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December 7, 1986 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
The girls at Lower Merion High School said Steve Singer was "cool" back then, and 20 years apparently have not diminished him. Last weekend, in a sea of gray business suits, he struck a Clint Eastwood pose in a denim jacket and boots. Late in the evening, he strode across the room, pulled up a chair, straddled it and fixed his gaze on the high cheekbones and wide smile of Ollie Boston. It was not until someone else said his name that she shrieked, "Steve Singer!" He grinned. Within minutes, they dispensed with the last two decades - he works in theater production in Houston; she has been married to the class president for 16 years and is rekindling her acting career, with one line in an unreleased movie to her credit.
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November 26, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 5, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / NANCY WEGARD
CHECK IT OUT. At Florence Township High School in Burlington County, class president Lou Folmer (center) and three fellow seniors arrive in style for the first day of classes. Folmer, 17, instigated the excellent adventure yesterday because he isn't going to college and wanted to celebrate "my last first day of school. " For the limo, he wore coat, tie and high-tops.
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June 16, 1986 | By Theresa Sullivan Barger, Special to The Inquirer
The Abington Friends School first grader, dressed like a China doll in white dress, tights and shoes, peered at the ground, concentrating on keeping in step with the processional. Twenty young pages from the Class of 1997 escorted the 41 graduating seniors to their seats through a chain of flowers and greens on the grounds of Abington Friends Meeting House on Wednesday. In addition to the Abington Friends ceremony, Abington, Central Bucks East and West, Upper Dublin, William Tennent and Wissahickon High Schools graduated the Class of 1986 last week; seven area schools have scheduled graduation for this week.
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June 13, 2006
WHAT WAS UP with the banning of the class president from his own graduation? And why did Levittown give in to gangsters? Didn't they realize that if someone was after him, they already knew where he lives? Why couldn't he graduate like everyone else? Why were these criminal elements allowed to dictate to the police? Why not just gather them up and throw them in the trash heap where they belong? Or is it possible that the media is making its annual circus out of all this? Food for thought.
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March 9, 1995 | By Russell Gold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A self-assured Susan Barnett beat 75 other contestants to become Miss Pennsylvania USA last weekend. But ask her about her job last summer at Sesame Place - where she performed as Bert and the Count - and another side of her personality emerges. "Bert is really nerdy. He's 7 years old and is kind of straight-laced and never takes a chance. The Count is fluid and majestic," she said, her eyes moving around the room. "I guess I'm more like Bert. " Twice, however, judges have picked up on her fluid and majestic side.
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February 20, 1997 | by Yvette Ousley, Daily News Staff Writer
When Audenried High School students learned of School Superintendent David W. Hornbeck's plans to transfer 75 percent of their teachers, their instinct was to stage a walkout. But after thinking that Audenried had enough negative media attention, students decided to make their protest by drawing up petitions and drafting letters to their elected officials. "We wanted to go about this in a way that they wouldn't be able to throw any more negativity against us," said junior class president Shamayara Woodson.
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July 28, 2000 | By Jonathan Gelb, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When 18-year-old Harun DeLuce died a month ago in a skateboarding accident, a familiar feeling descended over his classmates at Unionville High School. DeLuce was the fourth member of the Class of 2000 to die young. "It doesn't seem fair," said Elizabeth Schuster, 18, the class president. "It just seems like so many kids died in a short amount of time. " The deaths also shook the school's administration and mental-health counselors. Losing four of the 278 students in the Class of 2000 is a level far surpassing the national death rate for high schoolers, which is about 1 in 1,200, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
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June 14, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 26, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 26, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 15, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 14, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 17, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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?
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June 16, 2010 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
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.
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March 16, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 29, 2008 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 9, 2008 | By Allison Steele and Maya Rao INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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