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Main Line student of the week

A senior, Sebastian Bilash is a World Science Scholar, one of only 45 scholars selected from a worldwide applicant pool. As a member, he participates in lectures and sessions (hosted online) by leading scientists and mathematicians, and is doing his own self-study project. At The Haverford School, Bilash is part of the cross-country and track teams. He’s also a founding member of the Thorns and Noble Book Club, which provided students to discuss high-level books with teachers during a lunch period. Read the interview >

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Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs teaches children

In the history classes I teach, I begin with a digital dialogue called “What Gives Us Pause.” Before we begin formal instruction, I invite students to share with each other the social and political currents that worry them most, or make them most hopeful for the future. This dialogue unleashes a flood of student voices. Read the opinion piece in the Inquirer >

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Main Line Times: Haverford School grad Burt battles lifetime disability to become squash player for Colby

By Bruce Adams, Main Line Times

Haverford School grad Tyler Burt, a rising sophomore at Colby College, suffered a stroke prior to birth that has affected his dexterity and feeling on his right side his entire life. That disability did not extinguish a dream Burt has held since childhood – a goal of becoming a Division I athlete. Read the story about Tyler Burt '18 >

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Main Line Media News: Haverford School grad's film about his grandfather chosen for All American Film Festival

By Linda Stein, Main Line Media News

Shane Fordham got the idea of making a documentary film about his grandfather, Carroll W. Braxton, for an art class assignment because he grew up hearing stories about his days in the Marine Corps, where Braxton was one of the first African Americans to desegregate that branch of the armed forces. Read the story >

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Jewish Exponent: Jews of Philly Fashion: Alex Gushner

This week, we present our inaugural edition of Jews of Philly Fashion, introducing you to the Chosen few who dress our city. They might mix wool and linen, but they’ve got some hard opinions on mixing stripes with florals. In this space, we’ll talk to designers, sellers, buyers, influencers, models and more. For our first week, we talked to Alex Gushner, the fourth-generation men’s buyer at Boyds. Read the Jewish Exponent story about Alexander B. Gushner '08 >

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Athlon Sports: Mike Mayock is Making His Mark as the Raiders' GM

By Athlon Sports

There are those who believe the Oakland Raiders took a colossal jump into the abyss by hiring a TV guy to be their general manager, and they could be correct. When Jon Gruden announced that Mike Mayock would be taking the Silver and Black's front office reins, he wasn't exactly following the traditional playbook. For a guy so beholden to offensive staples like his beloved Spider 2 Y Banana, Gruden looked like someone committed to a wild, new frontier that was completely incongruent in the copycat NFL. Read the story about Mike Mayock '76 >

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Students conduct lab research at UPenn and MIT for Research Symposium projects

Several rising seniors are conducting college-level research in science labs as part of the Advanced Research Laboratory Cooperative elective at Haverford. The students gain real-world experience in a professional laboratory while working closely with lab directors to complete the research for individual projects selected by the students. 

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Jameel Brown US Olympic Training Center

By Donald Hunt, The Philadelphia Tribune

This is a big summer for some of the best Philadelphia area high school basketball players. Roman Catholic High teammates Jalen Duren and Justice Williams and Haverford School standout Jameel Brown are expected to participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp, which will take place July 24-28 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Read the story >

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Middle School teachers present at International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference

Middle School history teachers Kori Brown and Emily Lesko, along with Middle School science teacher Mario Masso, presented “Fords Focus Days: Teaching Character Development Through Nontraditional Methods” to more than 70 educators around the world at the 2019 International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference (IBSC) in Montreal, Quebec, in June.

