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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

The Quaker Quill

Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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.

‘Women Talking’ Gave Us Lots to Talk About [Opinion]

On Quaker Community Day, the screening of a 2022 film about a series of rapes in an isolated religious community sparked deep discussions about history, community, silence, and the things that connect us.
Photo by Michael Gibson, courtesy of Orion Pictures
A still from the movie “Women Talking,” which inspired a thoughtful discussion on Quaker Community Day 2023.

Quaker Community Day is a day when Friends students get to learn new things about our community. Its a time where we know we will not be able to fix every problem in the world. But we hope to contribute to making a change.

I spent QCD 2023 today with Feminism Club heads Olivia Pritchett and Morgan Thomasson-Small, and other peers, watching the movie “Women Talking.” Upper School 125 was a room full of people eager to learn about how fear kept women silent for years – and talking brought them together.  

Before we began, Olivia and Morgan let us know that the movie would be heavy. They had a description of it on the board.

“The women from this movie have been through horrifying events and they are left with three options. Do nothing, stay and fight, or leave,” it read.  The session leaders asked us to keep that description in mind while they wrote questions on the board.

  • Did you like the ending?
  • Did you agree with their decision? Why or why not?
  • Can you relate this situation to anything happening today?
  • Can you understand why some of the women wanted to say?

Initially, the room was full of people on phones. But as the lights dimmed and the movie began, the energy changed. The film started with traumatic events, and left the room shocked. Everyone’s eyes were glued to the screen to see what would happen next, only 5 minutes and 48 seconds in!

Throughout the movie, audience members experienced a roller coaster of emotions. Based on a 2018 novel by Miriam Toews, the plot was inspired by a real-life series of rapes in an isolated Mennonite community in Bolivia. When the movie was over, you could feel the heaviness. If you’d dropped a pin in the room, you would have heard it.

There were many layers to the movie to uncover and discuss. First, the group took a 15-minute break to process what we had watched. When we reconvened, people started by expressing how surprised they were that the real-life events the film was based on happened as recently as 2010. Then they went deeper, talking about different scenes.

Everyone had so much to say that the conversation flowed. It was a open space where people expressed personal experiences, and educated each other about history, how women have been silenced for years, and how this is an ongoing issue.

The movie opened a space where students could be comfortable with being uncomfortable, learning about things that aren’t often talked about. Everyone was respectful and walked out the room with a new piece of knowledge, or a new way of viewing the world.

Quaker Community Day gives Friends students the opportunity to better ourselves and become a better community. With the knowledge we gain, and the conversations we have, we can all contribute to making the world a better place. 

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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.
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