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The Wardlaw+Hartridge School held its 135th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 8 under a giant tent on the back athletic fields. The Class of 2018 marched in, led by Suraj Chandran '18 and Cathy Bi '18 carrying the class flag. The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head. Aaliah Burney '18 represented her class with an inspiring speech during which she encouraged her classmates to "remember this as the beginning of the journey to find the second most important day of your life."
Members of the Class of 2018 wore sweatshirts, T-shirts and caps representing their colleges and universities of choice and gathered for the traditional class photo in the amphitheater on June 7, the day before commencement.
The nine lifers, students who enrolled at Wardlaw+Hartridge in Kindergarten or before, joined their parents at a special brunch at Hill House, home of headmaster Andrew Webster. Lifers in the Class of 2018 - Steven Bessette '18, Audrey Cheng '18, Lauren Kisare '18, Sana Mansuri '18, Kevin Nader '18, Raj Raval '18, Gursimran Singh '18, Rishi Yasa '18 (not pictured) and Hannah Yates '18. Students enjoyed a catered buffet and received commemorative lifer sweatshirts while sharing stories and memories from their many years at W+H.
International students and their families enjoyed a Hot Pot lunch reception, prepared by Sage Dining Services, in the Oakwood Room on June 6. Gerard Gonnella '89, Director of the International Student Program, welcomed the families, and Andrew Webster, Head of School, and Dr. Olga Pagieva, ELL instructor and International Student Mentor, made remarks to recognize the eight graduating international students.
Seventh graders worked in teams to build rollercoasters and presented their work to their classmates and teachers on the last day of school. The students demonstrated their understanding of the physical science concepts of potential and kinetic energy, energy conversions, friction and the law of conservation of energy by creating these marble coasters.
Sixth grade students were divided into teams and built their boats in Laidlaw Gym, hoping to make their vessels seaworthy in the fifth annual Cardboard Regatta. Four of the six boats made it to the finish line, while others sunk into the pool in the Raymonds Aquatic Center. Below are this year's award winners: Fastest Finish- with a time of 59.44 seconds – and Most Attractive Award– Jasmine Burney, Benjamin Kim, Zara Zaidi and captain Charlie Silver.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge Parents' Association hosted the faculty and staff members at the annual end of the year Appreciation Luncheon on June 7. After the final all-school meeting in the Center for Global Learning in the morning, faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed a delicious catered lunch in the AP Room. Following the lunch, Andrew Webster, Head of School, recognized departing faculty and staff members, including Jan Yates (pictured), Registrar and parent of W+H alumni Steven '14, Lauren '16 and Hannah '18, and Michelle Mottley, Lower School Learning Specialist, along with Upper School teachers Rich Fulco and Pete Golding. Thank you to the Parents' Association for providing a wonderful treat for our faculty and staff members.
The Eighth Grade Class of 2018 completed its Middle School journey during the Stepping Up Ceremony on Wednesday night, June 6 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. It was a memorable evening that began with a processional to "Rondeau" and continued with the Pledge of Allegiance and everyone singing "America the Beautiful." Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, welcomed the students, parents, friends and other members of the W+H community. Shiv Tickoo '22 won the prestigious Kilpatrick Award, which is presented to the best all-around eighth grade student. Criteria for this award include academics, athletics, citizenship and leadership. Shiv also won the Chandler Award for the eighth grade student with the highest overall average for the academic year.
The fifth graders moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 5 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Students said farewell to Lower School with family, friends and faculty and staff members in attendance. Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, delivered remarks and the third and fourth grade sang "For Just a Little While." The guests were entertained by a retrospective video presentation, prepared by Erin Maciorowski, Lower School technology specialist. Mr. Webster, Mrs. Davis and Lower School teachers Ellen Ritz (fifth grade), Tim Head (fifth grade) and Ellen Colandrea (fourth grade) handled the presentation of certificates.
Members of the Class of 2018 joined their parents, family, faculty and staff members and administrators at the annual Senior Farewell Dinner on Monday, June 4 in the AP Room. The event was catered by Sage Dining Services. Senior Awards of Distinction were presented to Hannah Yates '18 (W-H Pin, pictured), Suraj Chandran '18 (Alumni Association Award), Tiffany Le '18 (Parents' Association Award), Suraj Chandran '18 (Stevenson Award), Audrey Vu '18 (Headmaster's Cup) and Cathy Bi '18 (Upper School Head's Award).