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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

The Quaker Quill

Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

The Quaker Quill

At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
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.

The Lackluster Library [Humor]

Thanks to a series of unfortunate events, the Upper School library started the 2023-34 school year bereft of cozy furniture.
A few sad cushions lie on the library floor - painful reminders of the comfy chairs that used to reside there.
Marvin Jones-Tobin
A few sad cushions lie on the library floor – painful reminders of the comfy chairs that used to reside there.

At the end of a fatiguing Orientation on August 30th, all I could think of were the two soft couches and two large leather chairs I believed would be there to greet me in the Upper School library the next day. I couldn’t get the thought off my mind of the cold leather touching my bare skin.

That night, I went to bed early, which was strange. I had never been more ready for the first day of school. I anticipated starting my last year of high school by claiming my forever seat on the couch in the library. 

The next day, excitement filled my face and my thoughts raced as I approached the library.

But when I turned into the room, my eyes widened in shock.

The couches were gone. The soft chairs were gone. It was bare. Empty. 

To my left, a student was sitting on a sad couch cushion, which lay on the floor next to the table where my beloved chairs used to reside.

I looked back in anger, searching for librarian Renee Hall.

To my relief, she reassured me that everything will be all right. New couches will be in soon, she said.

But soon wasn’t fast enough.

Yes, I settled for the realization that the couches will be back later, and continued with my routine. But I’m saddened not to start senior year with my cheeks caressed by familiar couch cushions. 

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Marvin Jones-Tobin
Marvin Jones-Tobin, Contributor
Marvin, class of '24, is a hardworking student who enjoys music and fashion.
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Evan, class of '24, is a student-athlete and student leader. He also likes to play the drums.
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