Recent graduates return for Alumni Day
Welcome to the Friends School of Wilmington Alumni Page. Friends School alumni are a testament to the educational mission of the school. There are more than 200 Friends School alumni.
To notify us about a birth, death, marriage or change of address, please contact: Mesha Batts at email@example.com or 910.791.8221. (Note: Current parents should update their information through the ParentsWeb portal.)
Ari Nasser, FSW '08
Congratulations to Ari who has been awarded a Park Scholarship to North Carolina State University! Park Scholarships, named for the late Roy H. Park ’31, are dedicated to education, media, and the environment. Approximately 45 scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding high school seniors for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State. In addition to tuition and fees, the four-year scholarship provides housing, books, travel, personal expenses, a computer stipend and grants to fund enrichment experiences. We are proud of you, Ari!
Nicolas Scarff, FSW ’06
Now a sophomore at NC State University, is double majoring in bioprocessing science and international studies. Nicolas’ time at FSW instilled him with a commitment to academic excellence, as well as an abiding interest in art and culture. This summer, he will be one of a few select participants in a highly competitive program at the University of Oxford, via NC State’s study abroad department. At Oxford, Nicolas will study the written and theatrical works of Shakespeare, as well as British/European Art. He’ll visit the Ashmolean Museum and the National Gallery in London, and immerse himself in European art from 1300-1900, including the works of Michelangelo and Raphael. Admission to this extraordinary program required a GPA of 3.0 or higher, as well as a demonstrated record of leadership positions and high academic standing above and beyond a strong GPA. On his recent visit to FSW Nicolas said, “Friends School introduced me to some of the history and culture that I'll have the privilege of experiencing for myself. It definitely put me on a path to academic success that allowed me to get into the program.”
Austin Ely, FSW '04
This month, FSW alum Austin Ely—son of longtime art teacher Sharon Ely and former Board member Bob Ely—will graduate from Duke University with a major in Physics and minors in Mathematics and English. He attended the university on a full scholarship for all four years, plus a stipend that covered two summer sessions.
“It’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding times of my life,” says Austin of his time at Duke, “and I've kept a few things with me from my middle school years at FSW. In particular, the ability to sit in silence and the craving for simplicity … My ability to lead a rich and satisfying life is due in large part to the small things like these.”
Austin’s thirst for experience extended beyond the campus walls: He led wilderness hikes with a freshman pre-orientation program and rock climbing trips for Outdoor Adventures, and served as acting president of Plan V, the university’s vegetarian collective.
In 2011, Austin spent 8 weeks in Berlin as part of a summer study abroad program. It was here that he rediscovered his interest in poetry. “I’d written a few poems in my language arts classes at Friends … but never had time back then to develop nuance or control,” he says. “The experience in Berlin was so textured and perfect that it was an amazingly fertile creative period for me.”
Inspired, Austin decided that he’d found his calling. After graduation, he will matriculate at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, pursuing an MFA in creative writing with a focus on poetry. At UNLV, he’ll also work as a graduate assistant, teaching first-year composition to freshmen and tutoring in Physics.
“I'm quite excited to devote myself to my art for a few years,” says Austin, who attended New Hanover High School's Lyceum Academy, where he graduated in 2008 as one of the co-salutatorians. “FSW’s focus on Quaker values of simplicity, equality, harmony, and peace left me with a great value base on which to build an artistic and intellectual future.”