2/29/2012. . . The Varsity Swim team earned eight medals and garnered thirteen finalist positions at the InterAc Swimming Championship; this was the most successful showing for the team in recent years.
2/29/2012. . . Freshman swimmer Valerie Yoshimura is the current record holder in 9 of 11 swimming records for Baldwin, several of which were previously held by her sister, Stephanie. In addition, Val broke Episcopal Academy’s pool records at the 2011-2012 InterAc Swimming Championship.
At the recent Easterns Swimming Championship, Val took home the gold medal in the 100 Butterfly and the Silver Medal in the 100 Freestyle.
Other Baldwin current holders include:
Katie Edwards, Madison Pujadas, Amanda Ter Doest (and V. Yoshimura) in the 200 Medley Relay
A. Ter Doest, K. Edwards, M. Pujadas (and V. Yoshimura) in the 200 Free Relay
K. Edwards, Emily O'Brien, M. Pujadas (and V. Yoshimura) in the 400 Free Relay
Front row (left to right): Jennifer Liu '20, 3rd Place Poetry; Blake Landow '22 2nd Place Poetry; Thea Rosenzweig '22 1st Place Fiction; and Ashley Brodsky '23 Honorable Mention Poetry. Second row (left to right): Samantha Baron '20, 3rd Place Fiction; Zoya Siddiqui '19, Honorable Mention Fiction; and Simi Bleznak '19, 1st Place Non-Fiction.
2/29/2012...T.S. Eliot once said, “If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.” The observation certainly rings true considering seven of Baldwin’s budding writers were recognized for original works they submitted to the Gladwyne Library League’s 40thAnnual Junior Author Contest for Grades I –V.
This year, 797 entries were submitted by students from neighboring schools, including Haverford School, Gladwyne Elementary and Friends’ Central, in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Five of Baldwin’s writers ranked within the first, second or third place categories for their grade level, while two students received an Honorable Mention for their work.
Baldwin applauds these young writers today, for undoubtedly, they will become our poets, playwrights and journalists of tomorrow.
2/27/2012. . . The Varsity Swimming team finished 8th in a deep field of close to 30 teams at Easterns this weekend, marking the first time in recent history that Baldwin has finished in the top ten.
The team got out to a fast start making the A final in the medley relay for the first time in history and finishing 5th overall with a new school record of 1:51.93. The team consisted of Katie Edwards, Maddie Pujadas, Valerie Yoshimura and Amanda Ter Doest.
In the individual events, Valerie Yoshimura led the way with a victory and new school record in the 100 Butterfly with a speedy 55.79. Valerie also placed 2nd in the 100 Free with a time of 51.35. You can see an interview with Valerie on http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/events/2012-eastern-interscholastic-swimming-and-diving-championships
photo: Katie Edwards
2/27/12...Two Baldwin students have been recognized by the Ardmore Library for their achievement in the Children's Division (ages 6-12 years) of the 2012 Charlotte Miller Simon Poetry Contest.
Jane Bradley '17, “Ode to My Notebook” - Honorable Mention
Grace Halak '22, "Winter" - Honorable Mention
There were more than 130 entries in the Children’s Division, with three winners and six honorable mentions. The nine students will be celebrated at the Poetry Celebration Award Ceremony on March 18 at the Lower Merion Township Building. For a complete list of winners, click here.
2/24/12...Marisa Porges '96 spoke with seniors as part of their English elective, "Global Perspectives in Contemporary Literature," on her current research endeavors. Porges studies the rehabilitation of detained terrorists and Taliban prisoners as they are considered for release and reintegration into society in Afghanistan. In particular, she explores how their reintegration will be viewed by various interested parties, including the U.S. government and military; the global community; and the Afghan government, tribal elders, younger men, women, and children, who represent the next generation of Afghanis.
Porges addressed why perspective matters and how understanding perspective allows her to affect change "on the ground" and make a difference in the world. When asked what prepared her for her work, she noted that her Baldwin education was pivotal in giving her the confidence to take on this challenging research.
2/22/12...Grade IV and V students were treated to a special presentation by award-winning author Leslie Margolis
on Feb. 15. Ms. Margolis is the author of the popular Annabelle Unleashed
series and the Maggie Brooklyn Mystery
series. The author took the girls through the process of writing an original mystery. The girls enthusiastically responded with thoughts and suggestions for characters, crimes, clues, cliffhangers and solutions.
Grade IV student Amber said, "The author really helped me because I'm writing a book. She helped me with tips for finding ideas and for getting over writer's block."
Children's Book World provided us with the opportunity to pre-purchase Ms. Margolis' books and the author kindly signed copies for the girls.
