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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Featured Alumni


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 (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 (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 (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 (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 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 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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