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By Bruce Adams,

The senior midfielder led the highly-ranked Fords’ soccer team to the Inter-Ac title this fall, and was named Inter-Ac Most Valuable Player, as well as all-state, first team All-Delco and first team All-Main Line. The University of Chicago commit is also an excellent student who is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Off the pitch, Wada participates in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Club at Haverford School, which makes lunches for homeless shelters in Philadelphia. Read the story >

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In Conceptual Physics, students were introduced to Ozobots in coordination with "Hour of Code" events. Ozobots are programmable robots with text block-based and color-based codes. Students focused on the color code structure, understanding that placement of code is just as critical as in any other language. They used the color codes to program the Ozobots to successfully navigate a map.

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The Haverford School’s Robotics Team joined materials science professionals from around the world at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, Mass., Nov. 25-30. Upper School engineering teacher Dr. Holly Golecki joined the team of nine students at the event, where the boys showcased their work in soft robotics, made valuable networking connections, and learned about the materials science industry. Two Haverford alumni, Jon Paras ’14 and Ed King ’18 also attended the conference. 

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By Matt Barbosa, Carly Hayden & Jonah Hennes,

Once a year, the communities of Episcopal Academy, Agnes Irwin School and Haverford School come together to enjoy a weekend of friendly Inter-Ac League competition as well as fellowship between alumni, faculty, staff, students, families and friends of the respective communities. Read the story, with video >

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The Haverford School Parents’ Association held the annual Party and Auction on Nov. 3. The event, which had the theme ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boys,’ raised more than $200,000. All funds raised support important initiatives at the School, including service learning programs, the performing arts, athletics, facility improvements, academic programs, faculty support, and scholarships for students.

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As part of their study of music, eighth-grade boys write original lyrics and compose a song. Several groups are selected to perform for the Middle School students and faculty in the 250-seat Ball Auditorium. Every group must include a singer and guitar player but can incorporate other instruments that the students practice as part of various ensembles.

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Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania. On Nov. 12, he visited The Haverford School to educate faculty and staff on racial literacy during the School's in-service day, and for a group session with the School's Faculty Inclusion Committee. That evening, Haverford hosted a racial literacy parent education event in collaboration with The Agnes Irwin School.

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EA Day 2018

The time-honored sports competition between The Haverford School and The Episcopal Academy comes once again to Haverford's campus on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. The Fords are seeking to reclaim the coveted "split sweater" after losing it in 2017, when EA bested Haverford in cross-country, golf, and football.

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Jackson Simon '15 is one of four Yale University economics majors to receive the 2018 Tobin Scholar Prize for outstanding performance in economic core theory courses. The award is named in honor of former Yale professor and Nobel Laureate James Tobin. Simon will also be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest academic honor society in the country, in December. Read the Yale University story featuring Jackson Simon ’15 >

Pictured: Jackson Simon ’15 with Tobin Scholars Prize founders David Swensen and Stephen Freidheim.

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Twenty Haverford School seniors, representing 20 percent of the Class of 2019, have been recognized for their achievement by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Nine students – Nik Chakraborty, Intel Chen, Michael Fairorth, Jared Hoefner, Aram LaVan, Logan McAllister, Neetish Sharma, William Vauclain, and Griffin Wada – were named Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Nationwide, there are 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

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By Donald Hunt, Philadelphia Tribune

Temple senior basketball standouts Ernest Aflakpui and Shizz Alston Jr. will take on some extra responsibility this season. Aflakpui and Alston were recently named captains of the Owls’ basketball team by head coach Fran Dunphy. Read the Philadelphia Tribune story about Shawn Alston '15 >

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Student interviewed by press at mural

At the Sept. 27 Mural Arts Month Kick-Off Press Preview, senior Garrett Johnson spoke with reporters about how art can impact and transform communities. The event included Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia Jane Golden, Mayor of City of Philadelphia Jim Kenney, PECO President and CEO Michael Innocenzo, Barnes Foundation Curator of Public Programs Kathleen Greene, mural artists Brad Carney and Eurhi Jones, DJ and collaborator King Britt, and students from The Haverford School and Mastery Charter School - Shoemaker Campus.

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all boys school using technology

By Edwin Malet, County Lines Magazine

Technology. It cuts both ways. It can offer information, safety and community. Or it can be dangerous, especially for school-age kids. Fifty years ago, we asked, “Is our child old enough to drive?” Now our question: “Is she old enough to have a smartphone?”

Strangers, privacy, theft, bullying …. The list of on-line perils is lengthy.

As adults, we know how to avoid problems. Our kids, however, are inexperienced and exposed. Meanwhile, our schools struggle to find the right balance of protecting security, openness and youthful curiosity, acting as our partners in this process. Read the County Lines Magazine story, in which Haverford's Director of Technology, Andrea Drinkwine, is quoted >

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Main Line Student of the Week at The Haverford School

This Haverford School senior, the 2018-19 student body president, is a member of soft robotics club, The Index (student newspaper), Model UN, Hephaestus Society (academic recognition) and a school tour guide. He also runs track for Haverford School and participates in service activities, including Special Olympics, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Club and Rowan Homes Tutoring. Read the Main Line Media News story >

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Radnor dad to run Grand Canyon for childhood migraine research

Keith DiMarino’s daughter, Alexa, 12, had a migraine headache that would not go away. It lasted for three long months this past spring. The family consulted with a neurologist at Johns Hopkins and Dr. Donna Stephenson, a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Happily, Alexa is doing much better now and is in seventh grade at St. Katharine of Siena School this fall. Read the story about Keith DiMarino '96 >

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soft robotics at The Haverford School for boys

The Haverford School’s Soft Robotics Club was awarded first place in the 2018 High School Soft Robotics Design Competition, sponsored by the Soft Robotics Toolkit at Harvard University. The club developed a novel method of producing pneumatic actuators, and then used those actuators to create a glove that could help teach students the nuances of using a pottery wheel.

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squash center Ned Edwards

"For decades we've been asking: Can squash grow?" said Ned Edwards, a Penn grad, U.S. Squash Hall of Famer and the project's executive director. "Well, it is growing, especially among juniors. But this is a more democratic way for us to manage this growth. We can go to public schools in West Philadelphia and get across the socio-economic spectrum. There's an appetite for it." Read the story that mentions Ned Edwards '76 >

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Best for Boys Speaker Series: Michael Baime

"The question isn't what can I do for my boys, it's who can I be for my boys," says Michael Baime, one of the country's foremost experts on mindfulness and director of the mindfulness program at Penn Medicine. On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Ball Auditorium, Baime will discuss the science behind mindfulness, the role of mindfulness in managing stress, and provide tips on how to settle into the present moment. He will lead a guided sitting meditation as well as a communications exercise.

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Students and grads published in Materials Research Society's scientific journal

Members of The Haverford School's Soft Robotics Club published "Design and Characterization of Edible Soft Robotic Candy Actuators" in MRS Advances, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The paper was written and organized by first author Aditya Sardesai (junior). His co-authors were Xavier M. Segel '18, Matthew N. Baumholtz '18, Yiheng Chen (senior), Ruhao Sun (senior), Bram W. Schork (freshman), Richard Buonocore '18, and Kyle O. Wagner '18.

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Science teachers present at NSTA STEM Forum

Upper School science teachers Daniel Goduti and Carol O'Brien presented at the 7th annual National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Forum & Expo in Philadelphia in July. Goduti presented on Global Impacts of Infectious Disease, an elective biology course that he developed at Haverford. O'Brien's presentation, "Try Everything Access to All: Projects in Physics Classes that are Conceptual, Problem-Based, and Advanced," highlighted how to make physics more accessible.

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