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Mission Award Spotlight: Jay Talsania '82

Jay Talsania '82 is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in the Lehigh Valley who specializes in hands and arms. Over the past 15 years, Jay has traveled with a group of physicians from Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation on pediatric hand missions to Guatemala, volunteering his time to operate on children in rural areas of the country.

Mission Award Spotlight: Eugene Golson '76, P'06

An educator and administrator for the School District of Philadelphia for 38 years, Gene Golson (pictured far right) brought about an unwavering commitment to excellence from both his students and his staff.

Mission Award Spotlight: Karla Ballard Williams '90

Leaving a successful career in the banking industry, Karla Ballard Williams '90 took a leap of faith and began service work by starting a chapter of the Urban League, an organization aimed at empowering people of color to achieve economic self-reliance, equality, power, and civil rights.

2019 Prize Day

The Upper School student body gathered for one final assembly in the Arts Center Auditorium on Friday, June 7, 2019 for the annual Prize Day ceremony.

Class of 2020 McNeil Patriot Scholars Announced

Matthew Sandifer '20, Sasha Capers '20, Isabelle Goldstein '20, and Alexander Browne '20 were each awarded the McNeil Patriot Scholarship Award at the annual Prize Day ceremony.

The Germantown Academy Class of 2019 College List

With graduation right around the corner, the members of the Class of 2019 are getting ready to leave Germantown Academy and move on to colleges and universities all over the country. 

Six Things with Tony Macklin '56

Film critic Tony Macklin '56 published a book based on his 12-year run as a magazine writer and celebrity interviewer.

GA Shines in the Pennsylvania Math League

Upper School Mathematics Department Chair Jason Straub 1760 recently announced the top GA scorers in the Pennsylvania Math League during the 2018-19 school year.

7th Grade Career Day A Huge Success

The Class of 2024 had the unique opportunity to hear from a number of professionals during 7th Grade Career Day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

GA CSO Hosts The "Not So Wing Bowl"

Germantown Academy senior Justin Wajda '19 played a key role in organizing GA’s Not So Wing Bowl on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Track & Field: Patriots Ready for Penn Relays

Just a few days stand between the student athletes of Germantown Academy and the first day of The Penn Relays on April 25. With four relay teams and five individuals competing, the Patriots will be in nine total events, up from the seven they were in just a year ago.

Belfry Club Nominated for Eight Cappies!

The award-winning Belfry Club received eight nominations from the Greater Philadelphia Cappies organization for its March production of Rumors. 

Diane Goldstein 1760 Honored

On February 15, Head of School Rich Schellhas announced that the newly established Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science would be named the Diane Goldstein 1760 Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science in honor of Upper School Science Teacher Diane Goldstein 1760.

GA Robotics Team Takes Second Place

On Saturday, Feb 2, 2019, the GA VEX Robotics team came in second place at the VEX Firebird VRC Winter Competition, which featured 22 teams.

GA-PC DAY Roundup

Thank you GA alumni, students, parents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends for coming out and supporting the Patriots on GA-PC Day!

Goldstein, Krouse Receive Honors at PAISAA Championships

Issy Goldstein '20 finished first overall at the 2018 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Girls Cross Country Championship. Head Coach Judy Krouse 1760 was named Girls Coach of the Year for the 2017 season.

Middle School Drama Department Presents...

The Middle School is proud to present Hoodie and ths phne 2.0: THE NEXT GENERATION on Friday, October 19 at 7pm and Saturday, October 20 at 2pm in the Honickman Auditorium.


Germantown Academy Unveils New Patriot Marks

Last March, Germantown Academy held a contest to create a new Patriot logo. The creative energy around the contest was palpable, and we received more than 150 entries from all parts of our community.

Summer Reading Day A Huge Success

To kick off the 2018-19 school year, the Upper School held its annual Summer Reading Day where students and teachers spent the entire day discussing the book their group read and participating in related activities.

