Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Stephen Young, principal of New Hope-Solebury High School, announced that NH-S senior, David Dwight, has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Dwight will now be considered for the National Merit Scholarships offered in the spring of 2011.
More than 1.5 million juniors in about 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2011 National Merit Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinialists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.


Greg Chen, Rebecca Longworth, Brett Wachendorff, Jessica Bauer, Kevin Li and Andrea Detlefsen

Six New Hope-Solebury High School students are advancing to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association district competition for orchestra and band. They had competed in the auditions on December 11th at the Central Bucks East High School, along with five other New Hope-Solebury High School students. Senior, Rebecca Longworth, will be competing in the band district competition on flute from February 10th – 12th. Competing in the orchestra district competition on January 27th – 29th are senior, Brett Wachtendorff, juniors Kevin Li and Greg Chen, sophomore, Jessica Bauer, and freshman, Andrea Detlefsen, all on violin.


Tess Frelick on the court
The New Hope-Solebury Girls Varsity Basketball team is joining the Princeton Day School’s (PDS) Girls Basketball team to raise awareness about epilepsy during a game between the two teams on Saturday, February 5th at 7:00 PM in the New Hope-Solebury High School gym.

Motivated by her own diagnosis with epilepsy, Tess Frelick, a junior on the NH-S basketball team, and her friend from PDS, Molly Rubin, came up with the idea of the game. They believe that the event will let other children and adolescents with epilepsy know they are not alone and will also educate the public about the condition. Molly, a teammate of Tess’ on an AAU basketball team, also has friends and family affected by epilepsy.

Tess is not only a stand-out guard on the basketball team, but also is on the varsity tennis and soccer teams. She was diagnosed with epilepsy during her freshman year.
“She is doing very well since being placed on medication. Epilepsy has not slowed her down, athletically or academically,” commented Tess’ mother, Terri Maxwell. Although Tess and Molly might battle on the basketball court on February 5th, the two girls and their teams are working together to dispel the myths, stigma and misunderstandings associated with epilepsy. The girls ask that the whole community come out and support “A Day of Hope” on Saturday, February 5th at 7 PM. There is no charge for the event. However, donations collected will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. There is also a JV game at 5:30 PM.

Click here for a flyer about the event.
Click here for information about epilepsy.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Back row (from left): Hebat El-Turky (NH-S Guidance Counselor), Michelle Cosner (College Board) and Veronica Wierzbowski (NH-S Guidance Counselor).

Front Row (from left): Matt Middleton (The College of New Jersey), Susan Burns (Lafayette College), Steven Mostert (Pennsylvania State University), Kate Balboni (Drew University), Stephanie Wujcik (Bryn Mawr College), Holly Bull (Center for Interim Programs) and Gabriella Crimi (graduate of New Hope-Solebury High School).

On January 6th, the New Hope-Solebury High School guidance department hosted a College Planning presentation for 10th and 11th grade students and their parents. Michelle Cosner, a representative from College Board, gave a presentation about the importance of the PSAT test and how to evaluate the results. In addition, a college admissions panel gave a presentation on the college application and admission process, followed by a question and answer session. Guidance counselors Veronica Wierzbowski and Hebat El-Turky arranged for and hosted the presentation which drew approximately 200 students and parents.