Meet Reed '19

Name: Reed
Currently Attending: Tulane University
Years at Shipley:7
Activities & Positions Held: Student Life (Head), Action Research, Varsity Baseball (Captain), Will Trippley Tutoring, Chess Club, Glee Club.

Reflections on Shipley
I came from Radnor Middle School in seventh grade, which has around 300 kids. I felt extremely lost and forgotten at Radnor. I was almost emotional at the end of my first day at Shipley. Shipley made me feel like school was fun, and that I was a part of a community. I was very fortunate to meet my best friends on the first day of school, all 98 of them. The small, dynamic classrooms taught me how to never hide behind someone else, and how to be active in a classroom. Shipley also taught me to never be one dimensional. I am involved in many different types of extracurricular activities. My “aha” moment at Shipley was watching Sam Sessoms, Shipley’s all-time leading scorer in basketball history, dance on stage at our musical. At that moment I realized that there is no push back about trying new things at Shipley. You can make your life how you want to make it, and Shipley has all the resources for you to do so. Risks are worth taking, and I am sure that Sam will tell you he is happy that he took a risk, and Shipley is happy as well.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?
My most influential teacher would be Mr. Goren. Honors Chemistry was the hardest class I ever took, and Mr. Goren helped me get through it. Mr. Goren pushed me to do the best of my ability. With his thorough and consistent mentality, the class was often frustrating, but he demanded us to do it right. In that, it brought out the best in all of us, and we were very fortunate to go through that experience with him.

What was your most memorable experience at Shipley?
I think the most memorable experience at Shipley was being paired with my acorn, Onieka. Onieka was simply a ray of sunshine. I thank Shipley for giving me that experience of developing a relationship and being a role model for a younger child.

What are your plans for the fall of 2019?
I will be attending Tulane University. I will be majoring in economics with a minor in marketing. 

What is your future ambition and what led you to this ambition?
I hope to go into sales or account management. I have always loved working with people, and I was very happy when I was asked to be on the admission ambassador team. The admission ambassador team led me to the conclusion that I want to be in sales or account management. They taught me how to sell a product to consumers, yet they did it in a way that felt right. They taught me to never lie about Shipley and to point out its weaknesses as well. I am very grateful for the ambassador program!

What does Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing mean to you?
I believe that motto tells you to take risks and to have a good time while doing it. You will slip a fall, but at least you are trying. The courage to try is all that matters.

What impact or contributions do you think you have made at Shipley and in the larger community?
Shipley has taught me to never back down from a challenge, and how to point out a problem. I was at the beach on Memorial Day weekend and saw the trash left behind by all of my fellow teenagers. I started picking up trash and throwing it in the trash can and then was so frustrated by the neglect for the environment, that I asked the police officers for trash bags. I spent the next six hours cleaning up the beach and filled up 33 trash bags. Shipley has taught me that if you see a problem, then fix it.

Complete this sentence: Shipley has prepared me to… always have a positive attitude wherever life takes me, and to be comfortable in almost all situations of learning.


The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.