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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Review

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Review

Annie Rupertus

February 21, 2020

High School Musical. A classic hated by some and treasured by others. I am proudly one of the latter, and even I’ll admit that when I first heard that Disney was doing a reboot, I was very, very skeptical.  HSM, a Disney Channel original movie that premiered in 2006 (with two sequels following in 2007 and 2008...

New Arts and Humanities Electives for 2020-21

New Arts and Humanities Electives for 2020-21

Justin LaBrusciano

February 21, 2020

Friends Select adds new electives each year based on popular demand and the topics teachers are most passionate about.  Next year, there will be two new history electives, a new art elective, and three new English electives.   Introduction to Economics, taught by Ralph Reinwald, will be offere...

FSS Art Students to Exhibit at Free Library of Philadelphia

FSS Art Students to Exhibit at Free Library of Philadelphia

Will Wang

February 20, 2020

FSS art students will exhibit at the Parkway Central Free Library from March 2nd to March 31st.  According to Deborah Caiola, “Two years ago, a group of FSS art students were able to present their works in an art institution, and the creativity these students exhibited during the project was tre...

Opinion: FSS Needs More Community Service

Opinion: FSS Needs More Community Service

Tal Lesnik

February 20, 2020

Unlike many schools in the US and abroad, Friends Select doesn’t obligate students to engage in community service. In fact, in the four years of upper school, students are not mandated to undertake any volunteer work. A simple way to incorporate service into the framework of the school would be through ...

Varsity Boys Basketball Undeterred by Injuries

Varsity Boys Basketball Undeterred by Injuries

Hannah Sieg

February 18, 2020

Despite injuries and the loss of two graduated seniors, the Friends Select Varsity Boys Basketball team pulled out three league wins, the most since the 2003-2004 season. Going into the 2019-2020 basketball season, the team was feeling the loss of two former players, John Dinall ‘18 and Christai...

Book Donations Needed!

Book Donations Needed!

Ketong Kuang

February 18, 2020

WePAC, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, mobilizes volunteers to reopen libraries and provide academic mentoring in Philadelphia public schools. In partnership with WePAC, Helping Hands Club is running a book drive to rebuild a public library in West Philadelphia.  The goal of the book drive ...

Science Department to Offer New STEAM Class in 2020-21

Science Department to Offer New STEAM Class in 2020-21

Will Wang

February 18, 2020

The science department will offer a new course next year, STEAM Advanced Projects, taught by Mike Primo.  STEAM Advanced Projects is a year-long advanced class, requiring interested students to take Computer Science, Engineering, Robotics or Animation & Digital Storytelling as prerequisites.  ...

Wellness Lunches Support Student Mental Health

Wellness Lunches Support Student Mental Health

Hannah Sieg

February 18, 2020

Group wellness lunches provide a check-in on students’ mental health and general well-being. Students from each grade are required to attend wellness lunches, and lunches are divided into smaller groups within each grade. They offer an opportunity for students to discuss, without judgment from their pee...

SCECE Release IV: A Brief Introduction to Current US-Iran Tensions

SCECE Release IV: A Brief Introduction to Current US-Iran Tensions

Sophia Becker

February 12, 2020

On the news, in your instagram feed, and in the hallways, lately, there’s been no escaping talk of the looming “world war three.” But what started it all? What’s actually going on? And who’s saying what about it? SCECE did the research so you don’t have to. Below, we explore the roots of ...

Esports at Friends Select

Esports at Friends Select

Peter Ryan

February 12, 2020

Inquiries for the addition of niche sports teams at Friends Select are nothing new: students have asked to start sailing, golf, and squash teams in the last five years. Now, Alex Ginsberg ‘22 has another obscure proposal for the Athletic Department. Alex hopes to start an esports team at Friends Sele...