June 15, 2018 – This week’s issue . . .

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Strath Haven High School Graduation Issue!


• Congratulations to the Strath Haven Class of 2018!

• WSSD: SHHS Gets Just What the Doctor Ordered

• WPC Hosts Gun Violence Forum

Less (Waste) Is More (Green)by Helge Hartung

• New Tricks in PCS’s Summer Children’s Musical

• Pruning Plan for Cedar Avenue Canopy Opens a Can o’ Worms

• Gathering to Walk

• Furness Library Sets Summer (Fun) Schedule

• CAC Hosts Emerging Artists in June Exhibitions

Briefly Noted . . .

Medics and Ambulance 14 were dispatched from Swarthmore (Station 14) at 11:34 a.m. Friday, June 8, to Swarthmore College, where a contractor had fallen through an opening in the upper floor of a building under construction. Tower 14 was used to remove the man from the Biology, Engineering, and Psychology (BEP) site, and lower him to the ground. The patient was transferred to the Trauma Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Paramedics from Crozer-Keystone and EMTs from Swarthmore assisted the crew from Ambulance 14 of the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association.

During Commencement ceremonies on May 21, 2018, at Lehigh University, Daniel Gibbs of Wallingford received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree with High Honors.

Elisabeth Alfieri of Morton and Theresa Callahan of Swarthmore were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie Kenney of Wallingford graduated from Bucknell University on May 20, 2018.

Ryan Cooney of Wallingford was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with high distinction on Saturday, May 12, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus quadrangle.

The following local residents named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Rosanna Heidt of Swarthmore and Zachary Newlon of Wallingford.

Michael Chenoweth of Morton received a Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University at Commencement ceremonies on May 19.

Julia Gyourko of Swarthmore was awarded the Scott Prize in Arabic, which recognizes excellence in modern languages, from Wesleyan University. Julia formerly attended Strath Haven High School.

Quinn Wirth of Wallingford graduated from Gettysburg College on May 20, 2018.

Nicole McNeely of Wallingford has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Eve Atkins of Swarthmore gradutated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from Muhlenberg College.

Nicole McNeely of Wallingford has been named to the Siena College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

“The Sapovitz Park basketball courts are in almost constant use, but there was no place for anybody to sit,” said South Media Initiative for Kids team member and former Wallingford Elementary School principal Ellen Milgrim. That changed on Monday, June 11, with the dedication and unveiling of the 10th community art project undertaken by WES students and faculty and community volunteers. Those volunteers included Darrell Blair (center), one of the planners of the program which started more than five years ago, and a volunteer since. She and husband Chet Blair (right) are two community members who were chosen by WES students like Maia Williams (left) as neighbors deserving to be honored with portraits on the benches. “Ms. Blair thought of this project,” wrote Jaelen Knox, while Daija Bradwell described Viet Nam vet and school crossing guard “Mr. Chet” as “kind, loyal, and generous.” The students worked on the project this spring with teaching artist Emily McDonald, Nether Providence Township, the Community Arts Center, and dozens of volunteers including WES and Swarthmore-Rutledge School staff, WES alumni and parents. The celebration began with ice cream at the South Media Fire Company, which hosted for the 5th consecutive year.

Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Energy Cooperative Association (the Energy Co-Op), which was held last Saturday at the Inn at Swarthmore. Mayor Kearney delivered opening greetings to the members of the nonprofit.

Todd Kitchin, owner of the Allstate Insurance Agency in Swarthmore, was among nine Allstate agents who cooperated to raise $9,000 for the Providence Animal Center in Media. During May, Kitchin and his colleagues collected supplies, toys, and food for the animal rescue facility, earning the grant from the Allstate Foundation, which will go toward construction of new kennels at the former DelCo SPCA on Sandy Bank Road.

As of Monday afternoon, the first winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 4.) Clark Linderman, 5.) Fred Dickinson, 6.) Zong Luo, 7.) John McKinstry, and 8.) Anne Papa.

Letters to the Editor

Drastic plastic

To the Editor:

We all want to be good stewards of the environment, so it makes sense that we have a robust recycling program here in Swarthmore. However, I can’t help but feel that the act of recycling has given us the illusion that what we consume doesn’t impact the environment as long as it’s recyclable. I would like to challenge that notion. 

