By Tommy White '17, The Black Friar ChronicleOn May 16, five Malvern juniors were presented with scholarships at Monday morning chapel. This year’s junior scholarship winners were Tyler Pizzico, Ryan Franks, Nate Albergo, Daniel Sullivan and Adam Yablonski. Read more from The Friar's Lantern. See photos from the awards ceremony.
Yes, that jukebox in the Middle School Mod Space works, and it is filled with tracks from Jonathan Springer's 8th Grade Music Engineering and Propduction class! You can also listen to songs such as "Smashing Song" by Braden Kovalovich and "Project Freestyle" by Liam Kowalski on the class's Weebly page.
Bennett '16 Named Youth Journalism International Student of the YearYouth Journalism International (YJI) seeks to empower students to share their voices through global understanding and truthful, effective communication to create a better world. On May 18, the organization's founders, Steve and Jackie Collins, along with Jennifer Rajotte, a YJI alumna and board member who works for FringeArts in Philadelphia, traveled to Malvern Prep to deliver a number of awards, including their top honor - Student of the Year, to members of The Blackfriar Chronicle, the School's student newspaper. READ MORE
Eight Malvern Prep students showcased their dance moves with the Academy of Notre Dame’s Dance Company in the opening number of their Spring Dance Festival on in early May. Watch the video.
The students were recruited to participate by Pam Devenney, Dance Director for Notre Dame and the Dance Crew.
Malvern students who participated are: Rob DiCicco ‘16, Ryan Franks ‘17, Nick Gatti ‘17, Henry Malone ‘17, Tait McGlinn ‘16, John Papandon ‘16 and Alex Strimel ‘18.
Gatti also performed in last year’s Spring Dance Festival. Watch the video of last year’s performance.
Don't miss the debut issue of The Blackfriar Chronicle for new Editors-in-Chief Tommy Pero '17 and Tyler Pizzico '17. The May issue of Malvern's student newspaper features stories about end-of-the year academic, athletic and activities events, parting columns by outgoing editors, a map of where the Class of 2016 will be attending college, profiles of our departing faculty and staff and much more! Read the print issue online, or view the stories at The Friar's Lantern.
By Candice MonhollanTeenagers are always faced with problems of growing into an adult, but some students at Malvern Preparatory School were asked to take a look at a larger problem — one that doesn’t necessarily affect them. Twenty-one students, guided by faculty and alumni mentors, were divided into four teams and took more than just a look at a social impact, but instead dove further into the problem to try and find a solution. Read more from the Daily Local News
Senior second baseman and designated hitter Cam Williams is leading the Inter-Ac contenders in most offensive categories, batting .404 from the No. 3 spot with a .517 on-base percentage and .574 slugging percentage, 18 runs scored and 15 RBIs as of May 9. Malvern Prep baseball head coach Freddy Hilliard said, “He’s really helped to fill a big void in our lineup from all the production that graduated last season.” Read more from PaPrepLive.
What problem do you want to solve? Instead of majors, college students may be deciding what they study based on that question. Experience authentic student-driven learning and peek into the future of education as Malvern Prep cordially invites you to its Social Entrepreneurship CEO Panel Final Presentations on Tuesday, May 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Duffy Arts Center. Guided by faculty and alumni mentors, four teams of Malvern Prep students have been using Design Thinking to research, build and test a solution to a social impact issue throughout the school year. On May 17, these groups will present their final projects to a panel of CEOs. READ MORE
Justice Bennett ’16 has thousands of questions running through his head, and that drives him to seek out answers. That drive is what has led him to numerous achievements both inside and outside of the classroom at Malvern Prep. He is co-President of the Diversity Awareness Club, a captain of the Speech and Debate team and a captain of the Mock Trial team. He also started Students Helping Students, which helps get inner-city schools the resources they need. His desire to learn and to help others, though, is best fulfilled through his work as a journalist. READ MORE
Don't miss the last issue of Malvern's student newspaper for Co-editors Justice Bennett '16 and Ben Yankelitis '16. This issue looks back as seniors come to terms with their college application process, students and faculty alike weigh in on Malvern's push for project-based learning, and BFC reporters cover a broad array of Malvern events and alumni news this spring. This issue also looks ahead with previews of schedule changes, a new Malvern website and the continuing transformation of the Middle School. All this and more at The Blackfriar Chronicle online or at The Friars Lantern.
The scarlet letter is worn as a badge of honor now, the running joke that just crushed a 4-minute mile. Sunday night baseball practice. Freshman year. Joey Ravert asked his La Salle coaches if he could leave early to attend Mass. The request was granted, but not without a few teammates raising eyebrows. “Second semester, (they were) calling me, ‘Reverend,’” Ravert recalled. “They called me ‘Rev.’ Among other names.” To slur, with love.Read more from American Sports Network as it details Malvern alumnus Joey Ravert '12 and his commitment to faith and service as he excels on the baseball diamond - a profile of an exceptional man of Malvern.
Presentations researched and created in Malvern’s new Science Research Course
Malvern Prep strives to provide an education that is energizing and engaging, deeply relevant and lasting in impact. The School does this by shifting ownership of learning to its students, encouraging hands-on project-based learning and focusing on ambitious intellectual goals. These principles came together in a concrete way as three students from a new Science Research course, Zach DeStefano ‘17, Turner Emery ’17 and Adam Morys ‘19, each competed and placed in the Chester County Science Research Competition and the Delaware Valley Science Fair in March. READ MORE
Thank you to Troy Emidy of IMC Construction, Inc. for making a $3,000 donation through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), which allows businesses to receive tax credits for up to 90 percent of grants made to scholarship-sponsoring schools.
In 2014-2015, directly because of the EITC, Malvern Prep was able to offer approximately $231,500 of financial aid to academically qualified students who otherwise would not have been able to afford a Malvern education.
Learn more about using your business tax dollars to help Malvern students reach their goals or contact Carolyn McLaughlin at 484-595-5233.
The team of Justice Bennett ’16, Tommy Pero ’17 and Ben Yankelitis ’16 swept the parliamentary rounds of the District 10 and 15 Pennsylvania High School Speech League competition this February at Harriton High School, taking first place for the first time in School history and earning the right to represent Malvern Prep at states this month at Susquehanna University. READ MORE
The annual Father-Son Banquet, now celebrating its 70th year, is Malvern Prep’s longest-running tradition. On Monday, the School paid tribute to two outstanding members of the community who best embody the values that Malvern holds dear and welcomed a past parent and NFL Network analyst who shared some inspiring words with those who gathered for the event in the O’Neill Sports Center. READ MORE
By Danny Malloy '18, The Blackfriar ChronicleRomero Center Ministries commemorated their 11-year long partnership with Malvern at the 16th annual Romero lecture.On March 17, Head of Christian Service Larry Legner accepted the “Good Seed, Good Soil” award from Romero Center Ministries on behalf of Malvern’s 11-year participation in the Urban Challenge. Based in Camden, New Jersey, Romero Center Ministries “provides Catholic education and retreat experiences inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero’s prophetic witness,” according to its website. One of those retreat experiences is called Urban Challenge. For 3 days, junior Malvern students stay in Camden, one of the poorest cities in the United States, according to Legner. Read more at The Friars Lantern
Finnish brand consumption researcher Samil Aledin will discuss the results of his international brand-bullying project on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Duffy Arts Center. Aledin has studied how teens have used brands to bully their peers in Finland and Great Britain. This spring, Aledin has surveyed and interviewed Malvern Prep and Villa Maria Upper School students about their experiences with brand bullying. This project is his first in the United States. READ MORE
It was a windy day on Friday, March 18, when the Malvern Fire Company came to campus to assist Malvern's Maintenance Department with fixing the flagpole by the Tennis Courts. The pulley system used to hoist the flag had broken and the Maintenance Department does not have the equipment necessary to safely fix the problem. READ MORE
Malvern's Middle School has a new take on Honors Assemblies – transforming what can be a rote reciting of names into a unique student-driven experience.
In these Demonstrations of Learning, students present what they have learned to their fellow peers. It’s a way to bring the entire Middle School together and show how each student learns in his own way. READ MORE
Our reporters, editors, photographers and designers at The Blackfriar Chronicle have done it again - don't miss their latest impressive issue, which touches on topics ranging from AP exams to special service awards to sports updates and previews. They tackle issues such as transgender students, gun control and diversity efforts. Read these stories and more in the student newspaper or on The Friars Lantern.
Malvern Prep has been performing the Living Stations of the Cross every year since 2006. The cast puts on two performances during Holy Week. The first is on Palm Sunday, and the second takes place on the last day of classes before Easter Break.
“Living Stations is truly a living meditation on Jesus’ passion and resurrection - the readings, music and tableau scene for each Station create an aura of reverence in which the students involved bring to life the events of Holy Week for our community,” said English teacher Nikki Wilkinson. READ MORE
Malvern student journalists are making names for themselves. In early March, seniors Justice Bennett, Zac Chan and Mike Droogan were recognized for their work in journalism. Chan and Droogan took home first and second places, respectively, in the Pennsylvania School Press Association's statewide write-offs. "Mike and Zac qualified for the statewide competition back in November, when our journalism class competed at the regional event at Temple University," says Kate Plows, Journalism Teacher and Advisor to Malvern's student-run newspaper, The Blackfriar Chronicle. READ MORE
The way it went down was symbolic of how Father Dave Duffy lived his life.
