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October 12, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rumor started flying through the hallways of central Pennsylvania's Mercersburg Academy even before the first bell rang out Thursday. What began in hushed tones in the 120-year-old prep school grew in volume to shock and awe as it was confirmed that alumna Deborah Simon was on campus to announce a $100 million donation. The present equaled the second-largest gift to a private secondary school in American history. "It's exciting for sure," said Mike Sweeney, head of the math department.
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June 9, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Haitian immigrant and the daughter of an Asbury Park, N.J., taxi driver, Withney Barthelemy was not exactly the prototypical candidate for an elite prep school. But at the behest of a teacher, she applied to a 300-acre boarding school deep in the hills of south-central Pennsylvania - Mercersburg Academy - and it offered her a full scholarship. "It provided me with so many opportunities I wouldn't have had any other way," said Barthelemy, who moved to the United States when she was 4. "I felt like I was wanted despite the economic background I had. " She had what might be viewed as a dream high school career.
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October 11, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Just over four decades ago, Deborah Simon, a shy teenager whose parents were going through a difficult divorce, rode up the grand, tree-lined entrance of Mercersburg Academy to study amid the hills of south-central Pennsylvania. By the time Simon graduated in 1974, the daughter of an Indianapolis shopping-mall magnate had gained a second family of friends from all over the country, an acting portfolio, and, most importantly, confidence. On Thursday, Mercersburg will unveil Simon's stunning payback to her alma mater: a $100 million gift that equals the second-largest donation to a private secondary school in American history.
SPORTS
December 6, 1997 | By Scott Brown, FOR THE INQUIRER
An expected early-season showdown at the opposite end of the state between two of Philadelphia's basketball powerhouses tonight won't be happening. Simon Gratz held up its end of the bargain last night by dispatching host Latrobe, 59-40, in the Rotary Invitational Tournament. But Roman Catholic struggled along with its star, Rasual Butler, in a 70-58 loss to Mercersburg Academy. Gratz, with its superior quickness, took control early and was never threatened seriously. Its withering man-to-man defense gave the Wildcats fits.
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April 7, 2000 | By Patricia Horn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the broad lawns of Mercersburg Academy and in the sunny classrooms of this 107-year-old prep school, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest says, he developed character, learned to respect education, and became ambitious. More than college or law school, Mercersburg taught him "that I could be someone," Lenfest says. And so it is to Mercersburg, a boarding school on 300 acres in the mellow hills west of Gettysburg, that Lenfest and his wife Marguerite are donating $35 million, a piece of the profits from the cable empire they built in the Philadelphia suburbs.
SPORTS
May 28, 2013
Baseball PUBLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Franklin Towne Charter vs. Frankford at Ashburn Field, FDR Park, 3:15 Softball DISTRICT 1 CLASS A SEMIFINALS Calvary Christian vs. Friends Select at Bristol, 4 Bristol vs. Delco Christian at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AA SEMIFINALS Lower Moreland vs. St. Basil at Upper Dublin, 4 Christopher Dock vs. Springfield (M) at Hatboro-Horsham, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS Villa Maria vs. Nazareth Academy at Harriton, 4 Chichester vs. Sun Valley at W.C. East, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA QUARTERFINALS W.C. Henderson at Pennsbury, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Neshaminy at North Penn, 4 Baseball DISTRICT 1 CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Devon Prep vs. Calvary Christian at Temple Ambler DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Holy Ghost Prep vs. Upper Moreland at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 Baseball DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Coatesville vs. Council Rock North at Glen Mills, 4 North Penn vs. Pennridge at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY 2013 Haverford School 2012 Malvern Prep 2011 Haverford School 2010 Germantown Academy 2009 Malvern Prep 2008 Germantown Academy 2007 Mercersburg Academy 2006 Malvern Prep 2005 Mercersburg Academy 2004 Germantown Academy 2003 Rain out 2002 William Penn Charter School 2001 Mercersburg Academy 2000 The Perkiomen...
SPORTS
February 27, 1999 | By Chris Goldberg, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Germantown Academy girls' team claimed gold medals in four of the five finals held last night on the first day of competition of the 99th annual Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships at La Salle University. The Patriots were led by senior Lovisa Gustafsson and freshman Meghan Peart. Gustafsson won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 52.46 seconds, while Peart took the 50 freestyle in 23.26 seconds. Gustafsson and Peart also teamed with Marie Labosky and Lauren Rossi to win the 200 medley relay in 1:47.
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March 2, 1987 | By Nancy Nowicki, Special to The Inquirer
She didn't shave. She didn't taper. She didn't even feel well. But the Baldwin School's Grace Cornelius did win. Twice, in fact, at the Eastern Interscholastic Swim Meet this weekend at La Salle University. "This is one of the most prestigious high school meets in the country," said Charlie Kennedy, who coaches Cornelius year-round at the Suburban Swim Club. "But Grace is at a point in her career where she won't peak for meets like this. She'll peak for senior nationals (in Boca Raton, Fla.)
