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Congratulations to the Westfield Friends School class of 2020!

Olivia Arnold

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Williamsburg trip in 7th grade.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Enjoy all the events and other things you wouldn’t get elsewhere, like Quaker Friday. 
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Cinnaminson High School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Olivia is always polite and has a positive attitude.  She is a hard-working, well-rounded, delightful young lady."  Mrs. Parry

Julia Brown

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Scavenger hunt and the picnic at the end of the year.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Enjoy your time at Westfield and make friends that will last a lifetime.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Julia has a happy personality and a delightful giggle. She views life positively, which makes her a delight to have in class. Julia is particularly kind to the younger children in the school, and if they are out with us at recess, it is typical to see her surrounded by little girls. She always has a smile on her face, but she is a serious student who works diligently, and she is a very responsible young lady. Julia has been a wonderful asset to Westfield."  Mrs. Parry

Silas Canelas

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The soccer team
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Enjoy middle school
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year? Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from his teacher: "Silas is an ambitious young man both scholastically and athletically. He enjoys sports and often organizes games on the playground. Silas takes pride in academic accomplishments, and he is very comfortable taking a leadership position during collaborative projects. Silas is a confident person, and his eagerness to strive for success will take him far as he pursues his academic career beyond Westfield."  Mrs. Parry

Ben Girgis

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? Field day
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? To never procrastinate when doing homework or even in life
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from his teacher: "Ben is a conscientious student whose hard work has been rewarded with a great deal of success during his years at Westfield. He entered Westfield as a very young child, and we have enjoyed watching his grow academically and socially. Ben has matured into a cooperative and helpful young man who keeps the well-being of his teachers and classmates in mind, and he never hesitates to give assistance to someone in need. Ben loves Westfield traditions, and he has been a great ambassador for Westfield!"  Mrs. Parry

Adrian Harder

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Christmas plays
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Work hard!
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year? Moorestown High School
  5. Words from his teacher: "Adrian can express his ideas with passion during our class discussions and the class has benefitted from his unique perspectives, but it is through his artwork that he is most expressive. He has completed some exquisite work during his years at Westfield!  He is also a very caring person and he has a sophisticated awareness of social injustice; Adrain has shared many important issues with his classmates and has brought an increased awareness of social need to his classmates."  Mrs. Parry

Aurelia Harp

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? My favorite memory at Westfield Friends was putting up paper chains and decorations this Christmas.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Advice I would give to younger students would be to work hard, be yourself, and have FUN!!
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Camden Catholic High School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Aurelia can be somewhat reserved at times, but her actions speak so much louder than words! She is a kind-hearted person who enthusiastically gives of her free time to contribute to people in need, including making meals for Cathedral Kitchen, and she has given a great deal of support to our WFS service projects. Additionally, her ACTions take on new meaning as she loves to perform on stage! She has been in multiple performances over the years, sharing her acting talents and her beautiful singing voice; who will ever forget her fabulous portrayal of Nora in the eighth-grade production of Skipping Christmas? Aurelia has been a wonderful asset to Westfield, and we wish her all the best as she moves on to high school next year!"  Mrs. Parry

Noah Johnson

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 1st Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The NJ cake with Mrs. Martino in fourth grade
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Do your homework every day and don’t mess up.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Holy Cross Prep Academy
  5. Words from his teacher: "Noah has been a part of the Westfield community since he was a very little boy, and he has made his mark on our school. He's an avid hockey player, and he very much enjoys relaying the many tales he has to tell about his hockey experiences. Noah loves history and is especially interested in World War II; he has a wealth of knowledge and has made many fascinating contributions to class discussions. He is also quite a geography scholar and was our Westfield Geography Bee winner as a seventh-grade student. We wish Noah great luck as he pursues his next adventure in high school next fall!"  Mrs. Parry

Nicole Jung

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 3rd Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? My favorite memories at Westfield Friends are doing the Quaker Fridays with the younger kids and going to Williamsburg as my last trip of the year.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Be respectful to others, always be there when people need your kindness, and create new memories for your school years!
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Nicole has truly enjoyed her years at Westfield; she is one of the most appreciative students I have ever had! Nicole strives to excel at everything she attempts, and she consistently sets a high bar. She is a great cheerleader for the school, and she approaches all school events with a great deal of enthusiasm. Nicole is also talented musically; we have enjoyed her many performances playing a duet with her dad and sharing her beautiful voice. Nicole has been a Westfield treasure!"  Mrs. Parry

Anya Kazemi

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? Field Day
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Don't stress the small things.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year? Bishop Eustace Prep
  5. Words from her teacher: "Anya is one of those treasured students who truly enjoys learning! She engages enthusiastically in all school activities; whether it's academics, a school play, working with the younger students, or a sports event, she gives it her all! She particularly enjoys working with the littlest Westfield students, and when she has the opportunity, you might find her spending her recess on the playground hand in hand with one of the pre-kindergarten students. Anya has been an asset to our school throughout her years at Westfield; it will be hard to see her go when she graduates in June."  Mrs. Parry

Jackson Mahoney

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 6th Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The 7th grade trip to Williamsburg
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Just work hard to get good grades and be kind to your classmates.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Cherry Hill East
  5. Words from his teacher: "Jackson brings a great deal of energy to the eighth-grade class!  He has an outgoing personality and is happiest when he is surrounded by his friends. He takes his schoolwork seriously and enjoys cooperative projects, but he truly loves music, and he often participates in gigs on weekends. Who knows, maybe someday in the future we'll be hearing his band on the radio!" Mrs. Parry

