Viking Society Newsletter -
August 2020
Dear Vikings!

As we enter into the month of August, we hope everyone is keeping cool during these final summer days!

Despite the many obstacles we have faced due to COVID-19, the AWHS (work from home) offices are buzzing more than ever with projects and plans for the 2020-2021 school year! Take a sneak peek at what's happening and what is to come by scrolling through this newsletter!

God's Blessings,

The Development Department at Archbishop Wood High School

Sarah Hale : Director of Institutional Advancement
Lisa James ('06): Director of Marketing & Communications
Samantha Williams ('08): Director of Community Relations
Alumni Classic Golf Outing Update
Dear Wood Golfers,

I hope you and your families are well and having a peaceful summer.

As you know, Wood's 30th Annual Alumni Golf Classic was rescheduled for October 9th with the hope that the COVID-19 crisis would have decreased. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

Our Golf Chair, Ed Connolly, has been communicating with Five Ponds about their increased safety measures for the facility and restrictions for outings. Because we would have to, among other things, significantly decrease the number of golfers, number of guests permitted in the clubhouse, and hold an abbreviated (if any) food service, the outing would be seriously compromised.  

With that in mind and the fact that Wood's #1 priority at all times is the health and safety of our guests, the decision was made to cancel the October 9th outing.  The good news is that we have already reserved May 7th, 2021 to hold what will be a combined 30th and 31st Annual Golf Classic and recognition of your tremendous support.

We understand that this is disappointing news as the Wood Annual Alumni Golf Classic is a highlight of our year because YOU make it so special!  With 98% of our proceeds from the golf event helping families in need of tuition assistance, it is a crucial part of our scholarship and financial aid program.  We are thankful for your faithful and generous support which has provided more than $100,000 in scholarships for families with economic challenges.

If you have already made a reservation for the golf outing, please let me know if you wish to save your spot for the May 7th outing or have your payment refunded.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding and for being a champion of Archbishop Wood.

Stay safe!


Sarah Louise Hale
Director of Institutional Advancement
Dual Enrollment Program at AWHS
Did you hear the great news?! 

Manor College has formed a partnership with Archbishop Wood High School by means of a Dual Enrollment Agreement!

This new partnership will allow Senior students attending AWHS to earn college credits while still in high school!

A Message from Sister Maureen L. McDermott (IHM, PhD), Superintendent for Secondary Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools on the Reopening of Secondary Schools this Fall 2020.

Please follow the link provided below to learn more about how we will be handling our slow and safe return to campus learning this Fall 2020.

Thank you!

Calling All Viking Alumni: Update Your Information!
We have enjoyed hearing from our Viking Alumni so much over the past year, especially our health and essential workers/heroes!

Whether you graduated fifty years ago or five, stay in touch and keep us updated on what's new in your life by updating your information with our Alumni Office!

Your information is kept confidential and is strictly used for internal purposes. Having your updated information on file helps us to better communicate with you about all the great things we have happening at AWHS. We keep our outreach limited to a monthly Viking Society E-Newsletter and a few postcards/letters throughout the year updating you on our Alumni events and progress at Archbishop Wood High School!

EITC: A foolproof way to give back to AWHS Families!
Did you know that you can redirect your PA Taxes to Archbishop Wood to help families in need of tuition assistance?!

We know that many of you have been curious to learn more about EITC and now is the perfect time to connect with us to learn more! Now more than ever, some of our families will need tuition assistance through EITC. You can provide tuition assistance scholarships by directing your PA tax dollars (that you are already paying) to Archbishop Wood High School.

Please email Sarah Hale for more information and/or to sign up:

Viking Scholarship Update
All updated Viking Scholarships for incoming and current students will be going LIVE this Friday, August 7, 2020!

The Viking Scholarship application process is now electronic. All applications are due November 20, 2020.

*In order to be eligible all applicants must apply to FACTS* 

Viking Scholarships can be accessed on our website. Simply hover over the Admissions tab and click on "Scholarships" and then select "Viking Scholarships." Thank you!

Annual Fund Report/Viking Magazine News
Archbishop Wood’s 2019-2020 Annual Report/Viking Magazine will be made available in a NEW digital format in the early Fall 2020.

Please visit Wood’s website and hover over the Alumni & Giving tab and click on "The Viking Magazine."

By offering the annual report in a digital format, AWHS will be able to direct the thousands of dollars saved towards tuition assistance to help families facing economic challenges.  

Thank you for your support and understanding!  Remember to visit us online to see all of the wonderful ways your gifts have been invested in Archbishop Wood’s “Tradition of Excellence for the Leaders of Tomorrow.”

Adopt-A-Chair & Class of 2014 News
On Friday, November 29, 2019 the Class of 2014 held their 5 year reunion at the VFW in Warminster, PA.

After gathering together as many classmates as they could (approximately 100 people) they raised enough money and they ADOPTED A CHAIR with the proceeds!!! Claire Repisky, Student Council President said, "It was very casual yet spirited, and you could tell everyone was just so happy to be together.  The Class of 2014 decided to Adopt a Chair so that for years to come we'll always have a special seat in our former home." 

Thank you Class of 2014 for creating a lasting tribute to your Alma Mater! Proceeds from this program will directly benefit and support the AWHS Fine Arts Departments: Concert Band, String Ensemble, Choir, Drumline, Jazz Band, Performing Arts/Theater and Art Department!

We would like to invite and encourage everyone to look into adopting a chair! Click here to learn more!
A Message from Faith In The Future
A Catholic education provides top quality academic opportunities, holistic, and faith-based experiences for all. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, many families are facing economic challenges.

What can you do to help? Please consider supporting Archbishop Wood by donating to a new tuition assistance program at 

Plus, your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000! For example, a $10.00 gift will become a $20.00 gift and go directly to Archbishop Wood’s tuition assistance program for a Wood family in-need of financial aid.

Thank you for being a champion of Archbishop Wood’s tradition of excellence for the leaders of tomorrow.

Class of 1970 Golf Outing & 50th Reunion Postponement
Friday, September 17, 2021 
Golf Outing: Five Ponds Golf Club, Warminster, PA 18974
Contact: Bruce Beans at 215-817-5797 or

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Reunion: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM:
Radisson Hotel, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, Pa. 19053

To RSVP/Questions please contact: Ed McMaster 856-786-8333 or