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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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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

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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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Varsity Tennis Fights Hard as the Underdog to Capture the 2021 FSL Title

The Varsity Tennis team dug deep, drew on their game plan, and maintained their composure to capture the 2021 Friends School League Championship. The second-seeded Tigers beat the top-seeded and 3-time reigning FSL Champions, Moorestown Friends School 3-2 in a riveting match that, once again, came down to the wire. Number Two Singles Mariel Kavanagh ‘22 clinched the Championship when she won her match 6-4, 6-1. Kavanagh's win echoed the last time Varsity Tennis won the FSL Title in 2014 when her sister Caroline, at Second Doubles, also won the clinching match, that time against Shipley.  

"The team really gutted it out today. I couldn't be more proud of a team!" said Varsity Head Coach Chris Booth. "We were projected to finish third in the league, behind Moorestown and Westtown, but the team worked so hard." 

Seven years ago when GFS Varsity Tennis won the title, Booth served as the Assistant Coach and was cheering on his daughter, Joanna Booth, at First Singles. Booth has served as the Assistant since 2013 and took the reins as Head Coach last year. The Championship victory for Booth -- and his team -- is a culmination of hard work built on a year of no competition due to COVID, focus, and determination. 

"Mariel played the match of her life today with the Championship on the line," said Booth. "Her grandparents, who live in Moorestown and attend every GFS match, know the teams well and really believed the match would come down to Mariel. They were right. Mariel really played incredibly well to finish it for us." 

The GFS winners in today’s match all beat the competition in two sets. At Second Singles, Kavanagh ‘22 won 6-4 and 6-1. First Doubles Cece Idinopulos ‘23 and Riley Helfrich ‘23 won handedly, 6-1, 6-1. And Second Doubles Madalyn Shen and Joanna Lin beat their opponents 6-2 and 6-4. First Singles Taylor Ford ‘22 and Third Singles Lucy Gerber ‘25 fell short in their matches today but were key contributors to the team’s success. Ford, in particular, locked the win in the Semi Final, earlier this week, in a highly competitive match. 

Varsity Tennis boasts a tradition of excellence. Teams have advanced to the Finals eight of the ten last seasons but have fallen short. This season was different: in addition to winning the FSL Title, the team posted a 9-1 league record and 12-2 overall record falling only to Moorestown in the regular season and Germantown Academy by one match. 

“It has been an honor to be a part of the Girls Tennis Championship journey," said Katie Bergstrom Mark, Director of Athletics. "I really enjoyed how each player stepped up in different scenarios in the playoffs! In the Semis, the team win rested on #1 singles Taylor Fords racquet. In the Championship, it came down to the matches being tied 2-2 with #2 singles player Mariel Kavanagh remaining on court versus a worthy opponent that she’s battled for her whole high school career! Fellow senior, Joanna Lin mentored 9th grader newcomer, Madalyn Shen at 2nd doubles to make a dynamic and strong duo that put a tally in the winning column. Experienced doubles Cece and Riley refocused from their loss the last time we matched up against MFS and quickly took care of business being 1st off the court. The tenacity of being the under-dog and coming in with a confident plan was on display all afternoon. This was a special day for the Tigers!”

CLICK HERE the Varsity Tennis 2021 photo album from the FSL Semi Final. 

top: Team celebrates FSL Championship!
bottom: Mariel Kavanagh '22