Two Strath Haven High School seniors were presented with $5,000 Women’s and Rotary Clubs of Swarthmore Scholarships at Swarthmore Rotary’s regular meeting last Thursday at the Inn at Swarthmore. The two winners are Amanda Kauffman of Rutledge, who plans to attend the American University School of International Studies in Washington, D.C., and Kevin Gardner of Wallingford, who plans to attend Pennsylvania State University. The scholarships were established using funds from the former Women’s Club of Swarthmore and the Swarthmore Rotary Club. Rotary leaders thanked Lydia and Alex Pastuszek for their help in transferring the funds from the Women’s Club to Rotary for these scholarships. Pictured above are Rotary Club President Lisa Lee, Alex Pastuszek, Amanda Kauffman, Kevin Gardner, and Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair Richard Shimko. Photo by Jim Leming
Marina Golan-Vilella, daughter of Frances Vilella-Velez and Jeff Golan of Swarthmore, recently graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Marina will be heading to Washington, D.C., later this summer to work as a program assistant for Domestic Policy for the Friends Committee for National Legislation, the public advocacy and lobbying arm of the Society of Friends. Marina previously worked in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2016, at the ACLU National Prison Project, as a recipient of the Arthur J. Liman Public Interest Fellowship. She also worked as a research assistant from June to December 2015 at the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights in Providence, having obtained a University Teaching and Research Award for that position. Among Marina’s many activities during her years at Brown: she worked as a policy intern in the Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo; volunteered with Connect for Health (formerly Health Leads) as an advocate for low-income families; and served as a member of the Student Advisory Committee of Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service.
Ben Dunbar, a 2013 SHHS graduate, and Temple University graduate with a double major in Political Science and Global Studies with distinction in his major, is studying at Lobachevsky State University in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, as a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). CLS is a fully funded study abroad scholarship provided by the U.S. Government to help American students master critical foreign languages. CLS’s two-month language immersion program is the equivalent of two semesters of college level language classes. Scholarship recipients live with host families and participate in weekend field trips and cultural activities. Ben arrived in Nizhniy Novgorad safely on June 4, and his continued studies in Russian commence today.
Caleb Baukman and Grace DeMarro, both of Wallingford, have been named to the dean’s list at Kutztown University for the spring semester.
Madison Starr of Swarthmore, a Strath Haven High School graduate, received a bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University on May 21. Madison majored in classical studies.
Lauren DiRenzo of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University. Lauren is majoring in communication studies.
Daniel Gibbs of Wallingford and Colin Smith of Rose Valley have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lehigh University.
Tasnia Jamil of Morton graduated from Bucknell University on May 21. Tasnia was also named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.
Claudia Lemmen Nunes of Swarthmore was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and awarded a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Oberlin College on May 22.
Nathaniel Sharp of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont for the spring semester.
The following students received undergraduates degrees from the University of Scranton include the following: Bailey M. Woods of Wallingford earned a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication; Daniel J. Woods, also of Wallingford, earned a bachelor of science degree in biology; and Caroline J. Donovan of Rose Valley earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy.
Victoria Hammitt of Media graduated from Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree in College of Social Studies and Government. Victoria received Honors from the College of Social Studies and Honors in Government.
Alana Waldt of Swarthmore was named to Ashland University’s dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester.
Yuwen L. Michelson, daughter of Virginia Lang and Dean Michelson of Swarthmore, has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2017 spring semester.
Strath Haven High School junior Joy Xiong of Wallingford (left, in front of three of her drawings) opened a compact show Monday at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. The exhibition, entitled “What I’ve Learned,” compiles oil paintings and pencil drawings she has created in nine years as a student in two art studios. “I’ve been doodling since I was a kid, and my parents noticed and decided to send me to art classes. Now I am focusing on sketching. I’ve done more oil paintings, but I still think sketches tend to look better because I can be more thorough with detail.” Surprisingly, Joy has not taken any art classes at SHHS — “Maybe next year,” she says. However, she is very active in SHHS’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, where SHHS art teacher Jennifer Rodgers (right) became an adviser and a champion of her work. Joy was awarded the George W. Slick Fellowship, which underwrote this show that is on view through Saturday, June 10. The award is named for the former WSSD Superintendent, who is remembered as a gifted, dedicated educator and administrator.
As of Sunday afternoon, the winners of the Swarthmore Swim Club 2017 hot pink (with navy lettering) 1,000-lap shirt are 1.) Dick Nenno, and 2.) Fred Dickinson.
The Strath Haven High School boys ultimate frisbee team has been working their way up from D3 to D1 since their inception in 2014. This season they played in D1 for the first time and qualified for the Pennsylvania State Championships in Allentown, Pa., on May 27-28. They placed fourteenth overall and are looking forward to next spring where they aim to place even higher. Back row (l. to r.): Corey Harris, Tim Jensen, Sam Barnett, Alexander Koziol, Arpit Prasad, Timmy Reeves, Nick Lambert, Ethan Cardi, Matt Delmar and William Hsin. Front row (l. to r.): Nick Riviello, Peter Boerth, Jake Zweier, Zach Laubscher and Dalton Zweier. Not pictured: Jake Booth, Alex Vieira, Deirdre Abrahamsson (coach).
Wallingford Presbyterian Church hosted “Memorials to the Lost” in May, displaying on its lawn more than 160 t-shirts in a social action art campaign organized by Heeding God’s Call, an anti-gun violence activist group. Each shirt is inscribed with the name and age of one victim of gun violence in Delaware County over the past five years. Arranging the sobering installation were church members (left to right) Lauren Rowe, Harold Floyd, Chris Dearnaley, and Judy Kenworthy, along with installation coordinator Elaine Wasekanes.