Monday, December 7, 2015

Donate to help Upper Darby's Indoor Drumline

The Upper Darby High School Indoor Drumline needs your help to get to Dayton, Ohio for the 2016 WGI Championships in April 2016.  Please consider donating to our program so these kids can go to Dayton!

These hardworking, dedicated and talented kids deserve the chance to show off their talents and compete in Dayton again this season!

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

FBLA Community Service Dodgeball Tournament: Success


                 As a community service event this year, FBLA chose to do a dodge ball tournament to raise money for less fortunate people in our community in conjunction with the Upper Darby Fire Department. All proceeds from the tournament are being used to purchase food and gifts to give to the underprivileged families for the upcoming holiday season. Grace Muldoon and Kyle Johnson organized, and implemented the project. The tournament proved successful with seven teams, dozens of others came to watch. All donations totaled up to over two hundred and fifty dollars, which will be donated and used over the next few weeks. FBLA would like to thank all participants, and we'd also like to congratulate  Anyone else who would like to make a donation can see Grace Muldoon, Kyle Johnson, or Mr. Mahoney in room 204.

The Champions from left to right: Kyle, Jerry, Danny, Brett, Josh Vinny, Dom, Grace

Grace Muldoon and Kyle Johnson standing with UDFD Cheif Ed Cubler.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Marching Royals Band Championships

Congratulations to the Upper Darby Marching Royals on winning Fourth and Overall High Percussion at their championships at Hershey Park! Overall they had a strong season and we're happy to end on a high note!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Operation Royal Pride: November

Congratulations to our November Operation Royal Pride members! Keep up the great work!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Operation Royal Pride: October

The staff at Upper Darby High School recognized 60 students on October 23rd at our Operation Royal Pride Ceremony.  Operation Royal Pride is an initiative that was designed to promote positive school culture and to recognize student role models at Upper Darby High School. Teachers nominate students who exemplify what it means to be ROYAL.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

October's Rotary Students of the Month

Congratulations Kristine Tassanapark and Kyle Johnson for being announced as October's Rotary Students of the Month. Keep up the great work, we can't wait to see what great things you'll be doing during the rest of your senior year!


At yesterday's competition the Marching Royals accomplished something unbelievable: their competition score jumped NINE WHOLE POINTS! With lots of hard work, they were able to go from the 85.15 they earned last week, to a solid 94.00 this week, earning them the highest overall score in their division for the whole region! The energy coming off the field was contagious, and the whole crowd jumped to their feet to give the Marching Roysls a standing ovation! The Royals have two more weeks to clean and polish their show before their next competition at Hatboro Horsham. Please come out and support these lost souls as they continue their journey this season.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Upper Darby Cross Country Take Central League Champs

This Saturday the Upper Darby Girls' and Boys' Cross Country teams went at it again at Rose Tree Park for the 2015 Central League Championships, facing eleven other schools including Springfield, Harriton, Radnor, etc. It was a brisk day, but that didn't discourage the two teams. The day resulted in numerous personal bests, season bests, as well as course bests.

Congratulations to the Girls' Cross Country Team in receiving the Central League Alumni Girls Cross Country Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive year! 


Girls' Varsity 7
Left to Right: Blya, Dootleen, Diamond, Awa, Alycia, Jasmine, Tanti
Dootleen Joseph ran a season best of 19:58 and proudly represented Upper Darby by receiving a plaque for 7th place finisher in the Girls' Varsity race. Jasmine Cisco followed quickly behind with a course best of 21:39. Congratulations to Diamond Williams, and Alycia White with their personal bests of 23:19 and 24:24! 

The first finisher of the Girls' JV team was Jess Trotter with a personal best of 25:30 followed by Elaine Li with a season best of 26:11. Congratulations to Nyah Spencer, Rose Lauria, Nthabi Carroll, and Katrina Cwiertniewicz with finishing with personal bests. Way to finish off the central league season!


Junior Syed Shah finished first of the UD Varsity team, as well as ran a great race and medaled 17th place with a time of 17:18. Following quickly behind was senior Amir Goodwin with a time of 17:43. Congratulations to Sim Shihmar and Jake Waldman with personal bests of 18:17 and 18:37. 

First of the Boys' JV team finishers was senior Evens Mercure who ran a time of 18:55, followed by sophomore Phillip Hua with a personal best of 19:47. Additional congratulations to sophomore and freshman Nhon Pham and Ghandi Leveille with personal bests of 21:26 and 21:27. Keep up the good work! 
Boys' Cross Country Team

Syed Shah receiving 17th place medal
Dootleen Joseph receiving 7th place plaque 

The Marching Royals win again!

The Marching Royals performed their full show for the first time at their competition on October 17, and dominated the Patriot Division. Not only did they win with a high score of 85.15, but they also got High Auxiliary  and High Percussion in their division! Better yet, they won the traveling trophy for high overall percussion!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Girls Cross Country take 7th Place at Delco Champs!

