Award of Excellence Recipients November 5th, 2022

The Executive Committee of the SPHS Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the Award of Excellence.
Banquet to be held November 5th 2022
Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water Street, Philadelphia, PA  19148

Althea Leslie, Former SPHS teacher

Althea Leslie was a member of the Physical Education Department and founded the Dance/Movement Program as an alternative to traditional physical education at SPHS and the lead choreographer for Sothern’s school plays.


Joseph Tedesco, Former SPHS teacher

Joe Tedesco taught English at Southern for 20 years, from 1972 until 1992.  He is a graduate of Bishop Neuman High School and La Salle University.  After leaving SPHS Joe taught at Bartram and Central High Schools and retired from the school district in 1999.

Wei Chen, SPHS Alumni and community activist

Wei Chen is a 2010 graduate of SPHS.  He has an extensive background in his community and volunteer service.  He is  currently the Civic Engagement Coordinator of the Asian American United’s Chinatown Vote Project where he helps to promote voter education and rights in the Asian Community. His volunteer activities include Peace First Organization, Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance and Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia.



Tarez Williams, SPHS Alumni Board Member


Tarez Williams Is currently the Vice President of the SPHS Alumni Association.  She is a 1984 graduate of SPHS