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Three BFS Students Selected as Honorees in Friends Journal’s Student Voices Project

May 07, 2018

The May 2018 issue of Friends Journal features their 5th annual Student Voices Project, in which they publish personal pieces that middle and high school students have written responding to the following prompt:

“Tell us a story about how one of the Quaker testimonies was made real to you in your life. We’re looking for true tales that involve you somehow and illustrate how a testimony went from abstract concept to real-life presence.”

We are so pleased that three of our students, Naomi Brangan ’19, Eliana DeHaven ’18, and Will Reardon ’18 were among the 20 honorees that were chosen from the 163 students who submitted pieces of writing this year.  The 163 students represented six different Friends schools, and the other honorees are from Greene Street Friends School, New Garden Friends School, Sidwell Friends School, and Westtown School.

This winter, Upper School English teacher, Kara Shaw, guided all of her seventh and eighth grade students as they immersed themselves in a study of memoir.  After reading several memoirs, the students wrote their own memoir pieces (responding to Friends Journal’s prompt) that Mrs. Shaw then encouraged them to submit to the Student Voices Project.  She is so proud that several of her students’ writing was selected to be published from such a large group of submissions.

To read Naomi, Eliana and Will’s pieces in addition to the pieces written by the 13 other honorees, follow the link below and then scroll down to Naomi’s “Center Yourself”, Will’s “All Teammates Deserve Respect”, and Eliana’s “A Simple, Silent Moment”.  You can also click on the link on that page to download a PDF version of the selections.


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