BPS Accolades

  • BPS has amazing students and staff! Take a quick look at a few of the amazing things they are doing and achieving:

    Perfect ACT
    Congratulations to Bennett Pompi, a junior at Seaholm. Bennett is the latest BPS student to earn a perfect score on the ACT exam! According to a press release by ACT.org, “On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.” Great work, Bennett!

    Special National Merit Scholarship
    Congratulations to Seaholm’s Sophia Ericson and Tyler Firestone! The two have been selected to continue in the 2019 competition for corporate-sponsored special scholarship administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Every year some 1,100 National Merit® Program participants, who are outstanding but not Finalists, are awarded Special Scholarships provided by corporations and business organizations. Candidates for the scholarships must meet the sponsor's criteria and the entry requirements of the National Merit Scholarship Program and submit an entry form to the sponsor organization. NMSC contacts a pool of high-scoring candidates through their respective high schools and these students and their school officials submit detailed scholarship applications. Evaluated by a professional staff, candidates are selected based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.

    ACT/SAT success
    Last year as a 7th grader at Derby Middle School, Shriya Nama took ACT and SAT through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search organization, scoring a 36 in ACT reading and scoring high on the SAT. Based on this performance, she received an award from Northwestern University as an exceptional student in the Midwest as well as an award from Michigan State University for her performance.

    Kendall earns academic all star
    Seaholm graduate and Colorado School of Mines women's soccer senior Jennifer Kendall has been selected as a Google Cloud/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American for her outstanding combination of athletic and academic achievement. Kendall, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.996 GPA, was Mines' leader on the field this season, earning First-Team All-Region, First-Team All-RMAC, and RMAC Tournament MVP honors. Read more at https://minesathletics.com/news/2018/11/28/womens-soccer-kendall-earns-first-team-academic-all-america-nod.aspx

    All-State Band
    Congratulations to Groves senior Claire Hornburg (trumpet) and Groves freshman Clarice Kim (violin). The two were accepted to the 2019 Michigan All-State Band and Orchestra and will be performing with the top student musicians in the state at the Michigan Music Conference on Jan. 26.

    Seaholm Student-Athlete Swimmers 
    The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) has named five student-athletes from Birmingham Seaholm High School to the 2017-2018 NICSA/Speedo Boys High School All American Swim Team. This All-American Team recognition goes to the top 100 swimmers in the United States, as determined by time in each event. Congratulations to the following swimmers:
    Individual Honors:

    • 50 Freestyle: Michael Arpasi (2018 graduate, team captain) - Time: 20.83
    • 200 Medley Relay: Michael Arpasi, Tom Girdler (10th grade), Iain Bukowinski (11th grade), Nolan Grout (2018 graduate, team captain) - Time: 1:33.94
    • 200 Freestyle Relay: Iain Bukowinski, Michael Arpasi, Sam Hoover (12th grade, team captain), Nolan Grout - Time: 1:25.27

    Congratulations to these swimmers and Head Coach Thomas Wyllie!

    Birmingham Robotics Champs
    On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Birmingham United Robotics Team, Automation Nation, competed at the Oakland County Robotics Championship. Ranked 4th overall out of 16 teams, the Birmingham team paired up with the Avondale Robotic team and only lost once in the elimination rounds on their way to their second victory in 7 days, winning the FIRST Robotics Female Tournament earlier this month. Next up for the team is the FIRST Robotics Challenge “Destination: Deep Space”, starting in January. The team is led by Birmingham teachers Bernie Simms and Patrick Hoover. For more information about the team, visit their website at www.team2960.org

    Michigan Math Prize
    Congratulations to the following students from Groves and Seaholm to have qualified for Part II of the Michigan Mathematics Prize competition. The finalists will compete in Part II on Dec. 5. The top 50 students in the state will be presented with scholarships ranging from awards of $250 to $2,500. These students are among the top 1,000 students of the more than 6,000 students in the State of Michigan who participated in Part I to qualify for Part II.

    Groves -
    Kyle Alkatib
    Zac Chentouf
    Jacob Flaherty
    Claire Hornburg
    Hadi Juratli
    Linday Martin
    Ethan Podolsky
    Scott Rolf
    Eden Sherman
    Jay Stansberry

    Seaholm -
    Jeremy Bakken
    Anna Broderick
    Madeline Brooks
    Burton Carlson
    Toland Corum
    Brady Johnson-Hill
    Jack Jurkovich
    Justin Klotz
    Tatum Kreindler
    Sebastian Leone
    Jack Liddle
    Alexander Lonze
    Meredith Moore
    Owen Salciccioli
    Davis Sheppard
    George Vukovic
    David Watkinson
    James Watkinson
    Arvin Yaple
    Jacquelyn Zamora

    Groves Debate Results
    Groves varsity and novice debaters had a successful weekend at Wayne State University's Ed Pappas Memorial Tournament, held Oct. 12-13, 2018. In the novice division, Groves took both first and second place, defeating Midland H.H. Dow High School in both semifinal debates. Representing Groves were Kevin Guich, Ryan Goodman, Amiri Walker, Ben Glick and Luke Lee. Ryan was 10th, Kevin 7th and Ben placed 4th in the individual speaker category. In the varsity division, the team of Lukis Bagdon and Sathvik Rajagopalan reached the semifinals before losing a close 2-1 decision to Midland H.H. Dow.

