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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.

“Our Song” Connected Distant Sisters [Opinion]

Despite an 8-year age gap, my sister and I bonded over a shared love of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.”
Photo by Gabe Pierce on Unsplash
Sharing songs in the car together, my older sister and I connected.

Friends often ask me: “Why do you love Lana Del Rey so much?”

For some fans, their answer might be about her music.

For me, there’s a story. 

Let me set the scene. It’s a cold day in 2013, and I am alone in the backseat of my mom’s car. I’m six, and my sister is almost 14, in her freshman year of high school.

Back then, I was a boisterous kid who liked messing with my sister. She was a quiet, study-oriented student who would rather read than go out.

In the car on the way to pick up my sister that day, nobody spoke. My mom and I drove in silence, with light jazz on the car radio, from a default station my mom never got around to changing. 

Then, we pulled into a traffic circle to pick up my sister, Kimaya. She hopped into the front seat.

“Listen to this song!” she said.

I always envied that she got a front row seat to my mom’s driving.

Then, my sister began playing the song which would lead me into my high school years, the song that is already set to be my wedding song: Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” 

When it was over, my sister looked at me with glowing eyes, and asked what I thought of it.

I told her I loved it. While I didn’t understand the true meaning of the song, I loved the background vocals and the little drum beat that played throughout the song.  

Over the years, my sister grew older and busier. She made friends who she would go out with after school, so sometimes that car ride home would be our main time together.

Even though we were both growing older, one thing that never changed between the two of us was our song. We always listened to Lana Del Rey on the way home. When we got inside, we would continue to play it in the stairwell of our house. 

So, when people ask me why I love Lana Del Rey, my answer will always be: because of my sister, who introduced me to the artist I hold near and dear.

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Kohena Basu
Kohena Basu, Contributor
Kohena, class of ‘25, is in Friends School’s Journalism class.  She is also involved in numerous activities, including chorus, jazz ensemble, and Pleadies, the school's female a cappella group.
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