Prayer & Praise

Thursday, March 22
 7:00 pm
in the DeMoss Auditorium

Bring the family as we join together for a night of Prayer and Praise led by Claire (DiLullo) Vesper '06 and Aaron Roberts who together serve as worship leaders at Church of the Saviour. This evening is designed for all ages and will include an open mic time to share your praise and prayer requests. The evening will end promptly by 8:30 pm.


Campus News


The DC 7th Grade Impact Team is raising money for a DC Alumni family. They are the Campbell-Yoho family. Jillian Campbell-Yoho graduated from DC in 1998. She attended DC from 3rd grade to 12th grade. Some of her Middle School teachers were Mrs. Derby, Mr. Young, Mr. McDonald, and Mrs. Zecca. She and her husband have two boys; Jack is 4 ½ and Harry is 2 ½. Both boys have been diagnosed with Autism. Caring for these young boys is very expensive for this family.

The 7th grade Impact Team is working to raise money for the family and to spread awareness about Autism. One of their fundraisers is to sell wristbands in order to show support and help spread awareness about Autism.

Save the Date! The 7th graders will be sponsoring an Autism awareness Movie and Game night on April 13th on campus.

DC Sports Update

On Feb. 9, 2012, junior Stacy MacArthur joined the 1,000 point club with members: Anne Pieters Goneau ’92, Chala Holland ’99, Sarah Homan ‘08, and Emily Homan ‘11.

Saturday, February 17th at the BAL League Championships, senior Zac Moore became the 1st DC Wrestler ever to record 100 wins.

Senior Rob Lowery took 1st place in district swimming in the 50 meter freestyle and 2nd place in the district for the 100 meter backstroke.

The DC Mock Trial Team won its trial on February 16th, against Notre Dame Academy at the Courthouse in Media. Zack Thebner won the award as Top Witness and Monica Olshefsky won the award as Top Advocate. DC now advances to the district playoffs for the first time in the program's three-year history of competition. Congratulations to the team for its hard work, perseverance, and excellent performance.


Alumni Spotlights


Emily Homan Named Patriot League Rookie of the Year


Emily Homan ‘11, who scored more than 1,000 points during her DC career was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year on Feb. 28, 2012. Homan is one of two players in Lafayette College history to net over 300 points and 200 rebounds in her freshman season. She led all freshmen in points, rebounds, blocked shots and free throw percentage during league plays.


Jake Godino ‘08


“One minute, he was cemented to Temple’s bench. The next, he ripped off his warm-ups and raced onto the Liacouras Center floor.

Things tend to change rather rapidly for Jake Godino.

The Delaware County Christian School product had big dreams when he landed on North Broad Street four years ago. In that time, he’s gone from practice-squad player to seldom-used walk-on to scholarship athlete.

“When Jeff (Wilson, Temple’s director of basketball operations) called me into his office recently and said, ‘I think we can get you that scholarship,’ I got choked up,” Godino said Saturday, following Temple’s win against Saint Joseph’s. “I don’t think I said a word.”

In 20 games this year for the Owls, Godino has played seven minutes. That’s the life he chose when he picked Temple after leaving Delco Christian as the fourth-leading scorer in program history.

“When I was 10 years old, we lived on Carlisle Street (in North Philadelphia) for a couple years, two blocks up from here, and I grew up watching Lynn Greer and Alex Wesby,” Godino said of the Temple greats. “I was the ballboy for them when I was 10, so this was always the dream.”

Four years later, Godino has experienced Atlantic 10 championships, an NCAA Tournament victory … and scoring a basket Saturday with his father Joe and mother Mary Carol in the crowd.

Godino, with 73 seconds to go and Temple holding a sizeable lead, used a step-off move to create space and bury a 16-foot jumper from the left side.

“Scoring is fun,” Godino said. “I guess that’s kind of the reward.”
Saturday, January 28, 2012





Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson did not start for Temple Wednesday night, February 31. No, he wasn’t in trouble or being punished. He gave up his spot in the starting lineup, willingly, so senior and fellow Chester native Jake Godino (Delco Christian) could make the first start of his collegiate career on senior night.


Former Teacher Update

Don and Terri Larson desire to bring sunshine to Africa! They are starting in Mozambique with The Sunshine Nut Company to provide opportunities to allow people to realize their destinies and be released from oppression. The majority of proceeds from this company will go to the poorest of farming communities and the neediest of children. They are ranked among the poorest in economic status but the Larsons believe they are among the richest in spirit. Don is busy setting up a nut factory in Matola-Rio, Maputo while Terri is ministering to three orphanages in the area. Terri resigned her position as DC’s 4th grade teacher and together with Don decided to move their family last summer to Mozambique to follow a calling to start this project. Their daughter Cassie ’09 attends Gordon College, Brent is a senior at DC, and Will, an 8th grader, is completing the Sevenstar Academy cyber classes through DC in Mozambique. Please keep this family in your prayers as they are daily depending on God’s provision in this project.

This year, a group of DC students participated in a missions trip during J-term with the Larsons bringing with them toys, games and clothing for the children in the orphanage. While there they played with the kids and constructed a new church building. Check out the blog at DC elementary students have also showed the Larsons support by provided pencil cases made by the 3rd graders and pillowcases for the orphanage.


     Nominate for Alumnus of the Year Award 
Make a recommendation for the Alumnus of the Year Award. Please forward submissions to Kim O'Bryan at

The Alumni Association is looking for alumni interested in serving on the Board which meets four times a year. Come join us! Your input is greatly needed and appreciated. 

2011-2012 Theme Verse

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Proverbs 3:5-6

DC is Blogging


Inside the Christian School is a series of reflections on aspects of Christian school education. Members of the DC Community will contribute posts to the blog.