What started as plans for a small Mass among friends grew into a months-long celebration of the life and legacy of the man who not only helped save Malvern Prep at its lowest point but also, through small, personal gestures, nurtured connections within and beyond the Malvern community and revealed the simple power of God's love. READ MORE
After a months-long awareness and fundraising campaign, Malvern Prep junior Andrew Clark raised $68,000 for critical blood cancer research and was named the 2016 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Eastern PA Chapter Student of the Year at the organization's gala celebration on February 27. READ MORE
The key to success in any venture is for each person involved to meaningfully contribute in his or her own way. This year's Red Cross Blood Drive was no different, as donors, volunteers and many members of the Malvern community stepped up to make this year's drive a success. READ MORE
Over the past few years since Nate Lautar took over the Malvern Prep wrestling program, the talent has followed. This past weekend, things came together about as good as possible for the Friars, who competed in the National Prep tournament at Lehigh University. Eleven Friars qualified for the prestigious tournament and nine walked away with hardware, including two champs, sophomore Mike Beard (182 pounds) and junior Seth Janney (220). Malvern placed third as a team behind powerhouses Blair Academy (NJ) and Wyoming Seminary. READ MORE from PAPrepLive.com
Malvern Prep junior Zach Maher is a High School All-American as member of the Friars’ school record-holding 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams. As Easterns, he placed third, fourth and seventh as member of Malvern Prep relays and placed sixth in the 100 fly. He was a leader on Malvern Prep’s Inter-Ac championship swimming and diving team. An honors student, he is also a starter on Malvern Prep’s championship water polo team. READ MORE at PaPrepLive
The February issue of The Blackfriar Chronicle takes an in-depth look at how the Malvern community has been touched by cancer, featuring one student's journey from a cancer diagnosis to collegiate baseball, profiles of four other members of the community whose lives have been affected by cancer and an in-depth look at how the CARES Walk helps on a local scale. This month's issue also gives the details behind Jason Evert's upcoming visit, reactions to the experimental dress code and a preview of the spring musical Guys and Dolls. Read these stories and more in the online issue, or visit the Friars' Lantern site.
Malvern Prep teachers and coaches consistently encourage their students to step out of their comfort zones, as that is often the best way to gain deep knowledge. While he will still be coaching football, Malvern Prep head coach Aaron Brady will be setting an example for his students and definitely treading in new territory as he coaches female athletes for the first time at the Women’s World Tackle Football Games in New Orleans March 1-6. The games will take place on the indoor field of the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. READ MORE
Did you know that Malvern Prep boasts a professional recording studio inside the Duffy Arts Center? Senior Robert DiCicco took advantage of this facility perk to record an audition for college. DiCicco, who plays bass in his audition piece, hopes to pursue music in college, and his recording serves as the "Music Supplement," for most of his college applications. READ MORE and listen to the piece
Malvern senior Jimmy Faunce designed the winning logo in the Journalism Education Association's (JEA) contest to promote Scholastic Journalism Week February 21-27. Faunce was honored at the National High School Journalism Conference in November, and he was interviewed in the current issue of Communication: Journalism Education Today - the JEA National Magazine. "I'm a teaching assistant at my school right now for two graphic design classes," he says in the article. "What I always say to students in my classes is 'Do something that you know you will enjoy. Have fun with it.'" Read the whole article here.
Before Andrew Clark came to Malvern Prep, he had only known one other kid who had cancer, but during his time at the school he learned that three Malvern students fought cancer and won, just like he did. Now, these four are banding together to support Clark’s bid to be the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Student of the Year and raise critical funding to eradicate blood cancer. READ MORE
In spite of a blizzard-forced date change, 275 students and parents turned out for Malvern Prep’s annual SpeakUp! event on January 27 to join an honest conversation about issues that are prevalent in the lives of teens. READ MORE
By Justice Bennett '16, Co-Editor, The Blackfriar ChronicleAs a society, we aren’t always honest with ourselves about suicide. It can be difficult, gut-wrenching, tense, and emotional, so we avoid honest conversations about warning signs and ways to help. But every day in the U.S. in 2014, 15 people under the age of 24 took their own life, according to the American Association of Suicidology. READ MORE at The Friars Lantern
Three Malvern Prep Friars announced their college commitments today on National Signing Day. Defensive end Riley Ammerman will play football for the University of New Hampshire; defensive back Rashon Lusane will play for Morgan State University; and tight end Ian Murray will play for the College of the Holy Cross. READ MORE
The latest issue of Malvern Prep's student newspaper does not shy away from addressing some serious issues for Malvern students and teens across the nation, including: the dangers of concussions, the controversy of early college athletic commitments, childhood cancer and the impact of homework. One article you should not miss is Co-Editor Justice Bennett's exceptionally reported and researched story about teen suicide. There's a lot of fun in this issue, too. Read about our poet-in-residence, English teacher John Bohannon, get to know our fast-paced Varsity Basketball team, and find out just how Republican-leaning Malvern is. Read The Black Friar Chronicle. Visit The Friar's Lantern site.
On Tuesday evening, January 19, Malvern celebrated the induction of its newest members of the School’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) with a ceremony in the Duffy Arts Center. Guest speaker and Malvern science teacher Stephen Borish ’10 shared some words he hoped will shape the academic and professional careers of these Augustinian men of science. READ MORE
Malvern live streamed its home athletic contests on Friday, January 15. You can now watch them "On Demand."Watch Online Here
"Tune in" to see a full broadcast with announcers!
The sun was not yet up when 12 members of Malvern's student-run newspaper, The Black Friar Chronicle, met at the Philadelphia Airport to embark on their journey to Orlando, Fla., for the National High School Journalism Conference (NHSJC) in November. Instead of seeing bleary-eyed kids shuffling into the airport lobby, chaperones Kate Plows, Black Friar Chronicle Advisor and Art Teacher, and Sarah Ravenfeld, Social Media and PR Specialist, were met with a bright-eyed group of young men ready to embrace this experience. READ MORE
A junior, Nick Gatti is an honors student who was selected for the Archdiocese Papal Choir and the Archdiocese All-Catholic Chorus. He played the lead role, George Bailey, in Malvern Theatre Society's Fall Play, It's a Wonderful Life. Gatti earned Distinguished Honors (4.0 GPA or higher) in each quarter of his high school career, is a member of the National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and Malvern’s Diversity Awareness Club. He is a leader for Malvern's SpeakUp! Event, helping students make positive life choices, and a member of the Malvern rugby team. READ MORE from Main Line Media News
If you peered into the Learning Commons during Community Time one day last month, you would have seen glowing plastic orbs that glided across the carpet, made 90 degree turns on table tops, stopped, started, reversed direction, all seemingly on their own. If you looked closer, you may have figured out that Malvern students, and some adventurous teachers, were controlling these spheres through an iPad app. READ MORE
At the beginning of his freshman year, Turner Emery ‘17 was trying to figure out how he could find time in his busy schedule to sing in the chorus and continue to play with the band, as he had done during his Middle School years at Malvern Prep.
“I heard through friends that young men who play orchestral instruments (brass, woodwind and strings) are welcome to participate in the orchestra at Villa Maria Academy High School (VMA),” says Emery. “I was interested in learning more, so I visited a rehearsal at VMA and instantly felt welcomed into their community.” READ MORE
All members of the Malvern Prep community are invited to celebrate the life of Rev. David J. Duffy, O.S.A. '48 as we remember the 10th anniversary of his passing.We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel. A reception will immediately follow in the Duffy Arts Center. Kindly RSVP online, so we are able to plan for the reception.
The Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the O'Neill Sports Center. Each ticket purchased for this event includes your selection of one bowl created by the Malvern Prep, Villa Maria or Academy of Notre Dame communities. You will use this as your soup bowl for the evening and take it home with you after the event. Adult tickets are $26 and tickets for Children 10 and Under, Students and Faculty from Malvern Prep, Villa Maria and Notre Dame are $16.All proceeds benefit the Bethesda Project, which supports homeless citizens of Philadelphia. Purchase tickets.
Malvern Prep wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and blessed holiday season!
By the way ... have you seen these videos and photos? We've had a busy week!
They have been called America’s “invisible” population – migrant workers who work on farms and perform manual labor jobs right here in the Philadelphia area. While one can debate the political, economic and social implications of their presence, they are here, and so are their families. Many of them are in great need. In this season of giving, Malvern Prep has partnered with St. Patrick Parish in Norristown to provide the children of some of these families a Christmas they will not forget. READ MORE
This latest issue of Malvern Prep's student newspaper details the visit from PAIS, profiles the choral visit to Love Park in Philadelphia, offers opinions on the postponement of the Jason Evert visit, discusses the new Star Wars movie with Maxwell Talbot, highlights the Christmas party with St. Pat's, shares Malvern holiday traditions and more. Read, reflect and rejoice all things Malvern Prep with their digital issue or read and comment on the Friar's Lantern website.
