Student Publications

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Faculty Advisors:
Sarah Detwiler and Anne Gerbner
Jesse Overholser '15

Earthquake Online


The Upper School newspaper, Earthquake, is created, edited and designed by students. Starting in 2014, Earthquake will publish a quarterly news magazine that will be distributed free in the Front Hall and mailed home to Upper School parents and recent alumni. Articles with more timely content will be posted on our website (

Earthquake has won Silver Medals for the paper’s overall design and writing from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and Gold Circle Awards for individual writing. Earthquake sponsors the annual High School Journalism Conference to bring together editors, staff and advisors of high school papers from Philadelphia-area schools to discuss their newspapers and learn from local and national journalists. In 2010, Buzz Bissinger, nationally-acclaimed journalist and author of Friday Night Lights, was the keynote speaker at the first journalism conference; Emily Bazelon, senior editor at spoke at the 2012 conference and Michael Bamberger of Sports Illustrated gave an address in 2013. At each conference, 100 students attended writing workshops led by journalists including Inquirer columnist Karen Heller, crime reporter Alison Steele, Temple journalism professor Linn Washington, NPR On the Media producer P.J. Vogt, The Daily arts reviewer Zach Baron, Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Ron Tarver, Seattle Times managing editor Carole Carmichael, and author Rebecca Traister, and others.

“Journalism is taking off in new forms and many students want to write for publication—not just in newspapers but online and in blogs,” says Anne Gerbner, English Department Faculty. “Earthquake was inspired to sponsor a Philadelphia journalism conference after attending a student round table at the national journalism conference at Columbia University. We thought that local public and private Philadelphia schools students could meet to talk about common concerns: ethics, reporting facts, the future of news, online publishing.” The three-hour program ended with a brown-bag round table discussion.


Faculty Advisors: Adam Hotek and Susan Lowry
Student Leaders: Cindy Yeo, Emily Beiser, Eleanor Avril, Ned Weiss, Matthew Peterson, and Magda Andrews-Hoke

Polyphony is the literary magazine of Germantown Friends School, featuring poetry, prose, and visual art from the student body. The publication, which comes out in April of every year, has been an integral part of the school's writing life since 1950s. Upper school students in grades 9-12 lead the publication process from start to finish, collecting submissions and fundraising in the first half of the year and editing and designing the final product in the second half. In the last ten years, Polyphony has consistently earned high honors in the National Council of English Teachers Program to Recognize Excellence in Literary Magazines, and in 2005, the publication was named a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Magazine. Browse last year's publication.

Students may submit work to the 2012 edition of Polyphony by email to



Faculty Advisors: Susan Lowry, Della Micah
Student Leaders: Schuyler Alig, Megan Hellendall, Sarah Kane and Gloria Sullivan


Anno is the Upper School yearbook of Germantown Friends School. This annual publication celebrates all aspects of student life including academics, athletics, clubs and activities, and events such as performances, dances, fund raising, and community service. Faculty, Administration, Staff, and Underclassmen are represented in candids and in class pages; Seniors each have a page they design that reflects their individual personalities. Special attention is given to a pictorial spread of global and local events of the year that brings a broader perspective to student life. And each year, the publication honors a selected staff or faculty member. Anno is created and assembled by Senior Editors with the help of Juniors and Seniors Staff Members. The publication is released in late spring, when students sign each other's book, both honoring and bidding farewell to the graduating class.

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Faculty Advisor: David Mraz
Student Leaders: Drew Meyer, Henry Wood, Steven Hamel and Jessica Lu
Every month, the Tiger Newscast Club creates a newscast summarizing interesting goings on at Germantown Friends School. We meet every Tuesday, and generally release our videos in the beginning of each school month. We have featured many student activities, often interviewing the leaders of clubs and highlighting interesting student endeavors. Tiger News was founded in September of 2013 by Drew Meyer '16. Check out our website at and like us on Facebook.