Web Features Summer - 2018

Changemaker Projects

This year's 8th grade Big Build Changemaker Projects once again centered upon the real-world problems faced by Heritage Academy, Westtown's sister school in Ghana. Students worked in groups to design solutions to problems like access to clean water, energy/power sources, feminine hygiene, and nutrition. They talked with seniors and faculty who had been to Heritage Academy for Senior Projects to collect information about resources available in Ghana. The projects culminated in the Big Build Week, in which they made prototypes of their solutions. To learn more about the project, watch the video”

The Metal Moose

Congratulations are in order for Westtown's robotics team, the Metal Moose, who competed in the Mid-Atlantic District Championship at Stabler Arena, Lehigh University recently and went on to the World Championships.

The Moose ran the field at Lehigh, finishing 9-3 and coming in fourth among the top 60 teams in the tri-state region. As fourth seed alliance captains, the team made it to the final-four round, succumbing in the semifinals to the eventual championship winning alliance.

With this performance, however, the Metal Moose once again qualified for the robotics World Championship, this year in Detroit. The World Championship features the top 10 percent of all teams in the world, of which there are over 6,000.

At the World Championships in Detroit, The Moose finished high in Darwin Division, were selected to be a member of the #1 seed alliance, and were finalists, losing the division championship in a nail-biting, tie-breaker match. Watch the wonderful video they made for the Chairman’s Award competition here:

Maps, Math, and Middle School

This project garnered quite a bit of attention from local and international media, getting coverage in print, on public radio, and on television. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sent a TV crew to interview Kimmel and the 8th graders as part of a larger piece on politics and gerrymandering in the United States, and their piece aired in March. Check out all of the media coverage:  

Daily Local News

WHYY - Local public radio

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News Philadelphia

Leading the Way

Students aren't the only ones leading the way in activism! Our alumni are civically engaged and activists, too. Two such alumni, David Hartsough and Alonzo Smith, both from the Class of 1958, have dedicated themselves to the Poor People's Campaign. They share why they are involved in this important work, and how what they learned at Westtown impacted them.  Read their story here.  

Class of 2018 Commencement

To see video and transcripts of the Commencement ceremony and individual speakers, photo galleries, college destinations, and awards, please visit our Class of 2018 page!

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