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Friends' campus is buzzing with activity! To view more photos of campus events, visit the School's website, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.

 

Friends Welcomes a New Director of Annual Giving



Please join me in welcoming a new member of the Advancement Team, Ashley Warmack, who

joins as Director of the Annual Fund (the Fund for Friends!). Ashley brings a decade of experience in events and fundraising management. Ashley joins us from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was on the Advancement and Innovation Team as the Senior Manager of Events and Fundraising for the Corporate Fund. Prior to her work at Lincoln Center, she was employed at Marymount School of New York and worked on the Development Team for seven years. Ashley holds a Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling from Pace University and a B.A. in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from Southern Methodist University.


A resident of New York City since 2009, she is also engaged with the arts and is an advocate for animal rescue. She is excited to be here and supporting the Friends Community and hopes to meet many alumni in her work—please reach out to awarmack@friendsseminary.org to learn more about the impacts of the Fund for Friends.


 

Lower School Students Celebrate The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King



Grade 4 students, Logan '32, Peter '32, and Liam '32 hosted a Lower School community period celebrating the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The event focused on the power of music and art to create global change. Through the use of children’s literature, Dr. King’s field recordings, and songs, students uplifted Dr. King’s commitment to ongoing activism. Fourth graders kicked off the assembly, followed by performances by the Chamber Singers led by Choral Director Emma Weiss and Jazz Band Ensemble led by Music teacher John Otten. Grade 4 students also led an interactive read-aloud of We March by Shane W. Evans.


 

US Students Earn Recognition At Yale Model United Nations



The Upper School Model UN team attended Yale Model United Nations (popularly known as YMUN) from January 18-21. Nearly 2,000 high schools from all over the world attended the conference. Noah ‘25 and Channing ‘26 were named as Best Delegate in their committees, and Miller ‘24 was recognized as an Honorable Delegate in his committee. The conference also included “Yale Day” during which students were invited to attend Yale lectures, tours and events, providing an opportunity for Friends students to tour the campus and see the university up close.


 

Upper School Students Address United Nations 75th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights



From Model UN, to the real UN, Friends students are at the forefront of global education. US students Reza ’24, Elinor ’24 and Jahzara ’25 are at the forefront of positive change past 16th Street. They are members of the Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council (YES Council), the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ Council of Young Leaders who are interested in working on human rights issues in New York City. They work alongside other young leaders to advise the Commission on how to expand engagement with young people and help guide youth programming and events by providing feedback on workshops and trainings, informing the Commission of issues and incidents related to bias and discrimination, and planning youth-related events.


On Wednesday, December 6 the United Nations celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The celebration featured the three students, and many of their Friends peers were able to attend the event as a learning opportunity. Topics ranged from addressing mental health to educational inequity. Jahzara ‘25 explains her interest in being involved: “Children shouldn’t have to change for the system. The system should change for them.”


 

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