Dootleen Joseph leading the girls' varsity race

This Saturday the Girls' and Boys' Cross Country team traveled to Rose Tree Park to compete in this year's Delco Cross Country Championship, which consisted of twenty-two other schools residing in the Delaware County area. Stakes were high as the beloved UD teams faced off with their rival schools such as Bonner/Prendie, Cardinal O'hara, Haverford, etc.

The chilly weather took no toll on the teams as they pushed through to complete the difficult, muscle tiring Rose Tree course of 3.1 miles.  


The Girls' Cross Country team finished the day with numerous personal bests and season bests. The first girls' UD JV team finisher was junior Blya Krouba, who was quickly followed by sophomore Alicia White. 
Dootleen Joseph led the Varsity team and ran a speedy time of 20:13, finishing 12th place out of over one hundred-fifty girls. 

Girls Varsity 7 


On the JV boys team sophomore Nitharul Bhuiyan ran a time of 19:50, being the first finisher of the collective eight that ran that day. Followed by Kenneth Turner running a 20:09. 
First finisher of the UD Varsity boys team with a time of 17:47 was sophomore Jarnail Dhillon, followed by junior Ebenezer Akande with a time of 18:37. 

Pictured: Ebenezer Akande
Pictured: Jarnail Dhillon

After a long day at Rose Tree Park, the Girls' Cross Country team take 7th place overall at this years Delco Champs. Congrats to all runners and may the rest of the season be great!

Dootleen Joseph receiving plaque for 12th place finisher 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bleed Purple, Sweat Gold

What a great show of royal pride at today's pep rally at Upper Darby High School! Congratulations to our seniors, class of 2016, for capturing the spirit flag!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Two Consecutive Wins for the Marching Royals!

This weekend, the Upper Darby Marching Royals earned first place at their competition at West Chester East. They earned a score of 79.65, but were penalized two points for being under time. However, they crushed their competition, Garnet Valley, who had a score of 71.9. The Marching Royals show concept this year is lost souls! Members enter the field in long, dark black cloaks, and are trying to discover where they belong throughout the show. Please come support them at the football games during half time!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Royals Take On Raiders: Who Was Victorious?

Royals Take On Raiders!

Upper Darby football recently faced a school with one of the top sports programs in the state on September 25th at Memorial Stadium. The lights were on, the crowd was cheering and tension grew with each touchdown,  movement, and throw. The hearts of the people on the stands were racing and only increased in speed with time. Each minute faster and faster as the opposing team slowly caught up.

The crying and anger that came afterwards when students saw their school lose was what really made the night. The crying and angry faces came from Ridley students after Upper Darby showed them what team really runs Delaware County. Royals won with an impressive 32-29. It was a close game but, Ridley's Raiders were no match for the talent and royalty of Upper Darby High School. Way to go Royals!

By Yosibeth Torres
Photos by Kristine Tassanapark

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

UD Girl's Soccer Scores a Shutout

Congratulations to the Girl's soccer team for scoring a SHUTOUT for their first win of the season!

It all started in the first half when the birthday girl, Chelsea Vondron, scored 2 goals to put the Royals up 2-0.

The Royals held their own throughout the rest of the game. Goalkeeper Ashley Gura had 4 saves in net, and other teammates like J.P. Galligher, Sarah Jordan, Erika Zarate, and Ally Simpson, worked together to shut down Pottstown.

Once again congratulations to the Girl's soccer team for your WIN over Pottstown !

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Win for UD!

The football team kicks off the season with a win! The crowd, dressed in purple and gold, screamed and cheered for Upper Darby as they won 21-8 against Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School last night! Great job Royals, we look forward to the rest of your wins this season! Keep it up!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Making a Difference: September 2015

Kristine Tassanapark and Ashley Humphries

Kristine Tassanapark and Ashley Humphries love Upper Darby High School, and it shows in the work that they do with The Royal Revolution. The Royal Revolution emphasizes to students at the high school the importance of pride in the high school and pride in each other. These upperclassmen epitomize what it means to be an Upper Darby Royal and encourage their classmates to do the same. The high school continues to be a better place because of their efforts and leadership.

Monday, August 17, 2015

UD Preseason Kicks Off and a word with Coach Gentile

As we end summer and near the school year, preseason for fall sports has kicked off, today, Monday August 17th. All fall sports are meeting at UD today to check in and get started.

Although today is the official start of the preseason, some teams have been working throughout the offseason. I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Gentile, head coach of the football team, about the offseason and more.

Gentile stated the team has been working out in the weight room since February, and around the first week of June started helmets and shoulder pads practice, 3-4 days a week.

In regards to being prepared Gentile said "We have a great group of seniors this year that did very well on the offensive side of the ball, and we are ready to get things moving."

Gentile has also been working the past few months on some new strategies, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. "We're working on subtle changes in order to improve, polishing off certain plays, adding in some new ones, and making the game interesting.

