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The W+H Music Department staged its annual Spring Music Recital and it was another spectacular show. Held in the new Berry Performing Arts Center for the first time, this year's recital featured many of the school's most talented vocal and instrumental performers. Patrons enjoyed a reception, sponsored by the W+H International Student Parents' Association and the International Student Organization, following the recital.
Parents, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed the opportunity to "Ignite the Night" at the annual Parents' Association Spring Gala, which was held Saturday night at the Bridgewater Manor. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, a Super 50/50 and other raffles, along with silent and live auctions filled with amazing items and experiences. Most popular auction items included front row seats to concerts and graduation ceremonies, dinners with the Headmaster and reserved parking spaces.
The Middlesex County Guidance Council presented the Caring Award in recognition of outstanding service to our communities and those in need to W+H senior Cathy Bi '18. Cathy was honored at a breakfast reception on April 19 and was accompanied by Susan Swenson, Director of College Counseling, and Dawn Francavilla, Director of Student Life. Cathy has recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award-Gold by the Corporation for National and Community Service in recognition and appreciation for their commitment to strengthen our nation and communities through volunteer service and she also received The McClellan Society Award.
The ReDef Movement staged a special dance performance for Lower School students on April 16 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Students enjoyed watching the performance and were engaged throughout the program, which included a Q & A session afterward. The event is part of the Dance to Learn program in the Lower School. John Barrella, Hip Hop/Street Dance educator, choreographer and Director of the ReDef Movement, and Danielle Mondi, Dance to Learn educator, professional dancer and choreographer, facilitated the discussion with the students.
Wardlaw+Hartridge hosted a Summit for Inclusion: Transgender Students on Tuesday, April 17. This day-long experience was designed to support educators regarding inclusivity of transgender students. With keynote addresses by Alexandra Scott (pictured) and Alex Myers, participants gained a holistic view of the experience of a transgender student in independent schools.
The varsity lacrosse team opened the 2018 season with four consecutive victories. The winning streak included two one-goal victories and an amazing comeback from a five-goal deficit. Jack Sartor '18 has been an offensive leader, while Ryan Brace '20 has been a key playmaker with assists. Brace scored the game-winning goal in the 10-9 victory at Edison. Jason Yin '18 is among the team leaders in ground balls.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced this week's Upper School Athletes of the Week - baseball player Ryan Petela '19, golfer Sydney Kuo '20 and tennis player Dev Dasondi '19, who are pictured with AJ Massaro '20 and Jack Sartor '18, last week's honorees who also received their T-shirts. Ryan has done what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do in the first few weeks of the season. Sydney has started the golf season in peak form. Dev, the Rams' first singles player, demonstrated grit and determination in competing against and defeating a formidable White Division opponent, to whom Dev had lost last year.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the first Middle School Athletes of the Week of the spring season - baseball player Zain Zaidi '22, tennis player Nidhin Kumar '24 and track athlete Nicholas Vargas '23. Zain started the baseball season in style, delivering a crucial RBI single in a hard-fought 5-3 victory in the opener vs. Winfield Park. Nick knocked five seconds off of his best time by running a 6:33 "metric mile" last week at Memorial Stadium
Many of Wardlaw+Hartridge's finest musicians and vocalists will showcase their talents at the annual Spring Recital on Sunday, April 15 at 4 p.m. This year's event will be held in the new Berry Performing Arts Center for the first time. The event will be streaming live at WHschool.org/livestream
The Wardlaw+Hartridge community celebrated World Language Day on April 5. The lobby of the new Berry Performing Arts Center was transformed into a museum with students in all three divisions participating as presenters and visitors throughout the day. Lower, Middle and Upper School students created presentations addressing this year's theme of architecture. Lower School students made oral presentations in Spanish, while Middle and Upper School language students displayed projects representing various landmarks around the world.