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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 Rise for Senior Sunrise [Brief]

Friends School’s class of 2024 arrived early on the first day of school to watch the “sunrise.”
Brayden Mathias
After a soggy sunrise, pink-clad seniors headed to Senior Hall to decorate it.

On a gloomy Wednesday at 6:30 a.m., seniors dragged themselves to the turf all dressed in pink. They were headed for the second annual Senior Sunrise – a tradition started by new Head of School Christian Donovan in which seniors greet the first day of school as the sun comes up.

So on August 30th, they rose early. A few students who arrived before maintenance workers opened the campus even had to scale the large fence at J-Lot

After the gates opened, many students started to arrive at the turf with their blankets and coffee in hand. But then they were surprised by pouring rain! Screams started to fill the empty atmosphere. All of a sudden everyone was awake – from the shock of the rainfall.

The seniors then had to migrate to the Zamorski Alumni Center for shelter. With wet clothes and hair, they gathered in the communal space for a powerful speech by Christian about a memory from his childhood. The moral of his story was to do the right thing, even if it might be a hassle. 

After the speech, some people started taking pictures to document their last first day of high school. Thanks to Mikel Smith ‘24, the entire class got to enjoy Dunkin’ donuts to end the morning.

After the gathering, some seniors started to feel the effects of the early morning, and took naps.

Although the seniors never saw a sunrise that day, the sight of people smiling and being happy even in the pouring rain showed the sense of community in the class of 2024.

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Valencia Tunctson, Contributor
Valencia, class of ‘24, enjoys playing soccer and running track. She plays the violin in the school orchestra, and has an interest in photography. She also participates in Peer Education and Yearbook.
Connor Weisman, Science & Technology Editor
Connor, class of 2024, participates in soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and Friends School's string orchestra. He enjoys coding, math, and science.
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.
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