GA Kicks Off 259th School Year

Germantown Academy, the oldest, non-sectarian, continuously run, independent day school in America, kicked off its 259th school year on September 12 with its annual Flag Raising ceremony.

Early Cum Laude Inductees Announced

On Friday, September 7, Germantown Academy Director of College Counseling Karen Mason announced the fall inductees of GA's Chapter of the Cum Laude Society.

GA China Trip 2018

Fifteen GA students, along with two teachers, traveled to China from June 12-June 23 where they had a chance to practice their Chinese language skills and learn more about the country.

Q and A with Mandy '09 and Gordon '11 Freas

The talented brother and sister duo of Gordon '11 and Mandy '09 Freas, who make up the team at Clementine Pictures, were named to Sony's list of the "Top 10 Emerging Filmmakers of 2018" and were also the grand prize winners of Sony PlayStation's "Emerging Filmmakers Program" in which they sold their concept for Hyperreal.

Alumni Spotlight: Danika Gottbrecht '13 Receives Fulbright Award

Germantown Academy alumna Danika Gottbrecht '13, who graduated from Guilford College this past spring, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Germany from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Class of 2018 Graduates from Germantown Academy

Germantown Academy honored, celebrated and welcomed the remarkable Class of 2018 into the school's illustrious alumni body during commencement on Friday, June 8, 2018 in a beautiful ceremony held on Connor Quad.

Class of 2022 Remembered at Middle School Final Assembly

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Germantown Academy's Middle School held its Final Assembly in the Arts Center Auditorium, where faculty and staff honored a number of students for excellence in academics, character, and service.

Class of 2019 McNeil Patriot Scholars Announced

Danny Ritz '19, Kristine Wang '19, Priya Padhye '19, and Derek Walkush '19 were each awarded the McNeil Patriot Scholarship Award at the annual Prize Day ceremony in the Arts Center Auditorium on June 1, 2018.


2018 Prize Day

The Upper School student body gathered for one final assembly in the Arts Center Auditorium on Friday, June 1, 2018 for the annual Prize Day ceremony, a GA tradition to acknowledge the many accomplishments of dozens of deserving students.

Mackenzie Pluck '18 Honored by Triangle Club

On Thursday, May 10, senior student-athlete Mackenzie Pluck '18 was the recipient of a fifth-place award and a $500 scholarship prize at the Triangle Club of Montgomery County's 55th annual William F. Dannehower Banquet at Presidential Caterers in East Norriton for her outstanding accomplishments in athletics, academics, and community service.


College Bound!

GA's College Counseling Team presents the matriculations for the Class of 2018.


PAISAA CHAMPIONS!

For the first time in GA history, the Patriots' boys track and field team finished first overall at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Championship.


Faculty Spotlight: Jessica Killo

Jess Killo is pursuing her passion here at GA through the important work she is doing in and out of the classroom.

GA Music Teacher Honored

Hayley Varhol, GA's low brass specialist, has received the honor of being selected to conduct at the National Lesbian and Gay Band Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Inter-Ac League Champs!

Germantown Academy boys track and field team captured the 2018 Inter-Ac League title on Saturday!

Belfry Club Receives 11 Cappie Nominations

Germantown Academy's Belfry Club has received a whopping 11 nominations for its amazing production of Spring Awakening! Congratulations to Director K. Richardson, her amazing staff, and the entire cast and crew. See nominations below:

Marcia Wexler Announces Retirement

After 27 years, Upper School math teacher and extracurricular superstar Marcia Wexler plans to hang up her graphing calculator to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Art for Community Club Creates Kindness Rocks

The Middle School Art for Community Club has been hard at work with their own Kindness Rocks Project, painting river rocks with messages of kindness, hope, acceptance and inclusion as well as hilarious puns and witty humor.

