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2022

  • Nathaniel Ruhl ’18

    2018
    “I learned to enjoy school, challenge myself, and develop in an environment where all of my teachers cared about my success and supported me.” 
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  • 5th Grade Original Composition

    Congratulations to the fifth grade choir whose original composition, How Do We Show Peace? tied for first place in the Delaware Music Education Association (DMEA) Young Composers Competition!

     
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  • Phoenix Mellow '08

    The Class of 2022 commencement speaker was none other than Phoenix Mellow '08.
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  • Creating a Rainbow School

    Today, faculty and staff met with Reverend Karla Fleshman, LCSW, MDiv, who spoke about "creating a rainbow school" in support of LGBTQ+ students.
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  • Middle School Fun!

    Middle school students had a blast yesterday with the sixth grade Olympics; the seventh grade visiting Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center; and the eighth grade visiting Sandy Hill Retreat Center!
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  • Music in the Parks Winners!

    Congratulations to our middle school band and choir who were both winners at last week's Music in the Parks competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania!
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  • Ukulele Tour!

    As a culminating activity in their ukulele unit, fifth graders prepared simple songs to sing and play on the ukulele and took their show on the road, visiting with with younger friends in preschool, prekindergarten, and kindergarten. Everyone enjoyed listening and even sang along!
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  • Fifth Grade NYC Trip

    A culminating part of fifth grade at WFS is the spring field trip to New York City! 
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  • Middle School 5K!

    The return of the middle school 5K to benefit Hanover Food Closet at Hanover Presbyterian Church was a huge success! 
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  • 4th Grade Electric Convention

    Fourth graders recently participated in an electric convention - an opportunity for them to show their electric projects and games created during science class to lower school students and faculty.
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  • March For Our Lives Walk Out

    The upper school March For Our Lives Club held a walkout today to honor those lost in the recent Uvalde and Buffalo shootings. 
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  • Native Plant Sale

    Thank you to everyone who purchased plants from our native plant sale. Mason, Jace, Matt, and Hudson (all juniors from the Eco Team) helped us stay organized this week!
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  • College Counselor of the Year

    Congratulations to WFS Director of College Guidance Kathleen Martin, who was recently named Counselor of the Year by the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling. 
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  • Tom Spiker ’93 & Jimmy Butterfield ’20

    A faculty member at the University of Arts in Philadelphia for the past eight years, Tom Spiker ’93 has taught many classes (and students) about music producing and engineering.
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  • Middle School Social Studies

    In social studies, seventh graders had the opportunity to visit with a Cuban immigrant, Reinaldo, and learn more about his experience in a communist country. 
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  • Xanadu!

    A huge congratulations to the entire cast and crew of the incredible upper school production of Xanadu!
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  • Middle School Fair!

    Yesterday welcomed the return of another beloved tradition — the middle school fair! Middle school students organize and man one activity per advisory, from a photo booth to obstacle courses.
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  • Poetry Discussion

    Patrece McAbee '22 recently visited with WFS fourth graders to share her poems and talk to students about writing poetry. 
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  • WFS Garden Update

    The middle school garden club has been hard at work - planting tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumber, and more at the School's garden!
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  • Sunday Breakfast Mission Service

    Recently, seventh grade students prepared more than 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a snack, and a piece of fruit for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission, which has served the homeless, addicted, and impoverished for over 125 years.
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  • Wellness Day

    Last Friday, middle and upper school students participated together in wellness activities, ranging from yoga to meditation and team building!
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  • Visual Arts Foundations

    Visual arts foundations classes are drawing from life, using architectural elements from around the school as a first step in creating an abstract painting that will be inspired by their space.
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  • Sixth Grade Service

    Sixth graders recently spent time off campus for a morning of service activities in the local community. 
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  • Position Announcements

    Over the last few months we have been in the process of filling two critical positions on campus: our new Director of Equity, Justice, Community, and Engagement and our Assistant Head of School for Academics. 
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  • Architectural House Tour

    Last week, WFS kindergarteners took an "architectural neighborhood walk" throughout Alapocas as a culmination of their month-long house unit!
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  • Second Grade Wax Museum

    From athletes to world changers, scientists, and social advocates, this year's second grade wax museum did not disappoint! 
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  • IB Art Night

    Last night was the IB Art Exhibition, where students from the Class of 2022 had the opportunity to show friends and family their work over the past two years.
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  • National Day of Silence

    Friday, April 22 was the National Day of Silence - a day of silent protest and memorial of all queer voices silenced now and throughout history. 
     
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  • Peace Run

    WFS was a recent stop on the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, which was founded in 1987 by peace visionary Sri Chinmoy. 
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  • 7th Grade Service

    Seventh graders traveled to Material Resource Centers in Ephrata and Souderton, Pennsylvania, operated by the Mennonite Central Committee. 
     
