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The third time proved to be the charm for Wardlaw+Hartridge senior CJ Stueck '18. Having twice qualified for the regional choir, CJ was determined to take it one step higher and earn selection to the NJMEA All-State Choir and perform with the state's finest singers. Mission accomplished. CJ recently performed with the All-State Choir at two venues – the Atlantic City Convention Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Former Major League baseball player and batting coach Milt Thompson conducted the inaugural Wardlaw+Hartridge Baseball Clinic on Dec. 2 in Laidlaw Gym. The clinic included a morning session for middle school players and an afternoon session for high school players.
Ten Wardlaw+Hartridge athletes earned post-season accolades from conference and state coaches after the fall season. Congratulations to soccer players Mia Reyes '18, Bella Wysocki '21, Antonella Doglio '19, Olivia Tobey '19, Andre Souza '19 and Gunhvir Singh '20, tennis players Sydney Kuo '20 and Brittney Wilson '18 and volleyball players Sydney Johnson '20 and Audrey Vu '18.
Don't forget to register your family for the Wardlaw+Hartridge Gingerbread House Festival. This inaugural event is being held Friday, December 15 from 6:45-9:00 p.m. in the AP Room. Come decorate your gingerbread house and take it home to display your artistic ability or to enjoy your culinary artistry as a dessert!
Wardlaw+Hartridge hosted its annual Junior College Night on Dec. 6 in the AP Room. Six diverse colleges came to W+H to talk to our students, parents and guardians about college planning and demystified the sometimes complicated process. Diane McKoy from Columbia University said to "be real, be authentic in your application." This was echoed by the others. It was suggested that when you begin to create a list of colleges to consider not only the academics, but also the social life and finances.
Katherine Hernandez '19 was named the first winter season Athlete of the Week for her role in a dramatic one-point swim team victory. While all swimmers contributed to the narrow victory, special congratulations go to Katherine Hernandez, who earned fifth place, scoring one point, in the 200 freestyle and captured a much-needed second place, earning four points, in the 100 backstroke.
The Upper School staged its first fall play - the comedy Epic Proportions - in the new Berry Performing Arts Center. The show, which included performances on Nov. 17-18, was a big success. Congratulations to the cast and crew! Leading players included Thomas Borner du Cane '18, Kallie Schildge '20, Steven Bessette '18, CJ Stueck '18, Hannah Yates '18 and Kevin Nader '18.
Students in the Class of 2023 spent four busy days learning about life in Colonial times during the annual seventh grade trip to Williamsburg, VA. Accompanied by chaperones Nancy Duddy, Mike Howell, Elizabeth Martin and Hugh Duddy, the seventh graders enjoyed a variety of interesting experiences. After strolling through the historic stores, which line the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, students watched a military inspection led by fife and drums. They also went to the Governor's Palace. A visit to the Great Hopes Plantation gave the students a glimpse into the lives of slaves on a plantation.
Congratulations to the W+H Girls on the Run athletes, coaches and parents for a successful run in the annual Central Jersey GOTR 5K Race in Somerville on Nov. 19. All W+H participants completed the race, which included 1,246 runners. Several W+H runners finished in the top 10 in their age group and top 100 overall.
First graders, along with their teachers and a group of class parents, spent a busy morning learning about their school's home town on a trip to the Edison Township Municipal Building. The trip served as the culmination of the first-grade study unit on communities. The trip included a tour of the police station, mayor's office, animal shelter, TV studio and court. The students met recently re-elected Edison Township Mayor Tom Lankey '78, a W+H graduate and Board of Trustees member, and engaged in a Q&A session with him. They also met W+H alumnus and Edison Township prosecutor David Spevack '90 during their visit.