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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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Tigers' Upper School Weekly Scoreboard, Week of Sept. 12-17


Highlights: The Cross Country teams excelled at 69th George School Invitational with top runners finishing 1st among all FSL and PAISAA athletes. Varsity Boys Soccer opened FSL season with a shut-out victory over ANC. Varsity Girls Tennis added two wins to its winning season and four players medaled at the FSL Invitational. 

Boys & Girls Cross Country shone at the 69th George School Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 17, composed of 29 teams and 600 runners from area independent and public schools. Both the Girls and Boys teams were the top Friends Schools League teams and second among PAISAA teams. 

In the Varsity Girls division, Katya Henisz '23 (pictured above) finished 4th among 118 runners, and first in the FSL. Her time of 19:30.90 is 7th in GFS Girls Cross Country history. For the Tigers, Emma Nam '23 finished second, followed by Cora Rosin '23, who posted a personal best. Naomi Shaffer '26 and Audrey Ling '24 rounded out the top-5 for the Tigers. In the JV Girls division, Rhea Malakar '25 was the first Tiger to cross the finish line. 

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In the Varsity Boys division (pictured), Simon Donovan '23 finished 3rd in a field of 139 runners and first among all FSL and PAISAA athletes. Donovan's time of 15:49.50 is the 4th best in GFS Boys Cross Country history. PJ Kresloff '24, Mason Kresloff '25, Shuford Kirk '23, and Jiasheng Shi '23 rounded out the Varsity 5 for the Tigers. In the JV Boys division,  Finn Busser '26 led the Tiger pack, finished first among FSL schools' runners, and in the top 15. 

"Early season meets are great for figuring out what you need to work on to prepare for the championship meets at the end of the season. The girls had another fantastic outing, as each athlete on the team displayed the same grit and toughness that they did last weekend at the Cherokee Challenge and look poised to continue developing and progressing throughout the season. The boys had a solid outing, even though a portion of the team didn't achieve their goals for the day. Several of the newcomers had incredible breakthrough performances while those that felt they had more to give at the end of the race left the meet with the knowledge of what they need to do over the next month to achieve their end of season goals," said Head Coach Conrad Haber. 

Varsity Boys Soccer (2-2-1, 1-0) opened FSL play on Friday away against Academy of the New Church and won big, shutting out the Lions 5-0.

"The team played with energy and tenacity right from the opening kick-off and dominated the first 30 minutes of the contest, netting 4 goals along the way and icing the match before halftime," said Varsity Head Coach Sam McIlvain.

While the second half was a more balanced affair, the Tigers still put another one away to finish with a 5-0 victory.

"It was great to see the boys bounce back after our disappointing loss against GA. Their strong defending and pressing set the tone and set up four of our five goals. And we are always especially psyched when we get a clean sheet, so that was an important bonus. Now we hope to build on this win, as we have a critical week coming up with two big matches versus Abington Friends and Friends Central. The lads are looking forward to the challenge.”

JV Boys Soccer tied Germantown Academy 1-1. 

"It was a great performance from the defense and a hard-fought point against a very strong team. To only concede one goal and create chances of our own to possibly win was an amazing team performance that we can build on as we go into the FSL. GK George Davis-Diver '24 had the game of his JV career, making several spectacular saves to keep us in the game," said JV Head Coach Rob Goodman. 

Varsity Tennis (4-1, 2-0) posted back-to-back wins last week topping Notre Dame and Academy of the New Church. 

Against Notre Dame, the Tigers won 5-2. Later in the week against ANC in the FSL season opener, the Tigers won 5-0 and conceded only 6 games in 66. First singles Madalyn Shen '25, first doubles Riley Helfrich ‘23 and Cece Idinopulos ‘23, and second doubles Claire Meyer '24 and Ally McNally '24 went undefeated. 

The FSL Varsity Invite, an individual tournament, was hosted by Westtown on Saturday. Helfrich and Idinopulos finished as Doubles Champions followed by McNally and Margalit Eisenstein '24 who garnered 2nd. 

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Varsity Field Hockey tied Friends Central School 1-1 at their FSL opener. Anjelica Bolivar '25 scored the equalizer on an assist from Marabel Poulos-Hopkins '26. Haoshun Sparks '25 displayed outstanding pressure on the forward line. 

"I am proud of the team for coming back from a 0-1 deficit. We moved the ball well through the midfield, found our forwards cutting back to the ball, and also maintained possession the majority of overtime. We had many opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the cage. I applaud FCS’s defense and goalkeeper for shutting down our attack. There were many positives to take from the game and I am confident that we will continue to improve and grow individually and as a team," said Head Coach Rachael Steinman. 

Later in the week, the Tigers fell to the Peddie School 1-4, played at The Proving Grounds' turf field in Conshohocken. Fiona Abraham '26 recorded the loan Tiger goal, assisted by Halle Smoger '25 (pictured), late in the 4th quarter. 

"We had spurts of positive moments and I feel confident that we will continue to grow and improve as a team as the season progresses. Once all the pieces come together we will be a competitive team." 

pictured: Julia Garrido '25

Varsity Girls Soccer went 0-2 last week against strong non-league competition. The team hopes to soon be at full- or near-full strength with sidelined athletes returning from injury and illness. The Tigers face Hill School on Wednesday and open FSL play on Friday against George School. 

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