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The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is pleased to present The Laramie Project as its fall play. The play is divided into three acts and the Wardlaw+Hartridge production features 20 actors playing nearly 70 characters in a series of short scenes. Leading players include Sahil Mulji, Justyn Niemczyk, Neil Shah, Kallie Schildge, Alexandra Vargas, Victoria Georgia, John Papetti III and Shane Kornecki.
The Middle School held its fall afterschool STEAM workshop, which focused on programming, coding and design thinking, from Nov. 5-9. The students were taught how to use MIT's Scratch programming by a team of instructors that was led by Marc Spivak, Director of Technology, and included faculty members Andrea Barnett and Erin Maciorowski and Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head.
Students in all three divisions performed during two 90-minute shows to celebrate World Language Day on Nov. 9 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The Lower School kicked off the show with Spanish skits performed by the fifth grade classes. AP Spanish students Antonella Doglio '19 and Katherine Hernandez '19 performed a Cumbia dance routine and Sydney Kuo '20 sang a Chinese song before Stan DeLaurentiis '19 took the stage to share his talents with a saxophone solo and Chinese rap
The first graders performed "word surgery" during a special classroom activity on Nov. 9. Having just finished working on short vowels, adjectives and learning about communities, the first graders created their very own Word Surgery Center. Some activities included sentence surgery, word surgery, and putting broken bones back together. The students wore lab coats and took careful notes in their patient files.
The W+H girls' soccer team lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Trinity Hall in the Non-Public South B state playoffs in the rain on Nov. 6. The loss prevented the Rams from making another attempt at school history in the state sectional finals. The Rams battled hard and generated scoring chances after falling behind in the first half. W+H standout and state scoring leader Bella Wysocki '21 was kept off the board for only the third time all season. After capturing the GMC Blue Division title with a 14-0 run through the league schedule in October, the Rams (18-3) made their deepest run ever in the county tournament. W+H upset Edison and advanced all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion East Brunswick. The Rams opened the states with a 1-0 triumph over Gloucester Catholic but were derailed in their quest for a 20-win season and first state sectional title.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School community recently observed Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31. This positive campaign to promote healthy lifestyles was a huge success. The Red Ribbon Team comprised of juniors who attended the Young Women's Conference last May led many of the activities in all three divisions. After the Young Women's Conference, W+H was given a $500 grant from Wellspring to work in conjunction with their staff to help promote drug awareness and pledge to live drug free.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, members of the W+H community joined to help support Interfaith RISE's annual walkathon. Upper School students helped direct participants, worked the registration table, and held signs during the walk. Families and students who attended heard from several speakers along the walk, and had the opportunity to meet many of the refugee families served by Interfaith RISE. Speakers included U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, W+H Director of Global Scholars Nicole Nolan and junior Camila Fang '20, who shared her experiences as a tutor of refugees.
Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Nov. 5 – soccer player Olivia De Sousa '21 and tennis players Mika Walker '19 and Dazlyn Erachshaw '19.
Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications, announced the final Middle School Athlete of the Week of the fall season - soccer player Cian Nicholls '25. A smart player, Cian, who is pictured with Middle School Head Dr. Corinna Crafton, also exemplifies grit, determination, sacrifice and perseverance.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School proudly presents The Laramie Project as this year's fall play. The play is divided into three acts; our production features 20 W+H actors playing nearly 70 characters in a series of short scenes. Performances for this unforgettable theater experience are scheduled for November 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Berry Performing Arts Center.
Bronwyn Russell '23 saved two of her best races for the end of her Middle School career. In her final home meet on Oct. 23, Bronwyn broke her own girls' mark and also eclipsed the boys' course record with a sizzling time of 11:21 to propel the girls' team to a victory over Edgar Middle School. Three days later in the competitive Pumpkin Run at Gill St. Bernards, Bronwyn captured the individual title with a time of 10:52 in a field of 97 runners to help the W+H girls finish second in the team standings.
Peter Van Buskirk, a 35-year veteran of the selective college admission process, made an informative, dynamic and interactive presentation in the Berry Performing Arts Center on Oct. 30 Mr. Van Buskirk addressed primarily sophomores, juniors and their parents about the competitive college application process today. He spoke about finding the right fit college by knowing yourself and shared true stories to illustrate key points about the many important factors in the process.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Oct. 29 – cross country runner Zane Lee-Briggs '21 and soccer players Kori Brown '22, Joulliann Collado '19 and Ariana Di Landro '21. Zane ran his best race of the year so far at the Prep School Championships, Kori continues to grow in his varsity role with the Rams, and Joulliann and Ariana, the team's two center backs, have been outstanding all year and deserve far more recognition than they have received.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week at lunch on Oct. 29 – cross country runner Bronwyn Russell '23, soccer player Rohan Batra '23and tennis player Kayla Martel '24. All three athletes have made significant contributions to their teams.
Stan DeLaurentiis '19 certainly represented his school and country well at the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition. The event, held in Kunming City of southwest China's Yunnan Province, featured 110 teams of two students from 99 countries and five continents. Stan and his partner, Maxwell Horne of Riverdale Country Day School (NY), placed in the top 20 of this elite international competition. "It was a rewarding experience," Stan said. "The recognition of getting top 20 out of 110 teams was amazing. I really feel that our teamwork and collaborative efforts were unparalleled. He's very technical and traditional and his grammar is on point. I'm more emphatic and emotional and I brought those aspects to the competition. Our enthusiasm and love for the language and the culture really pushed us through the competition."