NEWS
May 29, 2010
Germantown Academy's powerful offense, highlighted by two home runs off the bat of John Citrone, carried the Patriots to the championship of the Pennsylavnia Independent Schools baseball tournament with a 14-4 win over Germantown Friends on Saturday at Perkiomen School. The top-seeded Patriots (29-3), who scored in double figures 14 times this season, outscored their four tournament opponents by 52-5. Sean Coyle doubled and tripled, and Greg Guers and Alex Wilson also lined doubles for Germantown Academy, which grabbed an 11-2 lead in three innings.
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June 9, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Haitian immigrant and the daughter of an Asbury Park, N.J., taxi driver, Withney Barthelemy was not exactly the prototypical candidate for an elite prep school. But at the behest of a teacher, she applied to a 300-acre boarding school deep in the hills of south-central Pennsylvania - Mercersburg Academy - and it offered her a full scholarship. "It provided me with so many opportunities I wouldn't have had any other way," said Barthelemy, who moved to the United States when she was 4. "I felt like I was wanted despite the economic background I had. " She had what might be viewed as a dream high school career.
SPORTS
February 29, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
Jair Bolden made his way into the stands and gave his tearful mother, Lesley - holding Jair's 2-year-old sister, Kaya - a long embrace. The emotional moment came shortly after the senior point guard and his Westtown team fought past Germantown Academy, 73-65, in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association boys' basketball championship game Saturday at Penn Charter. After losing in the final in three of the last four seasons, the Moose broke through for the school's first PAISAA crown in any sport.
SPORTS
February 20, 2016
Boys' Basketball PAISAA FIRST ROUND Episcopal Academy 61, Solebury School 59 PIAA CLASS AA DISTRICT 12 PLAY-IN Masterman 66, Dobbins 61 Girls' Basketball PAISAA FIRST ROUND Mercersburg Academy 64, Baldwin 54 Notre Dame 48, Westtown 36 PUBLIC LEAGUE SEMIFINALS Imhotep Charter 68, New Media Charter 38 Mastery North 73, Central 42 PAISAA First Round Solebury School 17 12 14 16 - 59 Episcopal Academy 17...
SPORTS
November 15, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Forrest was up to his old tricks Thursday in the PAISAA Tournament. A year after his penalty kick gave Hill School its first state soccer championship, Forrest delivered again to keep the Blues' chances for a repeat alive. Forrest weaved through two defenders in the box and scored the go-ahead goal in the final minute as fourth-seeded Hill School beat visiting, No. 9 Kiski School, 2-1, in a semifinal. Forrest, a senior, had both Blues goals. Hill will play Mercersburg Academy in the final Saturday at Cabrini College.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jaxson Hoey already is accustomed to success. As a sophomore, he has seen much of it, winning the 800-meter Independent Schools state championship last spring and helping his team to another title by running on the 4x400 relay. The Malvern Prep runner took the boys' championship at the Briarwood Invitational cross-country race Saturday with a time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds. He edged Jake Brophy and Kevin James, of Central Bucks East and Cardinal O'Hara, respectively. Hoey's time surpassed a school record and was the third-fastest time recorded on the course.
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October 12, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rumor started flying through the hallways of central Pennsylvania's Mercersburg Academy even before the first bell rang out Thursday. What began in hushed tones in the 120-year-old prep school grew in volume to shock and awe as it was confirmed that alumna Deborah Simon was on campus to announce a $100 million donation. The present equaled the second-largest gift to a private secondary school in American history. "It's exciting for sure," said Mike Sweeney, head of the math department.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Just over four decades ago, Deborah Simon, a shy teenager whose parents were going through a difficult divorce, rode up the grand, tree-lined entrance of Mercersburg Academy to study amid the hills of south-central Pennsylvania. By the time Simon graduated in 1974, the daughter of an Indianapolis shopping-mall magnate had gained a second family of friends from all over the country, an acting portfolio, and, most importantly, confidence. On Thursday, Mercersburg will unveil Simon's stunning payback to her alma mater: a $100 million gift that equals the second-largest donation to a private secondary school in American history.
SPORTS
May 28, 2013
Baseball PUBLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Franklin Towne Charter vs. Frankford at Ashburn Field, FDR Park, 3:15 Softball DISTRICT 1 CLASS A SEMIFINALS Calvary Christian vs. Friends Select at Bristol, 4 Bristol vs. Delco Christian at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AA SEMIFINALS Lower Moreland vs. St. Basil at Upper Dublin, 4 Christopher Dock vs. Springfield (M) at Hatboro-Horsham, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS Villa Maria vs. Nazareth Academy at Harriton, 4 Chichester vs. Sun Valley at W.C. East, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA QUARTERFINALS W.C. Henderson at Pennsbury, 4 DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Neshaminy at North Penn, 4 Baseball DISTRICT 1 CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP Devon Prep vs. Calvary Christian at Temple Ambler DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP Holy Ghost Prep vs. Upper Moreland at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 Baseball DISTRICT 1 CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Coatesville vs. Council Rock North at Glen Mills, 4 North Penn vs. Pennridge at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 4 PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY 2013 Haverford School 2012 Malvern Prep 2011 Haverford School 2010 Germantown Academy 2009 Malvern Prep 2008 Germantown Academy 2007 Mercersburg Academy 2006 Malvern Prep 2005 Mercersburg Academy 2004 Germantown Academy 2003 Rain out 2002 William Penn Charter School 2001 Mercersburg Academy 2000 The Perkiomen...
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