“I believe that the concept of active listening and learning was cultivated at WFS, and this included being open to feedback. Being willing (and knowing it’s okay!) to change your mind, and constructively disagreeing helped prepare me for post HS life. On the topic of seeing something differently, it was here that I learned that it is perfectly fine to disagree with someone or not see eye to eye, but it’s imperative for everyone’s personal growth and development to do so in a kind, respectful, and gracious way. I think this is the most powerful lesson I took away from Friends and one that I see necessary to practice daily in our world, now more than ever.”
Eleanor Napoli ’16 graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2020 with her degree in English Literature (with a minor in Communication and African Studies). Eleanor certainly made the most of her time during her four years in St. Lawrence County as she served as a Freshman Orientation Leader, an Admissions Ambassador, an Admissions Senior Fellow, and a Civic Dialogue Fellow. A member of the Dean’s list from 2017-20, Napoli studied abroad in Kenya for four months in 2018 where she interned at a rural health clinic. A three-sport athlete in cross country, swimming, and lacrosse at WFS, she decided to walk-on to the women’s crew team and spent four years competing for the Saints. An avid marathon runner, Eleanor credits Erin O’Conner, Paul Nemeth, and Devon Adams for her development as an athlete and her passion for competing. She adds, “They have helped me so much develop into a healthy athlete who hasn’t forgotten to add and keep the fun alive in such a competitive sport!”
Upon graduating from St. Lawrence in 2020, Napoli was scheduled to travel to Uganda and begin a Public Health Fellowship. Unable to take part in the fellowship due to Covid-19, Eleanor quickly pivoted, and found herself working for Northwestern Mutual in Boston, Massachusetts as a Financial Planning Associate for the past two years. Thankful for the opportunity that she received, Eleanor enjoyed working with the Northwestern Mutual team as she learned how to use new platforms and software while providing support for her colleagues on the analysis and development teams. However, as Eleanor began to reflect on both her WFS senior exploration where she shadowed multiple physicians and her experience in Kenya, she had the itch to return to school and explore a career in the medical field. So, this fall, Eleanor will begin her journey as a post baccalaureate candidate at Georgetown University which will help her transition to medical school.
Her advice to a WFS senior? “Just say yes and don’t doubt yourself. Just take the class you want to take, be in the show you want to be in, try the new sport, apply to that college, do the extra credit, do it all. There’s no reason for you to think that a classmate or peer can do something and you can’t - you absolutely can. When you think that something isn’t working, try one more time. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help or guidance. We all have 24 hours in a day and tomorrow is always fresh. WFS has so many resources and people to turn to while you’re there and after graduation, take advantage of our beautiful, strong, smart, fascinating, compassionate network!”
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.