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Archbishop Wood

Viking Society Newsletter

June 2022 


Dear Vikings,

Can you believe we have almost reached the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year?!

With the school year coming to a close our 2021-2022 Viking Fund is also in its final days and this is when your participation matters most!

The Archbishop Wood High School Viking Fund is imperative to the school's sustainability. It is what makes it possible for the school to grow and thrive. The Viking Fund supports all things including tuition assistance, program/technology enhancements, and so much more!

Your gift to Archbishop Wood makes all the difference and is what will set us up for success!


For questions and guidance about giving a gift, please contact Ms. Sarah Hale (ext. 227) at or Ms. Regan Gallagher (ext. 229) at

God's Blessings,

The AWHS Development Department,

Sarah Hale: Director of Institutional Advancement

Lisa James ('06): Director of Marketing & Communications

Regan Gallagher ('16): Major Gifts Officer

Click here to learn about the variety of ways to give to Wood!

31st Annual Alumni

Golf Classic 

It's hard to believe, but this year Wood celebrated its 31st Annual Alumni Golf Classic Golf Outing. The Archbishop Wood Alumni Golf Classic is held each year to raise funds for tuition assistance and other designated school projects.

Wood's mission with this event is to support current and future students of Archbishop Wood High School.

AWHS could not have done it with the help of our Golf Outing Committee!! Thank you Sarah Hale (AWHS Director of Development), Regan Gallagher ('16), Ed Connolly Jr. ('93), John Iannarelli ('82), Ed McCormick ('81), Joe Winning ('73) and Ed Waddington ('77) - you knocked it out of the park and made this event a success!!!

Also, thank you to everyone who participated as a golfer and/or a sponsor/donor. Your investment directly contributes to the ongoing crusade of protecting and sustaining the future of Catholic Education.

Golf Outing Premium Sponsors ($1000+):

Tee Boxed Golf

Faulkner Buick GMC of Trevose

Faulkner Alfa Romeo Maserati of Willow Grove

Blue Rock Construction

MTD Construction

Platinum Plumbing

Shaeffer Electric

Steam Pub

Golf Outing Contest Winners:

  • 1st place 56 (-15): Tommy Newman, Timmy Newman ('22), Chase Newman, John Fitzpatrick
  • 2nd place 60 (-11): Mike Trodden, Dan Trodden ('13), Austin Lucas, and sub.
  • Closest to the Pin: Bob Tumelty - 1 foot 3 inches
  • Longest Drive: Brian Cummings ('89)
  • Brigantine Shore House for MDW: Joseph McHugh & Family

Click here to view photos from the event!

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Class of 1970 Girls Reunion

The Ladies of Archbishop Wood's Class of 1970 gathered together on April 23, 2022 for their (long awaited!) 50th Reunion!

It was a joyous occasion filled with laughter and love. We were thrilled to see them together and happy it could finally happen - even if it was a little delayed due to the pandemic.

The reunion began in the auditorium with a small, but touching prayer service where candles were lit for classmates who are now in Heaven. After the service, a quick "All About Wood" trivia game took place, followed by a catered luncheon in the cafeteria.

Special thanks to Bill Monaghan for his participation in providing music for the Wood girls of 1970.


Grandparents & Godparents Appreciation Day 2022

On April 19, our students came together and celebrated their Grandparents & Godparents for our Grandparent & Godparent Appreciation Day!

It was a wonderful morning that started with a special mass. Fr. Paul touched all of our hearts by speaking about the importance and what a gift it is to have the presence of our Grand/Godparents in our lives.

After mass, everyone enjoyed a complimentary continental breakfast and uninterrupted quality time with their Grandchildren and Godchildren. The South Gym was filled with so much love, we wish we could have bottled it up.

We are so grateful for our students and their extended families. We are also so lucky to have been able to safely celebrate our Grandparents & Godparents once again after two years off.

Thank you again to everyone who attended - we can't wait to see you again next year!!!


Class of 1972 Reunion: Save The Date!

Save the date for the AWHS Class of 1972 Reunion. Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Spring Mill Country Club.

Contact Liz Brass at to be included in future mailings.

... Vikings In The Spotlight ...


Congratulations to Gabriella Batista '23 on being named a 2023 Horatio Alger State Scholar. With this honor comes a $10,000 college scholarship to be used in the pursuit of a bachelor's degree and access to the full range of Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans services, including a virtual college success program.

It was wonderful hearing a little bit about Gabriella's dreams and aspirations for after high school. She tells us that as of right now she hopes to attend Columbia University to study to be an Orthopedic Surgeon. We are so proud of you Gabriella and we can't wait to see all that you accomplish!!!

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Gary Martin ('22) Wins Gold, Twice!

#1 Congratulations to Wood’s very own Gary Martin on becoming the first Pennsylvania high school athlete to ever to run a sub-four-minute mile. He ran the mile in 3:57.98 at the Catholic League championships.

#2 Archbishop Wood's Gary Martin brings home the gold in the AAA boys 1600m run in record time! Gary's time of 4:01.56 breaks the PIAA record of 4:07.32 set by Drew Magaha back in 2011!

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Top 3% of 2022

Archbishop Wood is proud to congratulate our top 3% of the Class of 2022!

Cesar Guerra-Solano, Braeden Choo, McKenna Murphy, Carly Bruno, Abigail Kearney, Jack Baronoski were honored at the Archdiocesan Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica.


Wood Softball Wins!

Congratulations to our Wood Vikings Softball Team on claiming the first PCL title since 1999!!!

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Supporting Our Troops!

The "Our Community Salutes" organization celebrated 35 enlistees at Pinecrest Country Club. Among them was Archbishop Wood senior, Kai Stieber, who will serve in the armed forces as a Marine after graduation.

Way to go Kai!!!


Performing Arts at Wood!

Written and directed by seniors Cullen Hussey and Joe James, "Batman the Musical Rises" premiered in May 2022 at Archbishop Wood High School. The cast and crew appreciates everyone who came out to see the show and supported their efforts as they tried something new!

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Earth Day & Environmental Science Class

In celebration of Earth Day, Mrs. Hartranft's 6th period Environmental class worked outside to help with some gardening needs in Wood's Butterfly Garden, located just outside of the South Gym. The garden bed was extended this year, so aside from some annual maintenance and weeding, new plants needed to be planted and that is just what our students did!

Before planting began, our Theology classes also stopped by to take part in a quick blessing and prayer service led by our Campus Minister, Fr. Paul.

Art Program News

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Dad Vail Regatta poster contest. Anne Leonard was awarded 3rd place and

Mairead McDermott was awarded honorable mention.

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Field Day / Viking Night

Black Team (Bikers) vs. Gold Team (Surfers)

The Gold Team (Surfers) WIN Field Day & Viking Night with a 87-83 victory!!!

*Teams are pre-determined alphabetically by last name.*

Way to go Vikings!

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View more photos here from Field Day/Viking Night!
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Make Your End of Year Gift

Archbishop Wood High School students and families depend upon the generosity of our Viking Community!

Did you know that 576 of our 814 students qualified for financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year?

Thanks to YOU, our alumni, benefactors, families and friends gifts to the Viking Fund, Wood had the resources for these families who choose Catholic education for their children.

AWHS needs your help! With tuition for the 2022-2023 school year costing almost $10,000.00 more families than ever will be in need of financial aid.

Please consider making a gift to The Viking Fund, which supports our students and their families in the form of tuition assistance and program/campus upgrades.

Click here to make your gift!
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