Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mother Daughter Tea Party and Women of the Year Awards Ceremony

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Parent & Teen Driving Seminar at Crozer Library

Is your teen ready to get behind the wheel? The permit and licensing process can be a very confusing time for both parents and teens. Find out all you need to know at a Parent & Teen Driving Seminar on Tuesday evening, April 19th at 6:00p.m. at the J. Lewis Crozer Library in Chester. Learn the procedures, insurance discounts, safety issues, dangers, and more regarding teen driving. This informational meeting will include a question and answer session. The seminar is free and open to the public of all ages.

Presented by Defensive Driving Academy of Broomall

Please register for this seminar by calling (610) 494-3454. Crozer Library is located at 620 Engle Street in Chester.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chester Boys Track Meet

Head Coach Jamie Wharton, Chester's 1982 National High School Track All-American
Assistant Coach Barry Grossman
Chester Boys Track Team opened on March 26th with Upper Darby Relays. Today they met for a Meet at home with Chichester and Academy Park High Schools for 17 events. Chester beat Chichester 95 to 47 and Academy Park 75 to 47 in a Del-Val League Meet.
CHS Boys Track Team
Senior Members of the Track Team
Here are some individual wins:
300 Intermediate Hurdles won by Darrell Johnson 42.70 seconds
100 Meters won by Jalan Thompkins in 11 seconds flat
Mile run won by Deont’ea Diggs in 5.12 seconds
Open 400 Meters won by Nasir Young  in 51.4 seconds
110 High Hurdles won by Darrell Johnson 15.5 seconds
800 Meters won by David Grant in 18.7 seconds
2 Miles Run won by Deont’ea Diggs in 11.41 seconds

Chester High Girls Track Opener

Coach AJ Thompkins & Salena Nnamani
Chester Lady Clippers Track Team opened the Spring 2011 season with two victories over Academy Park 72 to 69 and Chichester 80 to 60! Mattesha Sharpe led the way with 4 first place finishes. She won the 100 meters, 200, Long Jump, and ran on the winning 4 by 100 relay. Janasia Womack won the 800 meters and ran the anchor leg of the winning 4 by 800 relay. Sharpe and Womack were joined on the winning relays by Maya Nelson, LaQueena Ferguson, LaJee Barnes, Yimani Waters, Yasmin Waters, and Katya Richie. Other notable performances were turned in by Le’Azha Golson, Brittany Jackson, Tiannah Lovett, Alexandra Villalobos, Kamri Staples, and Javai Green. 

Good job ladies and good luck at Diamond State Relays on Saturday and against Interboro on Tuesday. 

Thank you,

Coach AJ and Salena 

From Guest Blogger Coach AJ

Updated from Tuesday, March 29th Track Meet with Chichester and Academy Park High Schools.

See yesterdays posting: Chester Girls Track and Field Meet

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

City of Chester Basketball Celebration

Mayor Butler is having a celebration for the Clippers Boys Basketball team and the Cheerleaders:
When: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Where: Chester City Hall
Time: 6:00pm -9:00pm

Chester Girls Track and Field Meet

Chester's A Field getting ready for the hurdles
Coach AJ Thompkins and Coach Selena Nnamani  
Chester Girls Track and Field opened with the first meet on this sunny yet cold afternoon at the A Field. They were competing with the Girl’s Track Teams from Chichester and Academy Park in 18 Track and Field events according to Coach AJ.
Chester Girls Track Team warming up
Chester Girls Track Team getting it together for the yearbook picture.
Chester Girls Track Team asked to do a silly picture for the yearbook.
 Chester Girls Track Team Senior Members
Chichester Coach Jim Feull waiting for his team to start the 300 hurdles. He said his team was there to participate in every event that's offered, "a third are veterans."
The Academy Park Girls Team

Monday, March 28, 2011

Clippers on Channel 10 News

Tim Furlong from Channel 10 was at Chester High School today to report on the Good News about their big win for the State. See it on the 6 o'clock news. 