Ian Morley

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 5th Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Christmas play, the Williamsburg trip and skating at Rockefeller Center in NYC in 6th grade.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? To savor every moment of your youth before it escapes.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  St. Joseph’s Prep
  5. Words from his teacher: "Ian is a true Renaissance man! He is a connoisseur of classic movies, and he enjoys literature and can frequently be found immersed in a classic novel. He is an extremely talented singer whose favorite performer of all time is the incomparable Frank Sinatra. Ian is always interested in what we are learning in class, and he invariably has a thoughtful contribution during our many discussions. His charming personality will take him a long way in life!"  Mrs. Parry

Olivia Neri

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? It’s very difficult to decide, for all my time at WFS is and will always be a cherished time in my memories. However, if I had to decide between a select group of memories, it would be the fun times and great relationships I’ve made with my peers, the younger/older kids, teachers, and faculty. (Especially the field trips, class plays, and anything we’d do as a group :P) Westfield Friends School truly does live up to its name!
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? The advice I would give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School is to always remember that if you may be having friendship problems with your peers, remember why you’re going to school, which is to learn! Don’t always focus on your peers; your education is more important for you in the long run. :)
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Olivia is someone who genuinely loves to learn! She approaches all school activities, whether academic or extracurricular, with incredible enthusiasm and dedication, and her intellectual curiosity drives her to continue to take every opportunity to learn more about the world around her. Additionally, she demonstrates a great deal of compassion for others and social consciousness. Top all that off with a beautiful smile, and you have our fabulous Olivia Neri!"  Mrs. Parry

Jack O’Connor

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 8th Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? Doing labs in Mrs. Peak's class
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Get your work done and get prepared for middle school which will get you prepared for high school
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Saint Joseph's Prep
  5. Words from his teacher: "Jack was new to our school this year, but fit right into Westfield like a hand in a glove! Jack is outgoing and friendly, and he readily established close relationships with his classmates. He is an enthusiastic student who is an active participant in class, but he genuinely loves athletics and is awesome on the field. I'm looking forward to watching an Eagles game in the distant future and seeing the new quarterback, Jack O'Connor, win the game!"  Mrs. Parry

Lorenzo Rizzieri

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? All the friendships I made and the NJ cake.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School?  Don’t fool around a lot!  Listen to your teachers and the people advising you.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Saint Joseph's Prep
  5. Words from his teacher: "Everyone who knows Lorenzo knows he loves to talk! Lo truly enjoys socializing with his friends, but his talk is not limited to friendly bantering with his classmates. Lorenzo is very insightful and his thoughtful comments have led to many scintillating conversations in literature class! He also loves to dance and has some awesome moves on the dance floor!"  Mrs. Parry

Landon Smith

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 5th Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Williamsburg trip – it was fun to go with friends on a trip!
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Work hard in 7th and 8th grade for high school.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Holy Cross High School
  5. Words from his teacher: "Landon is a serious student who strives to excel. He is also playful as he’s a terrific athlete who handles a soccer ball like a pro! Landon is a wonderful student; he will be a great asset to Holy Cross High School next year!"  Mrs. Parry

Wentworth Smith

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? Pre-k jingle bells.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Keep trying!
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Solebury School
  5. Words from his teacher: "Wentworth is an outdoor enthusiast who has kept his teachers and peers entertained with his stories of ski adventures and horseback riding experiences. His enjoyment of nature extends to include an interest in the environment, and he has enthusiastically engaged in projects to keep our community environment healthy. Wentworth has become a socially conscious young man who has expressed a possible interest in becoming a lawyer someday. We wish him all the best as he continues his academic career at Solebury next fall!"  Mrs. Parry

Gigi Urbano

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Pre-kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Williamsburg trip – it was fun to be with classmates for an overnight trip!
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Take advantage of the community and the closeness of everyone!
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Paul VI High School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Gigi has a smile that lights up the room. She takes her work seriously, but it is her effervescent personality and her interest in other people that really sets her apart. Gigi often has a unique view of issues we discuss in class, and her contributions are often incredibly insightful. Gigi is a very caring person who has shown many kindnesses to the younger children, her classmates. and her teachers. She is a delightful young lady!"  Mrs. Parry

Grace Ward-Gallagher

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? Kindergarten
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? The Williamsburg trip
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? Always do your best.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Grace has been a part of our community since she was first introduced to Westfield as a tiny baby by her grandmother, Terri Gallagher. She has grown into an outgoing and confident young lady who feels comfortable voicing her thoughts, and the maturity of her thinking is often quite astounding. Grace demonstrates a great deal of social consciousness; she is tolerant of others and is always a champion for the underdog. I'm looking forward to seeing her do great things in the world!"  Mrs. Parry

 

Hanilyah Williams

  1. When did you start at Westfield Friends School? 5th Grade
  2. What is your favorite memory at Westfield Friends School? My favorite memory at this school was when we had a scavenger hunt outside and then had ice cream right after we finished.
  3. What advice would you give to the younger students at Westfield Friends School? The advice I would give to the younger students at WFS is to keep working hard and never give up.
  4. Where will you be attending high school next year?  Moorestown Friends School
  5. Words from her teacher: "Nilyah is one of the most industrious and responsible students I have ever encountered. She sets a high bar for herself academically and almost always exceeds expectations. In addition to having an amazing work ethic, Nilyah is a kind and considerate young lady who is always willing to lend a hand to help someone in need. Despite her many gifts, she demonstrates humility and rarely has an unkind word for anyone. Hanilyah's diligence, coupled with her integrity, ensure her an amazing future ahead!"  Mrs. Parry