Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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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.

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.
Courtesy of Alexandra Dineen
Members of Friends School’s class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.

On Saturday April 20th, Friends upperclassmen began arriving on campus at 6 pm. Students headed towards the Middle School to sign themselves and their guests in.

Next, seniors were invited to the ZAC to mingle with friends, take photos, spend time with their families, and enjoy treats provided by parents. Meantime, juniors and their families surrounded the Middle School entrance and posed for photos along the steps leading to the Upper School building.

When the clock struck 6:30, juniors were summoned to take a class photo on the stairs. Rows of parents lined up to grab pictures and videos. Then, juniors went back to mingling and grabbing snacks from the snack table, while seniors lined up along the stairs for a photo.

Next, three yellow buses pulled up the middle school parking lot. A sea of students ran to secure seats alongside their friends for the 17-minute drive to the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

Students piled off the buses and into the lobby of the hotel. Some were dazzled by what they saw.

“The inside was beautiful and I felt like it was an amazing venue for my first prom,” said junior Isabelle Ruley.

There were three elevators, and groups of students hopped on and headed to the 12th floor. When they exited the elevators, students were greeted by teachers, a large appetizer buffet, and a ballroom with white tables. They rushed to the buffet to get their starting course: crab dip with crackers, salad, and fruit and cheeses. 

Next, many students headed to the ballroom to listen to the music by DJ OK, and chat with their friends. Many also grabbed drinks from tables set up around the room.

An hour later, dinner was served. Once again, students rushed the buffet tables. They were told to wait six minutes, so the rest of the food could be brought out. The line grew long. But when the food was finally open to students, there were sliders with and without cheese, mac and cheese, carrot and celery sticks, and pizza.

Students slowly began filing back into the ballroom to eat and chat. After dinner, students hit the dance floor, and danced to songs like Wobble and “Party In the U.S.A.”

The dance came to an end at 11:30 pm, and students were ushered back to the buses and driven back to Friends. From there, they went their separate ways, and Prom 2024 was complete.

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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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