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The third annual MLK Day of Service was a huge success, thanks to the W+H community, all the volunteers and those who made generous donations. More than 40 volunteers, including faculty, staff, students and parents, helped set up, sort donations, transport and bag items, as well as clean up. It was a busy day and the amount of donations received was overwhelming. Representatives from FISH, Inc. needed to return for additional pickups after two trucks were filled on Monday. There was such an overflow from the abundance of this year's donations that items had to be stored until trucks could be scheduled for additional pickups.
Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, announced the winners of the National Geography Bee contest during lunch on Jan. 20. The National Geographic Society sponsors the annual Geography Bee each year, which begins with school level competition. W+H conducted its school rounds last week and this week, with the top three students receiving recognition from the National Geographic Society. Siddharth Iyer and Phoebe Kaplan took second and third place, respectively, and received a Certificate of Achievement from the NGS. Shourya Chhabra took first place and is our school winner this year.
Congratulations to Middle School swimmers Ethan Guo '24, Aryan Kapoor '24, Phoebe Kaplan '25 and Ben Kim '24, who are pictured with Megan Noebels, Assistant Athletic Director. These Rams placed their names on the school record board in the Raymonds Aquatic Center after setting new event standards in the pool last week. Aryan broke the school record in the 50 breaststroke (31.38) and joined Ethan, Phoebe and Ben in the 100 medley relay (56.24).
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week. Congratulations to basketball players Saleem Ibraheem '21 and Kennedy Bugg '20 and swimmer Tyler Jones '21. Saleem once nicknamed "Saleem the Dream" by a Middle School coach, is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. Kennedy, pictured, has led the Rams against the GMC Gold in all statistical categories. yler has been one of the team's most consistent leading scorers in the 200 and 500 freestyle.
Megan Noebels, Assistant Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week during lunch on Jan. 21. Congratulations to basketball players Kayla Martel '24, Ryan Bokina '26, Nick Parlavecchio '24 and Andy Ma '24. Kayla has been a great leader on the team by word and by example. Ryan's 18 points against Roselle Park Middle School was a highlight. Nick and Andy both have shown tremendous amounts of growth game in and game out.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge community enjoyed exciting basketball action, food, fun and an entertaining, spirited atmosphere at the Booster Club's annual Winter Games. Although the varsity girls and JV boys lost their basketball games, the varsity boys staged a comeback from an early deficit to defeat Highland Park in a thrilling contest. The annual Alumni Basketball Game featured many surges, twists and turns before the Green team, coached by Athletic Director Karl Miran defeated the White team, coached by Head of School Andy Webster.
Three W+H graduates from the Class of 2019 participated in a panel discussion at last week's Parents' Association meeting in the Oakwood Room. Pictured, from left, Aanandi Murlidharan '19, Ryan Petela '19 and Alexandra Vargas '19, discussed their transition to college and the many ways in which W+H prepared them for the next steps of their educational journey. Russell Althouse, Associate Director of College Counseling, moderated the discussion and parents asked a variety of questions about the college application process and transition from W+H to college life.
On Friday, January 10, friends and families joined the first grade students in the classes of Mrs. Jennifer Molloy and Mrs. Bethany Howell at the Just Write Café in Lower Snowdon. First graders published their very own personal narratives and shared them with their families. The students explained how they went through the stages of the writing process to complete their books. They also created book trailers to review the books produced by their classmates.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week. Congratulations to swimmer Giselle Lee '23 and basketball player Saivon Pressley '22. Though only in her freshman year, Giselle is the second highest scorer on the varsity swimming team for the 2019-2020 season. Saivon's play was critical in the Rams' two wins last week, as he tallied 25 points on Monday and 23 on Friday.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week at lunch on Jan. 13. Congratulations to basketball players Hannah Yin '24 and Justin Lustgarten '26. The first thing any observer of Ram Basketball notices is the impact Hannah has on the other team as a defender. With her long wing-span and great hustle, she blocks a lot of passing lanes. Justin was a true bright spot in the Rams' loss at Green Brook. Regardless of the score, he continued to play hard, winding up with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.