The College Board announced the recipients of the AP Scholar Awards. Congratulations to the 40 Sanford Students who earned this distinction. From this group, the average student took 7 AP exams, with two students taking 11 exams or more.
The Truss Crushers, a team comprised of Camille Opher '26 and Cooper Grundner '26, won first place in the Middle School Division of the 2022 Delaware Bridge Design Competition. Hosted annually by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), this hands-on engineering competition aims to engage students interested in the math, science, and engineering fields. The program is designed to encourage students to address real-world problems and inspire them to consider careers in transportation and civil engineering.
Sanford sophomore Rai Kahlon and his team placed third in the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship’s international Diamond Challenge Summit competition held in late April 2022. The Summit marked the culmination of the Diamond Challenge’s program, where high school students developed solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges to compete for monetary prizes and a chance to network with a global community of entrepreneurs.
Sanford School eighth grader Gabriella Gandia '26 is a National Medalist in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. For her photograph, “Flames,” she received a silver medal in the national competition.
On Saturday, February 26th, junior Justin Griffith became a two-time DIAA state champion in wrestling. Griffith, who captured the 2022 title in the 182-pound weight class, won with a 3–1 decision in overtime against Sussex Central's Josh Negron.
Chiron—an education technology platform designed to amplify the health literacy needs of incarcerated people—is a social innovation concept designed by Rai Kahlon and his team of entrepreneurs. This talented group of students competed in and won the regional Diamond Challenge on Sunday, February 27th, at the University of Delaware.
White Clay Club Soccer Coach Marisa Muller is the new Head Coach of Sanford's girls' soccer program. Currently coaching for White Clay's boys' and girls' programs in Pennsylvania, Muller brings extensive coaching experience and expertise to Sanford.
On Thursday, February 24th, Sanford's Black Student Union (BSU) sponsored a Guest Bartending night to raise funds for an upcoming club trip to Washington, DC and a future student tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The event, which was held at BBC Tavern & Grill, raised more than $17,000.
Trustees Plan for Bright Future Under Mark Anderson’s Leadership
As many schools throughout the country struggle with managing issues related to COVID-19, social justice, and uncertain futures, Sanford School’s Board of Trustees is confident that Sanford is on solid ground and positioned for continued upward trajectory. If you ask Board President Ted Dwyer why the governing body he leads is optimistic about the school’s future, he says, “The answer is simple. Mark Anderson has done an outstanding job leading the school since 2011, and we recently agreed to extend his contract through 2027. At Sanford, we have built a culture of leadership continuity, which focuses on attracting and retaining strong leaders, supporting the people who deliver our programs, and planning for the future.”
Patrick Jones will serve as Sanford’s next Director of Athletics. Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching and coaching as well as extensive leadership experience to the Sanford Athletic Department.
Sanford continued its longstanding success in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. In this adjudicated contest, all submissions are entered into a blind evaluation process conducted by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify the awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Photographer Joe Atlas visited Sanford’s Middle School in October to share his experience with students in Nina Silverman-Weeks' Smartphone Photography class. The goal was to explore Joe’s process, from meeting a client to the end product, during a Zoom session from his studio in California.