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The W+H golf team, led by a fabulous quartet of girls, posted impressive performances in three tournaments within the past week. The girls won the State Prep championship on May 17 at Blair Academy. Jenelle Valera '22 and Grace Lu '22 led the Rams with 9-hole rounds of 39 and 40, respectively, to round out the top five in the individual standings. Sydney Kuo '20 and Mia Sutton '19 each fired 42 to lift the Rams to a team score of 163, six strokes better than Blair Academy.
Middle School students impressed the W+H community including parents, faculty and friends with their amazing talents at the Spring Art Show and Concert. After roaming the halls and admiring various forms of art work, patrons gathered in the Berry Performing Arts Center for a spectacular show. The concert included performances by the Sixth Grade Band, Middle School Jazz Band, Sixth Grade Choir, Seventh and Eighth Grade Band, Emelyn Choir, Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir and the Combined Choirs.
The Lower School Art Show delighted the many parents, teachers and friends who visited with their children and students throughout the day on Friday, May 17. Visitors enjoyed the various paintings, samplers, ceramics and self-portraits that adorned the art room, hallways and library. Mrs. Susan Howard's young students were beaming with pride as they showed off their fine artwork, which included 500 two-dimensional works and almost 200 clay pieces and wire figures.
Upper School science students addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative presentations on May 21 in the Oakwood Room. Five students shared the research this week: Olivia Tobey '19 and Kelly Lawrence '19 – Identification and Gene Coding for the C2 Domain Containing Protein in the Duckweed Plant; Victoria Georgiou '19 – The Role of the ATAC Protein Complex in Drosophila; Michele Peruzzo '21 – The Function of the TET Protein in Locomotion in Drosophila; Silvia Xia '20 – The Role of Calcium-Binding Proteins in Stressful Situations; and Isabella Sena-Cash '21 – The Role of Calcium in Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis).
This year, the fifth grade Capstone project centered on the essential question, "What is Culture?" Students worked in pairs to create a series of three podcast episodes in which they explored what culture means to the people around them, and reflected on what their relationship with culture is. They also wrote papers expressing their reflections, and created "Statement of Action" trifold boards inspired by UNESCO's Strategic Development Goals.
Third grade students took great pride in creating and sharing special projects highlighting an individual state of their choice for an eager crowd of parents, faculty and friends in the Oakwood Room. The assignment included a variety of components. The students were asked to construct a model depicting either a map of their state or a landmark found there in addition to completing a packet of fascinating facts about that state.
The 10th annual Cookin' Cabaret featured a wonderful blend of entertainment and included a special guest appearance from Milika Griffiths '12, who starred on the W+H stage as a vocalist and dramatic performer. Milika, the Concert Choir president during her Upper School years, joined Mrs. Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, as the driving forces behind the Cookin' Cabaret. It was fitting to have Milika back on the W+H stage as the event celebrated its decade anniversary.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge varsity baseball team enjoyed a stadium experience and played an exciting game in Sunday's battle vs. Manville at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots. The Rams fell short in a 9-6 contest despite rallying for five runs in the last three innings. Prior to the game, the four seniors were honored for their years of dedication to the baseball program. Tim McDonald '19, Ryan Petela '19, Gerald Ringler '19 and JJ Stueck '19 were joined by their parents on the field during pre-game festivities.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week during morning meeting on May 20. Congratulations to tennis players Anshuman Apte '19 and Zachary Brzosko '22. Anshuman's final regular-season match at 2nd Singles as a Ram was critical. The team was tied 2-2 with Colonia, and he was in a tight 2nd set. His victory allowed the Rams to claim an undefeated record (and the championship) in the GMC Blue Division. Zachary has been a great teammate, particularly for his reliability, cooperation and volunteering. He looks for every opportunity to hone his skills.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athlete of the Week during lunch on May 20. Congratulations to track runner Phoebe Kaplan '25. After completing a very successful cross country season, Phoebe decided to try spring track. She picked the 1600-meter run as her event and consistently finished in the 6:30s. But then at the GMC Championships, Phoebe exploded, lowering her PB to 6:22.13. This performance made her the second fastest W+H Middle School female all-time in the 1600.
Mia Sutton '19 is a late bloomer in the game of golf. It's rare indeed for a young athlete with only four years of experience in a sport that has frustrated generations of people to earn the opportunity to play at the Division 1 collegiate level. The Wardlaw+Hartridge senior made it official on Monday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Monmouth University. Mia was joined by her parents, David and Caroline, younger sister Izzy, W+H head coach Jim Howard and athletic Director Karl Miran, and friends in the Admission Conference Room for the ceremony.
Students in grades 2-5 provided a beautiful evening of entertainment at the Lower School Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center on May 9. The show began with the fourth grade band making its debut performance and continued with second graders singing a Mexican lullaby. The evening included songs from individual classes and group performances by the 2-3 and 4-5 grades together. The fifth grade band also played three tunes, including the upbeat Hard Rock Fanfare. Other highlights of the evening were the third grade rendition of the Mexican folk song Don Gato, the fourth grade ballad Grow Little Tree, the fifth grade vocal and instrumental combo of the popular Happier and the combined finale Shine on Me.
A few weeks ago, sixth grade students welcomed Project BioEYES from the University of Pennsylvania for our second year. During the week, the students observed two (pheno)types of fish – albino and wild type. The students predicted the outcome of what traits the offspring will have.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Upper School Athlete of the Week at morning meeting on May 13. Congratulations to baseball captain JJ Stueck '19. JJ led the Rams' offense in our GMC and Prep playoff games last week, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a 2-run home run (the first to clear the new outfield fence), a 2-RBI double, and two key walks. For the season, he is one of our leading batters (.333 with 5 doubles) and pitchers (second in innings pitched, tied for the team lead with 21 strikeouts).