Seven auditioned and seven made the cut. On October 27, seniors Skyler Davis, Rob DiCicco and Mike Gormley; juniors Turner Emery, Nick Gatti, and R.J. Napoli; and sophomore Christian Franck traveled to Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill to audition for this year's All-Catholic Chorus Festival, comprised of the best high school singers from Catholic and private schools throughout the Philadelphia area. READ MORE
Come celebrate the Christmas season with our talented and hard-working artists at our 2015-16 Winter Arts Festival. This is a great opportunity to experience the visual and musical stylings of our students. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to these FREE events that are open to the public. We hope to see you in our Duffy Arts Center! READ MORE
On October 26, Malvern Prep welcomed 47 new members into its chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) during a ceremony in the Duffy Arts Center. These juniors and seniors promised to uphold the high standards of scholarship, service, character and leadership and serve as role models to their classmates. READ MORE
Eight years ago, Kate Plows was reflecting on her job as arts instructor at Malvern Preparatory School. She knew how students would benefit from the English and math classes they took at the private high school better known for its academics and athletics than its arts programming.But she wanted to make her ceramics classes have impact, too."A lot of my students leave my studio and they've had a great experience, but they're never coming back," Plows said. "They're never sitting at a potter's wheel again."Then it hit her: Those bowls the boys were making were empty. People were suffering from hunger. She and her students could feed them.Read more from Philly.com.
When I asked my tour guide at La Salle what is the most important thing there, he said sports.When I asked the tour guide at Devon what is the most important thing to the kids here, he said their academics.When I asked my Malvern tour guide what is the most important thing for the students here he answered with words still audible to me three years later: "The sense of a brotherhood and a family always looking out for one another."Malvern junior and Black Friar Chronicle reporter Tyler Pizzico attended the School's Strategic Planning Retreat on October 12. His experience led him to reflect on what set Malvern apart from other schools - including those statements above. Read about Tyler's participation in the retreat and his keen observations on The Friar's Lantern student-run news website.
The Malvern Prep annual food drive brought in nearly 10,000 cans and boxes of food, which was divided between the St. Patrick Parish/Norristown Food Bank and St. Katharine Drexel Food Cupboard in Chester. Members of the Adelphia Society, the Upper School mentorship program, teamed up with Malvern freshman to pack and load up the deliveries over the past two weeks. Thank you to everyone who donated food for people in our area in great need. READ MORE
Malvern Prep is proud to announce that on National Signing Day this fall, 16 senior student-athletes made their college selections. READ MORE
Malvern’s annual Head of School Reception and Back to School Night is an opportunity for parents of current students to come to campus and get a first-hand look at the their sons' academic experiences. On October 15, Malvern parents began to make connections with their sons’ teachers and fellow parents that promise to deepen throughout the year.
Malvern senior goalkeeper Rory Allen posted a .656 save percentage (second-best in school history) for the Malvern Prep water polo team, which posted a 23-4 record, won the Inter-Ac championship and placed second at the Eastern Prep Water Polo Championships. Allen recorded 288 saves on the season, had five assists from goal and made 47 steals. READ MORE from PAPrepLive.com
On November 5, Malvern Varsity Water Polo Clinched its third-straight Inter-Ac title with a 7-5 win over Haverford and followed up that win with an impressive finish at the Eastern Prep Water Polo Championship on November 8. READ MORE
On the eve of Malvern Prep’s Homecoming, Malvern Prep honored six distinguished alumni for their accomplishments and service to both the Malvern community and the world. The Alumni Awards dinner has become a cherished tradition at Malvern, and on October 23, the Friar community gathered to celebrate St. Augustine Award winner Dr. Dan Kelly ’99, Alumni Loyalty Award winner Dave Frank ’91 T, and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Dave Hisler ’95, Frank Oschell ’92, Kevin Pellegrini ’90 and Jim Rullo ’89. READ MORE
Last month, Malvern Prep alumnus Nate Osborne '07, returned to campus to share his experiences of living and working overseas in Medellin, Colombia. He met with Jim Kirchner's Honors Spanish 4 classes throughout the day on October 8.
"Having Nate come and speak is great for the students to see why learning a second language is important for the real world," says Kirchner, who is Malvern's Language Department Leader. "He shared his story in Spanish and encouraged questions from the boys." READ MORE
"The boys that I go to school with are my brothers, and the sense of brotherhood is the best part of attending Malvern Prep."- David Bettenhausen '16
Senior center midfielder and captain David Bettenhausen has been crucial to the Malvern soccer team’s success this fall, contributing heavily on both sides of the field. The Villanova University-bound senior has scored 13 goals and dished out seven assists as of Nov. 1; tallied key goals in the Friars’ recent wins against Kiski, St. Joseph’s Prep and Springside Chestnut Hill; and was a defensive catalyst in the Friars’ 1-0 victory against nationally-ranked Haverford School. READ MORE from PAPrepLive.com
It's not everyday you get to see a 24-seat boat, let alone row one, but a group of Malvern Prep and Haverford School rowers combined to do just that on October 28 - and set a U.S. speed record in the process. READ MORE
Fall means many things ... leaves changing color, heading back to school, football season ... at Malvern Prep fall signals the start of our comprehensive Christian Service Program. From October through December, our students, parents and teachers collect clothing to give to the homeless, help stock food pantries, work at soup kitchens, visit inner-city schools, work with children with special needs, and much more. And kicking off this season of service is the School's annual C.A.R.E.S. Walk, which, on Sunday, October 4, drew more than 400 people to the Malvern campus and Malvern Borough to share Mass, walk, and raise more than $15,000 for four local charitable organizations. READ MORE
Malvern's student-led and student-run newspaper tackles wifi issues, the tobacco ban, campus safety and more in this month's issue. You will also find out what it is like to be a student at a School strategic planning workshop, Malvern's plans for international growth and details about upcoming events, such as the Malvern Theatre Society's production of It's a Wonderful Life. Check out the October issue online or visit The Friar's Lantern.
Junior Matthew Daller never considered himself a leader ... but others did, and after attending an in-depth program at Villanova University, Daller hopes to share the importance of developing leadership traits with other students at Malvern. READ MORE
Congratulations to Upper School students Jack Buttimer '16, Zachary DeStefano '17 and Max McCool '18 and Middle School students Collin Munyan '21 and Christian Siaton '20 on their achievement of highest Grade Point Average (GPA) for the 2014-2015 academic year. All five students were recently recognized for this accomplishment during a recent chapel service. READ MORE
This issue is jam-packed with remarkable stories of the Malvern community, including: the story of Bill Kuharich '71, who wants to honor his father and other mentors in his life with a unique scholarship at Malvern; a tale of compassion, unity and acceptance on campus sparked by the Malvern Theatre Society's production of The Laramie Project; a piece about Malvern's ongoing curricular improvements, beginning with the forward-thinking Middle School; a profile of Malvern's new Sailing program; and an interview with a graduate who gave Notre Dame's commencement invocation and is now teaching in their ACE program. All this in more in the fall issue of Malvern Magazine!
If Malvern Prep President the Rev. Jim Flynn, O.S.A., were to pick two things our society needs more of, they would unity and love - two of the three Augustinian values that serve as the foundation of the Malvern community. This September, Malvern's newest members of the Upper School started their journey toward unity and love with a special event that will help form the bonds of brotherhood they will share throughout their lives. READ MORE
The senior middle linebacker had 12 tackles and a key goal line interception as the Friars stunned two-time defending Class AAAA state champion St. Joseph's Prep, 33-21, Oct. 3. As of Oct. 12, he is Malvern Prep's leading tackler, with 52 tackles in four games. Malvern Prep football head coach Aaron Brady said, "He is an inspirational leader - a leader by action." READ MORE
Join us for the latest outstanding guest in Malvern's Distinguished Speaker Series - Chris Herren, the basketball legend from Fall River, Mass., and author of Basketball Junkie, his harrowing memoir of abuse and recovery. Herren's tale is one of descent into addiction, a miraculous recovery and his new life mission: to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in his or her life. READ MORE
The Malvern Prep Alumni Association cordially invites you and your family to our annual Homecoming and Pig Roast. Join us for an afternoon of first-class athletic competitions and family activities. Cheer on the Friars from the stands and check out the Spirit Area! READ MORE
The music career of John Scargall '08 has taken off - with the theme song for NASCAR '15 video game under his belt, an appearance on the PBS concert program "Steel Sessions" and a feature in this month's Main Line Today magazine. Now, Scargall is set to release his debut album Breakthrough on October 6. Check out some of his tunes on his SoundCloud page.In the MLT article, Scargall credits his role in the Malvern Theatre Society's production of The Music Man for igniting his passion for signing and performing. After graduating from Millersville University, he quit his job a Boeing to work on his music full time. The rest, as they say ...