     
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  • Earth Day 2022

    Third graders are all smiles on Earth Day after spending time earlier this week helping clean up the lower school campus.
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  • LS Visiting Author

    Lower School students met children's author Kelly Starling Lyons this week. 
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  • Senior Scroll Signing

    The end-of-year senior traditions have begun, with the Class of 2022 today signing the Senior Scroll and receiving their WFS laundry bag. 
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  • IB Extended Essays

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma is often considered the highest standard for college preparatory education.
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  • Pop-Up Debate!

    Eighth grade history/social science students recently visited the East Side Charter School APEX program, currently housed at the Teen Warehouse in Northeast Wilmington, to participate in a "pop-up" debate with APEX students, discussing the benefits and challenges of social media in our society for young people and adults.
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  • 4th Grade Artists

    Fourth graders recently created original works of art inspired by Spanish artists.
     
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  • Bowman Benge ’13

    “I think Wilmington Friends School pushes its students to try and pursue multiple interests.
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  • Senior Athletes

    Congratulations to the following WFS senior athletes who all signed letters of intent for collegiate athletics!
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  • Climate Scientist, Dr. Michael Mann

    WFS recently hosted our latest guest in the Nathan M. Clark speaker series, climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. 
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  • Kindergarten Animal Study

    In a cross-curricular unit, WFS kindergarten students researched an animal of their choosing. 
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  • WFS Flat Park Ranger

    As part of their study on National Parks, third grade students send out "flat rangers" to the park they are studying. We recently heard from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, who took third grader Felicity's flat ranger on quite an adventure!
     
     
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Robotics

    The WFS Robotics Club, commonly referred to as the “The Bad News Bots,” placed 2nd overall in the Delaware FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship on Saturday, March 12!
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  • Latest Quaker Matters Podcast

    Tune in to our latest Quaker Matters Podcast, where lower school librarian Kate McCarron discusses the WFS lower school Information Literacy Program, which helps prepare students for middle and upper school and how to navigate the world of technology. 
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  • QUEST Trip to El Paso

    Over spring break, 15 WFS upper school students traveled to El Paso, Texas, to take part in a QUEST service learning trip.
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  • Ellie McGinnis

    2014
    “My time as a WFS student built a foundation of curiosity, empathy, and determination that I will always carry with me, but the most important lesson I learned as a WFS student comes from the George Fox quote in the front entrance of school: ‘Let your life speak.’
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  • Sunflowers for Ukraine

    Throughout Ukraine’s history, the sunflower has been used as a symbol of peace. Third graders created these pieces of art representing their hopes for peace. 
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Mock Trial

    For the second consecutive year (and fourth time in school history), Wilmington Friends School won the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition! 
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  • Fifth Grade Musical

    Congratulations to the cast of this year's fifth grade musical, Dear Edwina Jr., on an incredible performance!
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  • PRISM Night!

    It was great to see so many of our student and faculty's talents - from poetry to guitar - on display at PRISM Night! 
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  • Art in the Gallery

    The middle/upper school gallery is currently showcasing some interesting artwork based on a game that was started in the 1920 by the surrealists that is similar to the old parlor game, Consequences. 
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  • Yerba Mate

    Señora Morás joined Señora Knight's Spanish 4 class, who are finishing their unit about Argentina, to share about yerba mate.
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  • Upper School Lunch and Learn

    Upper school peace teacher Ryan Wood '16 hosted Corry Wright, Director of Youth and Diversion Services and Student Warriors Against Gangs & Guns at the Delaware Center for Justice for a Lunch and Learn. 
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  • Black Student Union Visits Lower School

    To wrap up their Black History Month activities, members of the upper school Black Student Union traveled to the lower school to read stories to students that highlighted Black history or protagonists. The lower school students love it when the “big kids” come to visit!
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  • CRISPR Summer Intensive Course

    "How can we ensure that the next generation of medical technologies is developed equitably to serve all people?" 
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  • 8th Grade Musical

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of our fantastic eighth grade musical performance - "13!"
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: STEMinist Club

    STEMINIST CLUB
    Led by faculty advisor and US Math teacher Sarah Stock Patterson, the WFS STEMinist Club meets every few weeks and provides a welcoming space for over 20 students to explore different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
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  • Upper School Visiting Artist

    IBHL art students hosted visiting artist, Aaron Terry who gave a talk on his work before demonstrating various printing methods and processes for the students to explore as they embark on a project of their own.
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  • US Lunch and Learn

    Upper school students joined Dr. Noble Thompson and teacher Donnie Morton '94 for a Lunch and Learn where Dr. Thompson shared his experiences as a physician and world traveler.
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Math Appreciation Club

