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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.

Seniors Say (Melted) Cheese? [Brief]

This year’s senior yearbook portraits fell during a record heat wave.
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Macy Goldberg
Seniors line up in the heat to have their final yearbook photos taken.

Students lined up on the path from the quad to the Meeting House, sweating in their formalwear, antsy and geared-up for senior portraits. After the long, hot Labor Day weekend, the class of ‘24 showed up to school ready to take their photos during lunch and M block. The sight of seniors dressed in business casual attire made it obvious who had come prepared to say cheese!

Some irritated seniors complained about the impracticality of the timing of the photographing. Students had to wait until 1 o’clock, 5 hours after the start of the school day, to take their photos. Some touched up their outfits in the bathroom in hopes that their morning efforts would last.

Another hot topic in Senior Hall was Friends School’s nontraditional style of senior portraits. Several seniors commented that having a cap and gown is a symbol of accomplishment and an iconic part of graduating. 

“Even if it isn’t a requirement at Friends, there should still be an option to wear a cap and gown [in a portrait] if desired,” said senior Ky Mason. Ja’la Fuller agreed, and several other seniors nodded. This was something they had waited for, they said – and it didn’t match the image they had in their heads.

Amid the portrait discussion, seniors are thinking about the milestones passing: the start of their final year at Friends, their final yearbook pictures. For the class of ‘24, this is the beginning of the home stretch.

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Tyler Cox, Contributor
Tyler, class of 2024, has been at Friends for going on 13 years. She is an athlete who loves to write. Her goal when writing is to be a strong voice for people who have a story they feel needs to be told.
Macy Goldberg, Contributor
Macy, class of ‘24, has been at Friends for 15 years, and is passionate about leadership and community. She loves soccer, softball, musical theater, and math.
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