Main Line Private School Seniors Receive Over $7 Million in Scholarships

Devon Prep’s Class of 2009 Receive Over 275 College Acceptances, 14 from Ivy League Schools.

Devon, PA, May 25, 2009 --( Devon Preparatory School’s Class of 2009 has received over $7 million in college scholarships and more than 275 acceptances to nearly 100 schools, including 14 Ivy League acceptances from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania.

This class of 56 students, Devon Prep’s 50th graduating class, will graduate on Saturday, June 6 at 10 AM in the school’s athletic facility on campus in Devon, PA. Headmaster Rev. James J. Shea, Sch.P. will preside over the ceremony.

The members of Devon Prep’s Senior Class hail from communities in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties. In addition to the Ivy League acceptances, they have also received acceptances from MIT, Johns Hopkins, the US. Military Academy, NYU, Tufts and Georgetown among others. One of the graduates has been accepted into the Villanova University /Drexel Medical School program and another into Drexel University’s BS/MS Program.

Among the members of Devon Prep’s Class of 2009 are 30 AP Scholars including 13 AP Scholars with Distinction, two National AP Scholars, 12 National Merit Scholars (four are Finalists, two of whom are Scholarship Winners) and one National Hispanic Scholar. The average SAT score for this class is 1278 of a possible 1600.

In addition this senior class has performed over 1800 hours of community service doing everything from collecting and distributing food to needy families to raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

One senior, Brian Lefchak of Wayne, accumulated over 350 service hours supporting the Arthritis Foundation. In addition to advocacy efforts he planned and performed in two concerts to raise $3000 for a scholarship fund for Camp JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). The money he raised will provide tuition for 10 children (ages 8 -18) to attend the weeklong summer camp for children with JRA.

According to Headmaster Rev. James Shea, Sch.P., these graduates are an outstanding group of young men. “During their time at Devon Prep they have consistently excelled in and out of the classroom, and have dramatically increased the spirit of the school. I am delighted to see their excellence recognized by being accepted into the finest colleges and universities in the United States,” Fr. Shea said. “These young men are a credit to our school and their families.”

Speaking at this year’s graduation will be class Valedictorian Patrick T. Mannion of Malvern and class Salutatorians Felix deRosen of Wayne and Christian R. Mirabile of Phoenixville. All three of these young men are AP Scholars with Distinction as well as National Merit Scholars. Mannion is also a National AP Scholar and National Merit Scholarship Winner. Both Mannion and deRosen will attend Harvard University in the fall and Mirabile will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

This year’s Commencement Speaker will be Devon Prep Class of 1993 Alumnus Mr. Mark Malseed, bestselling coauthor of “The Google Story,” a critically acclaimed book published in more than 25 languages worldwide.

As an investigative journalist and the executive researcher for Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, he collaborated on the #1 New York Times bestsellers “Plan of Attack,” about the decision to invade Iraq, and “Bush at War” about the US response to 9/11.

Currently Malseed is a consultant for ChaCha, the #2 mobile search company in the world, helping to educate ChaCha’s workforce of 50,000 guides as their “Dean of Search University.” He writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and search, and has appeared as a guest commentator on ABC News, FOX, CBS, Al Jazeera and the BBC.

Malseed is also cofounder and executive editor of the next-generation government news site, and sister site He holds a BA in Architecture from Lehigh University and resides in Alexandria, VA.

During the graduation ceremony several awards will be presented to the graduates honoring them for academic excellence, school spirit and community service.

Devon Prep is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades 6 to 12 conducted by the Piarist Fathers and located on the Philadelphia Main Line. In a safe and supportive environment Devon Prep students excel academically and learn to think independently and creatively. Through a devotion to Christian values, competitive athletics and commitment to service they are prepared to succeed in college and to grow into good, confident young men.

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Rose Lombardo