Tim Furlong with Camera man at CHS

If you missed it, check out the 11 o'clock news.
See the interviews with the Clippers Basketball players, Coach Legette, and Principal Dr. Darla Hammond.  
Players Tavuane Griffin, DeQuan Walker, and Lamon Church

State Championship Game 5 Chester Vs Mount Lebanon

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chester 2011 State Champs Official Welcome Home Video

Chester Wins 2011 PIAA Boys Class AAAA State Basketball Championship

Terry Berry Chester Alumni, he's at all the games
Chester went against Mt. Lebanon in the toughest win I have seen this basketball season. Chester led 19 to 12 in the first quarter. But Chester watched their points shrink in the second, 34-31, due to bad referee calls. The fans were upset. Chester kept playing through the bad calls as usual because their talent for the game always wins out. In the third quarter, the points tied up 35-35 then Chester pulled ahead 2 points. The score kept going back and forth in this closely played game. The score was tied up 44-44 later in the 3rd then Mt. Lebanon pulled ahead by 1 point 46-45 to end the 3rd. It was not pretty! The game was too intense for me as the scores kept tying up 48-48, 50-50, 55-55 with 1 minute 29 seconds to go, and then 57-57 with 13 seconds to go. The game went into overtime tied up at 57-57. This game was draining. It was like I was playing. I don’t know how many "please God let them win" I said but Chester pulled ahead in overtime to win 72-60. 
Chester fan and supporter of the team
Coach Fred Pickett said, “It was a great win.” Congratulations to the Clippers for winning the state championship.  
Clippers holding the trophy after a tough win surrounded by the press

Thursday, March 24, 2011

YesGod TV: Chester Goes To The States, Game 4 At Saint Joe's (Chester Vs PW)

Chester vs. Plymouth-Whitemarsh

Penn State Baby!
I got a chance to sit up front for this game. I was almost in the midst of the action. I was sitting with the fans that made it to every game this basketball season. These are the diehard Chester Clippers’ fans. They were revved up for the game. The game was exciting all the way through as Chester took the lead from the first quarter of the game 13-10. Second quarter saw fast action. The Clippers kept the lead but the Colonials kept battling back. At half time, Chester was up 10 points, 30 to Colonial 20. By the end of third quarter, Chester maintained their lead at 42-33. Fourth quarter, Wow! Chester was fired up with shots after shots. The Clippers tore them up. The Colonials were making some desperate shots near the end but they could not catch up or keep up with the Clippers. That 9 points lead in the third quarter got bigger and bigger. Chester ended with a 23 points win, 73-50.

St. Joseph U. Wednesday Night: Final Score
The Clippers had an amazing final quarter. The Clippers are headed to the state for the 16th time. They will play Mount Lebanon which won over Penn Wood in over time, 52-48. The state finals will be at Penn State University’s Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Congressional Youth Leadership Council

Anthony showing his winning Art work for Write Like an Egyptian Contest

Anthony Reed, a student at Chester High School, has been nominated to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) this summer.  The conference is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC). Since 1985, CYLC has encouraged over 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential. The council is a nonpartisan, independent, educational organization. The conference has invited outstanding high school students from across the United States to interact within the three branches of government, the news media, and the international community in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. 

Anthony is a junior at Chester High School. He has received numerous awards for citizenship, perfect attendance, and academic excellence. He has participated in Peer Leading, Catalyst for Change Inc., and the Entrepreneurship Club. He has recently won in the Science Fair and will go on to the next level of the Delaware County Science Fair. He has maintained distinguished honors at Chester High School. 

Anthony was chosen to represent the State of Pennsylvania in the National Young Leadership Conference. He will sit amongst members of the U.S. Congress and other leaders to discuss a series of current issues facing our nation today. The conference is focused on experiencing various aspects of leadership, reasoning, and responsibility. 

Anthony is being sponsored by the Chester Center for Second Chances Inc., which is accepting donations and additional sponsors to fund the trip. For further information, please contact: Chester Center for Second Chances Inc., 3402 Edgemont Ave #307, Brookhaven, PA 19015 or Call (267) 584-5094, or email at     

For additional information on Congressional Youth Leadership Council go to:  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

History of Chester High in State Semi-Final Games

From Chester Clippers

Chester's previous 24 Final-Four trips:

1954 (beat Chambersburg 67-57)

1955 (beat Reading 73-41)

1957 (beat Reading 52-46)

1959 (beat Tamaqua 73-43)

1966 (beat Reading 53-43)

1967 (beat Allentown Deiruff 65-51)

1972 (beat Easton 68-51)

1973 (lost to Reading and Stu Jackson 59-53) 

1983 (beat Reading 63-53)

1985 (lost to Carlisle and Billy Owens 72-49)

1987 (lost to Carlisle and Billy Owens 66-62)

1988 (lost to Carlisle and Billy Owens 61-53)

1989 (beat Penn Wood and Rap Curry 89-88) 

