May 5, 2022 | Vol. 21-22, No. 28
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CO-DIRECTOR
OF COLLEGE COUNSELING
Chris Teare, Co-Director of College Counseling, salutes the seniors, captures the positive spirit of the college decision season and reflects on the many changes in the admission landscape during his career in his May blog post. Below is an excerpt:
When I leave The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in November, I will have served students and parents in this community for almost four years. At the same time, it will have been more than 40 years since I was first a college counselor. As I've noted previously, like the character in the Farmers Insurance ads, I've "seen a thing or two." But the last two years have been unlike anything any of us has seen, and in that context the Class of 2022 deserves even greater praise for its achievements. In terms of statistics, our 54 seniors filed 535 applications to 165 different colleges, ranging across the United States and into Canada. The 54 seniors have chosen to enroll in 38 different colleges and universities, a remarkable testament to most students finding different fits that are right for them as individuals.
Read Mr. Teare's full blog post here
MAY CALENDAR BUSY WITH EVENTS
There are just over five weeks remaining in the 2021-2022 school year and several major school events are coming up. Below is a list of events scheduled in May:
May 5 – New Family Picnic in AP Room – 5 p.m.
May 5 – W+H Parents' Association Meeting in Oakwood Room – 7 p.m.
May 11 – Middle School Coffee and Conversation – 7 p.m.
May 12 – Middle School Art Show – 6 p.m.
May 12 – Middle School Spring Concert – 7 p.m.
May 17 – PreK-Grade 1 Spring Concert – 8:30 a.m.
May 19 - W+H Golf Outing - 11 a.m. (Reception 4 p.m.)
May 19 – PreK-Grade 1 Art Show – 5:30 p.m.
May 19 – Grades 2-5 Art Show – 6 p.m.
May 19 – Grades 2-5 Spring Concert – 7 p.m.
May 24 - W+H Day of Caring
May 26 – Cookin' Cabaret – 6 p.m.
May 27 – Lower School Field Day – 9 a.m.
May 27 – Middle School Shakespeare Festival – AM TBA
W+H STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO
WORLD LANGUAGE HONOR SOCIETIES
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on April 28 in person in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Parents, faculty and friends joined in the festivities, which began with a breakfast in the PAC lobby.
Hua Liu, World Language Department Chair, delivered the welcome, which was followed by the Introduction to the Honor Societies, Candle Ceremony and Honor Society Oaths. Spanish teachers Maggie Reiter and Claudia Gonzalez and Latin teacher Nick Pelullo also participated in the ceremony.
Seniors also served as leaders and hosts in the presentation: Master of Ceremonies Shiv Tickoo '22, Introduction speakers Nicole Sandrik-Arzadi '22 (Spanish), Rose Kassam '22 (Latin) and Andrew Bao '22 (Chinese), Candle Ceremony leaders Junior Alvarenga '22 (Knowledge), Aarush Dharayan '22 (Scholarship), Masoma Zaidi '22 (Character), Izabel Korycki '22 (Service) and Zin Yu Huang '22 (Leadership) and Honor Society Oaths presenters Junior Alvarenga '22 (Spanish), Zachary Brzosko '22 (Latin) and Faizah Naqvi '22 (Chinese).
Thirty-three Upper School students were inducted into three honor societies – Chinese, Latin and Spanish. Congratulations to this year's honorees:
Chinese – David Ezra Flatau-Jones '23, Justin Hong '22, Grace Lu '22, Matthew Piccoli '23, Sydney Racine '23, Shankari Theivanayagam '22, Andrew Wolff '23, Zain Zaidi '22.
Latin – Aydin Aziz '23, Samina Aziz '24, Matthew Faust '23, Jasmyn Gordon '23, Gyrord Gregoire '23, Nidhin Kumar '24, Shachee Kumar '24, Sanya Sidhu '24, Jack Silver '23, Aayushi Singh '23, Naomi Valcourt '24.
Spanish – Samson Ajayi '23, Vincent Alvarez '22, Emily Brogan '22, Anthony Cortese '23, Anushka Dalal '24, Joanne Ding '24, Kayla Martel '24, Aastha Patel '23, Kapriana Payami '23, Gurshan Sidhu '23, Loveleen Sindhar '23, Gurinder Singh '22, Angelina Vargas '23, Hannah Yin '24.
Certificates were presented to all new inductees and seniors received honor cords to be worn at the Commencement Ceremony in June.
WLHS INDUCTION PHOTO GALLERY
UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS PROVIDE
WONDERFUL MUSIC AT SPRING CONCERT
W+H students provided a wonderful 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last Thursday's Upper School Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Four ensembles performed a variety of complex pieces, many of which featured vocal and instrumental solos.
