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Mitav Nayak Main Line Student of the Week

A senior at The Haverford School, Mitav Nayak serves as the 2021-22 Student Body President. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Index (school newspaper), Editor-in-Chief & Designer in Chief of Newton’s Notebook (school STEM journal), and Model UN President. Nayak is also the Jazz Band President, the Math Club President, and the founder and president of the Economics/Stock Market Club and the Science Club. He is also a member of the Cum Laude Society (highest academic honor) and the Hephaestus Society (highest extracurricular honor). Nayak is an intern at Watermill Asset Management in New York City, during which he has researched biotech and med-tech companies about to come public through IPOs. He conducted summer research at Penn after being accepted into the Gene Therapy Program Student Internship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with researchers repurposing drugs for rare diseases. Nayak has received multiple awards, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Prize in Economics, the Yale Club of Philadelphia Book Award, and several awards for his journalism and writing work. He is captain of the Fords’ squash team, and individually, he is ranked 10th in the U19 age division in the United States.

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Haverford School students and alumni volunteer at PALS Summer Camp

This past summer, sixth former Jeffrey Yang and fifth formers Jay Crowther, Isaiah Shuchman, and Jaiden Shuchman spent time volunteering at PALS, an organization that fosters friendship and independence among young adults with Down syndrome. The four Haverford School students were joined by young alumni Robert Esgro ’19 and Ryan Ngo ’21, who have been working at the camps for many years under the recommendation of Ms. Jini Loos, Haverford’s Director of Service Learning.

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Three Haverford Football Players run with the ball

By Terry Toohey
 

HAVERFORD – Officially, Sam Gerber is listed on The Haverford School football roster as a slot back and free safety.

Gerber, though, is much more than that.

In addition to his duties as a receiver and defensive back, Gerber also returns punts and kickoffs, is on the hands team and the holder for all kicks. He would probably do more if head coach Brian Martin asked him to.

“He’s like a Swiss Army Knife,” Martin said. “He does it all.”

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Haverford homecoming spoiled for Aitken, Sabia in PLL semifinals

CHESTER — The legion of purple jerseys with No. 16 on the back was the first giveaway. The array of Haverford School lacrosse stars filling section 121 of Subaru Park was the second. And the line of kids waiting to take selfies with Grant Ament was easy enough to follow if you had any questions.

Not many high schools could claim what Haverford School did Sunday, with players in both halves of the Premier Lacrosse League semifinal doubleheader in Chester. Split between the Atlas blue-clad fans cheering for Dox Aitken in the first game and Chris Sabia’s purple Waterdogs in the nightcap, there was plenty of Delco lacrosse history on the field.

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County student, classmates to kick off all-in-one college app

In February of 2020, Devon native and former Conestoga High School student Chris Tsetsekos and his two Haverford School classmates Jon Krouse and David Graham were living in the temporary limbo known to many high school seniors.

It was the period between receiving a college acceptance letter and the fear of the unknown that would await them when they arrived at their respective college campuses in the fall.

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Football Preview: Preacher, line’s ‘beef’ has Haverford School built tough

As the Haverford School’s nonleague football schedule was being leaked, drip by challenging drip, coach Brian Martin braced for the text messages.

“The alumni,” Martin said, smiling. “They would ask: ‘Are you feeling OK?’”

The concern, premature and likely unnecessary, was that the Fords would be challenged by the classic likes of Downingtown West and La Salle, by the mystery of Executive Education Charter from Allentown, from Lansdale Catholic and, Maryland Landon School. From there would begin the ever-competitive Inter-Ac League schedule.

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Haverford School alums set to launch peer-to-peer social media app FuzeMee

Three Haverford School alums co-founded FuzeMee, a peer-to-peer social media app focused on connecting college students before they get to campus, and then helping them engage in events and activities as students. David Graham ’20, Jon Krouse ’20, and Chris Tsetsekos ’20 developed and tested versions of the app in late 2020, with a full launch scheduled for the App Store in late summer.

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Rhonda Brown named Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Rhonda Brown began as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in early July. Brown comes to The Haverford School from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has a long career working at large research institutions, including the University of Notre Dame and Temple University, and small private liberal arts colleges like Albright College and the College of the Holy Cross. 

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Cross-country team huddle

This spring, The Haverford School cross-country program partnered with the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania to raise funds for mental health care for veterans. The team raised more than $4,000 that will help provide services to military veterans and their families who are challenged by mental health issues.

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Darren Hengst presents on building life skills using the performing arts at Best for Boys Lecture

Darren Hengst, the Grace and Mahlon Buck Chair in Performing Arts at The Haverford School, gave a presentation titled “Performing Arts - Empathy, Connection, Communication,” during the annual Best for Boys Speaker Series in May. Hengst discussed how performing arts can bring out the authentic nature of boys and hone their ability to communicate, bridge connections between themselves and others, and build empathy. 

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Brandon Michael Nase presents at Michael Stairs Memorial Concert

Artist, producer, and activist Brandon Michael Nase presented a virtual concert of gospel, jazz, R&B, and musical theater songs for the Michael Stairs Memorial Concert on April 28. Nase also reflected on the creation of his musical web series, “The Gospel According to Broadway,” and of his nonprofit organization, Broadway for Racial Justice.

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John Pruett ’86 presents William Edward Gwinn ’86 Memorial Science Lecture

Dr. John Pruett ’86 presented “Haverford student to NIH-funded clinician-scientist” at the annual William Edward Gwinn ’86 Memorial Science Lecture on April 22. He talked about his journey into medicine and psychiatry, discussed his research into autism spectrum disorder in infants and toddlers, and shared advice for young scientists.

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Students earn accolades in Scholastic Writing Awards

The Scholastic Writing Awards recognized 21 Haverford School students for outstanding creative writing. Judged locally by the Philadelphia Writing Project, these 21 students earned six Gold Keys, nine Silver Keys, and sixteen Honorable Mentions in the categories of Journalism, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Critical Essay, Personal Essay & Memoir, Poetry, and Short Story.

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The Haverford School names Mark Fifer as Head of Upper School

The Haverford School has named Mark Fifer as Head of Upper School. Fifer served as the interim Head of Upper School from July to November 2020, with his tenure as Head of Upper School in effect from December 2020. In this role, Fifer oversees the operations of the Upper School division, which includes oversight of the academic program, leading Upper School faculty and staff, and serving as a liaison to other divisions and departments within the School.

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