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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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Tigers' Upper School Weekly Scoreboard, Week of Sept. 26 - October 1

Highlights: Varsity Cross Country runners excelled and set personal bests at Paul Short Invitational. Varsity Tennis beat Westtown to improve to 6-2. Varsity Girls Soccer swept Abington Friends in an offensive explosion. The Crew team medaled at a soggy Head of the Christina. JV Boys Soccer stayed unbeaten in FSL after a come-from-behind win over Shipley.

Cross Country had another outstanding week. On Friday, the Varsity Boys and Girls teams took part in the annual Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University, which included high school, college, and mens & womens divisions.  

In the Girls (White) division, Katya Heinsz ‘23 ran a personal best at 18:58 and became the third GFS Cross Country athlete to break the 19-minute mark. Heinsz finished 7th overall, in a field of 370 runners, and first among all PAISAA athletes. Other top performers for GFS include Emma Nam ‘23 (44th) and Cora Rosin (86th). 

GFS Boys ran in the top (Brown) division and finished 14 of 44 teams. Leading the Tigers were Simon Donovan ‘23 who finished 12th of 495 runners (15:29.10). Donovan’s run is the 3rd fastest 5,000m time in school history behind Nick Dahl (15:16) and Max Kaulbach (15:27), two of the greatest distance runners to ever come through GFS.

Shuford Kirk ‘23 (pictured, 47th) and PJ Kresloff ‘24 (64th) were the other top varsity performers for GFS. 

On Saturday, the JV Cross Country teams raced in the Whippets XC Invitational, held at Downingtown West High School. In the Boys JV Division, 211 runners took part. Leading the pack for the Tigers were Liam Riley ‘26 (26th), Angus McIlvain ‘24 (30th), and Milo Scanlon ‘25 (41st). In the Girls JV Division, with 110 runners, the team was led by Mackenzie Baisch ‘24 (45th), Rhea Malakar ‘25 (53rd), and Jordan Abney ‘26 (83rd). 

Varsity Tennis (6-2, 4-1) beat Westtown 5-0, on the road. The team returned key singles players from injury. Winning for the Tigers were: No. 1 singles Madalyn Shen '25, No. 2 singles Lucy Gerber '25, No. 3 singles Sarah Lu '25, No. 1 doubles Cece Idinopulos '23 and Riley Helfrich '23 (pictured), and No. 2 doubles Ally McNally '24 and Kaitlyn Nam '25. 

"The Tigers were very focused in this hard fought match," said Varsity Head Coach Chris Booth. 

The Crew team took part in the Head of the Christina 2022, in Wilmington, DE on Saturday. 

“The team got soaked on its return trip to the Christina; the last time at the event was 2019. The race presents a unique opportunity as a bendy river with bridges to prepare for the upcoming Head of the Charles in Boston including a coxed quad event,” said Head Coach Brian Silveri. “The team kept their spirits high in the pouring rain and the results showed by winning four events including a clean sweep of the podium in the Men's Youth Double! I was impressed by their focus and dedication to go out in unpleasant conditions and give it their all; this is a vital principle in rowing. The Tigers will fight on their home course here in Philadelphia for the Navy Day Regatta on Sunday, October 16th.”

Top Results: 
Men's Youth 2x:

  • 1st Place (Gold) - Josh Cappiello '24, Aidan Cusack '23
  • 2nd Place - Neelmani Robsinson '24, Leo Katowitz '24
  • 3rd Place - Alex Young '25, Julian Cheung '24

Women's Youth 2x:

  • 1st Place (Gold) - Becca Rasmussen '24, Cara Appleberry '24
  • 3rd Place - Maddy Ohta '24, Sarah Levy '23

Men's Youth 2nd V/JV 4x:

  • 2nd Place - Anand Rajagopalan '25, Shachar Pinto '25, Luke Lendler '24, Jasper Furnas '25

Women's Youth 1st Varsity 4x+:

  • 1st Place (Gold) - Cara Appleberry '24, Becca Rasmussen '24, Natalie Lau '24, Leah Cornejo '24, Maddy Ohta '24

Women's Youth 2nd V/JV 4x:

  • 1st Place (Gold) - Sarah Levy '23, Hailey Alt '24, Emilia Cropf '25, Rowan Kress '25
  • 3rd Place - Aden Croxford '23, Julia Jallo '25, Lyla Conley '25, Ana Vucetic '23

Varsity Field Hockey (2-3-1, 0-1-1) lost to Academy of the New Church last week. Goalkeeper Asha Wilson ‘24 recorded an impressive 16 saves. Defensive saves were logged by Juliette Kang ‘24 (2) and Anna Pendse ‘25 (1). 

“ANC is a talented team. They worked well together, had great passing combinations, and were aggressive in the circle. Our defense, however, held strong in the circle and were able to make successful possession outlets. We also had spurts of offensive opportunities, but could not capitalize,” said Head Coach Rachel Steinman. 

Varsity Girls Soccer (1-7, 1-2) posted a 1-1 week with a big 7-0 win over Abington Friends School, at home. Ella Shay ‘23 scored a hat trick and assisted on one; Margaret Harvey ‘23 scored twice; and Mia Rutledge ‘25 scored and assisted. Freshman Hannah Davidson recorded her first varsity goal. 

“Everyone had a good game and players who came on as substitutes also performed well. The team played well at all 3 levels - attackers, midfield, and defenders. We moved the ball very well and scored all kinds of goals on individual efforts, counter attacks, and multi-pass movements.”

Varsity Boys Soccer (4-4-1, 3-2) fell short in two games last week. Against Westtown, the team lost 0-1 in overtime. It was an intense battle between two of the top teams in the league; GFS created several good scoring opportunities but Westtown’s keeper was the difference-maker on several occasions to keep Tigers off the scoring sheet.

“It was a tough one,” said coach Sam McIlvain. “Westtown had the majority of the play in the middle third, but we defended very well, countered effectively, and had a ton of corner kicks. The boys know that we can hang with them, and that either team could have won the match. I’m proud of their effort.”

JV Boys Soccer (4-2-1, 4-0) kept their FSL record untarnished with a 3-1 win over Shipley, at home. After trailing early on, the team responded with their performance of the season, noted JV Head Coach Rob Goodman. It was a dominant display from being down a goal to leading 3-1 at the half. 

“Scott Flaynik ‘25 had his performance of the season with a goal and an assist, while Elliot Capecchi '26 was man of the match with an impressive central midfield performance, consistently influencing offense and defense,” said Goodman. “It was a fully deserved win and a highlight of the season so far!”

photo credit: Kathy Leister

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