March 19, 2015

Friends' in the News

One of our 4th grade Destination Imagination teams
Spring break is upon us.  Many of our families are staying close to home, some are catching the last days of good snow on the slopes, and several are traveling further afield to warmer climes.  Wherever this spring break takes you next week, I hope you have a marvelous time with your family.

Friends’ School students and alumni students have been in the news a bunch recently.

Friends' Film Goes to The White House On Tuesday of this week, reporter Jennifer Kovaleski from Channel 7 News in Denver was at school to interview several of our students and others associated with the film We Starts With Me which is being screened at the White House Film Festival today. You can watch Jennifer’s report here.  I enjoyed how she made the connection between our school’s street address and the address of the White House – we’re both on Pennsylvania Avenue! The film was also featured on Denver's 9News on Friday morning - you can see that segment here.

Friends' Destination Imagination Team moves on to State Tournament Earlier this month, two Friends’ School fourth grade teams competed at the regional Destination Imagination Tournament. The goal of DI is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders as the students work together as a team to prepare a solution to their chosen challenge and present them at the tournament.

The team challenge for one team was to build a creature that used technical methods to perform specific team-selected creature actions. The team also had to create and present a Story of Adventure that has the Creature as a character and is set in a world portrayed by the team. Through 3D printers, creative thinking, performance skills, and artistic set design, the team met the challenge.

The other team’s challenge was to design and carry out a project that addresses a real need in a community. The team had to create a jingle to brand the project. At the tournament, the team had to present to the Appraisers the creative development and success of their project (a device that helps cars sense an upcoming collision with a child cyclist).

We’re proud of both teams for their hard work! Congratulations to The Mustache Musketeers (Finn C, Sam, Teddy, Mark, Ian, and Finn S.) who placed second in Regionals and will compete at the State Tournament on April 25.

Pi-rates Win Colorado State Robotics Competition!
Go Pi-rates! Congratulations to our current and former Friends' School students (Cameron, Quinn and Jack) for their recent big win in the Colorado State Vex Robotics Competition! They are state champions, claiming first place in “Programming” and “Teamwork” and winner of the “Design Award”! They are now off again to the world championships!

Anna goes to World Championship of Irish Dancing
5th grader, Anna H. and her fellow team of the McTaggart Irish Dancers will be going to the World Championships of Irish Dancing in Montreal, Canada at the end of this month. Congratulations, Anna!

Alumna Emery Shae Bradlina's artwork hangs in Denver Art Museum Congratulations to Emery "Shae" Bradlina, Friends' School Graduating Class of 2008, and current Boulder High Senior, whose artwork “Sun and Storms” was chosen to hang in the Denver Art Museum!

Alumna Renee Underhill launches mentorship program for girls
Renee Underhill, Friends’ School Graduating Class of 2006 and currently a sophomore at George Washington University, is participating in launching a mentorship program for local girls in the Southwest D.C. area. Renee is a member of the University’s Women’s Leadership Program which was approached by the national organization “WYSE” (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other) last spring about creating a chapter at GWU.  

Their program matches female college students with middle school girls to discuss topics like sex
education, sexism, female empowerment and bullying.  Renee is currently serving as one of five co-directors of the George Washington University chapter of “WYSE”.

Gabe Kennedy wins "The Taste"
Congratulations to Gabe Kennedy, Friends' School Graduating Class of 2001 for winning ABC's finale of "The Taste"! in January. You can read more about Gabe’s big win in the Denver Post.

We are so proud of all of our students and so many of our alumni who are out in the world putting the Friends’ School philosophy to practice.

Prospective families often ask us how our Friends’ School students are prepared for life after Friends’ and how successful they are in middle school, high school and life.  Our Alumni Association Facebook page is filled with more stories like these.  You are welcome to like or peruse that page.

Thank you to Meg Hansen, our Director of Communications, and to Jana Bledsoe, who oversees our Alumni Association, for their great contributions to these stories – and for making me laugh every day.


Happy spring everyone!  Travel safely.

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