Though it may have been months or even years since they have seen each other, when a bunch of Friars get together, it seems like old times. Malvern alumni enjoyed a great day on the links at Waynesborough Country Club on Monday, September 21 for the 31st Annual Alumni Golf Outing. The 116 golfers picked up right where they left off and enjoyed an afternoon of golf, friendship and reconnecting with Malvern Prep. READ MORE
Malvern Preparatory School is proud to present its 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program award winners. In this year's competition, Malvern Prep has two Semifinalists and four Commended Students. READ MORE
New Black Friar Chronicle editors Justice Bennett and Ben Yankelitis and their staff offer an informative and entertaining debut issue of the Malvern student newspaper. See the interesting survey results of the freshman class, check out the new Middle School modular classroom and read about the the new learning management system Schoology. Keep up with what Malvern students are talking about in the September issue or visit the Friar's Lantern blog.
The senior safety/wide receiver, an all-league performer last fall, made 17 tackles against Holy Spirit (including four for loss and one sack). In the Friars’ opening game at Chicago’s Soldier Field, he had two catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. He is also a nationally-ranked wrestler. READ MORE from PaPrepLive
"Children, let's light some candles and pray!"Mary Anne Yackel rounded up her four youngest children at Malvern Prep's Shrine of St. Rita for a quick stop for inspiration before their pilgrimage to Philadelphia for Saturday's Festival of Families with Pope Francis. The Yackel tribe is planning a three-day, 22-mile walk down Lancaster Avenue that started yesterday. They were hoping to get to St. Katherine's in Wayne on Wednesday before getting a ride to their home in Broomall. Today, they set off from where they stopped. The Yackels are visiting churches along the Main Line, including St. Thomas of Villanova, on their way. READ MORE
Yes, Malvern junior Nick Gatti admits, the thought of singing in front of a crowd of more than one million people is nerve-racking, but his enthusiasm for singing with the Archdiocesan High School Papal Choir dwarfs his nervousness. "The Papal Mass is going to be a sight and experience I will remember for the rest of my life," he says. "I am overflowing with excitement and extremely thankful for the opportunity to sing for the Pope." READ MORE
Malvern Prep is excited to welcome Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia! The Pope's call to help those in need resonates with our community. Our students travel the globe to live with and learn from some of the most vulnerable people in the world. They fix schools, dig irrigation ditches, read to children, feed the homeless and take care of the elderly. All important things ... but not as important as learning that we are all God's children. "We Are One Body." We pray that Pope Francis helps people of all faiths understand this message. SEE THE VIDEO
As we begin the 2015-16 school year, we want to thank and celebrate two outstanding educators who retired last June. Joe Redican '60 P'88, a dedicated alumnus, teacher and coach, served Malvern for 19 years. Tom Stewart P'07 served Malvern as a science teacher, department chair, coach, and moderator of many clubs for 21 years. READ MORE and See the Videos
Malvern Prep welcomed its new faculty and staff to campus for orientation August 25-27. During the three days, the new hires were immersed in workshops learning about Augustinian values and the culture of Malvern Prep, as well as information sessions about more practical matters such as the employee handbook, technology on campus and in the classroom, and how department meetings work. READ MORE
Malvern Prep safety/slotback Rashon Lusane has never been to Chicago. But that is about to change. The Norristown area resident will travel with the rest of the Friars football team to the Windy City on August 26 to prepare for the club’s season opener against St. Rita of Chicago on August 28. READ MORE. Watch the LIVE STREAM
Olympic rowing hopeful Chierika Ukogu and her coach Art Post are standing on the floating dock at the new Conshohocken Rowing Center going over her training session on a warm but perfectly pleasant Friday evening in July. Ukogu battles Schuylkill Expressway traffic each weekday after her job at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) to workout (her second of the day) with Post, a sculling technique expert who is the assistant rowing coach at Malvern Preparatory School. READ MORE
In May, Malvern's Guitar Ensemble, taught by Mr. Ed Liga, took to the streets of West Chester for an improtu performance. The boys performed Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" on the Courthouse steps in Downtown West Chester. Watch it online.
Fourth and fifth grade students participating in St. Joseph’s Prep’s Camp Magis enjoyed two “Malvern Monday” experiences on Monday, June 29 and Monday, July 20. While on the Malvern Prep campus, the students took advantage of academic courses and unique athletic activities. This opportunity was the brainchild of St. Joe’s Prep Camp Director Jose Gonzalez and Malvern Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Pat Williams ‘03. READ MORE
Two Malvern Prep alumni, Austin Velte ‘12 and Jim Sincavage ‘14, will be competing against the best rowers from around the world at the U-23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, July 22-26.
“The boys are excited to test themselves against the World’s best,” said Coach Craig Hoffman, Rowing Coach at Malvern Prep and Executive Director of the Conshohocken Rowing Center. READ MORE
Three Friars competed at the USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships June 25-28 in Bloomington, Minn. Malvern Prep/East Coast Gold weightlifting team members Patrick Sayers, Harry Stinger and Nicholas Fantini qualified for the national championships during their successful 2015 competition season. Read more and see the video
In April, six sophomores, accompanied by Art Teacher Kate Plows and Director of Augustinian Identity Fr. Chris Drennen, O.S.A., traveled across the United States to Ojai, California where they participated in the Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI) over a long weekend.
SAVI is an opportunity for students from the eight other Augustinian Schools across the U.S. and Canada to come together and learn more about the core values - Veritas, Unitas and Caritas - of their institutions.
Those six students who represented Malvern Prep at SAVI were: Nate Albergo, Matt Daller, Patrick Ferraiolo, Ryan Franks, Alex Reber and Cullen Robinson. READ MORE
Jacob Springer '19 and his CYO team from St. Basil the Great in Kimberton, Pa. placed 10th out of 47 teams worldwide in the Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in May. This competition was the culmination of a year's worth of work to design, build and demonstrate various devices that would complete specific tasks, all powered by rubber bands. READ MORE
Nine Malvern Prep students showcased their dance moves to Funkytown with the Academy of Notre Dame’s Dance Company in their Spring Dance Festival on Friday, May 1. The students were recruited to participate by Pam Devenney, Dance Director for Notre Dame and the Dance Crew.
“It was a fun experience, I would encourage anyone with an interest in the arts to sign up,” said Nick Gatti ‘17. “There were no negatives to my experience, only positives. If you have the opportunity to get involved in something like this, take it.” READ MORE
Congratulations to Joe Martin ‘15, Brian Sayers ‘15 and Matt Gerardi ‘15 for receiving the Jacob Blosinski ‘12 Student Leadership Award for Robotics at May’s Fathers’ Club meeting. This award is an annual award in memory of Jacob Blosinski ‘12, who tragically passed away in 2014. The award is meant to recognize students who take the initiative to drive all aspects of the robotics program, from learning engineering and building the robot to recruiting new members and attracting sponsorships. READ MORE
Malvern students from all grades submitted a total of eighteen poems for this year's student literary journal, Impressions. Editors Jake Sorensen '15 and Zach DeStefano '17 said, "No submission was submitted half-heartedly; each author truly put the best effort in expressing himself. Whether it was the sentimental memories invoked in A Boy's Life and Fun and Games, or the bleak reality reminded in Stronghold of the Mind, the poems in this year's issue were full of feeling and personality." READ MORE
When Brian Hackman, a member of the Malvern Prep Class of 2005, passed away in a tragic accident this past September, Brian’s family thought that one of the best ways to honor his life was to encourage gifts to Malvern’s Choral Music Program. They did not realize the outpouring of support that would come from their simple request. READ MORE
In today’s ever-changing global society, students need educational experiences that lead to a deep understanding of the subject matter, as well as the ability to make connections across academic disciplines. This year, starting with the sixth grade, Malvern has begun to redesign its curriculum to focus on the student and his learning. The fruits of that redesign were on display at the Sixth Grade Gallery Walk on May 28, which showcased the themes and corresponding projects students worked on during the 2014-15 school year. READ MORE
Philadelphia-area television viewers got an up-front-and-personal look at the new Conshohocken Rowing Center as reporter Jenn Frederick interviews Coach Craig Hoffman as they follow a fleet of rowers on the Schuylkill. Jenn later tries her hand in the scull as she helps promote the Malvern Prep-Haverford School camps for young and adult rowers. Take a look for yourself at Malvern's new home on the river.
This year, the Malvern Prep Sailing Team won its first Bell Cup, which recognizes the top Philadelphia-area high school team for the combined Fall and Spring seasons. Malvern Prep overtook Conestoga in the final weeks of the season to win the title by 17 points. Says Head Coach Dan Cullen '87 P'17, "Congratulations to “A” boat skipper Kieran Cullen ’17 and his crew Nick Margay ’15 - the teams co-captains - for their leadership and consistency over the long course of the season that started all the way back on September 7. Malvern’s “B“ boat also played a key role with skipper Louis Margay ’18 and his crew of Pat Sayers ’18 and Tom Pero ’17 providing key races down the stretch. Also contributing in the fall were Brian Haines ’16 and Christian Franck ’18 who both sailed in many races that contributed to the championship.
