Viking Society Newsletter
December 2020
It is hard to believe that Advent is here! If you reach a moment of feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle that Christmas can bring, use this as your reminder to reflect on the reason for the season.

Archbishop Wood has A LOT to be thankful for as we move into December and we are happy to feature them in this month's newsletter! Check it out below.

Stay in touch with us and be sure to check out our monthly newsletter on the first Thursday of every month! We will keep you in the loop with everything that is going on at Archbishop Wood High School for the 2020 -2021 school year!

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
Day of Giving Grand Total Update!
The Viking Community continued to stop by to make their Day of Giving 2020 gifts so the original total of $20,120.00 grew by over $1,631.00!

Thanks to YOU, Wood raised such an amazing amount of money to be put towards tuition assistance for families who desire a Catholic education, and for our school's programs and campus to receive some much needed upgrades.


Original AWHS Lockers are Getting Replaced!
Great things are happening at Archbishop Wood High School every time we get the chance! This week we had a Virtual Learning Day for all students and faculty, so we took the opportunity to begin construction on the lockers.

Thanks to Jim Hirschmann, AWHS Class of 1978, and his generous contribution to our Viking Fund, we are able to update the original school lockers for our students. This upgrade is a perfect example of how we use donor dollars to keep our campus and programs up to date for our current and future Leaders of Tomorrow.

Thank you to Mr. Hirschmann and all of our Viking Heroes who show up for Wood when it matters most. The future of this school is dependent on your support and we could not be more grateful.

Prayer Garden

The Archbishop Wood Prayer Garden is a beautiful sanctuary to pray, meditate, and reflect. 

Personalized stone pavers, benches, trees and plants provide a lasting tribute for alumni, family, friends, faculty, members of the community, and corporate donors. Special occasions such as birthdays, graduation, marriages, anniversaries and retirement may also be honored. 

All donors will receive an invitation to the annual Alumni Mass and Breakfast which is held in the spring to bless the tributes and memorials.
For more information CLICK HERE or contact Sarah Hale at 215-672-5050 ext. 227 or by email at

AWHS Hall of Fame

The Viking Hall of Fame honors any person, living or deceased, whose life and accomplishments are an inspiration to the students of Archbishop Wood High School. The nominee must, during and/or following his/her career, have exemplified the pride and spirit that is exemplary of a Wood graduate. He/She must be an Archbishop Wood High School graduate and have been out of high school for ten years.

Any questions, please contact: Sarah Hale 215-672-5050 ext. 227

Gerri Garofalo Scholarship Santas
The Gerri Garofalo Scholarship (hand stitched - one of a kind) Santas are $25 a piece and 100% of proceeds go directly to the scholarship fund benefiting a current 11th grade student going into 12th grade.

Currently the elves (Ms. Gerri Garofalo's sisters) have plenty of current uniform donations for Santas. What they are in need of is uniforms from the girls who attended AWHS is the 70s & 80s - specifically the solid green jumper & plaid jumper. They need as many uniforms as they can get their hands on to continue this wonderful scholarship project!

Have uniforms to donate? Have Santa related questions and/or wish to purchase a Santa?! Please contact Gabrielle Garofalo Snyder via email at and put "Wood Santas" in the subject line of your email!

YOU + EITC = Happy AWHS Families!
Did you know that you can redirect your PA Taxes to Archbishop Wood to help families in need of tuition assistance?!

Do you have two minutes to spare? Watch the video above that breaks down how it works!

To learn more, please contact Sarah Hale, 215-672-5050 extension 227. Thank you! 

Health Occupations Students of America!
HOSA BREAKFAST: The (Gold) HOSA breakfast was held on November 17, 2020!

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is an extracurricular medical organization connected to Archbishop Wood's Medical Careers Academy. Students interested in medicine will be exposed to medical professionals and medical educators so that they can explore their interest in the medical field.

Courier Times: Bucks schools & safety grants...
Thank you to AWHS Administration and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit for all of your hard work, so that Wood could be one of the recipients of this grant!

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority here at Archbishop Wood. It is wonderful when an opportunity arises so that we can maintain this promise.

Congratulations Brian O'Grady ('10) and his new bride Delaney O'Grady who were married on Saturday, November 21, 2020 in Pensacola Beach, FL.
2010 Alums from left to right: Mike Spahitz, Doug Macrone, Fran Dougherty, Brian O’Grady, Kevin Fenstermaker, Matt McAllister, and Jerry Rahill.

It has been a busy few weeks for our Senior Student Athletes here at Archbishop Wood High School! Congratulations to the following Seniors on signing your commitments to play at the following colleges/universities...

AWHS Girls Soccer
Paige Hoeger VCU

AWHS Boys Basketball
Rahsool Diggins UConn
Marcus Randolph University of Richmond
Daeshon Sheperd La Salle University
Jaylen Stinson James Madison University

AWHS Baseball
Alex Neeld Barton College

AWHS Girls Basketball
Dana Kiefer Bryant University
Kaitlyn Orihel Villanova University

AWHS Boys Lacrosse
Anthony Pileggi Hood College

Way to go Vikings!!!
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