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Student Voices Project

For this year鈥檚 project, Quaker-affiliated students tell stories of Quaker testimonies acting in their lives.

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naomi_brangan

Center Yourself

My journey through my Quaker faith and education all started in nursery school. I went to a small Quaker nursery school. It鈥檚 the kind of place where I sat on my teacher鈥檚 lap, and the room was filled with worn wooden blocks with a certain cozy smell I can still remember. There鈥檚 a beautiful meetinghouse [鈥

Naomi Brangan, Grade 7, Buckingham Friends School, member of Wrightstown Meeting in Newtown, Pa.


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Gianna-Katsock

Our D.C. Family

Signs passed by as we continued to drive on the bumpy road. It was a dreary, dark, foggy day. The weather seemed to relate to the type of day we were soon going to have. The lightly tinted windows were open, and I could feel the spring breeze. Cars honked, and lights changed. The silence [鈥

Gianna Katsock, Grade 6, Sidwell Friends School


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Quinn-Daugherty

To Build Is to Love

The stairs to the vast, rustic house creaked as I lugged my teal trunk up the steps. The bright sunlight emanated onto the thick wooden bunks, creating lines of radiance. Duffle bags and suitcases lined the perimeter of the room. Feelings of doubt crossed my mind, and I looked at my parents with big, worried [鈥

Quinn Daugherty, Grade 10, Westtown School, attender of Unami Meeting in Pennsburg, Pa.


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Jadyn-Williams

Comfort in Diversity

This is my first year at Westtown School. I am a proud Christian who goes to church and worships God. At my church we sing, dance, cry, and mostly make noise! I am comfortable in this environment because in my culture, we recognize that God deserves all the praise. This is a strong aspect of [鈥

Jadyn Williams, Grade 9, Westtown School


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Will-Reardon

All Teammates Deserve Respect

Five years ago, I tried out for a new hockey team. When I walked through the glass doors of the ice rink for tryouts, I saw a girl trying out for the same team. I instantly recognized her as I had played against her in years past; I knew she was a tough competitor. In [鈥

William Reardon, Grade 8, Buckingham Friends School


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Jocie-Resnik

Finding My Community

I grew up going to a Quaker meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. I never truly liked going to meeting because it always felt way too long. My family and I moved to Pennsylvania about four years ago, and we continued to attend Quaker meeting. One day my mom told me I was going on a [鈥

Jocie Resnik, Grade 9, Westtown School, member of Goshen Meeting in West Chester, Pa.


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Rosie-Reed

From the Circus to the Community

鈥淪o, Rosie 鈥 do you want to go to the Ringling Brothers Circus for their final show?鈥 my dad asks happily. 鈥淥f course, I would love to go! Can you tell me why you鈥檝e always loved it so much?鈥 I ask, thinking he might not tell me. 鈥淪ure,鈥 he says. 鈥淲ell, I proposed to your [鈥

Rosie Reed, Grade 6, Greene Street Friends School


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Olivia-Dietrich

Community or Competition

I shakily stepped out of the car. I had to grip the door for support. Even though it was a calm, sunny day, I was freaking out. Carefully I pulled my ice skating bags out of the car. I could鈥檝e sworn the bags had gotten heavier. I slowly walked into the rink and started to [鈥

Olivia Dietrich, Grade 6, Sidwell Friends School


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abel-rupertus

Family Is Family

I am adopted. Both my mom and my dad are white. Both of my sisters are also white. My brother and I are from Ethiopia, and we have brown skin. I love my parents, my sisters, and my brother. Even though we don鈥檛 all look the same, we鈥檙e still a family. I live in the [鈥

Abel Rupertus, Grade 6, Greene Street Friends School


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