Students Win Contests for Art and Writing

Belmont Day School
June 8, 2023

Scharer Honored for Artwork by the MWRA

Congratulations to eighth grader Lydia Scharer who won first place in this year’s MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) poster contest. There were over 2,000 submissions! This year, the contest theme was water conservation. The contest winners were honored at an awards reception at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum on Friday, May 26, and all winning entries will be on display at the museum through September 29, 2023.

Nallari-Jhala Wins Two Awards for Writing

Congratulations to fifth grader Suryavir Nallari-Jhala who recently won not one but two awards for his writing. First, Suryavir earned a top honor (Level 1-Grades 4 & 5) from the Letters About Literature program. It is a nationwide program active in each state: “Letters About Literature in Massachusetts is a commonwealth-wide personal and reflective writing initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. The program invites students in grades 4 through 12 to read a book of their choice, reflect on it, and write a personal letter to its author, explaining the impact this work had on them.” Suryavir wrote his letter to Michael Dorris, author of Morning Girl, after reading the book in Vaniecia Skinner’s class. He wrote about the experience of reading the book and the connection he felt with the journey of the characters in the novel, especially Star Boy. Suryavir, along with Ms. Skinner, his fellow winners, and their teachers, were honored during an online ceremony in May.

Suryavir also earned an honorable mention for an essay he wrote after being inspired by a documentary on NBA coach (former Celtics coach) Doc Rivers and his story of resiliency and the importance of perseverance and teamwork. The essay was chosen out of more than 1,000 entries to the Will McDonough Writing Contest, named in honor of the late Boston Globe sports reporter and columnist. Suryavir, a big basketball fan, was honored with tickets to the New England Sports Museum at the TD Garden to learn more about sports history.


June 7, 2024

PE Update: First Graders Explore Their Athletic Identities At Belmont Day we often say that every student is an athlete. But what does that actually mean? Our Athletic Identity Project is a chance for first graders to explore that idea…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

June 7, 2024

Recipients of the 2023 Coaches’ Awards returned to campus Thursday afternoon for the Athletics Banquet. Before recognizing this year’s award winners, Liam Brodeur, Avery Schneider, Nebiyou Elias, and Quincy Treisman shared some advice with this year’s graduating class and then…

By John O'Neill, Director of Athletics |

May 31, 2024

Belmont Day’s mountain biking team has grown exponentially in gnarliness since its inception four years ago. This year’s squad benefitted from extended Monday rides, leveling up throughout the season, and culminating in the first-ever MTB “away game” at Great Brook…

By Devan Fitzpatrick, middle school learning support specialist and club advisor |

May 28, 2024

Our middle school chess club hosted a tournament against Milton Academy on Saturday, May 18. The type of tournament that they played was the Swiss System, which enables all students to play every round. Students from both teams played with…
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