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Students, parents, faculty, alumni and friends enjoyed another fabulous day on the Wardlaw + Hartridge campus at last Saturday's Fall Fair and Homecoming Day. The W+H community participated in a wonderful array of activities, including carnival games and bounce houses for kids, shopping at an indoor mall with boutiques and vendors in Laidlaw Gym, cheering for their favorite W+H athletic teams, participating in raffles to win prizes, and sampling the many delicious food items provided by the WHPA Cafe, WHPA Bakery, Class of 2018 Soup Cafe, the Booster Club Grill and BBQ and the Middle School French Fries.
The Class of 2018, this year's seniors, showed great enthusiasm and execution of their themed routines to win the Spirit Week title in the Upper School. Congratulations to all four classes for showing wonderful spirit and sportsmanship during the competition. Other Spirit Week highlights included the Upper School's introduction of Twin Day on Thursday with all students matching at least one classmate with identical attire. Friday's finale featured a school wide Green and Gold Day and the week culminated with a Spirit Day for Lower School in the morning and Pep Rally for Middle and Upper schools in the afternoon.
Lower School students enjoyed the opportunity to show their school spirit in W+H colors at their very own spirit event in Plumeri Gym. Students in Pre-K through grade 5 played games and cheered wildly with their friends. Highlights included the Red Light, Green Light and Not in My Backyard games for Pre-K and Junior Kindergarten students, the Freeze Dance and In the Air Balloon for Kindergarten and first graders, and the Sprint Relays and Run the Gauntlet events for students in grade 2-5.
The W+H College Counseling Office hosted two informative programs recently to assist Upper School students and parents with the admission process. On Oct. 12, the Jump Start to College Program for freshmen, new sophomores and their parents provided an early glimpse of the college process. On Oct. 5, Wil Casaine (pictured), Executive Director of Financial Aid at The College of New Jersey, covered the college financial aid process from A to Z and addressed many questions.
Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Oct. 17 - cross country runner Cathy Bi '18 (right) and soccer player Gunhvir Singh '20. Although this is Cathy's first year in cross country, that hasn't stopped her from working hard at this demanding sport. Gun has been a critical part of the wins the Rams have earned the past two weeks.
Rudy Brandl, Director of Communications, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week at lunch on Oct. 17 - tennis player Kapriana Payami '23 (left) and cross country runner Anushka Dalal '24. Kapriana has demonstrated her versatility by winning matches at both singles and doubles. Anushka, like other runners who have received this honor, is one who takes her summer training seriously, and it paid off last week.
Students in all three divisions are celebrating Spirit Week, which culminates Friday with a Pep Rally for the Middle and Upper schools and Spirit Day event for Lower School.
On Wednesday, October 11, the freshman class took part in a service outing under the direction of Nicole Nolan, Director of Service Learning. Students met and worked under the direction of Samantha Kreisler from New York /New Jersey Baykeeper to clean up Roosevelt Park in Edison. Samantha explained the importance of keeping our parks that lead to our waterways clean, and what happens when garbage, particularly plastics, enter our waterways. Students worked in teams of 8-10 to clean a designated area of the park, and were amazed at the amount of trash that they collected in a span of about 90 minutes.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Oct. 10 - tennis players Mandy Fan '21 (center) and Jessie Ni '21 (right) and volleyball player Brianna Chambers '20. Tennis junior varsity players Mandy and Jessie played their first competitive match vs. North Brunswick and won 6-4. Brianna has stepped into a vital role for the Rams as an outside hitter this year.
Rudy Brandl, Director of Communications, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week - soccer player Jamei Schenck '23 and cross country runner Vinay Karthik '25. Additional recognition was given to a Fan of the Week - Miss Tanda Tucker, who has been a fixture at Rams athletic contests her entire teaching career.