My final question for Mr. Gentile was "What would you tell UD's student section, and all of the crowd for that matter to expect for this season?"
"Expect a very exciting and successful season, and we [the team] also ask they [student section] be there every game possible to support and help the team in tough games, because it's people like them, their enthusiasm and excitement, which helps motivate the team."

Lastly be sure to follow UD Football on twitter @UDFootball for updates on games and team activities. 
***Additionally YOU are deciding who this season's student section General is, log onto UD Football's twitter page and retweet who YOU want to lead us, voting ends Sunday, August 30th.

What fall sport team would you like to hear about next? Please contact me at or on twitter @KyleJohnson00

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Meet Your Authors!

For the 2015-2016 school year, I've recruited a hand-full of authors to help write for the Voices of Royalty blog. I would like to thank them immensely for helping during the upcoming school year(s), I wouldn't be able to do it without them. So, without future ado, here are your authors!
  • Kristine Tassanapark, class of 2016
  • Yosibeth Torres, class of 2017
  • Trang Nguyen, class of 2016
  • Grace Muldoon, class of 2018
  • Annie Loeliger, class of 2016
  • Stephanie Ho, class of 2017
  • Ashley Humphries, class of 2017
  • Kyle Johnson, class of 2016
I look forward to working with them during this upcoming school year, and we all look forward to continuing to spread the good name of Upper Darby throughout our entire community. We'll talk to you soon!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Cappies Win

The Upper Darby's performance of "In the Heights" was nominated for 15 Cappies awards this year. With high hopes, Upper Darby boarded their buses and headed off to the awards ceremony this afternoon. For the first time in Upper Darby history, we were awarded with not only one, but two Cappies for Best Lighting and Best Ensemble! Congratulations to the cast and crew of "In the Heights"! We're so proud of all your hard work.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As the only writer for the UD blog that is not graduating this June, I would like to accept applicants for those interested in contributing to the Voices of UD blog for the upcoming school year.
If you are interested in doing so, please fill out the google form below and I will be evaluating all applicants and informing the public in a few weeks time. Thank you all so much!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Upper Darby Fashion Show!

Are you in need of a prom dress? Are you attending multiple proms this year and need a quick fix? 

Come out to Upper Darby High School on WESNEDAY, APRIL 15TH. for a designer dress fashion show! The dresses will be modeled by Upper Darby students and all prom dresses will be sold for under $45.00! You might even find yourself some nice accessories to match!

Tickets will be sold at the door for ONLY $2 at the Performing Arts Center.

Everyone is encouraged to come, it will be a great show! Hopefully this will make everyone's prom season a little bit less stressful!  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


The Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament (MIST) is a series of fun and educational competitions and workshops directed to expand the understanding of Islam and t fun. There are many competitions such as, Art, Poetry, Short film, Knowledge tests, Improv, and much more. Many schools come to represent their diversity and talent. Fortunately, in its first year, Upper Darby made its talent known. Our team won many awards. Junior, Sajal Khan, won third place in a knowledge test and is going to nationals. Waleed Muhammad was awarded first place in 2-D Art and second place in Improv and now qualify for nationals in both competitions. The overall experience was amazing for everyone and we cannot wait for Upper Darby to represent at next year's MIST!

We are so proud! Nice work guys!!

UD student on the big stage - Going to Juilliard!

Immanuel Wilkins has almost done it all! He has traveled to California two years in a row to perform at the Grammys, a huge asset to Upper Darby's music department, a great friend and student, performed as a soloist at the state capitol at Harrisburg during spring break and....


Juilliard is one of the MOST competitive schools in the entire nation, standing at a 6.7% acceptance rate... right up there with Harvard, Princeton, and other top of the line Ivy League schools! Upper Darby is SO proud to have such AMAZING students to teach. We have no doubt that Mr.Wilkins will do absolutely spectacular at Juilliard. He is a shining example of what a dedicated, focused and passionate student looks like! We are so proud!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Today was Mascot Day at the high school in correlation of College and Career Readiness Week! The staff and students seemed to really enjoy taking pictures with the mascots from neighboring colleges!

Monday, April 6, 2015

UD DECA Family Night!

UD Deca will be having a family fun night at Romarco's Restaurant in Cliffton Heights on Wednesday April 8th from 4pm- 8pm.The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. There will be activites like face painting and raffles during the event.Please come out and support as the club continues to raise money for Nationals in Disney World!

Romarco's Restaurant
451 E Baltimore Ave, Clifton Heights, PA 19018

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Congratulations Drumline!

Congratulations to the Upper Darby Indoor Drumline for placing 1st at MAPS championships at Coatsville this weekend with a 90.1!

Have a wonderful spring break!

Stay safe, relax, and have fun!

From the Voices of UD staff

Friday, March 27, 2015

Saying "Aloha" to Spring Break!

UD ended spirit week and welcomed spring break 2015 with their hula skirts and leis as we celebrated Hawaiian Day!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Kids at heart

Upper Darby had a blast participating in the fourth day of spirit week, Disney and Pixar Day!