Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

May 21, 2017
By New Garden Friends School

The 17 graduates in this year’s class comprise a very diverse group. Their college plans are varied with many receiving fantastic scholarships to be able to pursue their dreams. This class wasn’t afraid to aim high or to reach far, as evidenced by their list of college acceptances. Notably, too, four of our students are continuing in Quaker education, attending Earlham, Guilford, and Haverford.


Merit offers to this small group of students totalled over $350,000 per year. $351,134 was offered; all of these offers were renewable for four years, which (along with a one-time $250 scholarship from the American Red Cross) creates a grand total of $1,404,786.

Perhaps most impressive is the fact that five of our graduating seniors have received close to a “full ride” for their college education:

Sean Ahn (Earlham College)
Riley Martin (Brevard College)
Gracie Rodriguez (Catawba College)
Maya Sowells (Wake Forest University)
Ari Walker (Guilford College)

What's Next for the Class of 2017?

Hyun Seong (Sean) Ahn - is tentatively planning to double-major in Biochemistry and Economics at Earlham College, and is considering a pre-med track. He hopes to play varsity tennis at Earlham, and is also looking forward to remaining involved with a Quaker meeting.

Davis Ausband - is moving toward achieving admission to the Beyond Academics program at UNCG in 2018. In addition, Davis hopes to continue improving his art skills.

Emma Bonner - will be working toward her Associate in Applied Science in the field of Interior Design, part of the Engineering Technologies department, at Forsyth Technical Community College.

Margaret (Meg) Byrum - will be attending Haverford College, and is considering majors in English, Political Science and/or Sociology. She is particularly interested in pursuing a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights, and is hoping to be able to concentrate in Creative Writing through Haverford's extremely selective program. She also hopes to continue studying Spanish, and she plans to be involved in service groups, clubs, and political and social activism in the Philadelphia area. 

Molly-McGill Carter - is planning to take part in the Batten Leadership Institute at Hollins University, and also hopes to be part of their honors program and the Hollins Outdoor Program. Molly McGill hopes to study creative writing, and is looking forward to pursuing internships as well.

Se Hyun (Joshua) Kim - will be attending NC State. Josh is considering a pre-med track, and he plans to room with his NGFS classmate Andy Tao next year!

Brenden Lech - has been accepted into the honors program at NC State, where he will be studying Computer Science. Brenden has already been studying computer science - on his own and through taking Guilford classes - and looks forward to pursuing his passion in State’s highly respected program.

Riley Martin - is excited to attend Brevard College in the fall. Riley loves the outdoors and has been excited about Brevard’s focus on experiential education since the first time he visited!

Caelin McKane - plans to take a gap year, spending time volunteering and travelling with her family, before continuing her education.

Alexander (Alex) Mock - is excited about attending Western Kentucky University, where he is looking forward to majoring in History or English.

Grace (Gracie) Rodriguez - is pursuing a BFA in Theatre Arts at Catawba College, where she will be an active part of their musical theater program.

Maya Sowells - is entering Wake Forest as an undeclared major, but with an eye toward business or political science. She will undoubtedly be active in community service in the Winston-Salem community, and she hopes to play club volleyball.

Charles (Charlie) Spaugh - has been accepted to Guilford College. He will be busy attending classes, working part-time, and playing varsity basketball at Guilford.

Yuanzhe (Andy) Tao - plans to attend NC State, majoring in accounting. He is hoping to participate in both the chess team and the gaming team.

Tuari (Ari) Walker - hopes to double major in Art and Physics (astronomy concentration) with a minor in Japanese Language. He will be attending Guilford College, where he is a Bonner Scholar and a part of the Future Leaders At Guilford program.

Alexander (Alex) Ward - will be attending East Tennessee State University, and hopes to major in either sports management or wildlife management. He plans to investigate opportunities in collegiate soccer, club lacrosse, and getting involved in greek life.

Ziyu (Ellen) Ye - plans to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her first year will be a combination of an intensive English program and college courses working toward her degree.


Students from the Class of 2017 have been accepted to the following colleges and universities:

American University, Anderson University, Brevard College, Catawba College, Drexel University, Earlham College, East Tennesse State University, Elon University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford College, Haverford College, Hollins University, Marymount Manhattan College, Miami University, Michigan State University, Montana State University, NC State University, North Greenville University, Radford University, Rhodes College, UMass Boston, UNC Asheville, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, Western Carolina University, Western Kentucky University.

Congratulations, Class of 2017! We wish you the best "as you leave this friendly place." 

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Merit Scholarship Recipients

May 10, 2017
By New Garden Friends School

Heartfelt congratulations go out to our recipients of the New Garden Friends School Merit Scholarship for Upper School. Thanks to a generous donor, the scholarship committee was able to award two scholarships to rising ninth grade students. Both Janae Canty and Dylan Richardson have demonstrated academic excellence, extraordinary character, and commitment to the New Garden Friends School community. Please join the faculty and staff in congratulating these fine students.

The High School Merit Scholarship program reflects our values as a Friends educational community and is awarded to students who demonstrate extraordinary character, academic excellence, and leadership. The scholarships are open to rising Upper School students. 

Student Equestrian Club Has Successful Season

February 10, 2017
By New Garden Friends School

New Garden Equestrian Club members, participating with Fox Run Equestrian IEA Team, have had a successful season. Upper School members Derby Crenshaw and Laura Sheets competed throughout the season and the team qualified for Zone Finals in Fredericksburg, Va., where they finished third out of 12 other qualified teams from Zone 3, which covers, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. In addition, Derby qualified individually in her division in the Regional Finals by placing first and competed in the Zone Final on an individual basis as well. She finished 8th overall for the zone.

Seventh grader, Sara Sheets, is a member of the Middle School Team which qualified for the Zone Final by placing first in their regional final in Camden, S.C. in February. At Zones, the Middle School Team found additional success and finished first out of 12 teams. They will represent Zone 3 at the IEA National Finals in Lexington, Va., April 21-23. Congratulations to each of our team members for their hard work. 

The MISSION of the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association)  is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction.

Upper School Students Travel to D.C. for the Women's March

January 25, 2017
By New Garden Friends School

Women's March on Washington

Six students from NGFS formed a delegation for the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Marching in support of human rights and women's rights specifically, in the Quaker tradition of social justice and peace, the students joined approximately 500,000 of their fellow citizens in making their voices heard.

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