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Eleven W-H spring season athletes were named to All-Division teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference. The Rams were represented on five different teams. Baseball players Ovidio Chavez '18 and J.J. Stueck '19 and softball players Jane Anderson-Schmitt '20 and Kristyn Smith '20 were named to the GMC Gold team. Golfers Sydney Kuo '20 and Cathy Bi '18 earned positions on the GMC Blue team. Track and field athletes Shalon Wallace '18, Kevin Nader '18 and Aaliah Burney '18 made the GMC Gold teams, along with relay runners Andre Souza '19 and Shaun Martinez '18. In addition, the girls' track and field team received the White Division Sportsmanship Award.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School held its 134th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 16 under a giant tent on the back athletic fields. The Class of 2017 marched in, led by Allison Haley and Neha Chhabra carrying the class flag. The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob Bowman, Assistant Head of School for Upper School. Jordan Rose '17 represented his class with a wonderful speech during which he used water as a metaphor to show how "life is about movement, change and growth" and concluded with the reassurance that "the sea is endless for Rams like us." Andrew Webster, Head of School, delivered his Charge to the Class of 2017 and Rob Rizzo '89, Board of Trustees President, provided greetings and best wishes during inspiring remarks about Jackie Robinson.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association hosted the faculty and staff members at the annual end of the year Appreciation Luncheon on June 15. After the final all-school meeting in the Oakwood Room in the morning, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed a delicious catered lunch in the AP Room.
The Eighth Grade Class of 2017 completed its Middle School journey during the Stepping Up Ceremony on Wednesday night, June 14 in the AP Room. It was a memorable evening that began with a processional to "Rondeau" and continued with the Pledge of Allegiance and everyone singing "America the Beautiful." Maggie Granados, Middle School Head, welcomed the students, parents, friends and other members of the W-H community.
The fifth graders moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 13 in the AP Room. Students said farewell to Lower School with family, friends and faculty and staff members in attendance. Maggie Granados, Assistant Head of School for Lower School, delivered remarks and introduced a video presentation, prepared by Erin Maciorowski, Lower School technology specialist. Mr. Webster, Mrs. Granados and Lower School teachers Ellen Ritz (fifth grade), Tim Head (fifth grade) and Ellen Colandrea (fourth grade) handled the presentation of certificates. The third and fourth grade then sang "For Just a Little While."
Members of the Class of 2017 joined their parents, family, faculty and staff members and administrators at the annual Senior Farewell Dinner on Monday, June 12 in the AP Room. The event was catered by Sage Dining Services. Senior Awards of Distinction were presented to Carlin Schildge (W-H Pin, pictured above), Anuva Goel (Alumni Association Award), Samantha Anastasiou (Parents' Association Award), Anuva Goel (Stevenson Award), Jordan Rose (Headmaster's Cup) and Brennan Wright (Upper School Head's Award).
The Kindergarten Class shared poems, songs and personal reflections during a heart-warming graduation ceremony in Lower Snowdon on June 7. A class of 20 kindergarteners graduated and confidently announced their readiness for first grade was..." The ceremony began with a procession and flag salute. After the singing of Yankee Doodle Dandy, the class shared a poem entitled "First Grade, Here We Come." The Kindergarten graduates shared five more songs before offering their personal accounts of "The best part about Kindergarten was ... "
The Board of Trustees hosted the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner on June 8 in the AP Room. W-H teachers, staff members and administrators enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert as four 10-year employees of the school were honored and presented with Windsor chairs. Rob Rizzo '89, President of the Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone and thanked the faculty and staff members for their hard work and dedication to the students. Andrew Webster, Head of School, presented 10-year service recognition (pictured from left to right) to Arturo Padilla (Maintenance), Nicole Nolan (Upper School Humanities), Jen Molloy (First Grade Teacher) and Gary Carnevale (Maintenance).
On Thursday, June 8, The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association (WHPA) held its annual Appreciation Luncheon and Officer Installation Ceremony in the Oakwood Room. WHPA president Kevin Kornecki welcomed the parents and members of the administration in attendance. Mr. Kornecki thanked his fellow WHPA members for their hard work and assistance and cited all of the volunteers and other parents for their help in making so many things possible for our students.
The sixth grade students were divided into teams and built their boats in Laidlaw Gym, hoping to make their vessels seaworthy in the fourth annual Cardboard Regatta. Two of the six boats made it to the finish line, while others sunk into the pool in the Raymonds Aquatic Center.