The Concert Band and Jazz Band played flawlessly under the direction of Rick Fontaine. The Concert Band's Stars and Stripes Forever featured a piccolo solo by Joanne Ding '24 and the Jazz Band's repertoire included a flugelhorn solo by Shiv Tickoo '22 and tenor saxophone solos by Shankari Theivanayagam '22 and Rithvik Nandhyala '23.
Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, conducted the MadJazz and Concert Choir vocal ensembles. Highlights of these performances included vocal solos by Sarah Alves '24, Raiya Patel '24, Julia Machado '25 and Samia Silver '24. The concert ended with a rendition of Justin Timberlake's Better Days, leaving audience members with a message of hope.
US SPRING CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY
LOVELEEN SINDHAR '23 EARNS RPI MEDAL
Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling, presented the RPI Medal to Loveleen Sindhar '23 at the Upper School meeting this week.
RPI Medal recipients must be ranked within the top 10 percent of their class, excel in advanced math and science courses, have completed chemistry, biology, lab-based physics, and at least four years of math, including pre-calculus by the end of high school. They must also demonstrate potential for success in a challenging academic setting and exhibit significant involvement in extracurricular activities.
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer is the oldest technological institution in North America, and it is located in the Capital Region of New York State. This prestigious award has been awarded since 1916 to one student in any given high school and is designed to recognize that student's strength and success in the fields of mathematics and science. Medalists who apply, are admitted to, and enroll at Rensselaer are awarded a scholarship worth $30,000 per year.
AAYUSHI SINGH '23 GAINS EASTMAN AWARD
Sarah Honan, Co-Director of College Counseling, presented the George Eastman Young Leaders Award from the University of Rochester to Aayushi Singh '23 at the Upper School meeting this week.
The George Eastman Young Leaders Award recognizes high school juniors who possess strong leadership experience at school and in the community, high grades and challenging courses, and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.
Students who receive the award and apply and are accepted to the University of Rochester will be eligible for the George Eastman Young Leaders Scholarship, worth at least $5,000 per year.
STUDENTS PERFORM EARTH DAY SERVICE
The junior class recognized Earth Day by taking a trip to Branch Brook Park for a park clean-up day on Friday, April 22. Branch Brook Park was the first county park established in the US in 1895.
A highlight of the park on this beautiful day was seeing some of the 42 varieties of cherry trees there, more than can be found in Washington, D.C. W+H students and teachers spent approximately four hours cleaning debris around the park and along the trails, resulting in over 30 bags of trash. The trip was organized by Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, and also chaperoned by Jean Castellano, Cristian Fernandez, Rich Fulco, Don Kluizenaar and Maggie Reiter.
While at the park, the students were greeted and thanked by Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive, and Daniel K. Salvante, Department of Parks and Recreation & Cultural Affairs for Essex County.
BRANCH BROOK CLEANUP PHOTO GALLERY
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH WINNERS
Earlier this winter, students enrolled in algebra classes, or higher mathematics, were invited to participate in the AMC 8 competition. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice test designed to promote problem-solving skills. The material covered includes topics that students may or may not have had prior experience solving and offer opportunities for their observational skills, logic skills and creative skills to be used.
Although none of our students scored the top score (25), the results for the AMC 8 showed that our students enjoyed this robust competition with awards presented to the top three scores in the school.
Jennifer Rose, Middle School Head and math teacher, announced this year's honorees:
First place scores: Aava Joshi '27, Elana Nieporent '27
Second place scores: Braelyn Brandl '26, Dharren Culver '26, Arshi Goel '28, Anushka Patchigolla '27
Third place scores: Aphrodite Deng '28, Raymond Han '28, Justin Lustgarten '26, Yash Sachan '26
Congratulations again to all of our Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 students who chose to participate in this event!
MIDDLE SCHOOL NATIONAL LATIN WINNERS
Ian McElroy, Middle School Latin teacher, recently announced that seven of his students earned recognition for their performance on the National Latin Exam.
Congratulations to the following students:
Coco Lee '27 – Gold Summa Cum Laude
Braelyn Brandl '26 – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Elana Nieporent '27 – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Alyssa Ji '27 – Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Aryan Nair '26 – Cum Laude
Hannah Torres '26 – Cum Laude
Anna Bao '27 – Cum Laude
SCHOOL PHYSICIAN SHARES TIPS
ON PROPER HYDRATION, NUTRITION
Dr. Derrick Heydinger, the W+H school physician and a board-certified sports medicine and orthopedics specialist, shared a presentation on the importance of nutrition and hydration in athletics to Upper School students last week in the Berry Performing Arts Center.
This presentation addressed many of the key factors involved in maintaining a healthy diet and getting adequate hydration throughout the day. Getting a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins is key. Carbohydrates are the primary energy source for athletes. If an athlete is not getting enough carbohydrates, then it is likely that they will not have the proper energy for competition. An athlete should be getting approximately one fluid ounce of water per pound of body weight. Water is key for the proper function of the human body.
