“I think Wilmington Friends School pushes its students to try and pursue multiple interests.
Multiple interests will serve you well in life because, no matter how much you enjoy your profession, you will need a break and it’s always nice to have areas of your life to grow and just enjoy in a different way . . . To the Class of 2022, I remember someone telling my class at my WFS graduation that the world was our oyster at that point. And he was right, in the sense that there is a weird mixture of optimism, achievement, and mystery without the realities of adulthood having set in just yet - enjoy that feeling!”
Bowman Benge ’13 graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2017 where he majored in History and minored in Arabic. For the past five years, Bowman has served as an Officer and Aviator in the United States Air Force. In reflecting on his professional path, Bowman states, “My job has given me many unique opportunities and experiences I would not have otherwise had. From traveling to new countries and continents, it has been quite a ride. Also - I did meet my wife at my job, so that was pretty amazing!”
Prior to his time in the Air Force, Bowman was a student at WFS where he played football, wrestled, and participated in the Model Organization of American States Club. He was also the recipient of the Bush Award, given in honor of former Head of School Charles W. Bush, to students who follow the Quaker “SPICES” and serve as dedicated students and role models to the WFS community.
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.