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Lower School students have been keeping busy reading and raising money during the first annual Read-a-Thon. The event was designed to help parents continue to foster their children's love of reading. Parents and students consulted various book lists to select their favorites and the readers began logging minutes as donations rolled in. More than 100 students participated in this year's event, which began on National Read Across America Day and has raised over $6,000.
One of the W+H Green Team's goals for this year was to promote the sustainability projects that are all around our school. SAGE Dining Services, under the guidance of Chef Anibal Rodriquez, is one area that supports this W+H mission statement. The team decided the dining area should have that mission statement displayed. They presented the opportunity to create a poster to the Middle School and two teams of students stepped up.
Dr. Bob Massa, an admission executive with 45 years of experience in higher education, made an informative and interactive presentation to juniors on March 6 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. A former colleague of Chris Teare, W+H Director of College Counseling, Dr. Massa began by sharing some reassuring data about the large number of colleges and universities with favorable admission numbers. However, he also pointed out that students will find it more challenging to gain admission to the most selective and competitive schools. Other topics addressed included the importance of character and non-academic factors in college admissions and the role of essays as a way for students to tell stories that reveal who they are and what they truly value.
On March 9, members of the 10th and 11th grade Global Scholars Program visited the United Nations in New York City. Students were treated to a guided tour where they learned about the history of the UN, viewed the various assembly rooms and learned about the three pillars of the UN mission; peace and security, human rights and development. Students also viewed exhibits on gender equality, prejudice and racism, violence against girls and women, a look back on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years later.
Gunhvir Singh '20 expressed excitement and gratitude during his NCAA signing ceremony in the Admission Conference Room last week. Joined by his parents, Sukhjeet Singh and Mandeep Kaur, soccer coaches and school administrators, Gunhvir officially announced his intent to study and play soccer at King's College in Wilkes Barre, PA. "I'd like to say thank you to everyone who supported me – coaches, family, administration, teachers," Gunhvir said. "I'm really excited. I always had a dream of playing college soccer at either Division 1, 2 or 3. Playing D 3 soccer at a good college where I'm going to get good academics, I'm really happy I can do both."
Taras Erachshaw '21 faced pressure and tough competition but relied on his experience and savvy to capture the NJSIAA fencing championship in the Sabre Division at Livingston High School on March 1. The W+H junior won six of his seven final bouts with a +14 touch differential on his way to the gold medal. He needed to rally for a 5-4 win over John Morreale of Christian Brothers Academy to clinch the gold. Trailing 4-3, Taras scored the next two points to clinch the state title.
The W+H Middle School Quiz Bowl team captured the Middlesex County title at last weekend's National Academic Quiz Tournament. This is only the second year in which the school participated in the event. W+H competed against 26 middle schools from New York and New Jersey, including six from Middlesex County. The vast array of topics tested in the competition includes literature, arts, sports, mathematics, science, music, pop culture, language and religion.
W+H Middle School students Vanessa Fang '24, Sophia Fontaine '26 and Luke Tan '24 performed with the CJMEA Intermediate Region Bands on March 1 at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School. Approximately 160 out of 800 students who auditioned were accepted for this prestigious opportunity to rehearse and perform with other high level young musicians through the tutelage of renowned band directors Scott Collins of West-Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District and Cheryl Floyd, Yamaha Master Educator and former Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas.
W+H Upper School students Youran Wang '22, Silvia Xia '20 and Leo Song '21, pictured with Mr. Mark Donagy (Math Department Chair), posted impressive scores on the AMC 10A and AMC 12A exams and have qualified to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). The cutoff scores were 87.0 for the AMC 12A and 103.5 for the AMC 10A. Leo and Silvia surpassed that mark in the AMC 12A and Youran reached the standard in the AMC 10A.
The second grade classes of Ms. Ellen Colandrea and Mrs. Becky McDonald celebrated Read Across America Day with a My Favorite Book Character Wax Museum on Feb. 28 in the Oakwood Room. The students honored Dr. Seuss' 116th birthday by sharing their favorite books to read. Students, frozen in place until visitors pushed a button on their presentation table, shared thoughts about their favorite books and dressed as their favorite characters. Parents, students, teachers and friends enjoyed the opportunity to browse the literary museum and all were impressed with the student creations. The guests enjoyed light refreshments after the event.