Here are some facts about plastic consumption, according to Plastics Ocean Foundation:

• Annually, around 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide.

• More than one million bags are used every minute.

• A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes.

• Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

• Beverage containers account for 14% of all litter. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.

“Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, and that figure could increase by ten- fold over the next 10 years if actions are not taken according to a study published in the journal Science.” Time magazine, February 12, 2015

Previously, the US had been exporting plastic recycling to China for processing. As of January 1, 2018, however, China has banned the import of foreign waste. As a result, recycling costs to the borough of Swarthmore will increase from $1,667.02 to nearly $30,000 in 2019. 

I believe that this is an opportunity to reflect upon and reevaluate our relationship to plastics. And I’d like to challenge you to join me in making a serious commitment to reducing our use of plastics. 

Bring reusable bags to the grocery store and farmers market — I keep one in my purse, and a few in my car at all times, just in case. When possible, avoid pre-packaged produce. Buy in bulk, using cotton bags with their weight already printed. Say no to plastic water bottles, and start carrying a refillable one around with you. Our own Swarthmore Co-Op has taken a leadership role by eliminating the use of plastic bags at the checkout and offering loose produce and bulk items.

It takes time and effort to change our routines, but our planet and our children and their children are worth it. We need sensible plastic legislation, but we don’t have to wait for it to begin to make a difference. Please, for the sake of our planet, won’t you join me?

If you would like more information with regards to recycling bags, or want to discuss further how we can encourage people to use less plastic, please contact me at Claudia@cuetokearney.com.

Claudia Cueto

Powerless over nature

To the Editor:

People are fond of commenting on President Trump’s neglect of scientific information and the warning that knowledge provides, but we should recognize that the President represents the primary characteristic of our species — our imagination. This imagination has altered our local environments and allowed us to establish ourselves where it is too cold, too hot, too wet, or too dry. In addition to this, without feathers or fins we can fly around the world and swim across the seas. This ability has given many of us — including the President — a false confidence about our power over Mother Nature. At the end of this human journey our descendants will discover who the Master will be.

John Brodsky

Briefly Noted . . .



Mary Dennis has opened a massage studio at 110 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. Her business BC Health and Fitness was formerly at 631 S. Chester Road; she now will share space with Indigo Healing Arts Collective. Mary offers massage therapy in a variety of styles — including Swedish, deep tissue, and pregnancy massage — at 110 Park, and also makes home visits. Contact her at 484-431-1332 and bhcf.massage@gmail.com.

As of Monday afternoon, the first winners of Swarthmore Swim Club’s neon green aka safety yellow (with black lettering) 2018 1,000-Lap Shirt are: 1.) Dick Nenno, 2.) Lori Sonntag, and 3.) Nancy Crickman.

Daniel Morreale of Swarthmore was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Daniel was initiated at University of Delaware.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford was awarded a bachelor degree from St. Lawrence University during Commencement ceremonies held on May 20 in Canton, N.Y.

Gabriel majored in English and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude. He attended Strath Haven High School.

Christina Semeraro of Wallingford has been named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Melissa Leggett of Wallingford, a Health & Occupation major at Elizabethtown College, has been named to the dean’s list.

Andrew Connell of Swarthmore has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Allison Cardow and Samantha Ward, both from Swarthmore, were among those named to to East Stroudsburg University’s spring 2018 dean’s list.

Swarthmoreans David Pollack, M.D. and Amy Pollack were among nearly 200 supporters of the Federation Early Learning Services in attendance at the FELS Love Our Kids Celebration, which raised $227,000 last month. Dr. Pollack, a pediatrician, is board chairman of FELS.

Letters to the Editor

Swarthmore’s progress

To the Editor:

At a recent Borough meeting, I was struck by an under-appreciation of how much Swarthmore has changed recently. I suspect many of our residents appreciate the changes, but a few questions and comments made at the meeting suggested some in our community are less aware. 

While Swarthmore has been a “special place,” there’s now a vibrancy like never before, coupled to an industrious spirit. That spirit is the fruit of collective efforts of many who believe in that special place, but still are creatively and collaboratively working to forge a forward-looking town ambience. The town center has its anchor businesses, and, luckily for us, some of those are hanging on. 