Brendan Bell ’11 was selected to give the Invocation at the University of Notre Dame’s Commencement on May 17, 2015. Bell is a political science major with a philosophy, politics and economics minor with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average. After graduation, he will join the Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program to pursue a master of education degree and teach high school social studies at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento, Calif. Malvern alumnus the Rev. Louis DelFra, C.S.C '88 is the ACE Director of Spiritual Life. READ MORE
Malvern Preparatory School celebrated its 89th commencement today in the O’Neill Sports Center, paying tribute to the 123 seniors of the Class of 2015, who were lauded for their accomplishments, their commitment to service and community, and to the brotherhood that they all share. READ MORE
As the Malvern community preps for Commencement on June 4, the School is proud to announce that one-third of the senior class of 123 students plans to participate in athletics in college. READ MORE
Malvern Prep’s 123 members of the Malvern Prep senior class were honored the morning of May 18 during their final chapel service, during which underclassmen, faculty and senior parents paid tribute to the academic achievements, service and leadership of the Class of 2015. READ MORE
Malvern Preparatory School recognized five members of the junior class for outstanding achievement in academics, activities and service during the the 2015 Junior Class Scholarship and Achievement Awards on May 11. READ MORE
On May 4, members of Malvern Prep’s Middle School and their guests gathered to celebrate the induction of 37 new members in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). They joined the 14 returning members. READ MORE
By Pat Ferraiolo '17 - The Black Friar ChronicleLeading into this year, the team was fresh off their fourth consecutive Inter-Ac championship. With an unusually high number of returning seniors, the expectation was to win another championship. “It does not get any easier from year to year, especially when everybody puts a big target on your back,” said Head Coach Freddy Hilliard. “The effort, energy and focus to win this one specifically was probably the most that we had. The expectation was there for these guys; we won it last year and a lot returned. Also, everybody is trying to knock us off.” READ MORE from The Black Friar Chronicle
Read about what Malvern students are talking about. The May issue of the student newspaper tackles topics such as the concert culture, athletic recruiting fact and fiction and that troublesome Duffy front door. Don't miss the interview with Malvern's own Major Leaguer and Phillies broadcaster Ben Davis '95. Read The Black Friar Chronicle online, or visit The Friar's Lantern blog.
Malvern Prep celebrated its annual Scholarship Mass and Brunch event on Sunday, May 17, 2015. This was an opportunity for benefactors and Malvern's 19 named scholarship recipients to meet and greet one another, celebrate Mass and enjoy a delicious brunch. READ MORE
Alex Yablonski ’15 has contributed to the life of Malvern Prep in many ways during his time here. On Monday night, he was recognized for excellence in Academic Competition, as he was named All-Chester County Team at a banquet hosted by the Chester County Intermediate Unit at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern. READ MORE
Sophomores in Jessica Kenworthey’s History of the Church class finish out their year with an Alumni Interview Project. The purpose? To connect them with Malvern’s living history - its alumni - to help them gain a better understanding of Malvern Prep as a community and ultimately, the Christian faith. READ MORE
A sophomore, Zach DeStefano has invented three games/apps for mobile devices, and has created a company to market those games, www.z-liciousgames.com. He is also a talented musician, and has written the music for the games. DeStefano earned the highest GPA in the freshman class last year. At Malvern, he also participates in track, cross-country, Mathletes, the Impressions Literary Magazine and the school’s TV Studio. READ MORE from Main Line Media News
On Friday, May 1 over 100 grandparents and special friends came to Malvern Prep to celebrate the 2015 Middle School Grandparents and Special Friends Day. The day was a wonderful opportunity for guests to join their middle school students on campus and share in the Malvern experience. READ MORE
On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 more than 215 Malvern Prep alumni from classes with graduation years ending in '0 and '5 came back to campus and gathered at other local sites to celebrate their classes and reflect on their time as students on Warren Avenue. READ MORE
John Chubb, the President of the National Association of Independent Schools, spoke at Malvern's Town Hall Meeting this past March. In his recent blog post, Chubb praises Malvern for the steps the School has taken to embrace student-centered learning, but his post focuses on the importance of students' emotional well-being, even in a "tight-knit, faith-based community" such as Malvern. "Great schools must reach students' hearts and souls. Not only to guide them to a good life, but to engage them in all that they pursue — academically, artistically, athletically," he writes. READ MORE from NAIS.org.
Malvern Prep was instrumental in making sure the Paoli Battlefield site was not lost to developers in the 1990s. Now, supporters of the battlefield are pushing to have it designated as a national historic landmark. "We became a country because of what [the American soldiers] did and the stand they took," said Malvern social studies teacher and American Revolution historian Tom McGuire '75. READ MORE from Philly.com
In the April issue of Malvern Prep's student newspaper you will find out: how the BFC editors feel about final projects vs. final tests, the reason why school won't close when the Pope comes to town, how the IT department is helping to make learning more mobile, and more. Read the latest issue online or visit The Friar's Lantern blog.
For years, Malvern Prep operated its rowing program out of two used truck trailers parked next to a landfill, all the while dreaming of some day having its own boathouse. As a step up, the team moved to a warehouse. Better, but no running water and 150 yards from the river - not a short walk when carrying boats. Enter an enterprising coach with ties to both Malvern and the Haverford School who in 2009 knocked on the door of the Borough of Conshohocken and proposed a public-private partnership that would solve not only his team's dilemma but open river access to a community that hasn't had it in 150 years. READ MORE from The Philadelphia Inquirer Visit the Photo Gallery
Head coach Nate Lautar, who was a freshman for the Friars when they won their first title 20 years ago, and after romping through league competition this winter, he's back on top. He's also the 2015 Daily Local News' Coach of the Year. READ MORE from the Daily Local News
For the past four years, students in John Ostick's classes have been entering the AP Economics Music Video Contest to demonstrate their knowledge of macroeconomic principals. This year, a Malvern team has been crowned champion. READ MORE
If you could capture freedom in an image, what would that image be? Two Malvern Prep students approached this question is different ways, but each was rewarded for his creativity and skill in the national #PictureFreedom contest sponsored by Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center. READ MORE
Do you know the secrets to constructing a great team? Would you believe a four-star general and NASA astronaut if he told you? Malvern Prep fathers and sons had the opportunity to learn these secrets at the School’s 69th Annual Father-Son Banquet Monday in the O’Neill Sports Center. READ MORE
By Aaron Salinas '16The Malvern Prep and Notre Dame choral groups present Motown music at the Spring Concert on at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, In the Duffy Arts Center. Every year, Malvern partners with Notre Dame to host a Spring Concert, and every year it proves to be something that is “special,” as Michael Gormley '16 puts it. “The show is one of the reasons why I joined men’s chorus. I’ve seen other high school choruses and there’s just nothing like this one,” said Gormley. READ MORE from The Friar's Lantern
A left-handed hitting and throwing first baseman/pitcher and the No. 3 hitter in the Malvern Prep lineup, Malvern Prep senior Tim Quinn is batting .394 with 17 RBI's (as of April 13). Last spring, he was a first team All-Inter-Ac selection and a Carpenter Cup pick, and received All-Main Line baseball honors. He also plays baseball for the All Star Baseball Academy, and will be playing for George Mason University next spring. READ MORE from Main Line Media News
Torque - we've all heard this tough-sounding word in commercials for pick-up trucks, but what does it really mean? Students in Mike Koenig's AP Physics-Mechanics class set out to learn about this concept by constructing their own hand-powered cars and demonstrating how they worked. READ MORE
Today, students need to do more than pass the test and get the grades. They need educational experiences that lead to deep understanding. Truly transformational education— the kind of education Malvern Prep aims to provide— must be lived.That's why we are redesigning our curriculum, starting with the 6th Grade. Visit our interactive 6th Grade Immigration Project Case Study to see our philosophy in action.
Malvern Prep's financial aid program got a boost from a recent $13,000 donation from Penn Liberty Bank through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), which allows business to receive tax credits for up to 90 percent of grants made to scholarship-sponsoring schools. READ MORE
For the fourth year in a row, John Ostick's AP Economics classes created, directed and produced music videos depicting their knowledge of macroeconomics, an AP Economics-level concept that the students learned about during the third quarter. The students produced fourteen music videos, each more creative than the last. This year's titles include: "Fiscal Funk," "How to Shift the Curve" and "Save an Economy, Increase Spending." READ MORE
We can write about how project-based learning, thematic learning and faculty and student teaming combine to create a radically student-centered learning environment in our Middle School, but this video shows it better.
The latest issue of Malvern's student newspaper covers ESPN Senior Writer Pablo Torre's visit to Malvern and profiles two of our favorite teachers and staff members: Mr. Rob Muntz and Mr. Mark McLaughlin. In addition, you can read about one student's challenge to Malvern to consider whether brotherhood is exclusive or inclusive. Read the current issue or visit The Friar's Lantern blog.