Upper School Honors Modern Language Students

Germantown Academy hosted the 17th Annual Modern Language Honorary Society Dinner and Induction Ceremony on April 11. Eighteen students were inducted into their respective language's honor society by the faculty, who spoke almost entirely in the language of induction.

Beauty of Murals brought to GA's Middle School

Jane Golden, well-known director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, visited an art class and then gave a morning presentation for the entire Middle School as Germantown Academy's special guest this winter.

Faculty Spotlight: John Hyland

The Upper School English teacher recently had a lengthy article about Edward Kamau Brathwaite's poems published in the South Atlantic Review.

Alumni Spotlight: Brian Grimes '05

Brian Grimes '05 is making headlines these days for his positive impact on the city of Philadelphia through his start-up company, Bloyd Street Capital.

GA Honors Mu Alpha Theta Inductees

Germantown Academy is proud to recognize 12 seniors who were inducted in the GA chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society, during a special luncheon on Wednesday, March 8.

Tina Rodowicz Announces Retirement

Multi-tasker extraordinaire Tina Rodowicz will leave her noise-filled, kid-filled, light-filled Korman Family Pavilion behind when she retires to the lake this summer.

AP French Goes on a Field Trip

As part of the AP French Language and Culture curriculum, students traveled to the Barnes Foundation to see the artwork they have been studying up close.

Students Have Fun With Design Thinking

Germantown Academy hosted an all-school design day on February 20 in which students in each division went through the design thinking process to find solutions for different needs statements.

GA Sophomore Honored by Area College

Sophomore Luke Abraham '20 is quite the filmmaker and editor. His video effects reel was recently selected for the Montgomery County Community College High School Art Exhibition and Competition.

Anika Walker-Johnson Named Director of Equity and Inclusion

Germantown Academy Head of School Rich Schellhas has announced the appointment of Anika Walker-Johnson as the school's first Director of Equity and Inclusion. Walker-Johnson, who comes to GA from Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., will begin her tenure in July 2018.

Alumni Spotlight: Larry Gregory '68

Larry Gregory '68, the first African-American graduate in GA's history, was the featured speaker at the 2018 Black History Month Celebration.

Connie Williams Announces Retirement

Connie Williams, fourth grade lead teacher, intuitively understands students, all students, perhaps especially the students who open cautiously, who seem, at first, to open not at all. "Maybe his little heart isn't getting the support it needs," Connie says and finds a way to tend that little heart with compassion and a healthy dose of laughter.

Sculpture Students Win 17 Awards

Germantown Academy's Upper School Visual Arts Department announced that a whopping 17 Scholastic Art Awards have been awarded to Upper School sculpture students.

Faculty Spotlight: Barry McCommon

Barry McCommon, a private music lesson instructor here at Germantown Academy, joined the "family business" at age nine when he started to play the trombone.


Alumni Spotlight: Emma Hearn '14

Germantown Academy alumna Emma Hearn '14 returned to campus on January 10 where she performed for both Middle and Upper School students. Hearn, a senior Musical Theatre major at Texas State University, who most recently played Cassie in Chorus Line, also talked about her journey here at GA, going from a Middle School thespian to a Belfry Club superstar.


Alumni Spotlight: Josh Fried '06

We recently caught up with Germantown Academy graduate Josh Fried '06, who was Zac Efron's stunt double in the hit film The Greatest Showman.

Independent in Thought

Germantown Academy's Middle School hosted the annual 8th Grade Science Research Open House and Awards Ceremony on Monday, December 18.

Joy & Giving

Germantown Academy's three divisions, along with faculty and staff, came together on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 for the annual Community Service Organization Holiday Program, which took place in the Field House this year and also featured some new elements to the program, including special musical performances and an all-faculty sled race.


7th Graders Try to Beat the Clock in Lead Lab

'Lead Lab' is a required seventh grade course that meets once a rotation throughout the year. The foundation of this course is GA's set of seven fundamental leadership skills: Communicating and listening; Solving problems and thinking critically; Seeing and respecting others' perspectives; Taking initiative; Setting goals; Following through; and Learning from mistakes/overcoming adversity.

