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Twenty-one Upper School students were inducted into three honor societies - Chinese, Latin and Spanish. Jamie Segraves, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor Societies, Candle Ceremony and Honor Society Oaths.
The Lower School Art Show delighted the many parents, teachers and friends who visited with their children and students throughout the day on Friday, May 19. Visitors enjoyed the various paintings, samplers, ceramics and self-portraits that adorned the art room, hallways and library. Mrs. Susan Howard's young students were beaming with pride as they showed off their fine artwork, which included almost 500 two-dimensional work and 150 clay pieces.
Members of the Class of 2017 worked in three locations on the annual Senior Service Day on May 18. One group (pictured), accompanied by Dawn Francavilla, Director of Student Life, performed various cleaning chores at the American Red Cross in Somerville. Another crew, supervised by Gale Goldman, did outdoor manual labor at Homefirst Community Garden in Scotch Plains. The third group, with help from chaperones Bob Bowman and Justine Borzumato, volunteered at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
Middle School students overcame hot conditions in the amphitheater to produce three entertaining Shakespeare plays. Two seventh grade sections performed Macbeth on May 18, and the eighth graders staged A Midsummer Night's Dream on May 19. Congratulations to the performers and Middle School English teachers Corinna Crafton and Ian McElroy for three fine productions.
Fifth graders delivered their Capstone presentations in the Oakwood Room on May 23. This year's central theme was heroes. People chosen included: Jackie Robinson, the Wright Brothers, Anne Sullivan, Florence Nightingale, Steve Jobs, Malala Yousafzai, Princess Diana, Nicolaus Copernicus, Anne Frank, Alexander Hamilton and Dashrath Manjhi.
W-H Upper School students entertained the audience with a wide range of performances at the eighth annual Cookin' Cabaret on May 23 in the AP Room. The show included a mix of vocal and instrumental acts, as well as rap and spoken word. The school's talented ensembles, including the Sax Quartet, Jazz Band and Concert Choir, also performed.
Shankari Theivanayagam '22 maintained a busy and productive calendar as Middle School Head for the Day on May 19. She held meetings with many members of the administration, including Andrew Webster, Head of School, Gerard Gonnella '89, Bill Jenkins, Rudy Brandl '83, Bob Bowman, Susan Swenson, Maggie Granados and Corinna Crafton (pictured).
Gerard Gonnella '89, Associate Director of Admission and Director of the International Student Program, made a presentation at the Global Symposium in Miami earlier this month. In his presentation, The Changing Face of the International Market, Mr. Gonnella examined trends and opportunities in the day school market for international students.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week during lunch on May 23 - softball player Cami Martinez '21 and tennis player Alex Caiola '21. Last week Cami went 3-for-7 at the plate for a batting average of .429. Alex always tries his best and asks the coaches for help on how he can improve.
Middle School students displayed their many artistic talents at last Thursday night's Spring Art Show and Concert. Parents, faculty and friends admired various forms of art work in the halls, 1882 and Lower Snowdon before sitting down for two hours of wonderful music. Among the many highlights of the show was the performance of the Jazz Band, which played four selections capped by the upbeat and energetic Drama for your Mama. The Emelyn Choir delivered a fine rendition of Arianna Grande's Best Mistake and the Leal Choir set an early tone for the evening with a solid cover of Duke Ellington's It Don't Mean a Thing.