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2014 Movie Previews

In the New Year, there are many new books, video games, and other media that we’ve been waiting for but, of course, there will also be new movies. I’m going to discuss my opinions on five trailers and rumors of upcoming movies. I’ll start with what the one that does not impress me too much and move on to the movie I look forward to the most. Don’t worry: since these movies have not come out yet, there won’t be any spoilers included! If you are interested in learning more about these movies, I included links for trailers for and footage of the movies. Movie #5: Star Wars Episode VII In case anyone doesn’t know, I am a huge Star Wars fan! Though when I heard that Disney bought Lucasarts, I was depressed. However, at least they might be making a seventh movie to the series. Now that Disney has announced that…


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2014 Photography Contest Results

Congratulations to these four photographers and thank you to all those who submitted. The photography contest committee was thoroughly impressed by all of the photos they received. Stay tuned for a profile of Kristen Johnson in the coming weeks!



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Save Temple University Men’s Gymnastics

Do you know what happened at Temple University recently? The Temple Athletics Program is eliminating seven sports: baseball, softball, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field. I go to Temple for gymnastics and my coach, Alex Tighe, just finished his final year there. Alex said at my last gymnastics meet, “On Friday, the gymnasts got the news that their program had been cut, and to see them go into the gym with this news is the most heartbreaking thing ever.” Misha, one of Temple’s gymnasts, is in his first year at the school. Imagine how he feels about his program being cut. Many students are too far into their programs to switch to another school, so their lives are gravely affected. My brother was a potential recruit for the gymnastics program and, if it is cut, there will only be fifteen schools in…


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Welcome Dr. Wendy Simkin!

We would like to introduce the Middle School to our new school psychologist, Dr. Wendy Simkin. Dr. Simkin said in response to our request for an interview, “I am very honored to have the chance to be interviewed by the Phoenix Inquirer!” We were glad to talk to her. She is here to help, so do not be afraid to reach out to her. PI: What is your job at Friends Central? WS: “My job at FCS is to be available to students, parents, faculty and staff around aspects of student well-being, socially and emotionally. It is my pleasure and my privilege to meet members of the school community both in times of wellness and routine situations, as well as in times of challenge.” PI: What do you love most about your job? WS: “The thing that I love most about my job is that I get the chance to do what I…


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The Phoenix Has Landed

On December 14, 2013, the town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania hosted its tenth annual Firebird Festival, the highlight of which is the burning of a wooden phoenix that stretches thirty feet high and one hundred feet wide. Last year, more than 16,000 locals attended the festival, witnessing several amazing street entertainers, exploring the great downtown shops, and even visiting the historical Colonial Theater, home of The Blob. The Firebird Festival displays the reincarnation of the burned phoenix as multiple, smaller phoenixes, representing the resilience of Phoenixville as a town. Attendees may make a small phoenix out of clay and place it inside the larger, wooden phoenix. The burning of the larger phoenix acts as a kiln, firing all of the handmade phoenix miniatures.



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Student Musicians Perform in Winter Concert

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the Friends’ Central vocal and instrumental ensembles provided an enjoyable night full of music for our community.  Student musicians rehearse once or twice a week, culminating in two concerts per school year.  The Orchestra had no particular theme for their repertoire, and instead played a variety of pieces including “Shenandoah,” a beautiful, slow-moving song that they dedicated to Mrs. Quinn, who was “completely overjoyed and also deeply moved” by it.  The melody, played by oboist Anjali Gupta with assistance from pianist Galen Cassidy, was written and modified by Carl Bradley, the MS Orchestra and Jazz Band director. “This concert wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication Mr. Bradley put forth into this performance,” Anjali Gupta, eighth grade oboist, said. Mr. Bradley brings energy, focus, and responsibility to every practice and is a great inspiration to the growing musicians.




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