“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."
"Some of the most intelligent people I’ve met along the way are those that can clearly understand the key elements of a problem and move forward accordingly without losing sight of the big picture… To the Class of 2022, be honest with yourself about what is important to you. This does not mean knowing what you want to ‘be’ or ‘do’ in the future, but instead knowing what your values are which usually takes some hard thinking and introspection. I don’t think there’s been a major decision I’ve had to make where knowing what my priorities were hasn’t helped clarify the right choice.”
Hunter Witmer ’10 graduated from Haverford College with his degree in Molecular Biology in 2014. While at Haverford, he was a member of the varsity mens’ lacrosse program and was a three-year member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. In addition to his exploits on the lacrosse field, Hunter studied abroad at University College Dublin in Ireland for one semester. Prior to his time at Haverford, Hunter was a proud member of the Wilmington Friends School community. While at Friends, he was a member of the varsity football and lacrosse teams, earned his IB diploma, participated in Jazz band, and volunteered with Special Olympics.
After his time at Haverford, Hunter earned his MD from Jefferson Medical College in 2018 and currently serves as a General Surgery Resident at the University of Chicago Medicine. While at Jefferson, he was the Dunglison Learning Society President, the Gibbon Surgical Society President, and the Founder of the Gibbon Surgical Review periodical. Hunter, who has always had a strong desire to help others, loves his work because, “Surgery gives you more in return. It gives you fresh challenges every day and the opportunity to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team with a shared mission. You get to be a confidant, an educator and a counselor without any ceiling for what you can become or achieve. You can never confidently say that you have fully reached your potential and can always find ways to improve your approach. Most importantly, however, it gives me a sense of purpose knowing that what I work so hard for does in fact make a difference.”
Pictured: Hunter at work; Hunter at his wedding with groomsmen Reed Salmons ‘10, Eric Kelley ‘10, and Ernest Higginbotham ‘10; and Hunter during his time playing football at WFS.
Temilola Lufadeju '25, Maddie Miller '24, and Isaiah Turman '24 traveled to San Antonio last week to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
A beloved holiday tradition at WFS is our sixth grade pie bake for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission. Students lovingly peel, slice, prepare, box, and finally deliver more than 30 apple pies for those in our greater community.
On Monday, seventh graders and faculty members traveled to Washington, D.C. where they had a busy day visiting the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, the United States Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The Quaker Cares Committee celebrated gratitude last week by having students, faculty, and staff fill out a turkey feather with what they were most grateful for. They also handed out sensory stickers for students' computers to share their own gratitude!
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Townsend '75, who received the Delaware Athletic Trainer’s Association’s AT Ally award! Dr. Townsend played under Coach Tattersall as a student and has been the WFS football team's doctor for more than 30 years.
Students in the upper school Quakerism & Thee course took a field trip to local Quaker meetinghouses. At Wilmington Monthly Meeting at 4th & West, they were welcomed by member and WFS trustee Darcy Rademaker who gave them some history and information. The students then visited and toured Centre Meeting.
The Special Olympics Club and Quaker volleyball teams, led by Jocelyn Nathan '23, hosted bake sales and an awareness match to raise funds for Special Olympics - Delaware. All told, they raised over $740 for the day!
The WFS garden is still in bloom! This fall, sixth graders have been hard at work harvesting the fall crop, including cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bell and jalapeño peppers, squash, and cantaloupe, as well as helping put the final touches on the new WFS greenhouse.