Alumni News

Jake Tapper met with our 8th graders at CNN during their two-day visit to Washington, DC. Jake answered questions about his career, about the current political climate, about fake news, and much more. Among the 8th graders was classmate Jason Lerner's son.

The 80s

Sarah Dry '87 was back in Philadelphia this past spring and she, her son, and her mother stopped by TPS for a tour. Sarah, who lives in England, has a new book coming out soon. The Circulation of Our World: Scientists and the Quest to Understand the Waters of the Globe tells the history of our global understanding of climate and water. 

The 90s

Mac Marston '93, an assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology at Boston University, is the staff botanist of the Leon Levy Expedition, which recently announced the 2013 discovery and subsequent first-ever excavation of an ancient Philistine cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel. The news spread quickly and widely. Read more (you have a choice of languages!).

Julian King '97 is a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Julian has produced work spanning commercial, narrative, and documentary. He has directed work for clients ranging from Ford, Visa, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Deloitte to Clinton Global Initiative non-profit Doc2Doc, among others.

Alicia West '97,  Director of Public Design Outreach at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, was appointed a 2016 Grant Panelist for Capital Projects and Facilities at the New York State Council on the Arts.

The 21st Century

Josh Wheeling '00 came by TPS "on business," touring the school with staff from the Philadelphia School Partnership, where he is the Manager of Data and Analysis. Josh oversees PSP’s use of data across the organization, providing everything from support on ongoing projects to small data requests. 

Carlin Adelson '01 has moved from NYC to LA, where she is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television. This summer her film Places I've Made Out has had screenings in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.

Cara Hutchison '01  is a publicist at Rogers & Cowan, where she specializes in the music and entertainment industry. She has handled general PR and album publicity for the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Kanye West, Katy Perry,  Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, and others. 

Michael Connor '02 is a bass player in Ecstatic Vision, which has been touring across the country and in Europe this year.

Megan Lundy '04 has graduated from medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, She is now at Wake Forest for her residency in general surgery.

Sam Morris '04 is a drummer for Philadelphia rockers Flightschool, a four-piece band that, as described on their website, "blends straight rock with blues and jam influences anchored by a two-headed guitar attack."  Check out their website for their summer tour.

Emily Wilhite '04 is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of Texas (Austin). Emily is interested in studying alcohol-related sexual regret and risky sexual behavior in young women as they transition out of college. Her dissertation project focuses on how online dating and alcohol use influence the likelihood of casual sexual hookups and related positive and negative outcomes. Emily graduated from Penn State in 2012; she majored in psychology and Spanish.

Alex Zimmerman ’04 is a freelance writer whose work focuses on police accountability, LGBT issues, public health, and transportation. Alex's work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, Atlas Obscura, and the investigative non-profit PublicSource. It has also been featured on NPR affiliate WESA's Essential Pittsburgh. Alex lives in Brooklyn. Here is a recent article he wrote for The Atlantic.

Sharell Bryant '06 is a software engineer in New York City.  Sharell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in cognitive science. 

Michael Maisel '06 is working in Washington, DC as the Policy and Communications Associate at Engage Cuba, a bipartisan 501(c)(4) public policy organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing U.S.‐Cuba normalization process and enacting legislation to reform U.S. travel and trade restrictions with Cuba.

Daniel Wilhite '08, a recent Brown University graduate – with a triple major (!) in Latin American and Caribbean studies, urban studies, and history – has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award for 2018 in Recife, Brazil! Daniel wrote that he "will be working on a public health project titled, "Classrooms and Terreiros: Conduits of PrEP Usage among Men Who have Sex with Men"; the project will involve the study of sexual health education related to newly developed Pre-Exposure Prophylaxsis HIV prevention medications in public schools and Candomblé terreiros in the metropolitan region of Recife.  

Ajia Lui ‘09 is interning this summer with the Public Risk Management Program of the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. A rising senior at Penn State, Ajia is working toward a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering, with a minor in Watershed and Water Resources.

Maddie Addis '10 is pursuing a degree in acting at Emerson College, where she has not only been busy as an actor/writer in a the sketch comedy troupe Jimmy's Traveling All-Stars, the repertory-style theatre group Mercutio Troupe, and the Emerson Shakespeare Society but is also a member of Emerson's Honors Program. 

Duncan Gallagher '10 is majoring in comparative literature at Brown University, where he is a writer for the Brown Noser, the university's satirical newspaper. Check out a few of his articles. This summer he is a production intern at the Public Theater in NYC.

Emma Luckman '11 is a member of the Miami University synchronized skating team, which won first place at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in February 2016.  

Three members of the TPS Class of 2013 competed in the Philadelphia Mock Trial city quarterfinals in February as part of the Germantown Friends School mock trial program.  Ellie Zack was on the GFS second team, which was narrowly defeated by St. Joe's Prep. Claire Saint-Amour and Ethan Addis, who were on the GFS first team, won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches to advance to the city championship against Roman Catholic's strong first team. 

Class of 2013 National Merit Semifinalists include Daniel Leonard, Claire Saint-Amour, and Ellie Zack.

Ray Hill-Cristol '13 gave the Germantown Friends School commencement speech.

Members of the Class of 2013 were "feted" by the faculty and staff during June in-service.

College choices for the Class of 2013 so far include

  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colgate University
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern University
  • Harvard University
  • Ithaca College
  • McGill University
  • Pitzer College
  • Spelman College
  • University of Sussex 
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania (2)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Vermont
  • Wellesley College
  • Yale University

Eliana Yang '14 made the New York Times! She is the youngest participant in the New York String Seminar.