sch student creates app for ancient game Freshman Zach Schapiro had his app accepted by the Apple Store—a first for an SCH student. Zach spent well over a year building Mahjongg Accomplice, which analyzes players’ tiles and suggests the top five hands they should play. Zach started his app project in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Venture Incubator program, an extracurricular offering that supports students interested in bringing a venture idea to life. Dr. Vincent Day, program director for computer science and interactive technologies at SCH, served as Zach’s Venture Incubator mentor, helping him learn the basics of how to create an app, then tailor its features and functionality to his preferences. In the few short months since it became available online, Mahjongg Accomplice has been downloaded by people from around the world: the United States, China, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, and India.
sch physical education department chair wins state coaching award In recognition of her coaching and physical education efforts, PE Department chair Betty Ann “BA” Fish ha received the HERitage Award from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. This award recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to women’s sports. Fish has coached many SCH sports teams: field hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis, basketball, squash, and volleyball. She has worked at SCH for 32 years and in that time has seen many changes in her field, including more of a focus on wellness.
senior bobby hill organizes political engagement forum with local elected officials
Bobby, center, enlisted (l to r) SCH parent and Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker (D), Councilman at-Large Al Taubenberger (R), State Representative Christopher Rabb (I), and State Representative Steve McCarter (D) to join him for the panel discussion.
Inspired by his AP Government assignment to take on a civic action project, Bobby Hill ’19 organized a political engagement forum at SCH with four elected officials who talked about their path into politics and how individuals can make an impact. The panelists each described how and why they got into politics, took questions from the audience, and left the group with some take-away messages. The purpose of the event, according to Bobby, was to help students become more informed about the political process and how they can effect change.
gacm honors lower school for boys at its annual gala SCH’s Lower School for Boys faculty and students were honored at Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry’s (GACM) annual gala this fall for their years of service and dedication as a community partner. For two decades, Lower School boys have donated over 1,000 items monthly to the GACM food cupboard. GACM is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, emergency housing, and poverty management services to those in need. Each week, the boys’ donations supply over 50 households with packages including fresh and nonperishable foods. Prior to Thanksgiving, their service ramps up (even more!) and they gather over 5,000 items.
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