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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

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We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Our Youngest Varsity XC Athlete Enjoys Early Success
Our Youngest Varsity XC Athlete Enjoys Early Success

Eighth grader Annika Marcelis is our newest Varsity Girls Cross Country champion. Yes, that's right: Annika, who's been a runner since kindergarten, is not only a Varsity champ on our team, she's a standout within the Friends Schools League. At the FSL Cross Country championships on October 17, she became the first eighth grader in FSL history to place first and take home an Individual FSL title. Her time of 19:14.55 was a personal best and helped lead the GFS Varsity Girls team to a 2nd place finish overall. 

GSF Athletics Director Katie Bergstrom Mark puts Annika's win in context. "Winning the FSL Championship race is a huge accomplishment even for a high schooler, so having an eighth grader do this was phenomenal," Katie says. 

Annika reflects on the race: "It was definitely strange to be an eighth grader and seeded 2nd. At first I thought people were expecting a little much of me, but I looked at the times and saw I had a fighting chance...Being the only eighth grader racing was strange but yet it was so satisfying getting that number one at that age." 

Allowing eighth graders to compete at the Varsity level is relatively new, and comes just in time for Annika. The Friends Schools League Athletic Directors approved eighth graders competing at the Varsity level in league events this fall, and just last week, the PAISAA Athletic Directors approved eighth graders to compete in state competitions. Katie says, "This allows Annika to compete in the PAISAA state championship at Belmont Plateau this Saturday; this will be a big race for her and for our team."

GFS coaches Conrad Haber, Callie Hogan, and Bob Lynam have all been part of a collaborative coaching effort to support Annika's training and transition to the Varsity stage. 

Conrad (Head Girls and Boys Cross Country coach) says, "Prior to race day, I sat down with Annika and outlined a race plan that would provide her with a chance to win if the race developed as expected. She ran with patience and executed the plan to perfection. When she made her move to take the lead, she was decisive and never looked back, opening a 35-second gap on the second place competitor over the last 1,000 meters."

Annika feels tremendously supported and right at home on the Varsity team. "The girls on the GFS team are so loving and supportive, so I knew even if I didn't get the place I did that the girls would still be so kind and loving. I mean, really I couldn't ask for nicer people to surround myself with while doing something I love." 

We predict that we'll be hearing about Annika's racing triumphs for years to come. She says, "I'm going to continue what I know best: running, running, and even more running. I don't think anything could change my mind now, I'm a runner, and I'd love to be one for a while more."


 

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