To a person they are run by folks with knowhow, community spirit and generosity – just what is great about our town. But, the recent changes matter, too. The Co-Op supports local farmers, and has become a magnet for community activity, gathering in members in educational, fun ways, whether though Quizzo, grilling, or local tastings.

Saturday mornings are a veritable hub of activity, with a food truck to boot and live music; it’s a town happening. And, music! There are now several places to hear bands, spanning genres (I know: some of that on plinky ukuleles, but, hey …). 

The amphitheater (and Central Park) exceeds anyone’s vision of a forward-looking, community-centered town. If you haven’t experienced Thursday Night Music, then you don’t know what a lovely magnet space this is for young and old alike.

And, the Inn, predicted by some, years ago, to be the downfall of our town, only generating marauding Swarthmore College students, instead is another hub of activity (some of that at its bar), with no marauding students. This (now disproven) concern was invoked again at that recent meeting. Those who worry about this do not know the college student body.

I was surprised also that some community members said they do not go to the College. Why not? It is a significant contributor to the vibrancy of town. If you have never been, come with me over this next year, and I’ll show you the creativity, incredible talent and energy of these College students: recitals, dance, music, performance art (all free, and open to us). Or, talk to those of us who interact with these generous, socially-minded students who volunteer in hospitals, community centers, etc.

I don’t know zoning regulations, and I don’t live near the address at issue in the zoning meeting I attended. I’m content to have less say than those directly involved. But, one thing I urge: let’s not turn back to some faded “idea” of a town long ago. One key role for a zoning board is surely to assess how closely rules are followed. But, another key role for any committee is also to look creatively to the future and continue to support industrious entrepreneurs, to keep our town vibrant so that it will thrive in the future.

Steve DiNardo

Paving the way

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, I would like to thank the Borough of Swarthmore for its work to make the sidewalks of the Borough more accessible for everyone. We refer, of course, to the program of marking non-compliant pavement with white paint and the delivery of notices to property owners to bring those sidewalks up to code.

Perhaps more importantly, we would like to thank the property owners who have been inconvenienced and have incurred expenses repairing and replacing the sidewalks on their property to meet the standards of the Borough. Your efforts and your expenses have not gone unnoticed! Not only does this make walking easier for seniors, but it helps many others in our community: parents and grandparents with strollers, toddlers on tricycles, pedestrians carrying groceries and not able to watch every foot of pavement before them, runners and joggers, people who use wheelchairs and other devices, and everyone who goes out for a stroll in our town.

A little more than three years ago the Borough signaled its commitment to making Swarthmore a place where seniors can feel comfortable and safe. This program goes a long way toward that goal. Thank you Borough Council members, Mayor, Borough Manager and staff, and citizens/property owners for your work!

Linton Stables, President
Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Historic project on track

Hello Friends and Residents of Swarthmore,

My name is Nate Linderman, a Boy Scout in Troop 112. I am currently working on my Eagle Scout project, which is to put up approximately 15 historical markers around the Borough to commemorate our Borough’s history. 

Last fall I reached out to many of you with a request to help fund my project. My fundraising campaign was successful, meeting my original goal, thanks to the generous support of many of our citizens. I am in the midst of working with the Borough, Swarthmore Historical Society, Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library, and Swarthmore Centennial Foundation to finalize the markers’ copy, design, and placement. My timeline has been slightly extended from my original estimate, and I currently plan to have the project completed by early summer 2019.

I just want to take a brief moment to thank all of those who have helped to support the project thus far either financially or via their guidance and expertise, and I look forward to finalizing the project over the next year.

If you have any questions regarding the project, please feel free to email me at nate@linderman.net.


Nate Linderman

Exposing the elephant

To the Editor:

I hope that area churches and synagogues will join their national denominations and the Jewish peace organizations that have denounced the recent Israeli massacres in Gaza. Although the Israeli government has done everything possible to obfuscate the circumstances, I know of no independent voices that deny that it authorized the murder of 100 unarmed Gazan Palestinians and the wounding of thousands more in recent weeks, crippling many of them for life. I add my voice to those of the 15 national Christian denominations including my own Presbyterian Church (USA) that have condemned this historic atrocity.  