    Successful Fun Run
    Quarton Physical Education teacher, Kyle Cameron, was presented with an award from Jump Rope for Heart. Out of the 1,027 schools, Quarton Elementary was named the third highest fundraising school in the state, raising $31,109. Many thanks and congratulations to Mr. Cameron for his dedication and work with the students to keep them enthusiastic in their mission.

    Birmingham Robotics Team
    The Birmingham Robotics Team started the year off competing in the Oakland County Competitive Robotics League tournament #1 at Marion High School. With 20 teams competing in a round-robin format, the Birmingham United team (Automation Nation) won the third-place trophy, missing out on first place by one score. They were also awarded the Judge’s Award for “Design and Execution”. Automation Nation is led by teachers Bernie Simms and Patrick Hoover.

    Thank you, volunteers!
    Thank you to all the volunteers that joined Kids Against Hunger at Birmingham Covington Schools on Sept. 22 for Kids Feeding Kids. Over 22,800 meals were packed by 222 volunteers to feed children around the world!

    All-American Swim
    Tyler Austin, a junior at Groves High School, was named to the 2017-18 Scholastic All-American Swim Team. The team honors the top high school swimmers who focused and maintained excellence in the classroom as well as the pool. This year 1,619 high school swimmers earned the distinction in the nation. 

    National Merit Scholarship
    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalist in the 64th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. We are happy to congratulate Seaholm’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists of 2019: Jeremy Bakken, Sydney Czako, Tatum Kreindler, Emma Morganroth and Owen Salciccioli!

    Berkshire student recognized by Duke University Talent ID program
    Lochlan Patterson, an eighth grade student at Berkshire Middle School has been honored by Duke University Talent Identification program for his exceptional scores on the SAT. The talent program recognizes students across the United States who’ve scored at or above the 95th percentile on grade-level standardized test. Duke TIP then hosts an annual recognition ceremony to honor the remarkable ACT or SAT scores. Congratulation to Lochlan!

    Racing for Kids recognizes Sovran 
    Racing for Kids is a unique, national charity which supports children when they are most vulnerable – sick and hospitalized. Each year, Racing for Kids to the Hill, an annual RFK event, gives out a Courageous Kid Award to honor and celebrate children who have beat the odds and overcome their various health challenges. This year’s 2018 Courageous Kid Award was received by 14 year old, Kathleen Sovran of Southfield, Michigan and student at Groves High School. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation of whom nominated Kathleen, is also a partner organization to Racing for Kids and a proud beneficiary of this event.

    Rutherford Spotlight 
    Congratulations to our very own Mr. John Rutherford! He was featured by the Educational Theatre Association this month!

    "We chose John based on the outstanding theatre advice he regularly contributes to our Theatre Education Community. The instruction John provides helps other theatre educators, students, and artists from all over the world."

    Check out his spotlight from the Educational Theatre Association

    Service over the summer 
    Alex Pallone, a senior at Seaholm High School, spent the summer volunteering with the YMCA at Camp Nissokone. As a junior counselor, he trained and lead the camp activities with students ages 8-16 and lead a 52-mile canoe trip. Congratulations on earning 550 hours of community service hours, Alex! 

    Jackson Bergstrom, a junior at Seaholm High School, was honored by Birmingham Youth Assistance and the Optimists Club earlier this year with the Youth in Service award and Jane Parker Ward award and scholarship. Additionally, Jackson received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Medal for Volunteerism and is a past recipient of the President’s Gold Medal for volunteerism. Jackson directs an organization he created called “Lambs of Love” which has funded 13 years of education for each of over 500 girls in West Africa. At Seaholm, Jackson established the Young American’s for Freedom, which hosted School Safety Student Roundtables Civil Discourse assemblies with a state representative, U.S. congressman and students to have an open dialogue around important issues. He spent time over the summer planning additional opportunities. Additionally, Jackson spent the summer serving as a law clerk for a local judge this summer and traveled to Greece, Gettysburg, Williamsburg and DC where he attended several political leadership meetings.  

    Thanks to the Pierce Community Education Council and the teachers and students in 3rd grade ESL, Pierce has a new Free Little Library! Located on the playground, near the new Buddy Bench, the idea came from Mrs Papaghanian's 3rd grade ESL reading group. The group read a non-fiction piece about Free Little Library's around the world and how they are helping communities grow together and gain literacy skills. Mrs Papaghanian, Mrs Hilzinger and students created a plan to design and advertise this new resource for the Pierce community. Mrs Hilzinger's friend, Simona Lucutz, volunteered to help the kids organize their design ideas and paint the library. They chose to highlight diversity and community, two themes that Simona is famous for. Her art even won the Downtown Birmingham Art Contest! Congratulations to Simona, Pierce ESL and the entire Pierce learning community!

    Know about a great BPS kid? Let us know by emailing acron@birmingham.k12.mi.us