How do we go from good to great? This was the question Pat Sillup asked himself as he entered his position as Head of Middle School at Malvern Preparatory School. That was two years ago, and as they say, change happens. Read more from Chester County Life Magazine about how Sillup has lead the evolution of the Middle School curriculum through faculty teaming, cross-disciplinary study, and purposeful reflection. READ MORE
As a continuation of Malvern's Distinguished Speaker Series, Pablo Torre, a nationally-recognized sports reporter most notably known for his work at ESPN Magazine and Around the Horn, spoke at the Duffy Center on Monday, March 23. Torre led a debate on whether college athletes should be paid with three students who completed Malvern's Sports Reporter Challenge. Following this, he gave a presentation on the influence sports has on American culture, the stigmas about sports and mental health, and the tie between masculinity and the sporting world. Read more at The Friars Lantern. View event photos here.
By William Cola '15, Science National Honor SocietyMalvern science students joined students from other area high schools on May 10 for the 11th annual Annenberg Science Symposium at Paoli Hospital to present and discuss the latest developments in medicine. READ MORE
With great sadness, the Malvern community expresses its condolences for the loss of the Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A., Past President of Villanova University. Fr. Dobbin passed away on Sunday at the age of 79. READ MORE
Join us Monday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. when Pablo Torre, Senior Writer at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, visits Malvern Prep as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series. Torre will lead a small group of Malvern students in a Sports Reporters-style debate, then share his insights on some of the biggest sports and social issues of today. The event is free and open to the public. READ MORE
Read about Malvern Prep's international rowing program and it's new home on the Schuylkill River in the latest issue of Malvern Magazine. In this issue you will also learn how learning and teaching is changing at Malvern to prepare our students for today's world, and hear from some notable alumni who have given back to their communities in their own unique ways. Check out these features and more school and alumni news in the Winter 2015 issue.
Although Andrew Kummerer has only begun his journey as Malvern Prep's new Varsity Soccer Coach, he already has a strong sense of the direction he wants to take the program. With discipline and hard work as his cornerstones, Kummerer hopes to lead Malvern soccer to a consistent level of success that is on par with the reputation of Malvern athletics. READ MORE
Add a fourth-place finish at Prep Nationals last weekend to the Malvern Wrestling team's outstanding season, which included its first Inter-Ac championship since 1995 and a second-place finish at independent school states at Lehigh University. READ MORE
The latest issue of Malvern's student newspaper features some differing views about student-centered learning. Read one sixth grader's account of his experience with a new curriculum, and the BFC Editorial Board's take on how student-centered learning shakes out in the Upper School. In this issue you will also find out which favorite teacher is leaving the classroom for a new position at the School, and see if there is a secret formula for calling a snow day. Read the current issue or visit The Friar's Lantern blog.
Malvern Upper School students took advantage of yesterday's Reverse "C" Schedule to investigate their potential paths to a career in engineering with Malvern alumnus Eric Moore '02, a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and consultant with McKean Defense Group in Philadelphia. READ MORE
Make that three Inter-Ac championships in a row for the Malvern Swimming and Diving Team. The Friars capped an undefeated Inter-Ac season with a pair of fourth-place team finishes at the National Catholic and Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships. READ MORE
These days we so often hear of religion driving a wedge between people, or worse, being used to justify unspeakable acts. That’s why it is refreshing to hear stories of the exact opposite happening. READ MORE
Malvern's fifth annual Laser, Light and Sound Showcase was held on Thursday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Dougherty Hall. The Showcase featured interactive demonstrations and games related to light and sound designed by Malvern's young scientists. The exhibits explored topics such as polarization and wave motion. The event helped raise awareness and funds (through concession sales) for the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech and the Royer-Greaves School for the Blind. Listen to The Friar's Lantern's podcast previewing the show. See photos.
Congratulations to Abhijay Mudigondo '19, for winning Malvern Prep's Middle School Spelling Bee in early January and for representing Malvern at the Chester County Spelling Bee at the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Educational Ceneter on February 9. READ MORE
The Malvern Prep Mock Trial Team is headed to Districts! Malvern's Prosecution and Defense teams each won last week at the county competition at the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester. The case involved a death during a college hazing incident. READ MORE
Malvern eighth grader Jacob Springer can blow a trumpet with the best of them. On February 6, Springer represented Malvern Prep in the Archdiocesan Honor Band Concert as one of only 104 student musicians from 46 Archdiocesan schools. The Honor Band was selected through an audition process in early November. READ MORE
The work of three Malvern students appeared in Temple University's Tyler School of Art "Clay Programs of Excellence" exhibition last month, marking the fourth time the School has participated in this program, which curates the top pieces from area high schools. READ MORE
Have you put off having a meaningful discussion about alcohol, sex or any number of potentially life-changing issues with your teenage child? You are not alone. Malvern Prep recognizes that these conversations can be nerve-racking and uncomfortable for teenagers and their parents. That's why the School works to provide important resources that can help, such as last month's Speak Up! event. READ MORE
The latest issue of the student newspaper investigates a serious Twitter impersonation incident, reflects on what the Pope's visit means to Malvern, looks at the redefinition of grades and more. Read online or visit the Friar's Lantern blog.
While The Stock Market Game’s tagline of “Virtual Investing, Real-world Learning” fits nicely with Malvern Prep’s new emphasis on student-centered, experiential learning, in fact, Malvern students have been applying and testing their investment knowledge in this state-wide contest for a decade. READ MORE
By James Canuso '17
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, student volunteers began working on the evening's event at noon. But their efforts really began back in April, when the first bowls for Empty Bowls 2015 were created. Malvern - with some help from Conestoga High School, guests artists, and friends - created 940 bowls for Empty Bowls 2015 over six months of preparations, which was 4 more than last year's total of 936. Read more at The Friars Lantern.
Matt McDonald, Drexel University student and Newtown Square resident, is your typical college sophomore: he goes to class, hangs out with friends, is a member of the Future Educators at Drexel Club and part of Hall Council. The difference is that Matt has chosen to come back to his high school alma mater for the next few months of his college education. READ MORE
Retired Malvern teacher Rev. Dr. Joseph Oechsle has accepted an appointment to the AP Statistics Leadership Team for the 2015 reading in Kansas City. He will be working with the new chief reader and the writers of the questions to construct a rubric and train the approximately 700 college and secondary faculty to grade the exam. "This is an honor because of what I was able to accomplish with my students in my time at Malvern, so I owe them a great big 'Thanks' for all the effort and cooperation," Oechsle says.
The cold weather doesn't slow down Malvern's Global Exchange Program, as Spanish and Panamanian exchanges highlight a busy first month of 2015. READ MORE
The post-season awards have piled up for a group of senior Malvern Prep football players, including the selection of two Friars to the U.S. Under-19 National Team. READ MORE
On November 18, a calm, soft-spoken woman visited Malvern Prep with a powerful message. That woman was Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, who was savagely beaten and left to die because he was gay. She did not talk with hatred or anger. Instead, Mrs. Shepard’s message, given in her emotional, yet measured demeanor, was one of hope, acceptance and love. READ MORE
Malvern’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS) is more than a just a check on a college application. Its members serve as lab technicians for science classes, work at School events such as Open House, perform service, which includes work for teachers on campus and for outside projects, and act as role models for underclassmen. This past November, Malvern Prep had the honor of inducting 29 new members into the SNHS, joining 11 seniors who have pledged their dedication and commitment to science and service, and the ideals of integrity, inquiry and honesty. READ MORE
From dealing with a bad roommate to scheduling classes, the list of things to worry about at college can seem daunting. Malvern seniors should feel more at ease after speaking with 10 alumni at the School's annual College Day on January 6. The day consisted of three sessions - Going Away to College, Choosing a Major and Managing Your Time, through which the students rotated. READ MORE
Malvern Prep senior Andrew Stetser has been named to the All-Catholic Chorus team each of the past four years. A member of the Malvern Theatre Society, he played several roles in Malvern’s production of The Laramie Project. He is active in Christian service, and did his senior service project last summer in Peru. He also is co-vice president of the Diversity Awareness Club at Malvern. READ MORE
Relive the memorable moments of 2014 at that special place on Warren Avenue! READ MORE
As the end of 2014 quickly approaches, we find ourselves looking back on all of the fond memories that have been created and shared at Malvern this year. We are thankful for the generous support of the Malvern Community. View the Slideshow
Three Malvern Prep students, senior Phil Daubney, freshman Christian Franck and senior Andrew Stetser, auditioned and qualified for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's All-Catholic Chorus this year. READ MORE
Critically acclaimed photographer, Platon visited Malvern Prep as part of the School's Distinguished Speaker Series this past October. The Distinguished Speaker Series is an opportunity for the larger community to come together and hear experts speak to the relevant theme for the year. This year's theme is Creation, the third "C" in the School's Vision of Connection, Collaboration and Creation - keys to learning in today's world. Platon makes manifest that "C" in his photography. READ MORE
“Tools and techniques often change faster than we can adapt, and without specialized instruction for teachers and administrators, a school can quickly lose its edge. At Malvern Preparatory School … professional development for its teachers takes top priority,” explains Independent School Management (ISM) in its most recent monthly school spotlight, which focuses on Malvern Prep. READ MORE
A senior, Trevor Morris was just selected as a linebacker to the U.S. Under-19 National Football Team, which will take on Team Canada Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a valuable two-way player for Malvern Prep this fall, and was selected first team All-Inter-Ac at both wide receiver and linebacker. He led the Friars in touchdowns scored, with 10. Next fall, he will be attending Rutgers on a football scholarship. READ MORE
On Monday, December 2, Malvern ice hockey players, coaches and parents honored our fallen military members by participating in the Philadelphia Treats for Troops annual drive at Kelly’s Taproom in Bryn Mawr to send basic necessities to our soldiers overseas in time for the holiday season. READ MORE
Christian Service has long been an essential component of a Malvern Prep education. At this time of year in particular, the Malvern community comes together to help those in need, raising money for organizations that help people with cancer or AIDS, collecting canned goods for local food banks and bringing meals and clothing to people living at an area homeless shelter. READ MORE
This month's issue of the student newspaper tackles academic dishonestly, investigates the reasons for one student-athlete's early graduation, highlights the Character and Integrity Task Force and more. READ MORE
The goal was to "Stuff a Truck," and that is exactly what Middle School students did for Cradles to Crayons last month - filling more than 200 13-gallon bags with goods such as clothes, toys and school supplies for the Philadelphia charity.
