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The Quaker Quill

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.

Advice of the Month

In the first installment of their new column, three Quill writers give their wisest advice about student-submitted, back-to-school-related dilemmas.
Caroline Toll
Friends advice columnists weigh in on students’ back-to-school problems.

Two months into the school year, we’re all still adjusting. Managing work loads, making new friends, and trying to get enough sleep while doing it all can be a daunting task. We are here to help! 


How do I get the sophomore glamour boy to notice me?

If you want someone to notice you, you need to go big and bold with it. We would suggest putting a banana peel on the ground in front of him, then slipping on it so he’ll have to catch you. 

Seriously though, if you want someone to notice you, talk to them. It’s not as complicated as it might seem. If you guys have a shared class, club, or sport, you can start a conversation about that. If not, you can try to make eye contact and smile when you see him, and eventually get up the courage to talk to him. 


I’m a freshman, and I have the biggest crush on a senior. How should I tell them?

Crushes are so exciting! Seeing your crush in the hall or even making eye contact can seem like the most important thing in the world sometimes, but don’t let it take over. To be completely honest, freshman and senior relationships are unlikely to happen. But don’t let that get you down. There are so many other things that can be fulfilling freshman year:  making good friends, focusing on school, being an active member of the school community, and getting to know yourself. 


School sucks. You have one bad day and it totally messes up your grades, but to fix that mess up you have to go above and beyond to MAYBE bump your grade up by 1%?

School can totally be hard, especially in the beginning of the year when you aren’t used to it yet. The best advice we can give you is to try to have good relationships with your teachers. Some teachers are harder to crack than others, but having a class with a teacher you’re on good terms with can make all the difference.

Communicating with your teachers is really important. Teachers want the best for you, and if you have an honest conversation with them, they’ll see you’re doing the best you can. Take advantage of help centers and other resources offered to you. Participation and time management can also help. At some point though, there’s only so much you can do to improve a grade. Try not to let your grades in school affect your personal well-being.


How should I balance doing so many clubs at once? All my clubs meet at the same time. How do I choose?

That’s a tricky one. Since it’s the beginning of the year, go to one at a time. Try different clubs and go to interest meetings until you find a few that really stick out. When you’re choosing clubs for Community Day, prioritize clubs that only meet on Community Days versus clubs that meet other times like lunch, M-block, and Extra Help.

Being a part of clubs is great, but try not to overbook yourself. Make sure you’re committing to clubs that you’re passionate about and that are fulfilling for you.


I have a teacher who’s kind of a close talker. The issue is, they drink a lot of coffee and I have a lot of questions in their class, so the coffee breath can get pretty intense. How do I navigate this??

Offer them gum. If that doesn’t work, hold your breath.

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Natalie Tompkins
Natalie Tompkins, Advice Columnist
Natalie, class of '25, spends her time at Friends working on the Quaker Quill, organizing activities for French club, acting in the school plays, playing badminton, volunteering at the Baltimore Station, and singing in concert chorale. Outside of Friends she enjoys reading, writing, music, and working as a summer camp counselor.
Caroline Toll
Caroline Toll, Managing Editor
Caroline, class of '25, spends her time at Friends creating for the Quill and the yearbook, playing in the wind ensemble, playing badminton, and volunteering with the Hunger Committee at the Baltimore Station. In her free time, she likes to read, bake, do creative projects, go on walks, and take care of her plants.
Ella Palmer
Ella Palmer, Managing Editor
Ella, class of '25, likes writing, tennis, and badminton. At school, she participates in Model UN, the literature magazine Mock Turtle, and Book Club. Outside of school, she spends her time reading and writing, listening to music, baking, going for walks with her family, and playing tennis.
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    I do not feel comfortable sharing my nameJan 9, 2024 at 1:26 pm

    I like a boy and he likes me. I just learned that he also likes another girl more than me. What should I do?