History has taught us where the failure to confront brutal regimes leads. Our own hearts tell us that the murder (“killing” does not adequately describe what happened) of unarmed protesters is wrong, especially when the situation could easily have been controlled by one of the world’s most powerful militaries without lethal force.

Faith communities must not keep silent in deference to members who feel that “politics has no place in church.” The irony is that the decision to remain silent when even the most basic moral imperatives are violated – all the world’s enduring religions condemn murder – is itself a political decision. In the Christian context, it privileges concerns for institutional quietude over faithfulness to the Word of God. This is the elephant in many sanctuaries. It is time to expose it. I urge the leaders of our local faith communities to end this politicization of their churches, synagogues and mosques.

A second irony is that silence ensures the outcome it seeks to avoid. Christians know that it is rare to find a teaching of Jesus reported in all four Gospels. An exception is “Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” I submit that this teaching applies not just to individuals but also to faith communities that hope to “save their lives” by sacrificing faithfulness to preserve quietude. As Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out, failure to proclaim its beliefs will cause the church to lose the loyalty of millions. Failure to stand up publicly for the basic tenets of the faith will not scotch but accelerate the now decades-long decline in membership of faith communities. “Silence” marks the entry to the death spiral. 

I write as a friend of Israel, which I fear is at risk of receiving the judgment pronounced by its prophet Amos (Amos 2: 6, 13-16). I accept that some will disagree with me. I welcome an opportunity to participate in a public forum where the views of both defenders and critics of Israeli policies can receive a respectful hearing. But I reject the charge of anti-Semitism. Among the methods used by the Israeli government to prevent honest discussion of its policies by faithful Christians and Jews is the ad hominem labeling of those who speak out as “anti-Semites” or “self-hating Jews.” That is abhorrent. 

Grant Grissom

Memorial Service for Kate Dwojeski

The family of Kate Dwojeski extends an invitation to join them in a celebration of Kate’s life on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

The memorial celebration will be held in Fellowship Hall of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (727 Harvard Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with eulogies at 7:30.

Kate, a long-time resident of Swarthmore, most recently of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away from ovarian cancer on February 21, 2018.

Laurel A. Benn Otte Obituary

Laurel Otte, a resident of Dickinson Avenue since 1975, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 2, 2018. She will be so greatly missed.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939, to Phyllis Wolven Benn and Clarence Benn, Laurel attended Dearborn High School. In the summer of 1956, she won a choir scholarship to Interlochen Music Camp. Later, she was thrilled to discover at the University of Michigan that she could apply to work at the camp in summer. Working in the dining hall there, she met Daniel Otte, who invited her to go on an outing with three other staffers at Lake Michigan. 

They went back to work at Interlochen every summer until 1963, when they were married. Laurel finished her M.A. and that September became a University of Michigan librarian, while Daniel worked his way through graduate school as a teaching fellow. Their twins, Jennifer and Jessica, were born in April, 1967. In June, 1968, Daniel finished his Ph.D., and the Ottes moved for a year to Australia.

Returning from Australia, they lived outside of Austin, Texas, for six years. Daniel’s work at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia brought them to Swarthmore in the summer of 1975. Laurel joined Merrie Lou Cohen as a Swarthmore Elementary School librarian, a joyful friendship which endured the rest of her life; they lived a block apart and travelled regularly to London together for many years. Laurel also worked at Marple Public Library, and until a few years ago, volunteered at the Swarthmore Public Library.

Laurel Otte was wonderful singer, a member of the University of Michigan’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society, who sang show tunes and opera around the house. Her daughters know one particularly tragic aria only by its common Otte household name, “The Vacuum Cleaner Song.”

She was a talented quilter and seamstress; vacations and field trips were accompanied by small bags of patchwork pieces — she was a perfect travel companion for Daniel and would sit anywhere, any time, and sew, sing, and read while he collected specimens in all kinds of places, day and night. She loved PBS, especially “MYSTERY!,” and mystery novels, Fred Astaire, antique markets, flea markets, art, museums, books, a really good chocolate milkshake — ‘really chocolate-y’ — and travel with lifelong friends and family. She was a talented and inventive cook, and kept a comfortable, beautiful house. 

Beyond all else, Laurel Otte was, without fail, gracious. She was kind, and thoughtful, gentle and polite. Her family treasured her and will miss her terribly. 