Collaborative In Action

Six Germantown Academy students and four faculty members traveled to Anaheim, California to participate in the 30th annual National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color and Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

Faculty Spotlight: Nicholas Wynia

Upper School Photography Teacher Nicholas Wynia has been all over the world documenting individuals, issues, and causes. His work is currently on display in the Arts Center Gallery.

Belfry Club Shines in A Man for All Seasons

The award-winning Belfry Club, the oldest continuously operated high-school drama club in the country, took on A Man for All Seasons back in November.An ambitious play to say the least, the Belfry Club was up to the task.

Learn Tai Chi in 2018

Germantown Academy is happy to announce we will be running Tai Chi classes on Saturday mornings in 2018 as part of our Chinese Programs!

Alumni Spotlight: Will Newton '07

Germantown Academy alum Will Newton '07 is changing the timeless barbershop industry with Shortcut, his red-hot app which he co-founded back in 2014.

Lauren Vanin Leads GA's Young Innovators

Lauren Vanin credits her leadership of the most recent Lower School Design Day to her professional development opportunity given by Stanford University's d.school.

Honoring Our Own on Veterans Day

Germantown Academy's Community Service Organization honored GA alumni who have served in the military on Veteran's Day and also honored current teacher Jeff Preston.

Confident In Expression

Middle School thespians took on William Shakespeare this fall and did a phenomenal job of performing his classic play A Midsummer Night's Dream on October 20 and 21 in the Honickman Auditorium.


Al Hagdorn Announces Retirement

For over twenty-three years, valued member of the GA maintenance team, Al Hagdorn has traveled the entire school, hanging the paintings and pictures that grace the walls of our administrative offices, classrooms in all three divisions, and especially the Child Care Center, home to our youngest Patriots. Need another gate strategically placed? Call Al. The gate will be straight. Find yourself sitting in an unexpectedly dimming classroom? Call Al. Lights will be lit.

Faculty Spotlight: Paul Moffitt

Technical Theatre Director and Production Manager Paul Moffitt's homemade boats are featured in a new exhibit entitled "Messabout" in the Arts Center Gallery.

Tyler Dolan '18 named a National Merit Semifinalist

Germantown Academy Head of Upper School Chris Nelson announced on Friday, September 15 that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named Tyler Dolan '18 a National Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.


Early Cum Laude Inductees Announced

Germantown Academy Head of Upper School Chris Nelson announced the early inductees of GA's Chapter of the Cum Laude Society at Morning Meeting on Friday, September 15.

RED, BLACK, BLUE, & GOLD!

Several Germantown Academy Patriots played key roles in helping Team USA win the gold medal in Junior Girls Lacrosse at the 2017 Maccabiah Games.

Class of 2017 Graduates from Germantown Academy

Germantown Academy honored, celebrated and welcomed the remarkable Class of 2017 into the school's illustrious alumni body during commencement on Friday, June 9, 2017 in a beautiful ceremony held on Connor Quad.

Class of 2024 is Moving Across the Quad!

Germantown Academy celebrated the end of school for fourth and fifth Grade students at the annual final assembly in the Arts Center. Music, speeches, and awards highlighted the morning's event, along with a final farewell to the Class of 2024, who will be heading to Middle School in the fall.

GA Inducts New Members Into Cum Laude Society

Twenty-six new members were inducted into Germantown Academy's Cum Laude Society chapter during a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in the Korman Family Pavilion.

GA Celebrates 2017 National Honor Society Inductees

On Tuesday afternoon, 13 members of the Class of 2017 were inducted into the Germantown Academy chapter of the Science National Honor Society in a special ceremony at Gypsy Blu restaurant in Ambler.

