“Make yourself known in everything that you do. It’s very easy to get ‘lost in the numbers’ at a large university, so it is important that your professors are able to put a face to the name and that you make an honest impression. These connections that you make with professors, advisors, and coaches can last a lifetime and can open up new opportunities that you never knew existed or help you achieve experiences that you have always dreamed of . . . I am able to do what I love in a way that I never thought was possible because of these professors, advisors and coaches.”
This past Winter, Donovan Aldridge ’18 graduated from the University of Delaware in three and a half years with his degree in Spanish Studies. Donovan, a University of Delaware Community Engagement Fellow, certainly made the most of his time in Newark as he was a reporter and photographer for the student-run newspaper, a member of the Sigma Delta Pi (National Hispanic Honor Society), and served as a practice player for the University of Delaware women’s basketball team. Prior to his time at Delaware, Donovan was a proud member of the WFS community. While at WFS, Donovan was a three-sport athlete (XC, basketball, track and field), a member of various clubs (African-American Affinity and Science Olympiad), and served on the prom committee.
After graduation, Donovan continued to build on his journalism experience and began working as a Visual Journalist Intern for Delaware Online. In this role, he worked closely with different reporters to help them tell their stories through his photography (and some of his photos made the front-page of the paper!). He also spent time pursuing his own photo essay stories, allowing him to conduct interviews and continue to perfect his craft as a photographer.
When asked to reflect on his experience, Donovan states, “I realized my motivation to share photos was driven by a desire to tell stories, connect with people on a global scale, and bring awareness to the environment and disenfranchised communities. I love journalism and photojournalism because it forces you to go outside. You get away from the TV and experience the world as it is; in its raw and unfiltered state. You get the chance to meet extraordinary people with interesting stories that you normally wouldn’t be aware of.”
This fall, Donovan began pursuing his MA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Delaware.
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.