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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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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.

Reviewing the New Vending Machine Snacks [Humor]

Our main suggestion: get some snacks that aren’t so … healthy. 
Hudson Weber
Junior Mason Cost prepares to sample items from the new Friends vending machine.

One of the biggest and most-requested improvements to the Friends campus in the summer of 2023 was the introduction of a vending machine. Located in the lobby of the Friends Gym, the new machine holds a variety of snacks and drinks:  Lay’s Baked Chips, popcorn, energy bars, Gatorades, and bottled water.

On Monday, we set out on a mission to try out the new vending machine and a few of its offerings. Although there could have been a better selection of easy-to-grab snacks like Gushers, Cheetos, or Sprite, we enjoyed what we could. 

Hudson went for the baked barbecue chips. He was underwhelmed.

“These are mediocre at best. No depth to the BBQ flavor,” he said. “The chip was almost stale-tasting, and had lost that clean crunch we all crave in a good chip.”  

Mason went for the Gatorade. 

“Lukewarm at best,” was his review. “In what was supposed to be a chilled vending machine, the Gatorade was mid.” 

“They should use a separate machine for drinks so that the snacks aren’t cold – and we need tastier snacks,” added Adam Nicolson, class of 2025.

Students’ main suggestion for improvement is the introduction of some snacks that aren’t so … healthy. In our opinion, they should add things like SunChips (or any other unhealthy tasty treat), a wider selection of drinks, and prepackaged meals.

While the machine is hard to figure out at first, we found that reading the directions helps. Just make sure you have $5 in your bank account first.

Current rating:  6.5/10

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Mason Cost
Mason Cost, Contributor
Mason, class of ‘25, is a journalism student and an athlete at Friends. He plays tennis and volleyball, and likes spending time outside.
Hudson Weber
Hudson Weber, Contributor
Hudson, class of '24, is an avid outdoor enthusiast, lacrosse player, and chef.
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