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We love to hear from all of the students and families who have called Westfield Friends their “home away from home”  during their younger years!

Here are just a few updates to share…

photo (3)Anna Wechsler (Class of 2010) graduated as the Salutatorian of Lenape High School in Mount Laurel in June 2014 and headed off to Harvard University in the fall. She hasn’t decided on her major yet, but would like to explore and study some topics in the fields of science, applied mathematics, and computer science.  According to Anna’s mom, HaiBin Wechsler, it seems that Anna has embraced her new life at Harvard with enthusiasm. In addition to taking some challenging courses, she has run and been elected to the UC (undergraduate student council) and she is working currently in the sub-committee for curriculum improvement and reform. Anna also joined the swim club and has been active in various intramural sports games for her resident dorm.

Her older sister, Isabella Wechsler (Class of 2005) graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Public Policy. After completing a 9-month New York City Urban Fellowship sponsored by the New York City Mayor’s Office, she is currently working as a special assistant to the Region II Commissioner of the Environmental Protection Agency in New York.

“Both of them have benefited from the supportive and intimate learning environment at Westfield Friends School, and they will always remember and cherish the Westfield experience,’ said HaiBin Wechsler.

photoNews from Madison Parry (Class of 2010). “After attending Westfield, I went to Cinnaminson High School and graduated as the 2014 Valedictorian, and member of the Hall of Fame. I am currently midway through my freshman year at Princeton University and plan on majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Throughout my years at CHS and even now as I face the challenges at Princeton, I used my education from Westfield as my guide. But Westfield was not just my elementary school, the brick building among the leafy branches was my home for eleven years, my teachers were my parents, and my classmates were my siblings. The school and the people there taught me to be a good person; it was there that I learned acceptance, cooperation, and moral values. When I graduated from Westfield, I was confident that I was prepared for my future.”

According to Valerie Parry (Madison’s mom and Westfield’s 7th & 8th grade history and English teacher) “It is gratifying to know that the ideas that were planted at Westfield, diversity of interests, service to others, academic excellence, and an interest in the arts, continue to grow as she becomes an adult. Westfield gave Madison the confidence to pursue a variety of interests and the values that allow her to persevere as she works toward her goals. As parents, we are so grateful that Westfield gave her the building blocks that have led her to Princeton!”

In May 2014, two Westfield Friends’ graduates from the Class of 1963 returned to the school for a visit. Jack Parry (Madison’s dad! and Bill Stegall reunited for a photo on the front steps of the school – and sat in the exact spot as their

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1963 class photo. They would like to reconnect with fellow classmates, so if you are “out there,” please get in touch with the school and we will share your information with Jack and Bill!