On Monday, November 19th, the National Liberty Museum hosted the first "Healthcare Heroes Awards", sponsored by TEVA Pharmaceuticals. 1986 Archmere graduate Dr. Phillip "Jay" Storm, Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was one of four recipients honored that evening. The international awards program recognized inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefitted their patients, their field, and the global community. Dr. Storm '86 received the Healthcare Hero in the field of Cancer, awarded to a researcher or practitioner for pioneering work that has propelled forward cancer research and patient health and treatment, for his transformative work in pediatric brain tumor research and care.
To read more about Dr. Jay Storm '86 and the awards, click here.
Dr. McKenna Healy '00 is working hard as a Board Member of the Nashville based non-profit organization, Play Like a Girl, to ensure that every girl reaches her full potential. The foundation believes that girls given the opportunity to play on a team become women with confidence to stand on their own. They give girls (ages 9-13) the opportunity to participate in sports and physical activity while learning about careers in male-dominated fields like STEM careers.
The University of Richmond Department of Athletics hosted their annual Scholar Athlete Breakfast on Monday, November 5, where they honored fifty-nine student-athletes for their academic accomplishments, including the top scholars from each team and the teams with the top cumulative GPA from the 2017-18 school year. 2015 Archmere Academy graduate Colleen Carney, a senior cross country and track & field runner at the university, was not only among that group, but was also awarded the biggest honor of the day. Colleenwas named the University of Richmond Scholar Athlete of the Year. Colleen is completing her dual degree in Leadership Studies and Healthcare Studies.
The University of Richmond's website wrote, "It's such an incredible honor to recognize so many student-athletes for their academic achievements," said Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Bruce Matthews. "It's remarkable what they're able to accomplish at an institution that challenges you both academically and athletically."
To read Colleen's bio and her college accolades, click here.
Former Mastersinger and Archmere Academy graduate Alexander Weir '17 sings with the Tanglewood Festival Choir, performing throughout the year with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Alexander was part of a small group of choir members, who, together with a few Boston Symphony Children’s Choir members, and members of the Boston Pops brass and percussion sections, performed the National Anthem at Game 2 of the World Series in Boston last week. Alex is a sophomore at Northeastern University, majoring in finance, and minoring in music performance.
John Yasik '77 set Archmere's record 4:16.8 in 1,500 meters at 1976 New Castle County Championships and anchored Auks’ record-setting two-mile relay foursome. Other scholastic accomplishments included state Junior Olympic mile title, two runner-up finishes in county cross country meet and third-place finish in states.
At the University of Delaware, John ran on three East Coast Conference championship track teams, was part of record-setting 4 x 1,500-meter unit and qualified for 1980 NCAA Cross Country Regionals. He later became one of the state’s top road racers and clocked a 2:30:19 at the 1985 Boston Marathon. He then founded the cross country program at Newark’s Holy Angels School in Catholic Youth Ministries and started the Neighborhood Relays, an annual Olympic-style track meet in Hockessin.