After the presentation, Dr. Heydinger answered questions from the students and chatted with members of the W+H Athletics Department.
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at the divisional meeting in the Berry Performing Arts Center on Monday. Congratulations to golfer Ava Choi '25, track and field athletes Nate Bravo '23, Tom O'Connor '25, Vineeth Reddy '23 and Matt Piccoli '23, and tennis player Nidhin Kumar '24.
Ava has helped the girls' golf team to a 15-0 record in April. She has made consistent improvement since the start of the season. In her two matches last week, she finished second to teammate Sarah Shao '24, with an even-par 37 at Plainfield Country Club against three other teams. She followed that with a first-place finish at Metuchen Country Club with a 2-over-par 37. Those scores have helped to move her up to No. 12 among New Jersey high school players.
Running in front of tens of thousands of track fans at Franklin Field in the Penn Relays, the Rams encountered the disappointment of a dropped baton on Friday but bounced back Saturday with a great performance in the 4x400 meters, posting a 3:43.45. Outstanding work by all our quarter-milers: Nate (54.38), Tom (52.59), Vineeth (58.88) and Matt (57.6)
Nidhin has stepped up from second to first singles this year, as the team has moved up from the Blue to the White Division. Facing much tougher competition in 2022, his individual mark is currently 4-7, but that statistic is misleading because he has been so close to defeating many of the White Division No. 1's. One example of how his game is improving came last Friday as he beat the first singles player from Highland Park, one of the opponents who had bested him earlier in April. Nidhin's win helped W+H secure a 3-2 team win and handed the Owls their first loss in the division this season.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week at the divisional meeting in the Berry Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. Congratulations to softball player Mohisha Jha '26 and track and field athletes Alex Eisdorfer '27 and Aadya Jha '27.
Mohisha has been a leader on the field for years and serves as one of the team's captains this season. Her energy shows as she leads the warmup and pumps up her teammates on gameday. She has pitched both games and has a total of 12 strikeouts. Also no slouch at the plate, Mo has gone 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.
Alex is the team's first MS hurdler in years! After much cajoling, Alex convinced his coach to let him try the hurdles, an event the team has not yet formally trained for in practice. Others are beginning to follow his example and give it a try. Alex is honored as an Athlete of the Week for pursuing his goals and inspiring his teammates.
Aadya new to distance running but has already developed a serious work ethic to improve her race times. Aadya achieved success last week in back-to-back meets. At Carteret, she lowered her 800-meter time by four seconds on a less-than-ideal track. Then, with only 24 hours to recover, she cut another second in frigid conditions at New Brunswick for a new personal best of 4:25.
COMMUNITY ENJOYS SPRING GAMES
Sunny skies, comfortable temperatures, intense athletic competition and good food created the perfect atmosphere for last Friday's Spring Games. The W+H Booster Club sold W+H logo apparel and gear, along with hot dogs, hamburgers, beverages and snacks. Hot dogs and water for provided free to all athletes. Booster Club volunteers also sold logo items including T-shirts, Super Fan T-Shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, quarter zip sweatshirts and masks.
The athletic highlight of the day took place on the tennis courts, where the Rams avenged a previous defeat with an exciting 3-2 match triumph over local rival Highland Park. First singles player Nidhin Kumar '24 overturned a prior loss to the same opponent with a grueling three-set victory. Second singles player Aarush Dharayan '22 and the first doubles team of Kunal Patel '22 and Rohan Batra '23 also posted wins.
Perfect weather, delicious food and the W+H community made it a great day to be a Ram!
SPRING GAMES PHOTO GALLERY
SIGN UP TO PLAY! - GOLF OUTING - MAY 19
Come join us at nearby Colonia Country Club for a wonderful day of golf including lunch and an afternoon reception on Thursday, May 19.
The event begins at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at 4 p.m. If you're unable to golf, reception only tickets are available for $40. Pay online with the following link:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY ONLINE
CHECK OUT W+H SUMMER PROGRAMS
Wardlaw+Hartridge will offer a robust array of summer programs in 2022!
The year's offerings include Camp Funshine, Adventure Camp, Brain Boosters Junior Academics, Summer Scholars, Teen Leadership Camp and Summer Sparks Enrichment. Other special camps including Everything Theater and Dungeons & Dragons will also be held.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
SCENES FROM THE THIRD ANNUAL RAM RUN
From the W+H Parents' Association
Reminder to Parents: Re-enrollment Contracts Due
This is a friendly reminder to families who have not yet submitted their re-enrollment contract and non-refundable deposit for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact the Admission Office at 908-754-1882, Ext. 155 or email admission@WHschool.org if you would like us to resend your parent portal authentication code and enrollment contract link. We are here to help you complete the enrollment process and answer any questions you may have. We wish you and your family the best of health and we look forward to seeing you in the upcoming year!
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