Alumni
Recent graduates return for Alumni Day

Friends School of Wilmington alumni are a testament to the educational mission of the school. There are more than 200 FSW alumni. 

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To notify us about a birth, death, marriage or change of address, please contact: Cameron Francisco at cameronf@fsow.org or 910.792.1811. Note: Current parents should update their information through the ParentsWeb portal.

Featured Alumni

Congratulations Jesse Berliner-Sachs!

NHHS Valedictorian, Class of 2015

(FSW Class of 2011)


Jesse was student body president of NHHS during his senior year and won an award for the student council member who devoted the most service to the school. He was also a member of the Heritage Club, Beta Club, Math Club, National Honors Society, as well as a founding member of the NHHS Model United Nations Team. He will be attending University of Pennsylvania next year.

When reflecting about his FSW experience earlier this year, Jesse noted, “FSW has given me a great basis for my learning in high school and beyond. I often find, even in my harder classes, that FSW has not just prepared me to succeed, but has taught me much of the material already, allowing me to delve deeper into the subject material. Right now I’m working on my senior graduation project. The research papers we wrote in 7th and 8th grade taught me how to write notecards, outlines, and the final paper all of which have helped me greatly on this final project of my high school career.”

English Clemmons Sall and husband Will Sall

English Clemmons Sall (Class of 2004)

After graduating from FSW in 2004, English went on to attend high school at Carolina Friends School in Durham. English graduated from Meredith College in 2013 with majors in Economics and International Studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology at North Carolina State University. English holds the position of Data Strategist at ORGANize and works on projects with the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology and the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations. English is also part of the Leadership team for the Impact Careers Initiative organization at the Aspen Institute.

English says, “The key characteristics that make someone an efficient and productive graduate student are the same characteristics that I remember being able to develop at Friends School. Taking advantage of educational opportunities and being a great researcher are two attributes that I honed at Friends School and continue to serve me well in my education to this day.” English feels that being able to attend FSW and reap the benefits of the Friends learning environment has given her a huge leg up in her personal and professional life today. English was married in 2012 to Will Sall and they are excited to welcome a baby boy in March 2015.

“I think the Friends school environment gave both my husband (Will is a graduate of Carolina Friends School) and me a unique perspective on how to approach the world and how to handle problems or difficulties. I can’t wait to give my son the same opportunities in a Friends school environment.”

Kira Foley

Kira Foley (Class of 2008)

After leaving Friends School of Wilmington in 2008, Kira went to high school at Cape Fear Academy for two years and entered Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. She received her Associates of Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Arts at the age of 18 and transferred to Clark University in Worcester, MA in pursuit of undergraduate research opportunities in the field of psychology. Kira graduated in May with a B.A. in Psychology with Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Psi Chi honors. Kira plans to take a gap year before beginning graduate study in Environmental Psychology with a research focus on Social Change Agents to Increase Sustainability and/or Food, Consumer Behavior, and Health. In the meantime, she is pursuing her passions of food justice and global nutritional health through a Fellowship with Real Food Challenge in Cambridge, MA. She will be working to support students at colleges and universities in the Northeast U.S. who are running campaigns to get more Real Food (defined as Local/Community Based, Humanely Raised, Fairly Traded, and Ecologically Sound) in their dining halls. Kira attributes elements of her foundational learning process to her time at FSW: “I learned how to synthesize information in creative and meaningful ways. The way the sciences and humanities were integrated together through hands-on projects molded my perception of the world in a way that allows me to think outside the box. I’m also a huge fan of the emphasis placed on community service at FSW - that was life-changing."

Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson (Class of 2004)

Sierra graduated from Appalachian State University in 2011, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. In 2012, she began law school at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She is currently spending the summer in San Francisco, California at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California working as a law clerk to reform California’s public schools. She will graduate from law school in May 2015 and hopes to work for a non-profit advocating for the rights of immigrants and minorities.

Ian Grace

Ian Grace (Class of 2008)

Ian Grace is in his second year at American University seeking a degree in International Relations, with a focus in Economics and Asia. He is enrolled in the Global Scholars Program, a three year plus one BA/MA program that will allow him to graduate next year and have the option to finish graduate school in one year. He has studied abroad in Rome and Istanbul, and plans to study abroad in Beijing next fall. Currently, he works for the start-up company Handybook and American University’s Center for Asian Studies while also interning with another start up named Taste of DC. Ian plans to explore internship opportunities with the State Department and other government agencies.

When asked about his FSW experience Ian noted, “I can’t express how much I appreciate what the school did for me. I attribute a lot of my current success (professional and social) to the things I learned at Friends.”

Walker Bristol

Walker Bristol (Class of 2006)

Walker is currently a senior at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Feeling compelled to hear and tell the stories of others as a way of understanding the world; he began to work in journalism, both on and off campus. Walker focused on covering social movements and profiling modern-day activists. In this role, he traveled to New York to cover the Occupy Movement and the Student Debt March.

Majoring in religion, Walker has dedicated much of his time to building a strong interfaith presence on Tuft’s campus as well as moral communities for non-religious students in the Boston area. Walker says, “Even folks who don’t go to church need a place to seek out friends and do service work.”

While he was a student at Friends School, Walker began playing guitar and now uses music as a key ingredient to building community. He says, “Through leading groups in singing and playing together, I’ve seen life breathed into networks of people from all different spiritual backgrounds.” Walker coordinated volunteer events for the Humanist Community at Harvard and acted as the Director of Communications for a non-profit organization, Foundation Beyond Belief. After graduating from

Tufts Walker plans to attend Harvard Divinity School and continue his current social work, as well as explore the intersections between Quakerism and Humanism.

Rob Johsnson

Rob Johsnson (Class of 2009)

Rob is a senior at Isaac Bear Early College High School who has already found success in the world of science.  “Thanks to the amazing educational foundation he received at Friends School, he has really discovered his passion for environmental research,” says Jennifer Adler-Johnson, Rob’s mother. Rob won a Bronze medal in 2011 in ISWEEEP (International Sustainable World Engineering,

Energy & Environment www.isweeep.org) Project Olympiad  with FSW science teacher Bruce Kenney as his mentor for the project entitled:  “A Comprehensive Study of the Effects of Varying Concentrations of  Detergents on the *Bioluminescence of Pyrocystis fusiformis.” Rob attended a program at North Carolina Central University for academically gifted students in Science and Mathematics where he won the Catalyst Award for his research project entitled “A Computational Study of Hurricane Paths” under the direction of Dr. Garrett Love.  He was recently invited to present at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium at Duke University http://www.sncurcs.org/. Rob’s father, Bob, served for many years on FSW’s Board of Trustees and his younger brother Nicholas is a current 7th grader. Jennifer says, “I really do believe that his time at Friends School was instrumental in producing this outcome and Rob does, too!”

Read Rob’s college entrance essay, which demonstrates the continued impact that his Friends School education has had on his life.



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