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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.

Seniors Celebrate Their Last Two Days at Friends [Brief]

The class of 2023 spent their final days of classes making mischief, singing, and reminiscing.
Mary Wiltenburg
The class of ’23 took over the faculty room and converted it to a club as part of the annual senior prank.

The first major sign of the seniors’ departure came on in an unpleasant way.

On Monday, May 1st, everyone who walked into Junior Hall or Freshman Hall was assaulted by a putrid fart stench. They also probably heard the muffled bass hits of club music blasting on the middle floor.

It turns out this was all part of the class of ’23’s senior prank. Early Monday, students sprayed fart spray in the grade halls, and turned the faculty lounge into a club.

Later that day, their last full day of classes, the seniors spent Collection leading a chaotic final Quaker Bowl that quizzed students on facts about the class of 2023. Senate co-presidents Mariana Garza and Mike Ma gave touching goodbye speeches. Then, all the seniors came to the stage to sing Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” As they sang and swayed together, some tears started to fall.

The next day, classes finished up for seniors in the morning, and they had a very emotional final Meeting for Worship. Afterward, they took to the outskirts of the playground and the quad for a massive picnic, with grilled hot dogs, spikeball, yearbook signing, and red blankets – a gift to remind them of Friends School.

Students slowly left the picnic, and enjoyed their final moments in senior hall, before departing for senior work projects and onto the next phase of their lives.

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Sam Wu, Sports Editor
Mary Wiltenburg, Faculty Advisor
As the Quill's advisor, Ms. Wiltenburg reads every story before it's published. She teaches journalism, podcasting, and English at Friends School of Baltimore, and podcasting at Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She previously spent 20 years as a reporter for national newspapers, magazines, and radio shows.
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