B.E.S.T. Family Holiday Party


December 3, 2016

On Saturday, December 3rd, B.E.S.T. students, families and staff joined in a celebration at Friends School for our annual B.E.S.T Family Holiday Party. B.E.S.T. families enjoyed the chance to decorate cookies and welcome in the holiday season with friends new and old. We also took this opportunity to recognize members of the Class of 2017 as they head into their final semester at their member schools. Karlo Young, B.E.S.T. President-Elect, and Matt Micciche, Head of School at Friends School, joined us for the afternoon.

Allona H., a senior at Maryvale Preparatory School, shared heartfelt remarks with us about her B.E.S.T. journey. Allona is the leader of VIP, the Maryvale Diversity Club, and has completed 11 seasons of Varsity Track and Field. She has also completed over 400 community service hours while maintaining A’s and B’s throughout her time in upper school.

Allona is very proud of her accomplishments and during her remarks gave thanks to her mother for being her biggest supporter and motivator. She also expressed gratitude for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, sharing “…the summer program, accompanied with the many leadership breakfasts and workshops, provided me with the motivation and confidence I needed to successfully complete 7 years at an independent school. I am forever grateful for what the program has done for me”.

We are so proud of Allona and the entire B.E.S.T. Class of 2017!

The staff at B.E.S.T. wishes our families, funders, and partners a joyful holiday season.


Members of the B.E.S.T. class of 2017


B.E.S.T. Middle School Girls


B.E.S.T. Upper School Girls


B.E.S.T. Upper School Girls


B.E.S.T. Upper School Students


B.E.S.T. Siblings


B.E.S.T. Siblings


Karlo Young, B.E.S.T. President-Elect; Allona H., Senior Speaker, Maryvale Preparatory School, Class of 2017; and Jessica Suriano, B.E.S.T. Executive Director