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On Monday afternoon, the sixth grade class was given a challenge: to design and build a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard in two hours' time which is capable of completing at least one lap in the school swimming pool.
The Eighth Grade Class of 2019 completed its Middle School journey during the Stepping Up Ceremony on Wednesday night, June 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Andrew Webster, Head of School, began the announcement of award winners by presenting merit awards to David Ezra Flatau-Jones '23, Annie Gu '23 and Nicholas Vargas '23 and an achievement award to Nelagh Matthews '23. Mr. Webster also recognized the lifers among this year's eighth grade graduates.
The fifth graders moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 11 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Students said farewell to Lower School with family, friends and faculty and staff members in attendance.
Members of the Class of 2019 joined their parents, family, faculty and staff members and administrators at the annual Senior Farewell Dinner on Monday, June 10 in the AP Room. The event was catered by Sage Dining Services. Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, welcomed the guests and Andrew Webster, Head of School, made opening remarks. Senior members of the Concert Choir performed during the early part of the dinner hour. Classmates Alexandra Vargas '19, Kelly Lawrence '19 and Ayush Menon '19 made speeches about the Past, Present and Future, respectively. Stanislav DeLaurentiis '19, Student Council President, led a Senior Toast to Teachers and Ray Huang '19, Senior Class President, led a Senior Toast to Parents. The seniors also presented a framed class photo to Dr. Bowman.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School recognized its three retiring faculty and staff members at a luncheon on June 9 in the AP Room. Nancy Duddy (Middle School history teacher), Seth Austin (Director of Finance and Facilities) and Susan R. Swenson (Director of College Counseling) celebrated their upcoming retirement with colleagues and friends.
The lifers in the Class of 2019 joined their parents at a celebration dinner at Hill House, the home of Andrew Webster, Head of School, and Aurea Hernandez-Webster. The event was held outdoors on a beautiful evening and catered by Sage Dining Services. These lifers have been attending Wardlaw+Hartridge as classmates for at least 12 years, since first grade, but some began in Pre-K. The students and parents enjoyed the opportunity to share stories and revisit memories from their many years at the school.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School community held a memorial in honor of Linda Kraynik, the beloved Middle School administrative assistant who passed away in April. More than 150 guests attended the memorial in the Berry Performing Arts Center on June 7.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the final Upper School Athletes of the Week of the 2018-2019 school year. Four golfers and three track and field athletes are the honorees. Congratulations to golfers Mia Sutton '19, Sydney Kuo '20, Grace Lu '22 and Jenelle Valera '22 and track and field athletes Emily Brogan '20, Nadia Valcourt '21 and Isaiah Singh '19.
During the week of June 3, seniors in The Wardlaw + Hartridge School Class of 2019 participated in service outreach, each committing time to four local organizations for three days. Under the coordination of Nicole Nolan, W+H Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, and with the support of members of the Upper School faculty, students worked with Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army in Plainfield, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and its partners, and Interfaith RISE in Highland Park. Throughout their days of service, students helped renovate, repaint, and maintain properties. They also interacted with preschool children, prepared meals for those who are food insecure, and engaged with a wide variety of members of the community. Students thoroughly enjoyed their days of service for both the opportunity to give back and to spend some final days of bonding together with their peers.
Upper School students were honored for their participation and achievement at the Honors Assembly May 31 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The program began with a welcome by Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, and continued with recognition of students who participated in service and leadership, clubs, the arts and athletics. Fourteen new members were inducted into the Cum Laude Society: seniors Mike He '19, Ray Huang '19, Bill Kang '19, Aubrey Mackay '19, Aanandi Murlidharan '19, Pooja Nandhyala '19, William Rehwinkel '19 and Max Wu '19 and juniors Logan D'Amore '20, Camila Fang '20, Sydney Johnson '20, Arun Lakshman '20, Benjamin Wang '20 and Silvia Xia '20. They joined current senior members Stanislav DeLaurentiis '19, Matangi Melpakkam '19, Ayush Menon '19, Sanjna Patel '19 and Eric Wang '19.