“I greatly appreciate WFS for giving me the opportunity to become an independent learner and teaching me how to write. Without these skills, I would not have had nearly as much confidence to go into research as I do now.”
Ikechukwu Daniel Adebi ’18 graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this past spring with his degree in Computer Science and Engineering. A member of the MIT InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Black Student Union during his time in Cambridge, Daniel wanted to pursue a career in software engineering because of his passion for coding and the ability to impact the world in a positive way through this work. Currently, Daniel is a Software Engineer Intern at Google where he is investigating and implementing various Natural Language Processing (NLP) models for Conversation Summarization to help summarize call and message transcripts for various advertisers that work with Google.
In addition to his work with Google this summer, Daniel is also pursuing his Master of Engineering degree with a concentration in artificial intelligence from MIT and is expected to graduate in May 2023. When asked to reflect on his future, he states, “As I spend more time thinking about my future career goals, I hope to transition to more of a research role, particularly in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence because so much of the world depends on these things more and more every day.”
Prior to his time in Cambridge, Daniel was a member of the WFS community and constantly made his impact felt both inside and outside of the classroom. A recipient of the Robert P. Hukill Science Award and the Amanda Spackman Gehret Mathematics Award, Daniel was a Science Olympiad, a member of the Robotics Club, and a member of the Philosophy Club. Additionally, he also earned All-State honors on the gridiron and was a member of the varsity basketball team.
His advice for current WFS students? “Make sure you’re always enjoying what you do, but also know your own limits, so that you don’t get overwhelmed.”
Congratulations on all that you have accomplished so far, Daniel - the sky's the limit!
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.