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a biennial event held in Newark, NJ. It is the largest poetry event in North America and takes place over four days and brings together the "most-celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists" in the United States. On Friday, October 19, a group of Wardlaw+Hartridge students attended this prestigious festival with chaperones and Upper School English teachers Stephanie Cohen and Julie Hamilton.
To recognize the United Nations' humanitarian efforts and to celebrate the rich heritage of the families in our Wardlaw+Hartridge community, the second grade classes held their annual United Nations Day Luncheon on October 24. Leading up to the special event, the students learned about the history of the organization as well as the various services it provides to needy people all over the world.
Wardlaw+Hartridge sophomore striker Bella Wysocki '21 scored two goals, boosting her season total to 43, to fuel her team to a historic 3-1 triumph at Edison in the GMC quarterfinals. Bella also propelled herself to the top of the school's all-time scoring list with 63 goals. Bella surpassed the old record of 62 goals shared by current W+H assistant coach Valentina Margiotiello '13 (pictured) and Alex Garces '16. Bella has accomplished this feat in less than two seasons and currently leads the state in goals.
Fresh off their 14-0 run through the GMC Blue Division, the W+H girls' soccer team added another exciting chapter to its fantastic season with a 3-1 victory at Edison in the GMC quarterfinals. The victory sent the Rams into the GMC semifinals for the first time in school history.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Oct. 22 – cross country runner Shreya Dharayan '22 and soccer goalkeeper Isaiah Singh '19. Shreya ran a 23:32 personal best at the GMC Championships this past Saturday. Our boys' soccer team took Monroe to the final minute thanks to a stellar performance in goal by Isaiah.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athlete of the Week during lunch on Oct. 22 - cross country runner Anya Janardhana '26. On Saturday, she reduced her Thompson Park personal best by 2:17 by running 11:31. She helped the team to a fifth-place finish at the GMC Championships by being the No. 4 girl across the line.
Pulitzer prize winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario made an enlightening presentation to Upper and Middle School students in the Berry Performing Arts Center and later met with Upper Schoolers in a small group discussion in the Center for Global Learning during an appearance at Wardlaw+Hartridge on Oct. 12.
Sahil Mulji '20 attended the Economics for Leaders program at Brown University this past summer. This was one of 13 Economics for Leaders programs conducted by the Foundation for Teaching Economics throughout the United States. At the conclusion of each program, the Foundation administers a rigorous 30-question examination designed to measure each student's understanding of basic economic principles. Sahil placed at the level of Excellence on this test.
The College Counseling Office is pleased to invite parents, guardians and students to an evening with Peter Van Buskirk on Tuesday, Oct. 30. A 35-year veteran of the selective college admission process, Mr. Van Buskirk is dedicated to helping families find student-centered solutions in college planning. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC ad is mandatory for all sophomores and juniors.
Alumni, students, parents, faculty and friends competed in the first Alumni 5K Fun Run at Fall Fair. Twenty runners navigated the slick terrain on a cold, misty morning and the top finishers in three age groups earned commemorative trophies, designed by Middle School art teacher Tanda Tucker and Alumni Association Vice President Katie Vetland '02. Fifth-grader Ryan Maciorowski '26 won the race in a time of 24:24.
Megan Teller, Assistant Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athlete of the Week at morning meeting – soccer player Gunhvir Singh '20, tennis player Sydney Kuo '20 and volleyball player Sanjna Patel '19. Gunhvir played all 80 minutes in a huge victory over Spotswood. Sydney has jumped out to a 11-2 record at first singles on the girls' tennis team. Sanjna has been a consistent presence as a middle blocker for the team all season.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athlete of the Week during lunch. Congratulations to cross country runner Harry Li '25 and soccer playerAydin Aziz '23. This past Saturday, Harry ran a 14:10 on our home course, which was a reduction of his personal best by 2:40. Aydin has proved to be a huge influence on the field of play this season.
Noah Apter '21 continues to acquire and master more classical knowledge than your average high school student. The Wardlaw+Hartridge sophomore has been inspired by his participation in a classics program called the Paideia Institute, a wide-ranging international program devoted to the study of classics. Noah has developed an interest in learning ancient Greek and last summer traveled abroad in the institute's Living Latin in Rome program, where he spent two weeks immersed in Rome learning Latin and experiencing the city with a group of high school students.
On Wednesday, October 3, the Wardlaw+Hartridge School hosted a one-day conference on Mission Skills attended by over 20 independent schools across the country and Canada. This select group of schools forms the Steering Committee for the Enrollment Management Association's Character Task Force. The Character Task Force works to develop and refine instructional tools and assessments aimed at fostering six critical life skills: resilience, ethics, time management, curiosity, teamwork, and creativity.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on Oct. 9. Congratulations to, from left: tennis player Shankari Theivanayagam '22 and soccer players Antonella Doglio '19 and Andre Souza '19. Andre and Antonella led their teams with big goals and Shankari continued her solid play at second singles.
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