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John Sawin '03: Amateur who failed to qualify for Open plays in third round anyway

By Alan Bastable, Golf.com

John Sawin, the 34-year-old director of golf at Pebble Beach, got the call at about 8 p.m. Friday: There was an odd number of players who made the cut in the 119th U.S. Open — would Sawin be willing to fill-in as a third-round marker, joining South African pro Justin Walters? Read the story >

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By Joe Perez, Sports Business Daily

New Balance Global Dir of Consumer Marketing Patrick Cassidy (@NewBalance) describes the brand’s foray into the basketball shoe space with Raptors F Kawhi Leonard leading the charge much like someone who won the lottery. Cassidy said, “This success, this momentum has come pretty fast. Our launch strategy was a long-term one, and the success we’re experiencing with Kawhi -- it’s here and not down the road. First and foremost, we are making sure he has the right product to excel on the court. We were looking for an elite athlete who would help us build the New Balance basketball brand globally, someone who is going to get in there with us and have ideas and be engaged. He has.” Read the story >

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Haverford School Class of 2019 photo

The Haverford School celebrated its 135th Commencement ceremony on June 7 in the School’s Field House. The School graduated 102 students before a crowd of family, friends, and alumni. Twenty-five percent of the graduating class has attended Haverford since pre-kindergarten or kindergarten. Read the story >

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Senior honors grandfather and Montford Point Marines in documentary

Haverford senior Shane Fordham’s grandfather, Carroll W. Braxton, was one of the first African Americans to enlist in the Marines Corps after the branch desegregated their ranks in the 1940s. Shane created a documentary to honor his grandfather; it has been selected to become a permanent fixture at the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va.

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Luke Kania is athlete of the week

By Bruce Adams, Main Line Times

The senior outfielder, a first team All-Inter-Ac selection, was batting .457 (as of May 24) with 32 hits, 22 runs scored and only five strikeouts in 70 at bats. A fine defensive defense outfielder, Kania has played a key role this spring for the Fords (20-10), who advanced to the PAISAA tourney semifinals and defeated Malvern Prep twice during the regular season. "He's a tone-setter for the team with his attitude, hustle and love for the game and his teammates," said Haverford School baseball head coach Bob Castell. Kania, whose cousins James and Michael played golf for Villanova University, will be attending Villanova as well this fall. Read the story >

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Haverford School boys and Timothy School students wave at camera

HAVERFORD TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Students at two local schools shared a special day together after spending the year corresponding as pen pals. The students first met face to face in the fall and then wrote each other letters over the course of the year. This was their second in-person visit. They have found they have a lot in common, like Haverford School's Chase and Timothy School's Zenia, who both love music. See the clip >

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Who's Building Philly: Tom Bentley '70

Bentley Homes‘ trajectory somewhat resembles that of the Baby Boom generation its founder Tom Bentley belongs to: He started out building townhouses on the Main Line right around the time his fellow Boomers were abandoning the places where they lived while in college for more comfortable digs in the ‘burbs. Then, as they grew older and more affluent, he started building bigger single-family residences there and in Chester County. Read the full profile of Tom Bentley '70 in Philadelphia Magazine > 

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middle school students gardening

Students participated in a morning of service and an afternoon of field games as part of Middle School Philip Bishop Day. Sixth graders worked on seeding, planting, and clean-up at Haverford's gardens and at the nearby Project HOME, Sharpe Park, and Gompers School. Form I students weeded and cleaned garden beds at Skunk Hollow Community Gardens, while Form II students went to Haverford Reserve for trail clean-up and tree planting.

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By Michael Reichert, consulting school psychologist

When boys shut down and push everyone away, parents often become confused or upset. This can cause parents to pepper their son with questions, making it seem to the boy that their “need to know” is the real issue. Read the story, and register for Dr. Reichert's Best for Boys talk on May 8 >

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Coach Nostrant moves to Gilman to coach lacrosse

By Ty Xanders, Inside Lacrosse

John Nostrant, who has led Haverford (Pa.) for the past 28 years, will be announced as the next Gilman (Md.) head coach this week, multiple sources have told Inside Lacrosse. Nostrant notified his team Wednesday morning and will finish up the season with the Fords, currently ranked No. 11 nationally. Read the Inside Lacrosse story, and Gilman's announcement >

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