The Falcon

Top 10 albums of the 2010’s

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Matt D'Annunzio

January 17, 2020

The 2010’s have been marked by many ups and downs, but all throughout there has been a constant stream of incredible music to make everything better. Every genre has had its standouts. While it is impossible to summarize a decade of music in just ten albums, and there are so many remarkable pieces...

A Whole New World: The Experience of International Students in Regular English Class

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Tal Lesnik

January 16, 2020

The Scarlet Letter was the first book I read in regular English class, and let’s just say that the translator and I spent a considerable amount of time together. I would read at break, on the bus from tennis practice, before I went to sleep, and right when I opened my eyes in the morning. The book was...

The Best and Worst Books in the FSS English Curriculum

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Zoe Tzanis and Annie Rupertus

January 16, 2020

With a set English curriculum for all students in ninth through eleventh grade, there are bound to be a variety of opinions on which books are good and which ones aren’t. We’ll be sharing reviews of some of our favorite—and least favorite—novels that we’ve read for English class at FSS. &...

An Open Letter to Commissioner Adam Silver

Active NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Peter Ryan

January 16, 2020

A copy of this letter, which addresses the NBA’s silence on the current human rights abuses in the People’s Republic of China, was mailed to the NBA Commissioner’s Office at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York, NY. Dear Mr. Silver, I have followed the NBA closely since 2011, and as a Philadelphia ...

Quiz Bowl is for Everyone

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Silas Mohr

January 16, 2020

One early morning late last May, a small group of Friends Select students and two teachers met at the Philadelphia International Airport. As the group slowly started to gather together, the excitement was palpable. They weren’t there for any regular school trip; the students were traveling to the ...

Blasting Christmas Tunes

Zoe Tzanis

December 20, 2019

It’s mid-December, and the holiday season is officially upon us! Whether you like it or not, your days are probably filled with holiday foods, smells, lights, and most importantly, music.  If you’re like me, and the holidays bring you an unsolicited sense of comfort and excitement, then I imagi...

Friends Select Must Do More On Veteran’s Day

Friends Select Must Do More On Veteran's Day

Zoe Tzanis

December 19, 2019

On November 11th, cities across the U.S celebrate Veterans Day with parades, sales, and community service. However, Friends Select students spend the day like any other. No one mentions Veterans Day or what it stands for.Veterans Day, formerly called Armistice Day, is a federal holiday celebrated on...

Jack the Ripper and The Zodiac Killer: How the Media Made Them Famous

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Dean Wang

December 11, 2019

In 1888, Jack the Ripper sent half of a kidney preserved in wine to the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee and claimed to have eaten the other half. Jack the Ripper was the epitome of the grim reaper during the late 19th century of London. His five confirmed killings of prostitutes were extremely gruesome and hav...

The College Football Playoff: Why it Won’t Last

Peter Ryan

December 10, 2019

On Sunday, December 8th, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced that the LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Clemson Tigers, and Ohio State Buckeyes will be the four teams to compete in the College Football Playoff on December 28th. Although these four teams have combined to play 52 footba...

The Complicated History of Thanksgiving

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Peter Ryan

December 1, 2019

It is common knowledge that the first “Thanksgiving” was a harvest celebration meal shared by English pilgrim settlers and indigenous people native to modern Massachusetts. However, this story has little historical backing. There is no evidence that indigenous people were present at the settlers’...

Why Meeting for Business is Right for Friends Select

Peter Ryan

November 22, 2019

Friends Select students have long had a breadth of complaints: complaints about social developments, complaints about the administration, complaints about the actions of school committees, and complaints about Meeting for Worship, among others. In a way, our interactions with each other create a social...