Using Malvern's Homecoming to generate excitement and publicity, the students, with the help of their teachers, held a donation drive that captured the attention of the Malvern community, from fellow students and teachers, to parents and alumni. READ MORE
On National Signing Day this Wednesday, 16 Malvern Prep senior student-athletes announced their college selections. READ MORE
This semester, Sixth Grade students have been involved in an in-depth investigation of immigration. What better place to study this topic than Ellis Island, New York, where the students collected information for presentations they gave last week. READ MORE
Did you know that a Malvern Prep sophomore has invented three games for mobile devices? Budding entrepreneur Zach DeStefano has created his own company to help market his mobile apps and was recently profiled by Main Line Parent Magazine. READ MORE
Congratulations to our honor roll recipients for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year. Upper and Middle School students were recognized for both academic and athletic accomplishments last week during each grade's Honors Assemblies. READ MORE
“This play is about acceptance and the challenge for individuals to respond in a Christ-like manner to the differences in our midst.” – Rev. Christopher Drennen, O.S.A. ’73, Malvern Director of Augustinian IdentityBeginning this Friday, the Malvern Prep Theatre Society is staging four performances of The Laramie Project: Friday, November 7; Saturday, November 8; Friday, November 14; and Saturday, November 15. All shows begin at 8:00 p.m. READ MORE
After clinching a tie for its second-consecutive Inter-Ac title, the Malvern Prep Water Polo team finished its season on a strong note with a third-place finish at the Eastern Prep Championship at the U.S. Naval Academy on Sunday. READ MORE
This month's issue of the student newspaper offers a preview of Prom 2015, a thought-provoking editorial about service trip selection, and an article that answers the question, "What the heck is Yik Yak?" Read these and more online or on The Friar's Lantern blog.
Sixty new members were inducted into Malvern's chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on Monday, October 27. These juniors and seniors represent the largest group of new inductees at the school. READ MORE
Call it Championship October. The Malvern Prep Cross Country team finished an impressive week on Saturday, October, 25, winning its second consecutive Independent School State Cross Country Championship at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. On Monday, October 20, the Friars captured their fourth consecutive Inter-Ac League title at the Plateau. Under Head Coach Mike Koenig, Malvern has won 11 of the past 12 Inter-Ac Cross Country Championships. READ MORE
Sims, senior co-captain of the Malvern Prep water polo team, is the leading scorer (72 goals as of Oct. 20) for the Friars (16-4, 5-1). In addition to averaging more than three goals per game, Sims leads the team in steals on the defensive end of the pool with just under three steals per contest. Last fall, he was a first team All-Inter-Ac selection for the Friars, who were Inter-Ac co-champions and finished second at Easterns. He is being recruited by Division I colleges for both water polo and swimming. READ MORE
Malvern Prep’s Homecoming weekend has become a cherished event in which the Malvern community celebrates the achievements and service of the School’s alumni award winners and gathers together for a day of fun and camaraderie on the School’s campus. READ MORE
Malvern Preparatory School is proud to present its 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program award winners. In this year's competition, Malvern Prep has one Semifinalist and nine Commended Students. READ MORE
Congratulations to Nicholas Gabriele ’15, Jack Buttimer ’16 and Zachary DeStefano ’17 on their achievement of highest Grade Point Average (GPA) for the 2013-2014 academic year. All three students were recognized for this accomplishment during a recent Upper School chapel service. READ MORE
While a beautiful day at Waynesborough Country Club on September 22 made the perfect backdrop for the 30th Annual Alumni Golf Outing, the location or conditions rarely seem to matter when a group of Friars get together. The 124 golfers picked up where they left off and enjoyed an afternoon of golf, friendship and reconnecting with Malvern Prep. READ MORE
Varsity Head Football Coach Aaron Brady is building relationships and student opportunities on and off the football field. In the midst of preparing for the big game on Friday, October 3, 2014, against St. Joe’s Prep, Brady is also the Director of Experiential Learning at Malvern. READ MORE
The Black Friar Chronicle, Malvern Prep's student newspaper, recently earned a gold ranking for the 2013-2014 volume through the Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA). The publication was one of only four statewide to receive the gold ranking. READ MORE
The September issue of the Malvern student newspaper features coverage of the struggle for the senior lounge, a preview of The Laramie Project play, an introduction to Trung Le (campus designer) and his plan, as well as a tribute to deceased Malvern alumnus Brian Hackman '05. You can also read and comment at The Black Friar Chronicle's online affiliate, The Friar's Lantern. READ MORE
A senior running back/cornerback for the Friars' football squad, Wright scored four touchdowns in Malvern's win against Holy Spirit (N.J.) in their home opener Sept. 5. Two of the touchdowns were catches of 32 and 43 yards. In the Friars' opener against Roman Catholic, he gained 161 yards combined running and receiving. Wright, who is a cousin of the late Jack Tatum (former All-Pro safety for the Oakland Raiders), has been a key contributor on Malvern's offense, defense and special teams. READ MORE
During their journey through their Upper School years, Malvern students come see each other as brothers, with a bond deeper than friendship. On September 8, each member of Malvern Prep’s Class of 2018 was formally welcomed into the Malvern community at a special brotherhood ceremony in the school’s O’Neill Sports Center. READ MORE
While Americans were captivated by this summer’s World Cup, two Malvern Prep students, sophomores Brandon Chiazza and Andrew Aprahamian, participated in unique international soccer experiences of their own. READ MORE
Now more than halfway through the 2011-2016 Strategic Vision, Malvern Prep has made significant progress in all goal areas. The successful work on Malvern’s Strategic Vision by the faculty, staff, administration, and Board in the 2013-2014 Academic Year is remarkable. Their commitment to Malvern’s mission and vision is reflected in their willingness to collaborate, innovate, and offer / respond to feedback. READ MORE
This July, 25 educators from Malvern Preparatory School and five from Villa Maria Academy High School (VMAHS) participated in Malvern’s Summer Institute for Teachers. The Summer Institute is comprised of three rotating cycles: Assessment, Pedagogy and Curriculum, which each teacher will take over three consecutive summers. READ MORE
Matt Boccuti has been named the new head coach of Malvern Prep’s Rugby Team, Malvern Athletic Director Kurt Ruch announced today. Boccuti works as a science teacher at Malvern Prep and will be overseeing the long-term development of the sport and the recruitment of new students to the team. READ MORE
Malvern Prep welcomed its new faculty and staff to campus for orientation August 20-22. During the three days, the new hires were immersed in workshops learning about Augustinian values and the culture of Malvern Prep, as well as information sessions about more practical matters such as the employee handbook, technology on campus and in the classroom, and how department meetings work. READ MORE
Citing his passion for the game and his success in player development and coaching at the club level, Malvern Prep Athletic Director Kurt Ruch announced today that Dave Dorman, director of DD Hockey, will be the School’s new head ice hockey coach. READ MORE
The Rev. David J. Duffy, O.S.A. '48 Memorial Invitational has long been a memorable event that brings together members of the Malvern community to pay tribute to that great priest, friend and School leader in support of Malvern Prep. The 2014 edition was no different, with beautiful weather allowing for an enjoyable day of golf and camaraderie on the links and in the clubhouse at Applebrook Golf Club on June 9, 2014. READ MORE
Last fall, as part of the School’s Strategic Plan, the Malvern Prep Board of Trustees unanimously approved an initiative to increase the diversity of the student population to 20 percent by the 2019-2020 academic year. The School’s current enrollment includes approximately 7.5 percent students of color. READ MORE
When one of his offensive linemen on the U-19 U.S. National Football Team had to leave the team unexpectedly last week, U.S. and Malvern Prep head coach Aaron Brady already had his replacement in mind: Malvern Prep standout offensive tackle Hayden Mahoney. READ MORE
By Deb Daller P'17'20 - This summer, Matthew Daller '17, Kevin Roussey '16, Justice Bennett '16 and Jimmy Faunce '16, are participating in Malvern Prep's four-week Global Exchange trip to Panama. The students flew out of the Newark Airport on June 5 for what has turned out to be a busy adventure. For the parents, it was tough to say goodbye even though we knew the boys would have an amazing time experiencing a new culture and family. READ MORE
Cross Country, Football (shared), Golf, Water Polo (shared), Swimming & Diving, Baseball, Lacrosse and Track & Field - with Inter-Ac Championships in each of these sports, the Malvern Prep Friars took back the Heyward Cup, which recognizes overall excellence in the League. READ MORE
