Alumni Spotlights


Bowman Benge ’13

“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.

Congrats Bowman, we’re so proud of you!
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