1991 (lost to Glen Mills 64-62)

1993 (lost to Hazleton 48-47)

1994 (beat Glen Mills 87-73)

1996 (lost to Kobe Bryant and Lower Merion 77-69 OT)

2000 (beat Coatesville and John Allen 63-45)

2001 (lost to Coatesville and John Allen 80-65)

2003 (beat Coatesville 61-55)

2005 (beat Wissahickon 84-71) 

2006 (lost to Lower Merion 70-65)

2007 (beat Simon Gratz 68-60)

2008   (beat Pennsbury 75-64)

2011 (vs Plymouth-Whitemarsh)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Game 3 State Playoffs Chester Vs LaSalle *Yesgod Tv*

Chester-LaSalle: Winning!

The Basketball Team at CHS Before the Game
The Cheerleaders with Coaches Karen Miah and Jennifer Hamm at CHS before the game
Norristown had a full house this afternoon for the Chester LaSalle game. A 1957 Chester High School graduate was at the game to cheer on the Clippers. She said, “They won back then too.” Turns out she was right, Chester beat Reading 52-47 in 1957 in the semi-finals. A couple of fans also remarked, “When you come to these games, you see people you haven’t seen in years.” Glad to see fans come out to cheer Chester on. 

First quarter actually started a little slow. The Clippers were behind 7 to 11 to start but picked it up quickly in the middle of the quarter to tie up the game 12-12 at the end. The second quarter the Clippers pulled ahead a little and fought to keep a small lead of 24-21 by half-time. Too close for me but according to the records we are a second half team. While the referees were trying to keep the game close with their calls, Clippers kept the lead at 37-30 to end third quarter. Fourth quarter Chester’s scores kept creeping up more and more. With about 4 minutes left to go, the score was 54-37. People started leaving, “Okay, see you next game.” But LaSalle gained 6 points, 58-43, with little over 2 minutes to go. Clippers dug in, “We’re in baby!” with 1 minute 45 seconds left. Clippers went on to win 68 to 50. 

Two more games to go. Clippers go on to the semi-finals to play Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Wednesday.    

Friday, March 18, 2011

Widener Partnership Charter School Receives Approval to Expand to Middle School Grades

The Chester Upland School Board on Thursday approved a request by Widener University to expand the Widener Partnership Charter School to include grades six through eight.

The school, which opened in fall 2006, is the first university-based charter school in Pennsylvania. The school currently enrolls about 300 students in grades kindergarten through five.

With the expansion, the school will add 50 students in sixth grade in fall 2011, and the same number of students in seventh and eighth grades in 2012 and 2013 for a total enrollment of 450 students. Students currently enrolled in the school will be given first option to enroll in the elevated grades, and a lottery system will be used if the number of students in any grade falls below 50.

The charter school will accommodate the additional students at its current location at 1450 Edgemont Avenue in Chester and is considering other options, including the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Center at 500 W. 24th Street which will be vacated by the Army in November 2011.

“Parents have been very pleased with the education their children receive at the Widener Partnership Charter School and the results show in their PSSA scores,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III. “The parents clearly wanted their children to continue in the charter school. After pursuing several options and having many conversations with the school district and the parents, we believe the best way forward is by expanding our charter.”

In 2009, the first year students in the charter school were eligible to take the test, 76 percent of third graders scored at proficient or advanced levels in reading, and 70 percent scored at proficient or advanced levels in math. By comparison, the average for third graders in the Chester-Upland School District – where the charter school resides – was 46 percent for reading and 53.6 percent for math.

According to Stephen C. Wilhite, Dean of the Widener School of Human Service Professions and chairperson of the Widener Partnership Charter School Board of Trustees, the school takes a holistic approach to education that emphasizes a low student to teacher ratio, the social and emotional development of each student, a close partnership with parents and caregivers, and the inclusion of music, art, drama, physical and health education and foreign language instruction as integral parts of the curriculum.

“They aren’t just teaching them to be better students, they’re helping them to be better children,” said Patrice Todd, president of the Widener Partnership Charter School Parent and Caregiver Council. “You can see in their grades and even in how they walk down the hallways. It’s great. I love it.”

Because it is affiliated with Widener University, the school receives a variety of supports from the university including education faculty and students who support and enhance the instruction of classroom teachers, graduate students from social work and clinical psychology who provide a range of services to the children and their families, and the use of university facilities such as the Wolfgram Memorial Library, the Science Teaching Center and the Art Gallery.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,600 students. Visit the university website,