Laurel is survived by her cherished husband of 55 years, Daniel; daughters Jessica Otte (Amy Boyle) of Phoenixville, Pa.; Jennifer Otte Vanim of Swarthmore; sister Linda Fox (Talbert Fox) of Kailua, Hawaii; 13 nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Visitation is at 2:30 p.m., Saturday June 9, with funeral services at 3:30 p.m. at Carr Funeral Home, 935 S. Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19081.

Briefly Noted . . .

Strath Haven senior Olivia Fender of Wallingford will be presented with the Most Courageous Athlete Award, which is awarded annually by the Delaware County Sports Hall of Fame. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of two. Olivia underwent treatment for two years before being declared cancer-free. She went on to play four years of field hockey, four years of basketball, and three years of lacrosse at Strath Haven, all while carrying a 3.44 GPA. She will study Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. Olivia will accept the award and a $500 scholarship at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 6, at the Concordville Inn. For reservations ($25), call Patricia Mescanti ASAP at 610-793-7931 or email delcohalloffame@gmail.com. 





Chinwe Nwadiora Esq., the daughter of Dr. Emeka Nwadiora and Dr. Chika Nwadiora of Swarthmore, a longterm practicing corporate attorney in Hollywood, Calif., recently earned her second law degree, the LLM specializing in Intellectual Property from Fordham University School of Law in New York.




Chinedum Nwadiora Ph.D., the son of Dr. Chika Nwadiora and Dr. Emeka Nwadiora of Swarthmore, a longterm practicing accountant in Louisana, recently earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics from the University of New Orleans. He has since taken the posistion of assistant professor at Towson State University in Maryland, where he teaches Statistics and Behavioral Economics.

Alyssa Taylor of Swarthmore received a bachelor’s degree in Enviornmental Humanities during Commencement proceedings at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, on Sunday, May 20. Alyssa is a graduate of Strath Haven High School.

Matthew Hagenbach of Morton and Colin Waitzman of Wallingford were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Ryan Cooney of Wallingford received his Bachelor’s Degree during 150th Commencement exercises at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, May 12.

The following graduates received degrees during the University of Vermont’s 217th commencement ceremonies:
Dylan Butera of Swarthmore. Bachelor of Arts, Political Science.
Jennifer Davidson of Media, Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience, cum laude.
Daniel Murphy of Media, Bachelor of Science, Public Communication, magna cum laude.
Elizabeth Russell of Wallingford, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education — K-6.
Nathaniel Sharp of Wallingford, Bachelor of Science, Wildlife & Fisheries Biology.
Andrew Shores of Media, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre.

The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean’s list:
Dylan Butera of Swarthmore; Jennifer Davidson and Caroline Weathers of Media; and Elizabeth Russell and Nathaniel Sharp of Wallingford.

Tyler Ryan Long of Wallingford earned a Master of Accountancy with a major in accountancy from the University of Scranton.

Daniel Ryan McGuire of Wallingford earned a Master of Business Administration with a major in operations management from the University of Scranton.

Caroline J. Donovan of Rose Valley earned a Master of Science with a major in occupational therapy from the University of Scranton.

Katherine Wenger from  Swarthmore was recently named to the dean’s list at William & Mary for the spring 2018 semester.

Letter to the Editor

‘Setting the record straight’

To the Editor:

The Swarthmore Co-Op Board of Directors would like to provide relevant facts regarding our efforts to sell beer and wine in the Co-Op. We do this particularly in response to the Letter to the Editor from Patrick Flanigan in the May 25 Swarthmorean.

Transparency: The Co-Op has provided many opportunities for Member-Owners and non-owners in the Biddle tract to understand our position as well as the process we must go through to sell beer and wine. Several briefing and signing sessions were held last fall. Board members reached out by phone, personal letters, email, and in person to Biddle Tract owners to answer questions and discuss this process. There have been two annual Owners’ meetings where we presented sales and profit projections and potential costs and liabilities to undertaking this endeavor, and engaged in Q&A with all in attendance. In addition, the Board holds monthly meetings in the Community Room at Borough Hall where time is set aside specifically for Member-Owner comments. Board meetings are always open to all owners. Minutes of these meetings are available on the Co-Op website. Owners can always contact us at any time at Boardofdirectors@Swarthmore.Coop.

