Margaret Atkins, a graduating 8th grade student at Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, ended the school year with a string of academic competition wins. Most recently, she won 1st Place among 8th graders nationally for her “Founding Freedoms” essay entry, along with an accompanying $1,000 award from the John Templeton Foundation (pictured here at the National Constitution Center award ceremony in Philadelphia on May 17). Earlier in May, Margaret won among all 8th graders in the state of Pennsylvania in the website category for National History Day, and will go on to the national level to be held in Maryland in June. In April, she pulled in a 1st place county level prize from among 8th grade submissions to the Delaware County Science Fair in the category of Botany. Margaret is the daughter of Tracey and Harry Atkins of Swarthmore.
Folsom-based Senior Community Services and more than 20 local members of the Aging at Home program were the happy beneficiaries of the energy of about 40 employees of the Keller Williams Real Estate office in Media on May 11. The volunteers washed windows and tidied yards for seniors at home, and painted and cleaned at Friendship Circle and Schoolhouse Centers. SCS executive director and Swarthmore resident Arthur Weisfeld said, “Keller Williams should be applauded for this effort. We all benefit from greater community involvement, particularly when it means helping homebound seniors.”
On May 28th, the Swarthmore Sunday Night Softball season began with a spirited game on the college field behind Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Swarthmore softball is an 80-year-old tradition. Newcomers, children and adults alike, are welcome to the pickup games each Sunday at 5 p.m. Park at SPC, 727 Harvard Avenue. Photo by Gabi Weisfeld.
U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class James R. Gabe graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Gabe, a 2014 Strath Haven High School graduate, is the son of Wayne D. Gabe and Sharon E. Gabe, step-son of Ward Boyle and Dawn M. Oslar-Murray, and grandson of Dorris Gabe, all of Wallingford.
Jack Brake, son of Susan and Ben Brake of Swarthmore, recently received the Stevenson Award for the Best Thesis in Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. His thesis, Prestige and Proliferation Preferences, proposed a novel explanation for why states choose to acquire, or not acquire, nuclear weapons. Jack graduated from UVA’s Politics Honors Program in just three years, the first student ever to do so. A recipient of a full merit Jefferson Scholarship, Jack was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and has been awarded numerous research grants. He will remain at UVA during his senior year to pursue two additional thesis projects focusing on his interest in the “clash of ideas in world politics.” He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in International Relations after college.
Barbara Wilkinson (Strath Haven ‘08) graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she earned her M.D. and a Master of Bioethics. Her grandfather, Dr. Harold A Wilkinson (pictured here with Barbara), attended the weekend festivities and had the honor of hooding Barbara at the graduation ceremony. Barbara has chosen to be an OBGYN, and will be doing her residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass.
Ryan Cooney of Wallingford, a member of the class of 2018 majoring in electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in India. The project was titled Reducing Food Waste at IIT Mandi. In their project summary, the students wrote, “The goal of our project was to research mess hall food waste at IIT Mandi and provide recommendations to reduce it.”
Jesse May Miller of Swarthmore graduated with a master of science degree in instructional design and technology from Emporia State University in Kansas.
Justin C. Schumacher of Media graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in animal and veterinary sciences.
William Robinson of Media received a master’s degree in business administration from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Clare Reilly of Media received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Marist College the weekend of May 19.
Michael McConnell of Swarthmore was awarded a bachelor of science degree in robotics engineering with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.
The following students were named to the dean’s list at York College of Pennsylvania for the Spring 2017 semester: Nicholas Dudek of Wallingford; Katherine Burk, Jessie Furey and Grant Lindemuth, all of Media; and Timothy McCullough of Rose Valley.
Katherine Feehery of Media was inducted into the Women’s Business Honor Society at the University of Scranton.
Rajivbhai Parikh of Wallingford graduated with a degree in computer science from the University at Albany.
Andrew Connell of Swarthmore has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the Spring 2017 semester.
Lindsay Peichel of Swarthmore has been named to the Emerson College dean’s list for the Spring 2017 semester. Lindsay is majoring in writing for film and TV.
Yuwen L. Michelson, daughter of Virginia Lang and Dean Michelson of Swarthmore, received a bachelor of arts degree from Hamilton College on Sunday, May 21.