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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

The Quaker Quill

Our reviewers pose with one of the Friends campus top-scoring water fountains.
Friends Water Fountains Reviewed
Mason Cost, Contributor • January 27, 2024
Icy? Filtered? Magic 'pregame water'? A Quill reporter tackles the question: Which is the best, and why?
Activist George Lakey during one of his many arrests
Activist's Stories and Courage Inspire
Matthew Weisman, Contributor • January 16, 2024
With bravery, humor, and tales from his decades on the front lines of American protest, Quaker activist George Lakey held an audience of Friends Upper Schoolers rapt - and gave them hope.
Students and teachers in Friends Schools Fiddle Club performed as community members of all ages filled the Old Gym for the annual Thanksgiving Convocation.
All-School Thanksgiving Convocation a Cherished Tradition
Ella Wilkerson, Contributor • December 9, 2023
From preschoolers to adults, the whole Friends School community gathered in the Old Gym to celebrate with music and dance, and to contemplate gratitude.
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History teacher and 12th grade dean Josh Carlin mugs for the camera in his office on Senior Hall.
From Park Student to Half of Friends Power Couple: Josh Carlin
Alexandra Dineen, Contributor • February 25, 2024
The History teacher and 12th grade dean is now an institution at Friends. But he, and Athletic Director Kara Carlin, met as teens while attending our rival school.
Ninth grade dean Christine Saudek sits in her office. Last year, the beloved English teacher celebrated 14 years at Friends.
Even Chemo Couldn't Keep Her From Her "Kids"
Erika Alamo, Contributor • January 29, 2024
English teacher Christine Saudek has a knack for making students feel like family - sometimes literally. In her hardest time, they helped give her strength.
Latin teacher Lisa Countess plans to retire this spring, after teaching generations of Friends students - including two in my own family.
Trailblazer Looks Toward Her Next Adventure
Keely Carter, Contributor • January 27, 2024
From the Grand Canyon, to Greece, to graveyards, Lisa Countess has made life, and Latin, an adventure for generations of Friends students - including my dad and me.
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Flags fly as the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to face off in SuperBowl 58.
Still-Smarting Baltimore Preps For Super Bowl
Braeden Daniels and Solomon Tompkins February 10, 2024
As Ravens fans lick their wounds following a near miss in the AFC Championship game, the Chiefs and 49ers prepare to face off Sunday, in what Quill sports writers say could be a game for the ages.
A sign outside Friends School on Charles Street celebrates the schools great fall sports season.
Fall Sports Successes Abound
Laya Bubshait, Contributor • January 28, 2024
Four championship teams, 17 all-conference athletes, and two students individually recognized by MIAA or IAAM helped make this fall a terrific season for the Quakes.
Runners celebrate together at the finish line after championships.
XC Champions Look Back On a Great Season
Sachin Rao and Braeden Daniels December 3, 2023
Three runners from this year's squad reflect: on what helped improve their times, and memories of the team they'll take to college.
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Middle School
Could You Live Completely Alone? [Podcast]
Could You Live Completely Alone? [Podcast]
Jordan Saunders, Contributor • February 23, 2024
In this Vox Pop, Friends students consider whether they could live in isolation for the rest of their lives.
Humans on Nature [Podcast]
Humans on Nature [Podcast]
Noah Ripke, Contributor • February 17, 2024
By turns funny and earnest, Friends students discuss their relationships with the natural world. Cah-caw!
Pancakes are a solid option ... on Earth, or off of it.
Alien Brunch [Podcast]
Thomas Hazlehurst, Contributor • February 13, 2024
If extraterrestrials kidnapped you and made you their maid … what would you make them for breakfast? In this funny vox pop, Friends people-on-the-street weigh in.
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Friends Upper School dancers perform a new dance, Snow, as part of the second annual performance of The Jazzy Nutcracker.
All-School Dance Recital Delights
Nigel Lewis, Contributor • February 24, 2024
Second- through 12th-graders wowed audiences this winter, with Friends' second annual performance of the Jazzy Nutcracker, inspired by Duke Ellington's take on the classic ballet.
Band director Wade Zagurski with some of the many instruments he has mastered.
For Mr. Z, Music Was The Bridge
Evan Lawner, Contributor • February 10, 2024
From trumpet to guitar to timpani, multitalented band director Wade Zagurski plays it all.
Eighth graders Nadia Lewis, Zahara Al-Uqdah, and El Cheshire prepare to feast during African Diaspora Day in the Middle School.
Friends Celebrates 2nd African Diaspora Day
Asher Blakeley and Marvin Jones-Tobin December 6, 2023
The Middle School spent the day exploring everything from celebratory dances to serious conversations, new foods to art-making.
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