Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Concert

Chester and STEM High schools had a combined winter concert, the best so far. The band played with real experience and stepped the music up a notch with beautiful holiday and contemporary music. The audience enjoyed the music and the solos. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Basket Fundraiser

Senior Adviser Hobbs with senior officer

Chester High School seniors had a brisk sale of holiday baskets to benefit graduating seniors. Friday is the last day. Hope you got yours. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chester Boys Basketball Defeats Frankford at the Clip Joint

By Terry Thomas

The Clippers started fast in this contest scoring 25 first quarter points enroute to an easy 63-51 triumph over Philadelphia's Frankford Pioneers. Junior Marquis Collins got the scoring started with a trey and would end the quarter with another for 6 of his game high 16 points. Senior guard Keyonte Watkins also drained two opening quarter treys, added a short jumper and was 1 of 2 from the line for 9 of his season high 11 points. Junior guard Khaleeq Campbell added a trey as Chester was feeling it from deep with 5 treys in the 1st quarter. Sophomore forward Jamar Sudan made his presence felt in the paints with 5 of his 15 points. Sudan finished the night with his second double-double of the young season by hauling in 14 rebounds establishing himself a new career high. In the second quarter, the Clippers focused their offense in the paint where they scored 11 of their 16 second quarter point. Sophomore Jordan Camper got the Clippers started scoring three the old fashioned way, followed by a bucket by junior Juanir Moore. After a bucket from Campbell and three free throws, two from Sudan and one by junior Jahmi Bailey; the Pioneers found themselves on the short end of a Chester 10-0 run. A trey from Frankford at the 4:40 mark made the score Chester 35, Frankford 20. The teams broke at the intermission with Chester leading 41-28. The third period was a march to the free throw line for both teams; Chester connected on 6 of 6 while Frankford knocked down 6 of 7. With one additional basket, the Clippers pushed their margin back to 15 points for a 53-38 score to end the quarter. Neither team could find their mark at the line in the final period as the contest came to a close with a floater by junior Stanley Davis and two free throws from Watkins.

Both Collins and Henry each collected 8 rebounds and Watkins added 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds to the stat sheet.

Chester will take to the highway as they travel to York, PA on Saturday, December 20th for a 6:00 pm JV tip-off with the Varsity to follow. They will return to the Clip Joint on Tuesday, December 23rd as they host the Reading Red Knights.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Widener University's Durant Named Professional of the Year

Chester, Pa.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II has selected Linda Durant of Wallingford, Pa. as recipient of the Professional of the Year Award. The senior vice president for university advancement at Widener University, Durant will accept the award Feb. 2 during the CASE District II Conference in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes a District II institutional advancement professional who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in the development of an institutional advancement program or innovative execution of programs within the area of advancement, contributed to the profession through work with CASE, and volunteered in service to the community or charitable organizations.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award, especially from an organization with so many exceptional individuals developing creative and innovative initiatives to advance the cause of education,” Durant said. “I’m very fortunate to have the support of Widener President James T. Harris III who understands the importance of institutional advancement and a terrific team in alumni engagement, development and university relations.”

Durant, who has been at Widener since 2003, is in the closing stages of leading the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. Launched during the peak of the recent recession, Taking the Lead – the Campaign for Widener has surpassed its goal of $58 million, raising $61.7 million to date and growing.

Under her leadership, Widener has implemented a university-wide branding campaign which has led to increased recognition, visibility and greater understanding of the university. Since 2005, the university advancement team at Widener has received 45 awards from professional associations for elements of its communication program.

Durant has also made significant contributions to the profession through her work with CASE, both nationally and in District II. She has served on the national board of trustees for CASE, and currently serves on the District II board as past-chair. She also served as operations co-chair and conferences co-chair for District II. Since 2000, she served on the faculty and as chair of numerous CASE educational programs in the United States and abroad, delivered keynote addresses, and chaired annual conferences for two separate districts. 

In the community, Durant serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Chester, where she was instrumental in helping the board forge a long-range strategic plan for the organization. She has also served on the Nether Providence Historical Society Board of Directors, and she faithfully participates in community service projects such as alternative spring break and Martin Luther King Day.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Clippers Boys Basketball Improve to 2-1

   By Terry Thomas

Chester improved their record to 2-1 with a 69-62 decision over the Berks Catholic Saints. The team traveled to Reading High to participate in the Hoop Group Event held at the Geigle Complex. Junior Marquis Collins led the way matching his career high of 17 points and establishing a new career high with 4 steals. Fellow junior Khaleeq Campbell set a new career high of 15 points on 5 treys, also a career high. Senior Keyonte Watkins added 8 points in the contest but filled the stat sheet with career highs of 5 assists and 7 steals. He was also responsible for creating 7 of the Saints 17 turnovers. After trailing 10-11 after the first quarter, the Clippers found themselves offensively connecting on three treys and hitting 8 of 10 free throws to take a 31-28 lead into intermission. Untimely miscues allow the Saints to stay close despite Chester's 18 point third period. Again, the Clippers would knock down three treys and would connect of 5 of 6 shots from the line. Entering the final quarter Chester would lead 49-45. The final period was determined at the foul line as Chester would have 4 field goals and the Saints would have 3. With the lead changing hands several time during the period, sophomore Jamar Sudan went 2 for 2 from the line after an offensive goal tending call  to tie the game at 61 with 1:29 remaining in the contest. Berks Catholic had their final lead at 62-61 after going 1 of 2 from the line. A short jump shot by Watkins gave the Clippers the go ahead lead 63-62 with 1:21 on the clock. Chester would go 6 of 8 from the line to close out the contest 69-62.

After Maurice Henry fouled out, junior Juanir Moore stepped in with 4 fourth quarter rebounds and 3 points to keep the Clipper ship afloat. Jamar Sudan added 8 points while Ahrod Carter, Jahmi Bailey, Maurice Henry and Jordan Camper each contributed 4 points for Chester.

Chester will return to the Clip Joint on Tuesday, December 16th to host Philadelphia Public League's Frankford High School.