For the first time in anyone’s recollection, eight of Strath Haven’s graduating seniors have chosen Swarthmore College as their home for their next four years of study. The eight include Kathryn Hafertepe, Harrison Hotham, Justin Snyder and Madison Snyder of Wallingford; Peter Foggo, Elizabeth King, Elizabeth Labows, and Nicholas Wagner of Swarthmore.
Jim Bock, Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore, said, “Many local students applying to highly selective colleges often look to ‘go away’ to college, but eight of Strath Haven’s finest have realized that they don’t have to go far for continued excellence. Swarthmore seeks to build an inclusive community of scholars who are committed to a range of activities and interests outside of the classroom.”
Bock continued, “The [Wallingford-Swarthmore] school district supports an outstanding extracurricular program covering the performing arts, to music, to athletics, to name just a few. We look forward to welcoming all of these scholars who will bring their varied talents, interests, and leadership qualities to the Swarthmore Class of 2021.”
As it happens, each of these Strath Haven seniors will be playing varsity sports at Swarthmore, says David Snyder, who has coached or coached against nearly all these student athletes in club sports. He and his wife, Peggie, will be in the bleachers for quite a few more local games as their twins Justin (a soccer player) and Madison (a pole vaulter in track & field) compete for the Garnet. Other Haven stars will continue to shine at Swarthmore in soccer (King, Hafertepe, Hotham, Wagner), lacrosse (Hafertepe and Labows), and basketball (Foggo).
Snyder, who was himself a varsity tennis player on the Swarthmore College NCAA Division III championship team, says college sports have become intensely demanding, even of students at smaller schools like Swarthmore. “But these students are confident and well rounded,” Snyder said, observing that their accomplishments in a range of challenging areas during high school stand them in good stead. “They’re leaders, great students and good athletes, who gave Swarthmore every reason to accept them.”