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week during lunch on May 13. Four different Rams teams were represented. Congratulations to baseball player Ethan Guo '24, track athlete Rohan Batra '23, softball player Gbemi Olarewaju '24 and tennis player Ben Kim '24.
Upper School students displayed their talents in the fine and performing arts during the annual Spring Art Show and Concert on May 2. Parents roamed the halls and admired many forms of outstanding art, including an award winning painting and creative sculpture on display in the lobby of the Berry Performing Arts Center. The concert included performances by the Concert Band, new Jazz Combo, MadJazz vocal ensemble, Jazz Band and Concert Choir.
Our school's youngest students put on a wonderful show for the W+H community at the PreK-Grade 1 Concert on May 7 in The Berry Performing Arts Center. Highlights of the morning performance included the opening Won't You Be My Neighbor by Fred Rogers, a collaboration of the Kindergarten students and their fifth grade buddies on the tune Families Belong, and another Mr. Rogers song, It's Such a Good Feeling, for the finale.
Lexington Donahue '30 maintained a busy schedule befitting a school administrator in her role as Lower School Head for the Day on May 7. Lexi began her day greeting students and quickly settled into the Lower School Office with bagels and donuts with Mrs. Silvia Davis, the real Lower School Head.
This summer, Gabriel Dizon '20 will be participating in the NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop. Only select jazz students are accepted to this program via video audition. This workshop combines cutting-edge jazz education with master classes and workshops by the finest jazz musicians in New York City. Along with world-renowned jazz studies faculty, the workshop will include daily interaction with jazz musicians from around the world.
Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications and Publications, announced the Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on May 6 – baseball players Tim McDonald '19 and Kori Brown '22. It would be an understatement to say we are glad to have Tim back from the injuries that hobbled him most of last season. He is making the most of his senior year, sporting a .472 batting average, five RBI and five extra-base hits. As a pitcher, he has also frustrating our GMC opponents, earning a 3.29 ERA. Kori earned his first varsity win as a pitcher against Piscataway Tech. Kori also contributed with the bat going 1-for-2 with a walk, single, and two RBI.
Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications and Publications, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week during lunch on May 7 – baseball player Ryan Maciorowski '26 and track athlete Isabel Rovito '24. Ryan has continued his excellent season in a new sport with three key performances in as many days. He delivered a game-tying two RBI single in the last inning to preserve an 11-11 tie, then led off the next game with a triple, and two innings later ripped his first career home run. Isabella ran what turned out to be the race of the day in the girls' 800 meters. Isabella cut 2.5 seconds off her personal best for a time of 3:30.87.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School held its annual World Language Honor Societies induction ceremony on May 1 in the Oakwood Room. Twenty-two Upper School students were inducted into three honor societies – Chinese, Latin and Spanish.
Student creativity and innovation was on display at the Sixth Annual INDIE Film Festival on April 27. The event was held on the W+H campus for the second consecutive year in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Student filmmakers walked the red carpet and posed for pictures in an Oscar night atmosphere. The INDIE is a joint faculty and student initiative seeking to raise awareness regarding current global issues. It serves as a forum to showcase student work, while also allowing for artistic freedom, cultivating leadership skills, all through a global lens.
Kallie Schildge '20 has been a leading player on the Wardlaw+Hartridge stage since her Middle School days, starring in several dramatic and musical productions. Kallie recently received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama from the Montclair Theatre Night Awards for her portrayal of Kerry Drake in the W+H production of The Laramie Project.
This past Saturday, Sophia Fontaine '26, Eesha Gadde '26 and Tommy Majkowski '26 performed with the Central Jersey Music Educators Association Elementary School Honors Band. This is a group consisting of outstanding Central New Jersey Region band students grades 4-6, nominated by their band directors. They performed with a 90-piece ensemble conducted by Mr. Stephen Komar (pictured). This year's group performed at Hillsborough High School.
The co-ed golf team's fab four continued to play consistently and power the Rams to victory this past week. The Rams completed a season sweep of Metuchen with Monday's 161-184 triumph at Galloping Hill Golf Club to run their record to 10-0. Sydney Kuo '20 fired a 37 to earn match medalist honors. Grace Lu '22 shot 38, Jenelle Valera '22 carded 40 and Mia Sutton '19 added 46 to round out the scoring.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the Middle School Athletes of the Week during lunch on April 29. Congratulations to baseball player Cian Nicholls '25, tennis player Arya Chhabra '25 and track athlete Tommy Majkowski '26.
wo guest speakers addressed students and broadened their educational experience this week during Upper School meeting and break time. On April 30, Relmu Ñamku, an indigenous person from Argentina who is a representative of the first nations, shared her story with Upper School students and fifth graders. On May 1, Spoken Word poet Phil Kaye shared his work with Upper School students in the AP Room. Kaye is a National Poetry Slam finalist whose work has been featured widely.
Eighteen Wardlaw+Hartridge seniors completed many months of hard work and made their Capstone presentations last week in the Oakwood Room. This project, a requirement to graduate with the Global Scholars Program diploma, involves many components including a written paper, action research component and a presentation in front of students and a panel of teachers.
Lower School students led a daylong celebration of Earth Day on the W+H campus on April 23. The day was inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg and Lower School students and teachers dressed down in blue and yellow in honor of Sweden's flag colors. The day began with an assembly in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Katherine Heiss, the leader of the Green Team, was joined Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, in welcoming the Lower School students and teachers. The assembly included a Kindergarten song, video introduction to Greta, a second grade play, videos by the first and third graders and the announcement of a letter writing campaign by the fourth and fifth graders.
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