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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

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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.

School Reacts to Smelly Senior Prank [Podcast]

Fart spray and a faculty lounge takeover marked the class of 2023’s spin on the notorious tradition. Quill reporters gathered student and teacher reactions.
Mary Wiltenburg
Seniors enjoy the club decor in the converted teacher’s lounge as part of their senior prank.

The building was full of a foul smell. Music blared from the Faculty Room. On Tuesday morning, May 2nd, Upper School students and teachers arrived at school to find the annual senior prank underway. 

Per Friends School tradition, on the last day of school for seniors they do some type of prank. Last year the Class of 2022 occupied the staff parking lot. This year’s seniors occupied the Teachers’ Lounge, turning it into a dance club, and spraying a number of bathrooms and grade halls with “fart spray.”

The prank was met by mixed reactions from faculty and students

“Wack,” was junior Mikel Smith’s verdict. “They could have done better.”

Junior Nigel Moore agreed.

“I thought it was terrible, because when I went to my grade hall it smelled like farts,” he said. “It was too loud in the morning. It was way too early for that.”

Faculty reaction was mixed.

English teacher and alum Rob Travieso called the stunt “fairly blasé.” He said he was happy it “didn’t cause any destruction,” but was annoyed that he couldn’t get to his normally constant stream of coffee from the faculty room. 

History teacher and 12th grade dean Josh Carlin disagreed.

“I thought the faculty room part was awesome,” he said. “The only part that I didn’t like about it was I think the whole senior class needed to be there like 7:30 in the morning. That would have made it better: if, when the faculty showed up, all the seniors were in there.”

Carlin, however, was not a fan of the smell.

“NAH, I did not like the spray,” he said.

Seniors Dylan Barnes and Sammi Nelson-Saunders both expressed some frustration about the prank itself – but also the decision process by which their class arrived at it. 

“It was godawful, terrible. Worst senior prank in history. Nobody listened to my input and I had a lot to say,” said Dylan. “It’s ridiculous and they were being stuck up.”

Sammi agreed.

“I think the senior prank was not a reflection of our entire grade,” she said. “I wish the entire grade had more input.”

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JJ Porter
JJ Porter, Editor-in-Chief
JJ, class of '24, is an athlete, poet, and photographer.
Brayden Mathias
Brayden Mathias, Editor-in-Chief
Brayden, class of '24, is an Editor-in-Chief overseeing the Quill's digital team. He is passionate about history and enjoys writing articles regarding international events. He is also a two sport athlete, splitting his time between soccer and ultimate frisbee.
Mary Wiltenburg
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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