Patriot In the Pros: Dan Lovitz '10

Patriots in the Pros is a new segment in which we check in on former student-athletes that played at Germantown Academy and then went on to play at the professional level. We see how playing at GA helped them in their careers, what they enjoyed most about playing at GA, and what life is like in the pros.

There were smiles all around as Germantown Academy's Lower School students, faculty, parents, and grandparents enjoyed a lovely morning for the 2017 Lower School Field Day.

After a spirited (and hot!) Middle School Greek Day competition, only 8 points separated teams Persia, Sparta, and Athens, but it was PERSIA who emerged victorious! Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff who made this a spectacular day!

Germantown Academy’s faculty and staff celebrated the 25th “GA anniversary” of Lower School Spanish Teacher Marisa McAuliffe, Fifth Grade Teacher Graham Martin, Assistant to the Director of College Counseling Ginny Allenson, and Maintenance Supervisor Charlie Landgrebe 1760 during a special ceremony in the Honickman Auditorium.

At the Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge, the GA SeaRaptor Team was named the Overall Winner and qualified for the National SeaPerch Challenge in Atlanta.

On Saturday, April 29, Matt Rominger, who is GA's Assistant Director of Admission – Lower School, organized a Germantown Academy team of volunteers to help with the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s 47th annual creek clean-up.

Congratulations to Brendan Carr '17 on being nominated for a Greater Philadelphia Area Cappie for the category Comic Actor in a Musical for his role as Dusty in The Burnt Part Boys

Science Researchers Win $808,000 in Scholarship Money

At the 2017 Delaware Valley Science Fair, 12 Germantown Academy Upper School students earned first, second, third place, or honorable mention awards, or special awards, including $875 in cash and $808,000 in scholarship money to local universities.

Germantown Academy graduates and current Wake Forest University Michael Hanamirian '13 and Kaela Griswold '15 danced in memory of Chris Nunes '14, Bobby Taggart '16, and Peter McVeigh 1760 at the 12th annual Wake 'N Shake, a dance marathon that benefits the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Both also had key leadership roles in planning the student-led event.

On April 1, the Academy Scholars, accompanied by the programs directors, Sue Negro and Mark Stephens, attended an inspiring TEDx presentation, Rise and Run, held at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Pennsylvania's campus.

Twenty-three Germantown Academy Middle School students visited The Haverford School to participate in the 2017 Middle School Diversity Conference, which brought together over 400 students from four different states.

Calder-Inspired Circus Sculptures

Kindergarten students used many objects in the Lower School art room to create their own circus after reading Sandy's Circus by Tayna Lee Stone.

Germantown Academy honored nine students at the 16th Annual Honorary Society Dinner and Induction Ceremony. Overall, GA inducted five students into the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica and four students into the Société Honoraire de Français.

Kindergarten students used many objects in the Lower School art room to create their own circus after reading Sandy's Circus by Tayna Lee Stone.

Leadership is everywhere in the Middle School these days. Just ask Kate Cassidy and Sara Goodwin, co-creators of the Eighth Grade Girls' Lunches and the 7th Grade Leadership Lab.

We are blessed that Ted Haynie's approach to family, faith, and work has quietly and steadfastly shaped the life of our school over the past thirty-five years.

Science Research: GA Seniors Win First Place Grade Award

At the Montgomery County Science Research Competition, science researchers from the Class of 2017 earned the most total points for 12th grade projects. Overall, of the 28 GA students that competed,18 earned first, second, or third place awards and qualified for the Delaware Valley Science Fair.

The award-winning Belfry Club took on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in its latest production.

Germantown Academy's fourth grade STEAM program was featured in the February edition of Suburban Life Magazine.

The Class of 2024 participated in an Inventions Convention created by Lower School science teacher Craig Newberger 1760 to help show their knowledge of simple machines.

Six Germantown Academy seniors have been named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Lower School Green Ambassadors

The Lower School Green Ambassadors club meets monthly. Their projects range from planting to harvesting, from composting to wintering over the garden.

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