Transparency (b): In addition to the above opportunities for information, Mr. Flanigan has been provided the list of Biddle Tract owners; a preview copy of the letter to the owners; a copy of the release form in Word format, per his request, so that he could modify for his own purpose, and a copy of the Co-Op Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

Business Plan: The Co-Op Board HAS assessed the profitability of selling beer and wine, the cost to do so as well as the physical changes to the store required to be compliant with the law. This was discussed at the two annual meetings. The Board consulted an attorney regarding potential risks associated with liability and is working through the legal process to quiet the deed restriction. These facts are included in our meeting minutes. 

Liquor license: The Co-Op HAS NOT bid on or acquired a liquor license. This fact can be easily verified through The PA Liquor Control Board portal at lcb.pa.gov.

The Co-Op should not litigate on behalf of the entire Biddle Tract. The College and the Borough are not the only parties to the restrictions and it may take relief from approximately 150 property owners to fully release the restrictions. This would be a monumental undertaking with the potential for many third party disputes.

We, the Board, have been open and honest with Member-Owners about our desire to sell beer and wine and the efforts it will take to make that happen. We remain committed to resolving our issues and differences through amiable and personal discussion.

Donna Francher, President
Swarthmore Co-op Board of Directors

Briefly Noted . . .

Michael Chenoweth of Morton received a Master of Science in Nursingfrom Wilkes University during Spring commencement ceremonies on May 19, 2018.

Anna Martin of Media and Quinn Wirth of Wallingford graduated from Gettysburg College on May 20, 2018.

Julia Gyourko of Swarthmore was awarded the Scott Prize in Arabic, which recognizes excellence in modern languages from Wesleyan University. Julia formerly attended Strath Haven High School.

Alana Waldt of Swarthmore was named to the dean’s list at Ashland University for the Spring 2018 semester. Alana is majoring in nursing and is a graduate of Strath Haven High School.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford has been inducted into St. Lawrence University’s Irving Bacheller Society, the Department of English’s honorary society. Gabriel is a member of the Class of 2018 and is majoring in English. He attended Strath Haven High School.

Alex Prugh of Swarthmore graduated from Colgate University with degrees in economics and computer science, and achieved Summa Cum Laude status. Alex will be working in the Washington, D.C., area in the fall.

Jamie Bartholomew , SHHS class of ‘03, competed in “American Ninja Warrior,” which was filmed in Philadelphia last week. Jamie, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was cheered on by Pam and Art Bartholomew of Swarthmore, classmates Ben Tropp and Jack Giammattei, and his most ardent fan, Walker Lewis of Swarthmore. Tune in to ANW on June 25 at 8 p.m. to see how Jamie did. (This photo is from an earlier competition.)

Pictured from left to right are Wallingford Elementary School Librarian Martha Lambertsen, Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass, and 4th grade students Sophia Aranda, Lily Newport, and Liliana Fletcher. Early in May, Mass – author of the bestselling Candymakers series and Stead – Newberry Medal winner for When You Reach Me – visited WES to talk with students about their work and their new collaboration entitled Bob. This mystery/fairytale tells of a story of a non-zombie named Bob who with the help of ten year old Livy, searches to try and find his way back home. Mass and Stead each shared samples of their writing from elementary school. Neither of them really enjoyed writing, but they both had a passion and zest for reading which originated at a very young age. It wasn’t until after they tried other careers that they both discovered the joy of writing. An interview of the authors, conducted by WES 5th graders, will be available on the WES library author interview site soon. The author visit was the latest arranged by WES Librarian Martha Lambertsen and Children’s Book World.  Photo courtesy of Kristin Snyder.

Natalie Marra (left) and Amy Caruso (right), both of Wallingford, represented the Board of the Strath Haven Middle School Home & School Association (SHMS HSA) in joyfully presenting a check for $1,600 to the Jack Hontz Endowment Fund on Monday, May 21. Henry Pearlberg (center), chair of the WSSD Music Department, received the gift during an 8th grade assembly on Monday. Thanks to the community’s generosity during the annual spring musical Mary Poppins raffle and the Harlem Wizards vs. Haven Hoopsters event, funds raised will go towards funding music and arts camps for students this summer. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson.