Briefly Noted . . .

Green Monday: Strath Haven 8th graders whooped it up at the middle school the morning after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. Photo by Brad Hosbach.

Unless it was postponed by the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade, Strath Haven High School’s Hi-Q team hosted its final regular season match-up on Thursday, competing with Archbishop Carroll and Haverford High Schools as teams work to accumulate enough points to qualify for the Hi-Q semifinals on February 20 and 22. Winners there will advance to the Delco Hi-Q Championship. Strath Haven’s team includes student members Cass Durgin, Drew Strong, Pritish Tarafdar, Evelyn Blanchette, Eric Tao, Cole Felton, Colwyn Hals, Abigail Meeker, and Camilla Meeker. William Rothenbach is faculty advisor. The team is shown here at an earlier match with Hi-Q executive director and quizmaster Rick Durante. Hi-Q competition has been continuous since 1948 and is a partnership of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Information on the series is at

Audrey Emata

Audrey Emata of Wallingford has been selected as one of 60 candidates nationwide for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts program. Audrey, a senior in the University Scholars Program of the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School and a student in the Juilliard Pre-College Program, was selected among more than 7,500 participants in the National YoungArts competition. Audrey has performed on flute as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as with many regional symphony orchestras and at various music festivals. She is the only flutist among the Scholar candidates, who will be reviewed by a select commission during the spring. Up to 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a recognition ceremony amidst a program of events in Washington, D.C. this June. Audrey is the daughter of Christina and Paul Emata.

Local Artists on Display

“Lotus XIX” by Alan Soffer

Wallingford artist Alan Soffer is part of “Point Counter-Point,” a group show which opens at the Delaware Art Museum with a reception and artists’ talk this Sunday, February 11, 1 to 4 p.m. (A closing reception will be held April 1.) Soffer’s mostly black & white paintings and drawings are juxtaposed with paintings and constructions by Moe Brooker and Brian Dickerson. The museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington and

Closer to home, MAC Gallery in Media opens a show this weekend of photography by Craig Reger and Patrice Zinck of Media. It’s also a show of contrasts between Zinck’s still lives and studies, and Reger’s journalistic images from the 2017 Inauguration and Women’s March in Washington. A free reception is Saturday, February 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, 609-B West State Street in Media. Info is at

“Like many other schools, we at Swarthmore Prebyterian Nursery Day School had an Eagles pep rally on Friday — and we turned it into a Souper Bowl party as well,” said Cathy Conahan, interim director at SPNDS. She added, “Families were asked to contribute a can of soup, and we received 97! One enterprising mother decorated a bag for the collection. Do you think our celebration played a part in the wonderful win?”

Emily Scott, owner of Swarthmore’s Compendium Boutique, was named to Arcadia University’s “40 Under 40” list of its “most promising, accomplished, entrepreneurial, creative, and inspiring young alumni.” Emily, a 2009 alumna of Arcadia, credits her education at the Glenside, Pa., school for preparing her to launch Compendium at age 24. “I developed a wide skill set — from accounting and branding to business practices — and that, paired with the knowledgeable and supportive faculty, prepared me for success as I launched and continue to grow my business.”

Alexandra Cerino and Brooke Oslar, both of Morton, have been named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at University of the Sciences.

Kelly Yeager of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Alabama for the fall semester.

Morgan Crain of Wallingford named to the dean’s list at James Madison University.

Eve Atkins of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Muhlenberg College.

Alana Waldt of Swarthmore was named to the dean’s list at Ashland University for the fall 2017 semester.

Colin Waitzman of Wallingford has earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2017 semester at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Amber Duncan of Wallingford, a psychology major, was named to the dean’s list in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College.

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