Alumni Spotlight

JD Dillard '00

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 Look at JD Dillard's next directing endeavor! In addition to being a gifted writer, JD is also known for directing the movies "Sleight" and "Sweetheart", both having premiered at Sundance Film Festivals in 2016 and 2019. His newest endeavor is a movie based on a true story about two U.S. Navy fighter pilots, Tom Hudner and Jesse L. Brown during the Korean War. Read more about JD in Variety.






Christian Dougherty ’18

Abington Junior High School seventh-grader, Christian Dougherty, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Pennsylvania State Competition. The contest will be held at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Friday, March 29. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. Abington Junior High School’s school-level competition was held in the library on Jan. 23, with Dougherty placing first above peers Ethan Eienberg (second place) and Sam Erwine (third place). Dougherty and other school champions throughout Pennsylvania then took an online qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State GeoBees. This year, National Geographic increased the prize money for all State GeoBees. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash, and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Jesse Dougherty '06

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 Jesse Dougherty is the beat writer at the Washington Post, where he has worked in the sports section since 2017. Before joining the Post, he covered the NBA and NHL at the Los Angeles Times. Jesse is a Meadowbrook, Abington Friends, and Syracuse University graduate.  Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series is Jesse's first book. Congratulations, Jesse! 


Samuel Brown '16

Sam Brown powers La Salle to 3-0 start with 2 TDs in 24-13 over Malvern  Prep –

A Mount Airy (Philadelphia) native, Sam Brown is a four-star recruit with more than 20 scholarship offers. And, after examining his high school film, could have 10 more. NJ Advance Media caught up with Brown on Tuesday, after his basketball team had just lost on a buzzer beater to Roman Catholic -- a game which he scored 17 points and dished 10 assists. Ever the professional, Brown contacted NJ Advance Media, despite the blow. “I have really good vision, speed and I’m elusive,” Brown said, revealing his football tools. “I can also lower my shoulder, catch really well and play the role of receiver when I need to.” Keep reaching for the stars, Sam! Meadowbrook is very proud of you! Read more here.


Meghan McCool '10

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Forward Meghan McCool has been signed by The Washington Spirits Professional Soccer team in Washington, DC. Meghan enjoyed an extremely successful high school career at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and went on to play 4 years of soccer at the University of Virginia. She played in 88 games as a Cavalier, setting collegiate records for scoring, as well as being named to All-American, All-Region, and All-ACC teams. Congratulations, Meghan! Read more here.





  Patrick Isztwan '15

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Patrick Isztwan, Meadowbrook alumnus and senior at William Penn Charter Academy was elected Class President for the 2020-2021 school year. To start off the year, he was asked to speak to his school and made an inspiring speech about hope. We are proud of his accomplishments and know that he is and will be a strong leader. Way to go, Patrick. Meadowbrook is proud of you!