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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Rudy Brandl

I’m all about looking ahead to the future with great anticipation and optimism. When you work in education, there’s always something exciting on the horizon and at Wardlaw+Hartridge, we have a calendar chock full of big events in the next six months. I also enjoy reflecting on the past and celebrating accomplishments and milestones. When I recently celebrated my 59th birthday, I came up with a list of my “Best 59 Days Ever” – no worries, I won’t bore readers with the details, but among those that made the list were my graduation from W+H, my wedding day, and the births of my three children. 

Every year, we run a countdown of the Top 10 Stories of the Year on our social media channels during the Winter Break. Since some members of our community decide to unplug a bit during the break and others are not social media followers, I like to dedicate my first blog of the new year to sharing the list.

Since it’s still January, I will wish you all a Happy New Year filled with health, happiness and prosperity as we look ahead to 2024. Let’s take one more look back at the W+H Top 10 Stories of 2023:

No. 10 – Students Showcase Creativity at INDIE Film and Arts Festival

No. 9 – W+H Students Win Odyssey of the Mind State Title 

No. 8 – W+H Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent – Two Wardlaw+Hartridge athletes signed Division 1 letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the NCAA level in ceremonies held at W+H early in 2023. Angelina Vargas ’23 has continued her impressive soccer career at Brown University and Maiti O’Connor ’23 has kept making a splash as an accomplished diver at Rider University.

No. 7 – W+H Girls Win Third Straight Central Jersey Golf Title

No. 6 – Senior Buddies Tradition Returns to W+H 

No. 5 – Class of 2023 Graduates at Commencement Ceremony 

No. 4 – Genetics Research Scholars Visit Princeton University 

No. 3 – W+H Ranked No. 1 in Middlesex County Again 

No. 2 – W+H Celebrates 140th Anniversary 

No. 1 – Dr. Corinna Crafton Installed as new Head of School