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Grace Yacobe

Marple Friends & Neighbors, September 2022
Grace Yacobe, September Student of the Month
with Casey’s Manager Bobby Guerrieri
Photo courtesy of Samer Yacobe

The September Casey’s Public House Student of the Month is Grace Yacobe, who received a Certificate of Achievement and a $25 gift card from Casey’s Public House, our Sponsor of this program. Grace is a 10th grade honor student from the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur (ND), who also works as a student ambassador, helping the admissions team with tours, shadow days and Open Houses. She is also the President of the Play It Forward Club and a STEM Scholar.

After winning 1st place in the tri-state biology competition, Grace was one of 13 students who presented their research at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences state meet at Penn State, where she achieved a perfect score and was awarded a Director’s Award for Biology. Then Grace entered the Delaware Valley Science Fair, which included over 700 projects by middle and high school students representing 10 regions from across the state, and was awarded a bronze medal as the 3rd place overall winner for 9th grade students. This earned her an all-expense-paid trip to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Atlanta, GA, with students from over 80 countries. Her research project examined the creation of a non-invasive method to efficiently detect lung conditions, one of the world’s leading causes of death.  

Along with her high achievements academically, Grace also enjoys playing on ND’s field hockey and swimming teams, and playing the piano and violin in their concert orchestra. Grace enjoys helping in the kitchen and with fundraising efforts at her church. In fact, she helped to raise over $18,000 for COVID relief during the pandemic. When she has free time, Grace enjoys drawing, reading and baking, as well as writing – in particular poetry which has been featured in the school’s magazine. She’d like to go into the field of neuroscience when she’s older, and lives by her mother’s motto, “Don’t stop and never give up!”

Grace, your Marple Newtown Friends & Neighbors congratulate you on receiving this award, and on your numerous accomplishments. Thanks for sharing your time and talents with so many!

Nominate the Next Casey’s Public House Student of the Month! Any grade 7–12 student who resides within the borders of the Marple Newtown School District may be nominated by a parent, teacher or other adult who submits in writing some ways the student demonstrates Excellence in Service to friendship, school or other local communities. Academic or athletic excellence is not required. Email your nomination to The selected nominee will be featured in a future issue and will also receive a Certificate of Achievement and a $25 Casey’s Public House gift card.