    Led by faculty advisors Sarah Stock Patterson and John Roskovensky, the Math Appreciation Club meets every “Day 1” and provides a space for students who wish to learn new math skills and review old concepts.
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  • Alumni Profile - Hunter Witmer ’10

    “One of the greatest lessons I took from Friends was how to think critically, which has served me well throughout my educational journey and into the professional world. It’s truly a skill that is valuable regardless of what you do in life."
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  • Middle School Chinese

    The middle school Chinese classroom has come to life with a post-it dragon made out of Chinese characters written by students! 
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  • WFS Choir News

    Check out all this good news from the WFS choirs!
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: RAK

    Led by faculty advisor and Director of Technology Gregg Miller, the WFS Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) club meets every other “Day 5” and simply tries to uplift members of the WFS upper school through, as you might have guessed, acts of kindness.
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  • Ancient African Kingdoms

    Fourth graders have been learning about Ancient African Kingdoms and civilizations. For the culmination of the unit, they created a bulletin board that showcased their learning with interesting facts, maps, and pictures. 
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  • Zooming from France

    Last week, Izzy Miller '23, our student who is spending the year abroad in France, Zoomed with French 3 students to tell them about her school experience in France as part of the class' unit on education. 
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  • Black History Month Quilt Squares

    The WFS middle school affinity group Sisters of Color as well as seventh grade students worked on making quilt squares in honor of Black History Month.
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  • Cecilia Ergueta

    2018
    At Friends since Kindergarten, Cecilia ’18 has interspersed her Humanities studies in California with experiential learning in Germany. After a gap year in Berlin teaching children cooking on a kitchen bus, she entered an intensive program in Classics & Philosophy and designed costumes for the repertory Shakespeare Company during her freshman year at Stanford. When the pandemic moved classes online, she joined a Berlin social enterprise as a Marketing Manager.
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  • David Linton

    1978
    A big fan of the Stoic philosophers, David's mantra is: Strive, not arrive.  Winner of both the Mendenhall and Bush awards, David played sports, sang in musicals, and acted at Friends.  He finds the faculty to be the School's core asset.  Harry Hammond and Rick Reynolds in particular influenced his development.
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  • Hannah Kushner

    2017
    Hannah Kushner ’17 was a Lifer at Friends. On campus, Hannah ran on the cross country team and was involved with the FIRST Tech Challenge, Poetry Speaks, and Amnesty International clubs. After graduation, Hannah attended Lehigh University, where she studied environmental engineering and urban policy, with a focus on climate resilient cities. At Lehigh, Hannah was involved in political activities and stormwater management research. After graduating in January 2021, Hannah stayed on at Lehigh to pursue a master’s degree in environmental policy while serving as a Resilience Fellow with the City of Boston. Hannah intends to continue working in local government to develop climate resilient and socially equitable infrastructure. Connect with Hannah or learn more about her work on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hannahkushner
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  • Hon. Shirley Padmore-Mensah

    Class of 1987
    After spending two decades as a private practice trial lawyer, Shirley shifted the focus of her career to public service. She credits WFS with instilling in her the many values needed to be an effective U.S. Magistrate Judge.
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  • Joey Gutierrez

    2007
    Joey Gutierrez '07 joined the WFS community in 3rd Grade. After graduation, he attended Bucknell University, where he majored in Comparative Humanities and founded a student group focused on philanthropy education. After college, Joey moved to the Bay Area where he has held various roles in education technology and impact investing. He most recently completed an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business and started working at an edtech startup in San Francisco.
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  • Josh Loeffler

    Class of 1999
    Josh just completed his second year as the head coach at Johns Hopkins University. The Blue Jays were conference champions in 2018. He joined Friends in the sixth grade and had four other siblings who attended the school, including Chris ’00 and Cassandra ’05. At WFS, Josh played football, basketball and baseball, and was involved in The Whittier Miscellany, Student Discipline, and theater.  He played basketball and football and was awarded the McCabe Scholarship. He has coached college basketball since graduation, acting as an assistant at Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Williams, Lafayette, Rutgers, and Loyola Maryland. He served as the head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2006-08 where he helped take the Ducks to the Sweet 16. Josh and his wife Helen, live in Baltimore with two children.
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  • Kenji Endo

    Class of 2014
    After graduating from WFS, Kenji matriculated to Brown University and pursued animation and computer graphics. He interned at Pixar and had the chance to work on "Incredibles 2." Kenji is currently working as a technical director at Blue Sky Studios, whose next movie starring Will Smith is due out in the fall of 2019.
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  • Macon Sheppard

