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Class of 2012

Joe FarrellJoe Farrell

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A 2012 graduate of Wissahickon, Joe Farrell has achieved remarkable success in his soccer career. As a college player at LaSalle University, he garnered numerous honors, including being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Region Third Team -  three times and the Soccer 6 All-Star team three times. He scored 16 goals, had 16 assists, and played in all 76 games during his four-year tenure at LaSalle University. Mr. Farrell then embarked on an eight-year professional career in the USL Championship league, playing for the Rochester Rhinos and Phoenix Rising. He was a finalist for the United Soccer League Championship Rookie of the Year award in his debut season and played a vital role in Phoenix Rising's Western Conference championships in 2018 and 2020.

Aside from his achievements on the field, Mr. Farrell is known for his leadership and community service. He has served as a captain and motivator for his teams, organizing and inspiring his teammates. Mr. Farrell actively participates in community outreach programs, engaging with children, supporting animal shelters, and advocating for mental health and childhood cancer awareness. He also makes annual visits to a Wissahickon 5th grade classroom, leaving a lasting impact on students.

Mr. Farrell’s notable achievements and character make him an ideal alumni role model for Wissahickon students.

Shelleah JacksonShelleah Jackson

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Shelleah Jackson has a long history of working to fight against inequity and to empower lives. Profiled as a Citizen of the Week by the Ambler Gazette in her sophomore year at WHS, Ms. Jackson volunteered for America Reads, and served as a tutor, a member of Amnesty International, a member of the school newspaper and Future Teachers of America, and served as the president of the debate team and president of Celebrating All Students Achievement (CASA). Upon graduation from University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Jackson traveled to North Carolina to join the fight against educational inequity. She was accepted into Teach for America as a 9th grade English teacher before transitioning to impact students in the nonprofit arena full-time. She worked for several years with the Young Black Leadership Alliance, a leadership program that prepared high-achieving young Black men and women become leaders who are college and career-ready. In 2019, Ms. Jackson joined Helps Education Fund, which provides programs and services to advance learning outcomes for economically  disadvantaged students. Ms. Jackson also served as the Headquarter Manager of Stiletto Boss University, a youth training program for high-school girls that teaches the foundations of entrepreneurship, business, and community leadership. Ms. Jackson is a published author having written two books while attending Wissahickon Middle School. She holds a Master of Science in  Education from Johns Hopkins University, and in the fall 2021, she enrolled at Rutgers Law School, Camden.

Tanoh Kpassagnon headshotTanoh Kpassagnon

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Following a stellar academic and athletic career at Wissahickon High School and Villanova University, Tanoh Kpassagnon was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a hard working student who was active in National Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, CASA and the Asian Studies Club.   

Recognized for his lightning fast speed, Kpassagnon was also one of the top athletes on the varsity football, basketball and track teams at Wissahickon. In his junior year of high school, the talented Trojan tight end and defensive end caught the eye of a recruiter for Villanova University, earning him a scholarship to play football and admittance to their prestigious business school where he double-majored in accounting and finance and interned with accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. On the field at Villanova, Kpassagnon earned first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association and first-team Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American honors, CAA defensive player of the year.

In 2017, Kpassagnon was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs as a defensive end before transitioning into the linebacker position. Pro Football Weekly named Kpassagnon the Chiefs best defensive breakout bet for 2018. In 2021, he signed a two-year contract to join the New Orleans Saints.