The numbers are crunched, and it is official: B.A.S.H. XXXX set the bar at a new level. The theme for this year’s B.A.S.H., the School’s 40th, was the Brotherhood of Malvern Prep, and more than 400 members of the Malvern family celebrated that brotherhood by raising a record-setting $331,000 in support of Malvern Prep on April 26, 2014. READ MORE
While the early morning showers forced the ceremony indoors, the rain did not dampen the spirits of the Malvern Prep community as the School celebrated its 88th commencement today in the O’Neill Sports Center. Malvern paid tribute to the 127 seniors of the Class of 2014, who were lauded for their accomplishments, as well as their commitment to service and to the brotherhood that they all share. READ MORE
Malvern junior David Rodgers is a sure-handed second baseman with some pop. This season he led the Inter-Ac and state champion Friars with four home runs and a .600 slugging percentage. He also batted .327 with an on-base percentage of .479, had 17 RBI's and 20 runs scored while striking out only seven times in 77 at bats, and made only two errors at the keystone position. READ MORE
This month, Malvern Prep says goodbye to eight teachers and staff members who are retiring or leaving the Malvern Prep community. Read their stories, as told to student reporters for The Black Friar Chronicle; see slideshows of photos, past and present; watch a video tribute, and have the opportunity to leave a message and make a gift in their honor. Malvern Prep wishes these eight outstanding people the very best and hopes that they will continue to feel at home in the Malvern family. READ MORE
How has the Main Line drug ring affect college admissions? Why do tuition costs keep going up? Why were girls in Malvern classes recently? What did we learn from that Diversity Survey? These hard-hitting questions and more are answered in the May issue of the student newspaper. You can also read these stories and comment at The Friar's Lantern. READ MORE
Malvern Prep’s 127 members of the Malvern Prep senior class were honored the morning of May 19 during their final chapel service, during which underclassmen, faculty and senior parents paid tribute to the academic achievements, service and leadership of the Class of 2014. READ MORE
With its fourth consecutive Inter-Ac title already under its belt, the Malvern Prep Baseball team completed its impressive season by claiming the independent school Pennsylvania state championship with a 5-0 win over the Perkiomen School on May 24. READ MORE
We have come to expect excellence from the Malvern Rowing program, and this past weekend the team proved itself once again, winning two Scholastic Rowing National Championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., on May 25. READ MORE
On April 30 and May 1, Malvern Prep's talented visual artists, musicians and singers gathered together for two packed-house nights in the Duffy Arts Center as the community celebrated the arts during its annual Spring Arts Festival. READ MORE
The Proof & Preview lists the gifts to The Malvern Fund received by the School between July 1, 2013, and April 25, 2014. It’s not too late to give! Gifts received after April 25, 2014, are not reflected on this report, but will be listed in our Malvern Today annual report on philanthropy, published in the fall. All gifts received from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, will appear in this Annual Report. This publication seeks to acknowledge the generosity of the Malvern community towards The Malvern Fund through April 25, 2014, as well as to ensure the accuracy of our records. If for some reason your name does not appear on one of the lists but you have already donated to The Malvern Fund this year, please contact Alexandra Merrick in the Development Office to help address the issue. We sincerely appreciate and value the generosity of those who have already made a gift, and we invite all members of our Malvern community to consider a gift to The Malvern Fund this year.Thank you for your support. We are grateful that you are thinking of Malvern Prep.Please review the Proof & Preview here.
"The message at halftime was sharing—and it’s what we did the whole year. We trusted each other and that changed everything," says Malvern Head Lacrosse Coach John McEvoy '86 in an InsideLacrosse.com article - fitting words to describe how his Friars completed the first undefeated season in school history with a 10-9 win over the Haverford School in the finals of the Inter-Ac Invitational on May 19. READ MORE
Five days after school ends, current sophomore Justice Bennett will not be heading down to Ocean City or other Shore destination, instead he and fellow Malvern students Matt Daller, Jimmy Faunce and Kevin Roussey will be participating in Malvern’s Global Exchange Program in Colegio San Agustin of Panama – and that is only the start of a busy summer in which Bennett will embrace what Head of School Christian Talbot calls the third part of “The Triangle Offense.” READ MORE
The Malvern Prep Track & Field team won its sixth Inter-Ac title in the past seven years on Saturday, May 10, and followed that performance up with its second consecutive state title and its third in the last four years on Wednesday. READ MORE
“Be our guest” and step into the enchanted world of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. for two performances in the Duffy Arts Center. The productions will be held Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. READ MORE and purchase tickets.
Acquaintances of Malvern senior Anthony Abron know that he is rarely at a loss for words, but, struck with the surprise of winning the Student Loyalty Award at the 68th Annual Father-Son Banquet on April 8, he struggled to explain what Malvern meant to him. He finally, and fittingly, settled on a simple phrase to close his remarks, “I will always be Malvern.” READ MORE
Don't miss the latest - and largest - issue of Malvern's student newspaper, The Black Friar Chronicle. The issue contains interviews with a Pulitzer Prize winner and Malvern's new football coach, a story about the transformation of the Visitor Center, Living Stations highlights, timely editorials and much more! Read these stories with added features and share comments at The Friar's Lantern, the student blog.
Malvern Prep is striving to create a culture where student-centered and inquiry-based learning is the rule, not the exception. Studies show that when students are engaged and direct their own learning, they learn more and are better able to apply what they have learned. Two students at Malvern are ahead of the curve – going beyond what they have learned in the classroom and finding solutions to real-world problems. READ MORE
On April 1, Malvern Prep welcomed John Chubb, the new President of the National Association of Independent Schools, to campus. Chubb attended Upper Merion High School and knew about Malvern, but had never visited. "He was impressed with the Duffy Center, and the learning he saw happening in the Learning Commons," says Malvern Head of School Christian Talbot. READ MORE
Malvern Prep graduate Will Hobson, Class of 2002, won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting with the Tampa Bay Times for his series of stories out inhumane treatment in a government homeless recovery program. Read about his accomplishment in the Tampa Bay Times.
"We Are One Body" - the music video! Great job by Ed Liga and the Liturgical Music Group.As we pause for Easter Break, take a few minutes to watch this video and hear their incredible voices. Does any song say "Malvern" more than this? READ MORE
Next week, Malvern’s Upper School Marine Biology class will depart for the Florida Keys for its annual Easter Break trip. While this excursion will certainly be a lot of fun, it is also an opportunity for the class to do field work in the topics they have been studying all year in one of Malvern’s most comprehensive courses – an example of what student-centered learning can be. READ MORE
This coming fall will mark the first time in 36 years that a Pellegrini will not be patrolling the sidelines for the Malvern Prep Friars. Today, Malvern is pleased to announce that Aaron Brady, most recently the head coach of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., will be the School’s new head football coach for the 2014 season. READ MORE
When a school can help a student discover and develop his passion, that is a success story we should all celebrate. This July, Malvern Prep sophomore Joseph Markferding will spend four weeks at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts learning about how the commercial music industry really works and gaining direct instruction on the latest software and hardware used in the top recording studios worldwide. READ MORE
The Malvern Prep Middle School AAA Hockey team won the 2014 Check League Championship with a 4-3 win over Downingtown on March 24. Sixth-grader Nick DeSantis scored the Friars' final two goals, including the game-winner with three minutes remaining for the win. READ MORE
The latest issue of Malvern Magazine tells the stories of Ryan Nassib '08 and Jimmy White '09, two typical Malvern men starting out in anything but typical careers. Also in this issue read the heartbreaking and ultimately heartwarming story of Adams Daramy '13 who reunited with his mother at Commencement after 12 years. Malvern forges ahead in its pursuit of student-centered learning with the creation of a new Learning Commons and the expansion of the Chapel.
Learn about these exciting developments and other school news. Don't miss a perspective of campus you have probably never seen in the unique "Big Picture" photo by Bob Colameco, as well as a collection of fond memories of Bobby Hornsleth by Malvern teachers. Finally, this issue contains the 2012-2013 Annual Report. This magazine, and the remarkable accomplishments of our alumni, students and faculty, would not be possible without the generous support of the Malvern community.