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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.

Lunch & M? Try Lunch & Melting [Brief]

Heat broke records this month at Friends School of Baltimore.
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Ella Salvador

Sweat stains appeared on upperclassmen as they trudged across the turf towards their first-period classes, on the lengthy walk from J-lot. Over Labor Day weekend, a heat wave spread across the country.  

It hit Friends School of Baltimore directly, and set records for Baltimore’s hottest temperature since 1898 according to The Washington Post. Yes, climate change is real.

The heat impacted students activities from sports to senior portraits. 

During their senior picture shots on Tuesday, September 5th, and Thursday, September 7th, students had to get creative to stay cool. Many resorted to waiting in Forbush Hall rather than in line outside. Students said they worried the heat and humidity would contribute to them feeling unhappy with their portraits. 

Sports practices were also in full swing coming out of preseason. Many games and practices were scheduled for Labor Day week, but the humidity made it hard for the athletes to bear the heat. 

For example, Girls Varsity Soccer’s debut conference games were canceled because of the extreme heat. Other games and practices were modified to occur indoors, on or off campus. 

It was a setback for teams looking to prepare for upcoming games. Throughout the rest of the week, temperatures continued to be in the 90s. Thankfully, the heat wave broke the following week.

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Keely Carter, Contributor
Keely, class of '24, is a member of the Friends School lacrosse team, and is involved with multiple clubs, such as Quaker Nation, and Psych Club. She is a head of the Jewish Student Union and One Love club.
Ella Salvador, Contributor
Ella, class of ‘24, plays lacrosse and field hockey at Friends, and is involved in William Penn Fellows, One Love Club, the Admission Ambassadors program, and Quaker Nation.
Ella Wilkerson, Contributor
Ella, class of ‘25, is an athlete who enjoys photography and writing.
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