2/16/12...Sporting green headbands, necklaces and matching face paint, Baldwin’s Grade IX girls celebrated their induction to the Upper School on Monday, with whoops and cheers and the unveiling of their class banner.
Gathered together with Baldwin’s upperclassmen in the Assembly Room, the girls listened to speeches from each of the Upper Class presidents and from the Director of the Upper School, Eric Benke, who extended a warm welcome to its ‘greenest’ members.
Senior class president, Julia Dewey, spoke about the 15 things the Class of 2015 would slowly discover as they became acclimated to the Upper School, including the fact that in an all-girls school, the use of food and boys was always a reliable bargaining chip. Eric Benke spoke about the color green – the Grade IX class color – and explored its many meanings. In its most natural context, the color green is representative of growth and renewal. In a more figurative sense, green represents luck and good fortune, being both the color of four-leafed clovers and money.
The Grade IX girls brought the Banner Day assembly to a close by revealing the jungle-themed class banner.
The banner was then hung on one of the Assembly Room walls, serving as a reminder of yet another successful year underway and celebrating one of Baldwin’s most cherished, time-honored traditions.
to read junior class president Sophia Tareen's poem to the Class of Green!
2/13/2012. . . The Varsity Squash Team won the MASA (Mid-Atlantic Squash Association) Tournament, held at Episcopal Academy, beating the host team, EA, 9-0 in the final. This was after the team won their semi-final match 9-0 over Lawrenceville.
The Bears are now the two-time defending MASA Champions and the three-time defending InterAc Champs. Thus concludes the scholastic squash season.
"This team far exceeded everyone's expectations and everyone on the team improved and raised the level of their game. That is what made it such a satisfying experience as a coach", said Associate Head Coach, Bruce Kelly.
2/13/12...Baldwin sophomores Aileen Curley and Alice Douglas have teamed up with United States Liability Insurance Group and Nothing But Nets
to fight malaria, one step at a time.
The students strapped on sneakers and pedometers on Feb. 6, and by the campaign's end on April 24 aim to take 1 million steps. Sponsors can provide a flat donation, or pledge a particular number of cents or dollars per mile.
"This is a simple way to raise awareness about a preventable disease," explains Aileen. "You can change a family's life just by walking the dog, taking the long way to class or working out."
Malaria kills 600,000 people each year - mostly children under the age of 5. Just $10 is enough to protect a family of four with a bed net and reduce malaria transmissions by 90%.
If you'd like to become involved as a participant or a sponsor, contact Baldwin's community service coordinator Jeremiah Shepherd at JShepherd@baldwinschool.org.
2/10/2012. . The MS B Basketball team finished its season with a convincing 21-7 win over Germantown Friends School. The squash finished the season with an impressive 8-4 record.
“The highlight of the game was that we had 3 girls who had not scored all season and we created opportunities for them and they all scored during the game,” shared Coach Pitocchelli. “The team had a great season and worked very well together. I am so proud of all the girls this year! Thanks for a great season. Go Bears!”
Lauren Cooper and Randi Brown with US English teacher Diane Senior
2/10/12...Winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were announced on Friday, February 3. All five of Baldwin’s Upper School student contributors – Hannah Bao '13, Randi Brown ’12, Emily Clark ’14, Lauren Cooper ’12, and Sophia Tareen ’13, received Gold and Silver Key awards for select works, carrying on the legacy of visual and literary giants like Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Redford.
Emily Clark nabbed a Gold Key award – a distinction bestowed upon only 5% of regional submissions – for her Poetry Portfolio, and a Silver Key award for a short fiction entry entitled, A Testimony of an Arsonist. Lauren Cooper won a Gold Key award and an American Voices Nomination – considered Best in Category for the region and top 5 nationally – for her Poetry Portfolio. In addition, she received the Silver Key award for a personal essay/memoir entitled Solo, and an Honorable Mention for a Flash Fiction submission entitled Hope. Hannah Bao snagged a Gold Key award for a painting she submitted entitled Pray for Peace.
Randi Brown won a Silver Key award for a collection of poems, while Sophia Tareen was awarded a Silver Key for a telling photograph she snapped of a young boy while traveling abroad in Brazil.
As Gold Key award winners, Clark and Copper will move on to the national judging later this month in New York City, where their works will be reviewed by a panel of internationally renowned writers. An awards ceremony will be held at the University of the Arts on Saturday, April 14 to honor all Gold Key recipients, followed by a reception to showcase their tremendous creative achievements.
to check out student submissions in our blog!
2/9/2012. . . Twelve members of the Baldwin Crew Team participated in the annual Main Line Side held at Villanova University’s Jack Nevin Fieldhouse on February 4th.
