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The Wardlaw+Hartridge community was treated to a wonderful show in celebration of Lunar New Year on Feb. 16 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The show, organized by Mandarin instructors Hua Liu and Alice Zhao, entertained an audience of Middle and Upper School students, faculty, staff and parents. AP Chinese and Chinese 5 Honors students Suraj Chandran '18, Kevin Nader '18, Simu Singh '18, Shaun Martinez '18, Rishi Yasa '18 and Eddie Martinez '18 participated as dancers and shared the stage with all Chinese language students and international students.
Middle School students who participated in the first Wardlaw+Hartridge Creative Movement class presented their work in a showcase on Feb. 14 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. W+H partnered with The Mason Gross Masters in Dance Education Program to offer a Creative Movement class to teach students how to express themselves and their creative ideas through choreographed movement and improvisation.
The New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association (also referred to as the NJ Prep) held its fencing tournament on Feb. 14 at The Hun School in Princeton. Approximately eight NJ independent schools have fencing teams. The tournament is structured into a team portion, followed by an individual segment. Schools that do not have a full team are allowed to compete, and W+H entered Taras Erachshaw '21, who has for the past several years trained and competed nationwide for a fencing club in Manhattan.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week during morning meeting on Feb. 22 - cheerleaders Giavanna Brito '20, Mikayla Cole '21, Taliyah Williams '21 and Olivia Brown '21. This group of young ladies went 5-for-5 this season when it came to hitting their one-legged partner stunt sequence at competition. Their commitment to work hard enough to know they had mastered the skill is a special strength.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2017 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018. Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors Jennifer Guo '18 and Suraj Chandran '18 received their Finalist certificates from Susan Swenson, Director of College Counseling, during morning meeting on Feb. 9.
Mia Reyes '18 has made it official: she will continue her soccer career at Haverford College next year. The Wardlaw+Hartridge senior signed her official national letter of intent at a press conference with family, friends and coaches in attendance on Feb. 14. Mia, who will graduate with 30 goals and a W+H record 59 assists, is excited for the next part of her journey.
Lower School students had a blast at the annual Valentine's Dance Party in Laidlaw Gym. Students in PreK-Grade 5 were dressed in festive colors as they danced and celebrated with their friends. The older Lower School grades also participated in some very exciting hula hoop competitions.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association's Spring Gala, "Ignite the Night," will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, NJ. This fun "get together" will feature dinner, dancing, a Super 50/50 raffle, Tricky Tray, silent and live auctions filled with amazing items and experiences and, of course, time to relax and mingle!
The Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School swimmers continued their fantastic season with a superb performance at the Ranney Invitational. W+H swimmers combined to capture 25 medals, nine for individual events and 16 for relays. The medal breakdown was 10 gold, six silver and nine bronze.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week during morning meeting on Feb. 13 - cheerleader Olivia Tobey '19 and basketball player Isaiah Singh '19. Olivia decided she wanted to learn a front handspring in order to boost our team's overall start value for competition. Much more experienced in soccer, Isaiah decided to try basketball this year.