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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

Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.
Seniors line up in the heat to have their final yearbook photos taken.
Seniors Say (Melted) Cheese? [Brief]
This year's senior yearbook portraits fell during a record heat wave.
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]
Heat broke records this month at Friends School of Baltimore.

Thomas Ellberg: New to Staff But Not to Campus [Brief]

The 2021 Friends alum and Quill reporter returned this fall as a full-time member of the school’s Information Technology department.
Emily DeFilippis
Thomas Ellberg, class of 2021, stands outside Forbush Hall, where he now works in IT.

Students at Friends may recognize a familiar face among the new faculty and staff this year. Thomas Ellberg, a recent graduate in the class of 2021, is now working for the Information Technology department.

Last year, Ellberg enrolled at Towson University majoring in criminal justice. With plans to join the police force in a couple of years, he applied to become a police cadet. After a 7-month hiring process, he did not get a position in the Police Academy, and decided to take a break from college and return to Friends on a part-time basis.

Ellberg became a substitute teacher, going all around the Middle School. When French teacher Erin Liffiton went on long-term leave unexpectedly, Ellberg was asked to fill the role for the remaining three months of the school year.

Ellberg had also been a long-time member of both the Summer at Friends and Extended Day staff, where he started working while still a student at Friends. Over the summer of 2022, Thomas was a lead counselor at Summer at Friends.

During this time, he applied for an open position in the Information Technology department. He was accepted and is now a full-time employee of the School, helping to fix tech issues around campus. He has also maintained his position as the Middle School Extended Day Director.

Outside of school, Ellberg is an active member of a duckpin bowling league, and also works at a bowling alley some nights. He is a huge fan of the Baltimore Orioles, and sends out a daily survey to the Middle School, allowing people to predict the score.

He played baseball with Friends all four years that he was a student here, and received the FSAA award for effort his senior year. He is looking forward to potentially helping coach the Friends School Varsity Baseball team this year.

While at Friends, he also wrote for the Quill on subjects from faculty diversity to Academic Alerts.

Ellberg is new to the staff, but not the Friends School community.

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Ben Smith
Ben Smith, Digital Editor
Ben, '23, is a staff writer and Digital Editor for the Quill. Other than writing, he spends his time playing baseball and video games. His favorite NFL team is the Chicago Bears.
Emmet Neff-McGready
Emmet Neff-McGready, Contributor
Emmet, class of 2023, is a contributor to the Quaker Quill. Outside of the Quill, he is the captain of the baseball team and an avid Philadelphia sports fan.
Jonah Rubenstein
Jonah Rubenstein, Contributor
Jonah, class of 2023, is a writer for the Quaker Quill and has been attending Friends School of Baltimore for eight years. Jonah runs Cross Country and is an active member in numerous student clubs including Cooking, Chess, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Emily DeFilippis
Emily DeFilippis, Contributor
Emily, class of '23 is a writer for the Quill. They play Ultimate and are a member of the Yearbook club on campus. They enjoy listening to music and reading. Science is an interest for them post-graduation.
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