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.

Jonathan Dushoff '78 (our very first TPS alum!) is an associate professor and researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Check out his lab.

The 80s

Sarah Dry '87 was back in Philadelphia this 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!).

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.

Devra Ferst '99 is senior editor at Tasting Table, a website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts. 

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. She is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television.

Cara Hutchison '01 married Eric Stone in New York City in October 2016. A publicist at Rogers & Cowan, Cara 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 heading off to 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.

Aaya Kingsbury '08, who graduated from Shippenburg University last spring, has joined the staff at Green Towne Montessori School. 

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 majoring in biological engineering at Penn State University.

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.

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.  

College choices for the Class of 2012: Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, the College of William & Mary, Cornell University, Drexel University, Hampshire College, Ithaca College, La Salle University, The New School, New York University, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Temple University, Union College, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas (Austin), Ursinus College, Washington College, Stanford University, and Yale University.

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.

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
  • 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.