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Metamorphosis Supports WePAC

Metamorphosis Supports WePAC

Elena Milliken

November 11, 2019

On November 15th and 16th, Friends Select Theatre will perform Metamorphosis, a collection of myths based on the works of the Roman poet Ovid. Every production, Donna Romero, Head of the Drama Department, finds a new charity that ties into the themes of the current show. The cast and crew then fundrais...

Field Hockey: The Rebuild Year

Field Hockey: The Rebuild Year

Mia Cohen and Margot Schneider

November 11, 2019

Friends Select’s field hockey team fought hard throughout the 2019 season. Gaining eight new freshmen and an eighth grader Katie Fitzpatrick (‘24) to replace the nine players we lost last year, we had a very young team this season.  During preseason, we spent time building team chemistry and nail...

As College Deadlines Approach, Seniors Say Homework is Increasing

As College Deadlines Approach, Seniors Say Homework is Increasing

Zoe Tzanis

November 5, 2019

High school seniors are under an unparalleled amount of stress. Not only are they working on college applications, but they’re also managing rigorous course loads, preparing portfolios, playing sports, acting in plays, leading clubs, and handling out-of-school commitments.  With so much work on their plate, morale is ...

Should Uninformed Voters Vote?

Should Uninformed Voters Vote?

Annie Rupertus

November 5, 2019

If you’re an FSS student or faculty member who will be eligible to vote in the next election, you may be wondering whether or not you should expend the effort to get to a polling place on November 5th. This isn’t a presidential election, so chances are, you aren’t familiar with some of the candi...

No, Joe Girardi Does NOT Make the Phillies Contenders

No, Joe Girardi Does NOT Make the Phillies Contenders

Peter Ryan

November 5, 2019

On Thursday, October 24th, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that Joe Girardi, former New York Yankees manager, has agreed to manage the team through 2022. This announcement came about a week after the Phillies fired Gabe Kapler, who managed the Phillies in 2018 and 2019. Kapler was in no way a...

Featured Artist: Poli Sotnik-Platt

Featured Artist: Poli Sotnik-Platt

Gabe Tarini

October 21, 2019

Poli Sotnik-Platt is a senior at Friends Select with a passion for just about everything creative. "I honestly enjoy every type of art; if I’m creating something then I’m happy," she says. Some of the mediums Poli has worked in include painting, linoleum carving and book binding. "I can’t rememb...

Physics Olympics Participants Build, Smash, and Build all Over Again

Physics Olympics Participants Build, Smash, and Build all Over Again

Zoe Tzanis

October 20, 2019

Friends Select is no stranger to academic competitions. Whether it’s Science Olympiad, Quizbowl, or the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, FSS students show up, demonstrate incredible skills, and dominate. This November, students have another opportunity to do just this with a brand new competiti...

SEPTA Fails to Accommodate Philadelphia Students

SEPTA Fails to Accommodate Philadelphia Students

Peter Ryan

October 17, 2019

A SEPTA Weekday Student TransPass, meant to be “affordable” for K-12 students in the Philadelphia School District, costs $3.84 per school day or $19.20 per week. If a student travels via SEPTA on each of the 180 days of attendance mandated by the PhilaSD, their total travel bill will come out to $6...

Heightened Security at Theaters Across Country Due to Joker Movie Threats

Heightened Security at Theaters Across Country Due to Joker Movie Threats

Jeremy Cohen

October 16, 2019

At the Roxy Theater in Philadelphia, signs are displayed restricting face paint and masks inside the establishment in preparation for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Photo ID is required at the ticket booth and bag searches are performed. Patrons without identification are denied entry. Why is there this ...

Technology, Science, and Art come Together in New Fall Elective

Sophie Olah

October 16, 2019

Mike Primo may be known by students as only a computer science or engineering teacher. However, he is much more multifaceted and has skills in all sorts of different areas. Mike is that he is actually an artist. He got his bachelor of fine arts at Savannah College of Art and Design and has an extens...

Norman Bayard Joins FSS from GFS

Norman Bayard Joins FSS from GFS

Hannah Sieg and Justin LaBrusciano

October 16, 2019

Norman Bayard, the new Upper School Dean of Students, previously held positions as Dean at Khepera Charter School, Dean of Students at Sankofa Free Academy Charter School, and Lower School Dean of Students at Germantown Friends School.  When asked what prompted him to bring his expertise to Friends S...

Students Walk out of School to Battle Climate Change

Students Walk out of School to Battle Climate Change

Annie Rupertus

October 16, 2019

City Hall, September 20th. Thousands of protesters ranging from young children to adults stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Some are students coming straight from class carrying their backpacks. Some hold signs in the air,most of which are made from reused cardboard boxes. Voter registration tables are se...