Visit the blog at

If you're interested in contributing to the blog, please contact Russ Nixon at





  March 2012

Hello Alumni,

Spring is in the air! What a beautiful time of year with the tulips, daffodils and crocuses sprouting up. The seniors are antsy to move out as they await college acceptances and submit payment for their senior trip. Commencement will be here before we know it (June 8)!

Are you a DC alumnus who is serving or has served in the United States Armed Forces? Do you know of a classmate who is or has served in the military? The Alumni Office would like to recognize all of our alumni who have sacrificed in order to serve our country. Please contact me at

I encourage you to stay connected. Don't miss DC's 15th Benefit Auction Family Day in May (details below). New this year is the "Twice is Nice" consignment shop including furniture, sporting goods, housewares, etc...

Share your news with us!  Any information you would like to share with us concerning engagements, weddings, births, promotions, careers, etc., please contact me at or fill out an Alumni Information Update Form on the Alumni webpage.

In His service,
Kim O’Bryan '89
Reunion Reminders for 2012

Classes '62, '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, '07

Reunion Reminders for 2013
Classes '63, '68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, '03, '08

Upcoming Event

Mark your calendar and

Save the Date

May 12 is DC Family Auction Day!

Live Auction - Saturday
Consignment Sale - Fri. Night & Saturday
Register to be a consignor -
Children's Silent Auction (NEW!) & Fair - Saturday
Donation Drop-Off @ the DC Barn:
3/24 & 4/14: 8:30-10:30 am
3/28 & 4/25: 2-4 pm

Remember, it's for the school! 

Campaign for Transformational Leaders

We are in the final months of the campaign and still need to reach our 35% alumni participation goal in order to receive the final funds for the matching grant. We need 250 new alumni donors in order to accomplish this goal. Be counted and give - any amount qualifies for the match!

You won’t want to miss the opportunity this year to be a part of something great. Please support DC's campaign and participate prior to June 30th. Celebrate with us as we reach our goal and finish strong!

You can participate and give online at; or send your gift to DC Advancement Office, 462 Malin Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Christmas Miracle

(I realize it’s March but wanted to share the story!)


MuChen (Jessica) Hsieh ’11 mistakenly left her $170,000 violin in the overhead compartment of a Megabus at 30th Street Station at the start of her Christmas break. After traveling from Boston, a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, she left the violin behind. The violin, made in 1835 in Naples, was on loan to her from a cultural foundation in her native Taiwan. She realized she didn't have the violin after getting picked up by the family hosting her visit to the Philadelphia area. She admitted that she was extremely tired from her travels, and blames her fatigue as the reason for leaving the rare instrument behind.

After calling the bus company the next morning, the violin couldn’t be found and panic set in. She reported the loss to police, who called the bus company repeatedly. Company officials said they didn't have it. Police called the bus line's cleaning company, where workers also said they didn't have it. Jessica made a desperate appeal to the public on camera to find the instrument.
On Wednesday night, police put out word that they were seeking the violin's return, no questions asked. On Thursday it showed up. No questions, no answers. Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detectives said “we all look for Christmas miracles this time of the year. In this case, we got one." Hsieh was so happy that she hugged detectives, then took out her violin and serenaded the gathering at the Southwest Detectives office.


Click on link to hear what she played at the police station:


Class Notes

Class of 1998

Jason and Shannon (Sines) Swankoski ’98 were married on September 10, 2011 in Wilmington, DE. Shannon graduated from Lancaster Bible College ’03 with a BS in Bible and Christian Education. Jason works at Bank of America. They currently reside in Newark, DE.

Class of 2001

Laura Smyth ‘01 and Richard Gavaghan Jr. were married on October 7, 2011 at The Highlands Mansion and Gardens in Fort Washington, PA.


Jenn (Puckett) Elzea ’01 currently works in the public affairs shop for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Class of 2008 (& 2006)

Grace Hayes ‘08, senior at Vanderbilt, spent the summer in Halle Germany due to a DAAD (Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst-German academic exchange service) scholarship. This is the most prestigious award given to scholars so that they work or teach in their field of scholarship in Germany (similar to the US Fulbright). Grace is a chemical engineering and German major at Vanderbilt. Luke McDermott ‘06, a chemistry and German major at Penn State received the same scholarship a few years ago. He is currently pursuing a MS degree in Chemistry at Cornell University.

In Memoriam

David Vagnoni ‘77 passed away August 20, 2010.

Jasmine Granger ’08 went home to be with Jesus, on March 29, 2011. While at DC, despite her frequent hospitalizations for sickle cell anemia, she desired to minister to children in foreign nations and was blessed by going on several short term missionary trips. To honor Jasmine’s legacy of giving, her family established a memorial fund in her name. The Jasmine Granger Memorial Fund seeks to provide partial scholarships to young people who have a heart and a desire to work in missions. Recently a note from her family was sent to DC saying “When I look back on my decision to send Jasmine to DC, I know that it was a right one. I did not know that life for her was to be so short. She grew into a mighty woman of God, of which I continue to draw inspiration. I am grateful to you and the school for providing a spawning ground for her faith to grow, but not just her faith, her love for Jesus.”

DC Launches Video Campaign

As part of a new awareness campaign, DC has joined up with PowerDesign to launch a virtual tour video series "I am DC." PowerDesign is owned by DC parents Steven and Lisa Delaney (

Current videos are viewable from a link on DC's homepage at or can be viewed directly at

More videos are in production, so check back often. And be sure to share them with everyone and spread the word about what DC has to offer!

Ways to share I AM DC videos:


Did you know? "Liking" our DC facebook fanpage or a news article on that page helps to generate more internet traffic to DC for those who are looking for a Christian school. Be sure to share our fanpage with your friends also.



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