Highlights include freshman Sarah Douglas’ sixth place finish (of 40) in the freshman event. Junior Jasmine Schlichting finished 7th in the varsity lightweight event. Every Baldwin athlete reached their goal or better.
"The race was a huge success and a great way to end our winter training,” stated new Novice Coach, Taylor Jordan. “Baldwin had a formidable presence at the race, as it was the school with the most participants competing. The work we completed this winter, along with the results from the Slide, will get these girls moving smoothly into spring competition."
The MS B Basketball Team beat the Montgomery School 20-6. The game was hosted by Montgomery.
Coach Elsie Pitocchelli shared some thoughts on the game: "They girls dominated on offense and scored 8 points in the 1st quarter. They also worked hard on defense. It was a great game for the girls who don’t get as much playing time in other games; they did an outstanding job and got a great chance to show their talent. I am proud of all these girls and how they work well with all their teammates. I will be sorry to see this season end."
2/8/2012. . . The MS A Basketball team recently defeated Montgomery School by a large margin. The Bears were led by Sophie Hogg and Ellie Greenberg with eleven points apiece. Courtney Ray Loomis added six. Izzy Schaeffer contributed several spectacular assists and Hayden Ivey again dominated the boards and blocked five shots.
Baldwin led at the half and held their opponent to 0 in the third quarter to propel the Bears to the convincing victory.
photo: Ellie Greenberg drives to the net.
2/8/2012. . . The Varsity Swim Team; Varsity Swim Coach, Dave Hart; and parents honored their seniors on February 2 during a break at the Moorestwon Friends School meet, hosted by Baldwin. The seniors were adorned with flowers, food, an well wishes from all!
The 14 seniors comprise the largest senior class in recent Baldwin history and include: Elizabeth Asch, Amanda Buck, Lauren Cooper, Julia Dewey, Alexandra Dias-Lalcaca, Kiri Dugan (manager), Jessica Gubanich (manager), Megan Handal (tri-captain), Kaitlyn Hobson, Randa Melhem, Madison Noteware (tri-captain), Leah Silverman, Michaela Shuchman (manager) and Amanda Ter Doest (tri-captain). More than half of the seniors have been four-year varsity swimmers.
Coach Dave Hart, Baldwin Aquatics Director, was surprised by the team honoring him as well in celebration of his fourth year (senior year) with the team and program.
Photos: Seniors with their flowers and later, taking their final plunge together.
2/8/2012. . . The MS Swim Team rounded out their regular season with a win over visiting Northley Middle School. The win brought the team’s overall record to 8-4; several of the team’s victories were against co-ed schools. The Bears went 3-2 in InterAc meets beating Agnes Irwin twice and the Academy of Notre Dame.
“The 2011-2012 Baldwin middle school swim team is having an exceptional year. The team is evolving and is just now realizing the extent of their full potential,” shared Coach Byrne. “There have been standout performances in every grade and the future of the middle school team and the overall Baldwin Aquatics program, as a whole, is bright indeed.”
Comprised of 30 students in grades 6 through 8, Byrne added, “We’ve developed into one of the deepest and most diversified teams in the InterAc.”
The team will compete in the MS InterAc Swimming Champs on February 15, hosted by Baldwin.
2/7/12...On Monday, February 6 five Upper School students performed monologues as a part of the English-Speaking Union of the United States' Shakespeare Competition
. Participants in yesterday's school competition included:
Rachel Coler '14
Julia Hopkins '14 (runner-up)
Charlotte Morris '13
Michaela Shuchman '12 (winner)
Arden Simone '13
Winners of area school competitions, including Michaela Schuchman, will participate in the Philadelphia Branch contest on Monday, February 20 at the Arden Theater. The top three branch winners will receive monetary scholarships, and the first place winner will then be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Competition at the Lincoln Center in April.
Students are judged on their understanding of the text, the effectiveness of their delivery, and their artistic skill in expressing the spoken word. Over the years, Baldwin has sent many students to the Branch competition, with two girls going on to the National Competition in New York.
Pictured: School competition winner Michaela Shuchman '12.
2/7/2012. . . The Varsity Diving Team sent three divers to the InterAc Diving Championship, held at Germantown Academy yesterday.
Juniors Becky Graham, Charlotte Solmssen, and Karly Woods were three of 16 athletes from the InterAc to qualify for the championship. Karly Wood was just shy of medaling and placed 7th.
"Each of the three divers scored a personal best during the meet and they have their sights set on the Diving Invitational at the Hill School February 18," said Varsity Diving Coach Harry Eichelberger.