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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.

NFL Week 5 predictions

A team of Quill reporters and football fans gives their two cents about this week’s matchups.
Photo by Ben Hershey on Unsplash
Football season is in full swing. What will happen? Quill sports commentators make their weekly predictions.

NFL football is in full swing – and that means it’s time for weekly score predictions by Quaker Quill reporters Solomon and Sam.

Welcome to week 5 of the NFL season! Same deal as last week: if we disagree on a result, we’ll give two explanations. If we give two different scores but agree on the winner, we’ll only include a second explanation if the disagreeing voice feels it’s necessary.

At the end, you’ll find two top-5 power rankings. These list the best teams the league has to offer, in our opinion.

Please be sure to comment on any suggestions. And look out next week for a rundown of how our predictions from this week panned out.

Good luck to each team; and remember, “On any given Sunday.”


TEAMS ON BYE: Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Washington Commanders vs. Chicago Bears

Washington 28, Chicago 17

SOLOMON: I love this matchup for the Commanders. Brian Robinson should have a great game against this defensive line.

SAM: Chicago’s front four is a laughingstock. I’m going with Solomon on this one.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo 36, Jacksonville 23

After their win against the Dolphins, the Bills may be the new best team in the league. The Jaguars will put up a good fight, but this shouldn’t be too hard for the Bills.

New Orleans Saints vs. New England Patriots

New Orleans 20, New England 10

It’s a “New” era for these two teams. A few years ago this would have been a fun matchup to watch – but these teams have both regressed, to become solid defenses with boring offenses. New Orleans’ offense is better on paper, so this should be business as usual for the Saints.

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

SOLOMON:  Indianapolis 20, Tennessee 14 

SAM:  Indy 23, Tennessee 14

The Titans are not a great team. They managed to beat the recently disgraced Cincinnati Bengals 27-3. Anthony Richardson, their rookie quarterback, has been incredibly promising this year. The Colts have been surprisingly good considering they went 4-12-1 the previous year. They should take this game. 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore 30, Pittsburgh 10

The Steelers SUCK. They are so bad. They have had one good game on both sides of the ball, but but every other game is just the defense or a blowout. They don’t have their quarterback Kenny Pickett either, although he isn’t much better than their backup. Kenny “Kitten Mittens” Pickett had some big expectations after a phenomenal preseason. Thus far, he’s disappointed fans fans to say the least. 

Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions

Detroit 35, Carolina 14

A cat-team game! The Panthers have not been great this year. The Lions have been great. The Panthers just do not have the roster to compete with the likes of Detroit’s explosive offense and their sneakily good defense. Have fun, Panthers! 

Houston Texans vs. Atlanta Falcons

SOLOMON: Houston 20, Atlanta 21

The two frontrunners for Offensive Rookie of the Year face off. I think it’s time for the Texans to drop a game after their two past wins. I’m feeling a big game incoming from Bijan Robinson..

SAM: Houston 27, Atlanta 17

The Falcons are done. The Desmond Ridder experiment has run its course, and it’s time for them to move on. Houston, on the other hand, has a chance at a franchise player in C.J. Stroud. Stroud is 4th in passing yards, 3rd in yards/attempt (minimum 90 attempts), and tied for 5th in passing touchdowns. His completion percentage leaves much to be desired, but his ability to make big plays and his 3rd down efficiency keep the Texans in games – and should lead them to another win this week.

New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins

SOLOMON: New York 21, Miami 40

The Giants have been embarrassing, and the Dolphins are in need of a big win after last week’s loss. If you really think about it, the Giants may be the worst team in the league. They have one win against one of the worst teams in the league. Every other game has been a blowout loss. They are averaging 11 points per game – and if we take out their one win, that drops to 5 points per game. I refuse to pick them to win. 

SAM: New York 17, Miami 30

I’m just rolling back the whole “Mike McDaniel being an evil genius” thing. Leslie Frazier was ready for the Fins last week, and brought them back down to Earth. I’m just here to bring Miami’s score down a bit. 

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals

Cincinnati 28, Arizona 14

SOLOMON: Joe Burrow needs a good game, and this is the perfect opportunity for him. The Bengals should win with ease.

SAM: I desperately want the Bengals to look anything but anemic on offense. Joe Burrow should be a top-3 quarterback. Ever since he was guaranteed $219.01M, Burrow just hasn’t been the same. All the money seems to have gone to his head. 

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams

Philadelphia 28, Los Angeles 30

This just might be an upset for the Rams. The Eagles have not looked like themselves, compared to last year. This could be a deadly trap game for the Eagles.

New York Jets vs. Denver Broncos

New York 33, Denver 7

If the Giants aren’t the worst team in the league, the Broncos are. Zach Wilson showed insane improvement against the best team in the league last week. His defense should give him quite a few opportunities to score. Not to mention that the Broncos currently have the worst defense in the league. Teams that have played the Broncos are currently averaging 23.75 points per game. Against the Broncos, those same teams are averaging 37 points per game. That may be the most embarrassing stat of all time!

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings

Kansas City 40, Minnesota 24

Minnesota’s defense is terrible. The Chiefs have the best quarterback in the league and a top 10 defense to boot. Good luck, Vikings!

San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys

SOLOMON: San Francisco 35, Dallas 36

This should easily be game of the week, featuring two elite offenses and defenses. But since it isn’t the playoffs, the Cowboys won’t choke against the 49ers

SAM: San Francisco 35, Dallas 24

Can’t choke if you’re never winning, Dallas! No, I’m not biased. (Yes I am.) San Fran has not scored below 30 this season. By comparison, they have allowed more than 20 points only one time.

Green Bay Packers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Green Bay 19, Las Vegas 13

SOLOMON: This game seems like it might be very boring. Green Bay is definitely the better team so they should take the win.

SAM: Gonna be a long game.

Solomon’s Power Rankings:

  1. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)
  3. Miami Dolphins (3-1)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0)
  5. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)

Sam’s Power rankings

  1. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)
  2. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0)
  5. Miami Dolphins (3-1)
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Solomon Tompkins
Solomon Tompkins, Contributor
Solomon, class of '25, plays Tennis at Friends and loves short films.
Sam Principe
Sam Principe, Contributor
Sam, class of '25, love to perform music in and outside of school. He plays bass guitar and trombone, and loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, and watch pro sports here and there.
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