptor newspaper staff and adviser Laura Redman.  

    Each year ASPA’s panel of journalists and educators rank student newsmagazines from colleges and high schools across the United States based on the following criteria: coverage, ethics, research and writing, page design, general plan, art/photography, business acumen, creativity, editing, and community leadership.

    Each category is further broken down into multiple rubrics related to writing, design, and research ethics.  This year, the Scriptor scored in the highest on the rubrics to earn a these first place Awards. 

    In this year's, congratulations letter to the Scriptor staff, the ASPA 2016 the judges wrote: “Scriptor is an excellent publication, which deserves first place.  Creating a magazine teaches students the fundamentals of publishing and a variety of writing modes,  proofreading and editing skills, concepts of design and composition and promotes a community of young writers, thereby promoting esteem and school-wide status.  Your magazine shows the superior efforts of talented and creative writers, artists, photographers, layout/graphics designers, staff members, and adviser.”

    The judges ranked the Scriptor especially high on research, writing, photography and creativity.

    The following Groves newspaper students were especially instrumental in helping the Scriptor win this award:

    Christian Zietvogel
    Charlotte Beggs
    Connor Bradbury
    Justin Sherman
    Ali Abdalla
    Misha Adler
    Eric Gaines
    Connor Mason
    Molly Ryan
    Chris Biddle
    Gavin Barry
    Shane Donovan
    Rebecca Gonska
    Derrik Lockhart
    Jaxon Bumbaugh
    Derrik Lockhart


    2016 National Merit Semi-Finalists

    Each year the National Merit Scholarship Corporation identifies academically talented high school students with the designation of National Merit Semifinalist based on their performance on the PSAT. This year, BPS congratulates the following semifinalists:

    Groves High School -
    Daniel Anderson
    Olivia Reeves
    Griffin Zdrojewski

    Seaholm High School- 
    Matthew Dadamio
    Aaron Kelley
    Nicholas Kroetsch
    Ryan Lawrence
    Jack Schumaker



    2016 Scholastic Art Awards

    Congratulations to the 2016 Scholastic Art Award winners. Nearly 6,000 entries were submitted from schools in Wayne and Oakland counties. This year, BPS congratulates the following art students on their portfolio, Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention recognition. Gold key entries will be submitted to New York for the national competition. BPS thanks art teachers Susan Chapman, Rosa Everitt, Sarah Kuretzky, Elizabeth Moyer and Kellie Vagts on their work with all high school students this year.

    Senior Portfolio winners
    Rachel Gluski, Groves, 2 winning portfolios
    Ava Scott, Groves
    Sophia Yauck, Groves “New York City Life”

    Gold Key winners
    Rachel Gluski, Groves, painting “Oil and Onion”
    Ellie Braun, Seaholm, photography “Milwaukee”
    Caroline Fauth, Seaholm, drawing “Zebras”
    Claire Foxworth, Seaholm, photography “Omen”
    Cara Sevec, Seaholm, ceramics and glass “Ele-bear”

    Silver Key winners
    Rachel Gluski, Groves, painting “Frogs”
    Olivia Stillman, Groves, photography (untitled)
    Summer Benton, Seaholm, jewelry “Kali”
    Maria Graham, Seaholm, painting “Shavings”
    Bethany Jokisch, Seaholm, drawing “Changing of the Seasons”
    Brent Oliver, Seaholm, design “Opel GTV Concept”
    Brent Oliver, Seaholm, sculpture “Opel GTV Clay Model”
    Ava Suchara, Seaholm, photography “Strained”

    Honorable Mention
    Emily Juriga, Groves, mixed media “Bluebird of Happiness”
    Sophia Yauck, Groves, digital art “Coffee Abroad”
    Sophia Yauck, Groves, photography “LOVE”
    Sophia Yauck, Groves, architecture “New York City Loft”
    Kris Cameron, Seaholm, architecture “The House”
    Chloe Heldt, Seaholm, painting “A Humble Portrait”


     

BPS Accolades

Groves Varsity Pom-Pon
The Groves Varsity Pom-Pon team took 1st place this February at the MPA (Michigan Pom Association) 2017 championships! This is the first Pom team at Groves to take first place at a state-wide competition.  

Team members include:
Seniors
Brooke Tushman
Lindsay Thomas
Laura MacClean
Joclyn Mitchell
Juniors
Rachel Allen
Kalaya Anderson
Claire Cassar
Emma Gillard
Scotti Peterson
Natalia Biszczanik
Sophomores
Lindsay Martin
Jordan Hammonds
Jazmin Kareem
Asia Allen
Freshman
Leila Kensey
Jilianne Kowalchuk
Love Hairston

 
 
2017 American Scholastic Press Association awards 
For the second year in a row, the American Scholastic Press Association awarded The Groves Scriptor three first place awards in their national competition: National First Place for Newsmagazine,  National First Place for Investigative Reporting, and a National First Place for Sports Photography. Birmingham Public Schools congratulates the Groves High School Scriptor newspaper staff and adviser Laura Redman.  
Each year ASPA’s panel of journalists and educators rank student newsmagazines from colleges and high schools across the United States based on the following criteria: coverage, ethics, research and writing, page design, general plan, art/photography, business acumen, creativity, editing, and community leadership.
Each category is further broken down into multiple rubrics related to writing, design, and research ethics.  This year, the Scriptor scored in the highest on the rubrics to earn a these first place Awards. 
In this year's, congratulations letter to the Scriptor staff, the ASPA 2016 the judges wrote: “Scriptor is an excellent publication, which deserves first place.  Creating a magazine teaches students the fundamentals of publishing and a variety of writing modes,  proofreading and editing skills, concepts of design and composition and promotes a community of young writers, thereby promoting esteem and school-wide status.  Your magazine shows the superior efforts of talented and creative writers, artists, photographers, layout/graphics designers, staff members, and adviser.”
The judges ranked the Scriptor especially high on research, writing, photography and creativity.
The following Groves newspaper students were especially instrumental in helping the Scriptor win this award:
Christian Zietvogel
Charlotte Beggs
Connor Bradbury
Justin Sherman
Ali Abdalla
Misha Adler
Eric Gaines
Connor Mason
Molly Ryan
Chris Biddle
Gavin Barry
Shane Donovan
Rebecca Gonska
Derrik Lockhart
Jaxon Bumbaugh
Derrik Lockhart 
 

For more information on the successes at BPS, visit our Succeed with BPS page. 
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