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Nathan Wadley: Singing Since Birth

Nathan Wadley: Singing Since Birth

Max Rayborn and Arley Johnson

October 16, 2019

Born in Springfield, Missouri, Nathan Wadley has been passionate about singing for as long as he can remember.  “My parents have recordings of me singing when I was 3 years old, before I could really talk properly,” he says. “And so it's what has always been there for me.” Singing has...

Gabrielle Witkin Brings New Views on Counseling to FSS

Gabrielle Witkin Brings New Views on Counseling to FSS

Adam Powley and Akhilesh Khambekar

October 16, 2019

After working with children as a babysitter, camp counselor, and nanny, Gabby Wiktkin was compelled to take up a career helping students feel less stressed and more comfortable in life. When it comes to maintaining a healthy mindset, Gabby firmly believes in a counseling strategy based on individuality ...

Reactions to Dress Code Enforcement

October 16, 2019

Dress codes were originally enforced to assure that boys would not be distracted by girls’ bodies. The continued enforcement of these policies is a way of telling us that women’s bodies are inherently sexual and that we are responsible for the way men react to our bodies. Friends Select prides i...

Steve Patterson: 17 Years in Quaker Education

Steve Patterson: 17 Years in Quaker Education

Tal Lesnik and Frances Wilbert

October 15, 2019

Steve Patterson brings his love for Quaker learning to his new position as an English teacher at Friends Select. Reflecting on where his passion for teaching came from, Steve shared a cherished teaching story with us. In this story, Steve explained how his profound belief that people can change led him ...

Alex Shapiro, Redefining Sports with the Right Attitude

Alex Shapiro, Redefining Sports with the Right Attitude

Zoe Tzanis

October 15, 2019

Alex Shapiro ‘20 isn’t your typical student-athlete. She doesn’t love running or strenuous practices, and while she plays three varsity sports, she doesn’t approach it from a competitive standpoint. Alex thinks, “It should be fun.”  As she’s not very tall or fast, Alex never believed she was bu...

Perry Zanki: Appreciation for the World

Perry Zanki: Appreciation for the World

Yannick Haynes and Alec Kane

October 15, 2019

Perry Zanki’s story is like his hair: long, tangled, and compelling. Perry grew up in the province of Ontario working on a farm. He has spent the past 30 years sailing.  Perry wrapped up a 23-year teaching, coaching, and mentoring career at Episcopal Academy, and now works at Friends Select. He teach...

Peter Sun, Caring Teacher and Enthusiastic Social Justice Advocate

Peter Sun, Caring Teacher and Enthusiastic Social Justice Advocate

Ketong Kuang and Will Wang

October 15, 2019

In the fall of 2019, Friends Select School welcomed Peter Sun to our community as a member of the history department. Prior to coming to Friends Select, Peter worked as an educator for 17 years, teaching a variety of subjects including Social Studies and Asian American History.  Not originally in...

Ashley Coticchio: More to Offer than Opening Doors

Ashley Coticchio: More to Offer than Opening Doors

Dean Wang and Silas Mohr

October 15, 2019

Ashley Coticchio is the first person you see when you walk in the door. She is one of the newest members of our community and the Fishtown area of Philadelphia.  Before coming to Friends Select, she worked as a volunteer at different organizations and gained a lot from seeing and studying in different p...

Steven Kleinman: a Storyteller from the Start

Steven Kleinman: a Storyteller from the Start

Zoe Tzanis and Lulu Nonemaker

October 15, 2019

Steven Kleinman doesn’t want his students to focus on success or failure. He wants them to “do, do, do.” In his fall English elective, Creative Nonfiction, he is working to create an environment where students can explore the topics most important to them through written “attempts” that “d...

Preparations for National QuizBowl

Preparations for National QuizBowl

Peter Ryan, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Friends Select QuizBowl veteran Rudyard Lynch ('19) prepares for his final national tournament, and reflects on his experiences working with other players and teachers to create a successful program at FSS.

The Ensemble of “Chicago”

The Ensemble of “Chicago”

Max Vlam, Staff Writer

May 23, 2019

The ensemble is an important yet overlooked part of every theater production. They play multiple roles, provide entertainment and comedic aspects for the audience, and provide support to the leads as well. The ensemble of Friends Select’s Chicago consisted of 18 students with lines, songs, and choreograph...

Film Modes Explored in Filmmaking

Film Modes Explored in Filmmaking

Chloe Zhang, Staff Writer

May 22, 2019

  For this assignment in our filmmaking class, we were given the choice of what kind of movie to make. There are generally three modes of filmmaking: narrative, documentary and experimental. Allura chose to make an experimental film, which disobeys the rules and conventions of narrative and documentary ...