December 26, 2012 |
Doors that Manuel Rosado never knew existed are now opening to him. Manny - who dropped out of high school at 14 but now is a high-achieving student on track to be valedictorian of his class at Olney ASPIRA Charter School - was profiled in The Inquirer last month. Since then, Manny has received an astonishing stream of kindnesses from people inspired by his story of determination, perseverance, and the power of education. People have written notes, offered to mentor him, sent checks.
November 26, 2012 |
At his lowest, Manuel Rosado thought he would never amount to anything. He was 14, a dropout. His mother, struggling with mental illness, kept him locked in their Feltonville house. He had no job, few friends, and saw no way out. "I felt worthless," he said. That two years later Manny is on the cusp of graduating from Olney ASPIRA Charter High School as class president and possibly valedictorian is nothing short of miraculous. That he is within striking distance of college - a career in pharmaceutical sciences on the horizon - represents a turnaround of the most astonishing sort.
June 15, 2011 |
It looked like any other graduation, but for South Philadelphia High School, the pomp marked a celebratory end to "the year after" - a time in which a school rocked by anti-Asian violence took a step forward. "We made it," senior class president Melanie Grimes exulted from the stage, bringing cheers from about 1,000 graduates, friends, and family in Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. First-year principal Otis Hackney conferred diplomas - and hugs and handshakes - upon seniors whose final year became a testing ground for how a failing school might be saved.
June 14, 2011 |
It looked like any other graduation, but for South Philadelphia High the pomp marked a celebratory end to "the year after" - a time in which a school rocked by anti-Asian violence took a step forward. "We made it!" senior class president Melanie Grimes exulted from the stage, bringing cheers from about 1,000 graduates, friends and family at Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. First-year principal Otis Hackney conferred diplomas - and hugs and handshakes - upon seniors whose final year became a testing ground for how a failing school might be saved.
October 17, 2010 |
Linda A. Clare Roth, 65, chief communications officer at Drexel University's College of Medicine and a civic leader, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday, Oct. 14, at Paoli Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Roth, of Berwyn, oversaw the communications and marketing department, maintained the website, and organized fund-raising events, raising more than $5 million. "Linda was a great friend and an outstanding professional who served the College of Medicine for more than a decade," said Richard V. Homan, dean and president of health affairs.
June 17, 2010
RE RONNIE Polaneczky's column on the Germantown High senior banned from graduating with her classmates for being chronically late: I felt a little sorry for Michelle Grace at first. Who doesn't want to walk with their classmates? But her comment at the end ("unlike a lot of my classmates, I know I'll be attending another graduation in four years") was really disappointing. Her classmates weren't the reason she was late - she was. And if it wasn't that big a deal because she'd be graduating in four years from West Chester, why write to so many people to get the decision overturned?
June 16, 2010 |
REMEMBER Michelle Grace, the Germantown High School senior who was to be denied participation in yesterday's commencement ceremonies because of her lateness to graduation practice? Well, she got to walk anyway. Despite the original directive from principal Margaret Mullen, Michelle filed in with her class, sat with them, heard her name called and received her diploma, to the stomps and cheers of her family and friends. What happened? Basically, Arlene Ackerman kneecapped the principal That's right.
March 16, 2009 |
Frank A. Iula, 82, of Haddon Heights, a family physician in Mount Ephraim for more than 52 years, died of prostate cancer March 7 at home. Dr. Iula continued to see patients while battling cancer and Parkinson's disease until falling in August. He had hoped to recover and return to work and refused to retire, said his daughter, Maria Bezich. He still made occasional house calls and took the time to talk with patients, she said. At his viewing Wednesday night, she said, several of his patients told her that they had lost their best friend.
September 29, 2008 |
Stephen Spinelli Jr. looked every bit the professor, standing before his class on entrepreneurship at Philadelphia University one night last week. But, at that moment, his classroom charisma had given way to pique. Why hadn't his colleagues in the industrial design department posted their work - work his students needed - on the Web? "I don't know why the PDFs didn't get posted, but they will get posted," Spinelli promised his class of 24 undergraduate and graduate students.
July 9, 2008 |
A 17-year-old Moorestown High School graduate died yesterday after a car hit the bicycle he was riding, making him the third member of the school's Class of 2008 to be killed in a car accident. Will Christianson, a budding writer who would have begun at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in September, was struck Monday night when he swerved in front of a Lexus that was traveling behind him on East Camden Avenue, police said. The news sent waves of grief through a community still mourning Evan Welch and Eric Messick, Moorestown High seniors who died in crashes in December.