MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ENTERTAIN
AT FABULOUS WINTER CONCERT
The Middle School presented a wonderful Winter Concert on Dec. 9 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The show included performances by nine ensembles: Sixth Grade Band, Cantores, Symphonic Band, Sixth Grade Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chorale, Jazz Band, Vocal Ensemble and Combined Choirs.
Highlights included the Symphonic Band's Jingle Bell Rock, the Cantores' Once Upon a Winter's Night, the Jazz Band's So What, the Vocal Ensemble's Feliz Navidad and the finale performed by the Combined Choirs – Heal the World.
Congratulations to our talented musicians and their teachers: Mrs. Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Mr. Rick Fontaine, Band Director.
MS WINTER CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY
A CELEBRATION OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
All three divisions celebrated the cultural traditions associated holiday observances in Chinese, Spanish and Latin with impressive classroom displays on Dec. 14. Students visited the presentations in eight classrooms: Upper School Chinese (Ms. Hua Liu), Middle School Chinese (Ms. Alice Zhao), Middle School Spanish (Ms. Tamica Van Dunk), Upper School Spanish (Ms. Margharita Reiter and Ms. Claudia Gonzalez), Lower School Spanish (Sra. Maria Hinestroza), Middle School Latin (Mr. Ian McElroy) and Upper School Latin (Mr. Nick Pellulo).
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WORLD LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PHOTO GALLERY
VINAY KARTHIK '25 EARNS
CLIMATE ACTION RECOGNITION
Vinay Karthik '25 has earned recognition for his work in climate action and recently was published online. His recent interest in climate advocacy has led to involvement in nonprofit organizations related to climate action, one of which was initially recommended by his Middle School science teacher, Mrs. Andrea Barnett.
He participated in the Price Carbon NOW Challenge, which was held by the national youth action team of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) where students lobbied with senators and the President through email and phone banking to convince them to support a price on the carbon emissions of industries in the upcoming budget reconciliation package. Vinay won second place in that contest and was awarded a $30 gift card and took part in a national advocates appreciation event through Zoom.
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MS ANNOUNCES GEO BEE WINNERS
The W+H GeoBee is a highly-challenging, 50-question event with questions of physical and cultural geography. Winners of this year's contest received a Certificate of Exemplary Achievement, a Barnes and Noble gift card, and a book of their choosing from our collection of award-winning Young Adult novels and non-fiction.
Seven students received recognition for their performance in the competition. Pictured left to right with award status: Mackias Ysaac '26 (Honorable Mention), Arshi Goel '28 (Honorable Mention), Aava Joshi '27 (First Place Winner), Anushka Patchigolla '27 (Second Place Winner), Raymond Han '28 (Third Place Winner), Diya Kothari '28 (Honorable Mention) and Cameron Williams '27 (Honorable Mention)
EIGHTH GRADERS EXPLORE WEATHER
Eighth-graders in Mrs. Noreen Jafri's earth science class are learning about weather. As part of this unit of study, Rutgers University students Robert Bennett and Thomas Juliano paid a special visit to Middle School students in November.
Robert, President of Rutgers Meteorology Club, and Thomas shared what inspired them to study meteorology. The pair described their current activities, such as presenting the weather forecast on the Rutgers Weather Watchers Program and storm-chasing, as well as their career goals. Robert and Thomas led a two-part case study about Hurricane Ida, in which students explored weather maps and conditions for the powerful and destructive event.
FALL ATHLETES MAKE ALL-GMC TEAMS
Fourteen W+H athletes were named to All-Division teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference at the conclusion of the fall season.
Seven of these Rams represent the girls' tennis team, which swept to the GMC Gold Division title with the entire roster receiving recognition: singles players Shankari Theivanayagam '22, Kapriana Payami '23 and Naischa Puri '23, and doubles players Nidhi Nimma '23, Joanne Ding '24, Amelie Leu '25 and Avni Vasani '25.
Other W+H athletes who were named to All-Division teams include cross country runners Aarush Dharayan '22, Oliver Zhao '22 and Shreya Dharayan '22, volleyball player Kayla Martel '24, and soccer players Nikolette Aponte '22, Jasmyn Gordon '23 and Angelina Vargas '23. Angelina was also named to the overall All-GMC team.
Congratulations to all of our Rams!