    2015
    Macon Sheppard ‘15 came to Friends in fall of 2006, along with his brothers, Owen Sheppard ‘17 and Grant Sheppard ‘19. At Friends, Macon was involved in the H. Fletcher Brown Boys and Girls Club after-school program, the World Affairs Club, the football team, and (briefly) the Model Organization of American States. After graduating from WFS, Macon studied at Georgetown University, where he majored in International Relations and minored in Arabic and Economics. At Georgetown, Macon was involved with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and he studied abroad in Amman, Jordan in the summer of 2017. In August of 2019, Macon moved to Dubai to join McKinsey and Company as a Business Analyst in their Middle East Office. When he has free time, he enjoys exploring the city with friends, traveling, and making a fool of himself in foreign languages.
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  • Marguerite (Marty) Marston Kritkausky

    Class of 1970
    After retiring from a successful 30 year career at Ikea, Marty has embarked on an exciting second career as a transition life coach in Wilmington. Working as a life coach helps Marty pursue her passion of helping people achieve their goals. She credits WFS with instilling in her the curiosity, self-confidence and enthusiasm to try new things.
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  • Mike Coleman

    1988
    For Mike Coleman ’88, giving back is part of his DNA.  Following his graduation from Wilmington Friends, Mike has remained a fixture at the School as a coach, a mentor, a volunteer, and a financial supporter.  Throughout his 23-year stint at the YMCA in Wilmington, running youth sports leagues and summer camps, he refined his skills in youth development, skills he’s brought to his work at Wilmington Friends.  “I loved my time at the YMCA,” Mike explained.  “It really helped me to understand a lot about youth development, and also helped me hone my relationship building skills.”
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  • Tony Bennett

    2018
    “Throughout the years, I’ve been lucky enough to view WFS as being a family to me, throughout the tough times and the good. Quaker philosophy tells us that everyone has a light within them and I think this is exemplified by the incredibly caring nature of the school community.
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  • Tyrie Jenkins, M.D.

    Class of 1973
    Tyrie is a pioneer in eye care. She was the first person to perform LASIK in Hawaii, and more recently, was the first to perform laser assisted cataract surgery. She has fond memories of her experiences at WFS, and believes this school’s commitment to educational excellence has made her value life long learning.
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  • Quaker Youth Leadership Conference

    The Quaker Youth Leadership Conference brings students together for fellowship, workshops and a keynote speaker every year. 
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  • Spotlight on Clubs and Committees: Black Student Union

    Led by faculty advisor and upper school math teacher Erica Childs, the WFS Black Student Union meets every “Day 2” and provides a welcoming space for over 50 WFS students.
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  • Latest Quaker Matters Podcast

    In the latest episode of our Quaker Matters podcast, WFS Assistant Head of School for Academics Mike Benner talks about the WFS International Baccalaureate program, its core principles, and the impact that it has on students after they have graduated.
     
     
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  • Meeting an Olympian!

    It's Olympic season and fourth graders recently had the honor of visiting with two-time Olympic gold medalist Theresa Andrews! 
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  • Peace Activism in Haiti

    Michael Anello, Executive Director of the Haiti Reforestation Partnership, joined upper school peace classes to discuss his work in Haiti over the last 20 years devoted to peace activism reforestation.
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  • Alumni Profile - Ellie Anderson '14

    Ellie Anderson '14 spent yesterday with a national celebrity - Punxsutawney Phil - who predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day 2022.
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  • World Record!

    Congratulations to senior Max Leffler who was recently confirmed by the Guinness World Records as holding the fastest time in the world for the three-legged mile! Max ran the record-breaking mile last year with Anna Pryor from Ursuline Academy.
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  • School Year Abroad Update!

    Izzy Miller '23 continues to enjoy her school year abroad in France!
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  • Nathan M. Clark Peace Speaker

    WFS recently welcomed the first speaker in the Nathan M. Clark Speaker Series, international peacekeeper Rebecca Davis. 
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  • Celebrating MLK Jr.

    Our school community took time this week to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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  • Upper School Robotics!

    The WFS Upper School Robotics Team, "The Bad News Bots," participated in the first scrimmage of the season at Tower Hill on January 15. 
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  • WFS Peace Speaker

    Please join us for a talk by international peacekeeper, Rebecca Davis, on Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. in the WFS Theater or via livestream on our YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/mrx5v6ey).
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  • Quaker Matters Podcast

    In the latest episode of our Quaker Matters podcast, WFS Head Athletic Trainer Devon Adams talks about the importance of athletics, wellness, and the lessons we learn from both. Click here to listen today! wilmingtonfriends.org/community/quaker-matters-podcast
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  • Third Grade Detectives

    Third graders are enjoying their mystery unit in reading, noting patterns that occur across mysteries, thinking like detectives, and paying attention to clues and potential suspects. 
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