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On the Road with the Upper School

The first weekend in February saw two groups of Upper School students on the road, representing BFS in an exemplary manner in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia, 15 Upper School students participated in the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference hosted by some 300 University of Pennsylvania student volunteers. “All the BFS delegates distinguished themselves at the conference,” said their faculty advisor Vladimir Malukoff. “Each participated in discussions and took part in writing resolutions. Some came close to getting official recognition, and Rachel F received an official Verbal Commendation for her role as Prince Helenus in the Trojan War Historical Crisis Simulation.” In addition to Rachel, the following students were delegates to the conference: Devon S, Emma P, Joelle V, Evelyn Y, Walker T, Harrison K, Ben F, Sasha I, Loane B, Cyrah J, Jesse I, Otto M, Oliver S, and Charles D.

Seven Upper School leaders were chosen to represent BFS at the annual Quaker Youth Leadership Conference. Also known as QYLC, this is a gathering of high school student leaders from 30 Friends schools in the US and Canada for a weekend of fellowship, education, reflection, and student-led workshops. This year’s conference theme was Higher Ground Through Common Ground. It took place at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC Jan. 31-Feb. 2. It was co-hosted by Sandy Springs Friends School and Friends School of Baltimore.

Accompanied by faculty Marna Herrity and Paul Romano, our BFS students traveled down one day early for a pre-conference workshop at the American Friends Service Committee DC Office, along with some historic sightseeing. They connected with students from Moses Brown School (Providence RI) on the train down to DC and together spent the first night at the historic William Penn House. At the conference, BFS students Nicole A and Sarah Y facilitated a workshop on Asian/Pacific Islander representation in the media and Anique E co-facilitated a workshop on social media and student voices. In photo above (a reminder of last weekend’s sub-freezing weather), are, from left, BFS student representatives Saad B, Nash W, Sarah Y, Max L, Nicole A, Jazz H and Anique E.