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The Upper School held its annual Clubs Fair on September 13 in the AP Room. Students perused the many extracurricular offerings and signed up for their favorite clubs. This year's Upper School clubs include: Club Interact/Club Awareness, Language Clubs-Spanish, Chinese, Latin (Classics), Model UN, Peer Tutoring, The Beacon, Environmental (Green)Club/Zero Waste Management, Business and Investment Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), LaunchX Club, Empowering Young Women, Gay/Straight, Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), One World Club/Desi Club, Chess Club, Spoken Word, Garage Band, Dance and Choreography Club, Web Development and Game Design, Tabletop Strategies/Rubik's Cube, Origami Club, Males Entering the Adult Life (METAL), RC and FPV Club, Physics Olympics, Math League, DECA Club, Yearbook.
Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling, announced that five W+H students have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to, pictured from left with Andrew Webster, Head of School, and Mr. Teare: Ryan Brace '20, Sydney Johnson '20, Sahil Mulji '20, Kenneth Shen '20 and Kevin Vasquez '20.
On September 17 in the Berry Performing Arts Center, Boston University hosted a Reception and Information Session for families from all over New Jersey. Four representatives from BU made presentations on different aspects of the university and its admissions practices, culminating in a review of the applications of three students, highlighting the different criteria that go into earning an offer. The event attracted a large crowd of students from W+H and other high schools.
Wardlaw+Hartridge continued to live its mission and embodied its core value of Support by making a donation to the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. A schoolwide campaign resulted in a contribution of $1,170 to Global Giving, an organization helping the preparation, relief, and recovery efforts on the ground in the Bahamas. "I appreciate the willingness of our families to answer the call for those in dire need," said Andrew Webster, Head of School.
Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School, announced that senior Camila Fang '20 has been named a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Camila is pictured with Mr. Teare (left) and Andrew Webster, Head of School. Camila is among 16,000 semifinalists with an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring.
Upper School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison conducted a special activity in their advisory sections on September 11. After discussing the historical and biographical context of 9/11, students watched a video of people born on the day of the attacks. They pledged to do one good deed on 9/11 to make the world a better place. Students wrote those deeds on Post-It notes and posted them on a taped outline of the twin towers. They also shared their images on social media using the hashtag #wh911day.
There's nothing quite like the excitement on the first day of school. The Wardlaw+Hartridge School welcomed 128 new students and a total student body of 462 back into its classrooms on September 5 for the first day of school. Students in all three divisions participated in the 137th Convocation Ceremony and then navigated an abbreviated schedule to begin the 2019-2020 school year.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School kicked off its 137th year with the annual Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Thursday, September 5. Lower and Middle School Students entered the gym with their teachers, smiling and eager to begin the new school year. The Upper School students marched in behind their respective class flags and were accompanied by their advisors. The Class of 2020, this year's seniors, made a grand entrance for their final Convocation ceremony.
Anna Razvi '21, a rising junior at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School, recently completed a two-week program at Rutgers University's Waksman Institute. Anna, a Waksman Summer Scholar enrolled in the Waksman Student Scholar's Program (WSSP) at Rutgers University, did a fantastic job presenting her findings at the Waksman Student Scholar Poster Presentation in July. Anna and her partner Chris from Union County Technical High School presented their data on an ATP Cassette Transporter Protein they discovered in Duckweed.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School athletic teams boasted an impressive spring season, highlighted by team championships and individual accolades. Four young ladies – Mia Sutton '19, Sydney Kuo '20, Grace Lu '22 and Jenelle Valera '22 – led the charge with impressive performances on the golf course, powering the Rams to titles in the GMC White Division and NJISAA Prep Conference.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School track and field athletes made a statement against a competitive field of prep schools in the Silver Spike Invitational at Gill St. Bernard's School this spring. W+H won six events, including four by the boys on their way to the team title.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School welcomed its new international students to the community as the Summer Enrichment English Development (SEED) program began on July 8. The six-week program, supervised by Gerard Gonnella '89 (Director of International Student Program) and Angela Merkel Pellegrino (ELL Instructor and International Student Mentor) will run through August 16.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School held its 136th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 14 under a giant tent on the back athletic fields. The Class of 2019 marched in, led by class president Ray Huang '19 and vice president Alexandra Vargas '19 carrying the class flag. The 65 graduates received their diplomas after Susan Swenson, Director of College Counseling, announced their names.
On Monday afternoon, the sixth grade class was given a challenge: to design and build a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard in two hours' time which is capable of completing at least one lap in the school swimming pool.
The Eighth Grade Class of 2019 completed its Middle School journey during the Stepping Up Ceremony on Wednesday night, June 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Andrew Webster, Head of School, began the announcement of award winners by presenting merit awards to David Ezra Flatau-Jones '23, Annie Gu '23 and Nicholas Vargas '23 and an achievement award to Nelagh Matthews '23. Mr. Webster also recognized the lifers among this year's eighth grade graduates.
The fifth graders moved up to Middle School during the Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday, June 11 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Students said farewell to Lower School with family, friends and faculty and staff members in attendance.
Members of the Class of 2019 joined their parents, family, faculty and staff members and administrators at the annual Senior Farewell Dinner on Monday, June 10 in the AP Room. The event was catered by Sage Dining Services. Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, welcomed the guests and Andrew Webster, Head of School, made opening remarks. Senior members of the Concert Choir performed during the early part of the dinner hour. Classmates Alexandra Vargas '19, Kelly Lawrence '19 and Ayush Menon '19 made speeches about the Past, Present and Future, respectively. Stanislav DeLaurentiis '19, Student Council President, led a Senior Toast to Teachers and Ray Huang '19, Senior Class President, led a Senior Toast to Parents. The seniors also presented a framed class photo to Dr. Bowman.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School recognized its three retiring faculty and staff members at a luncheon on June 9 in the AP Room. Nancy Duddy (Middle School history teacher), Seth Austin (Director of Finance and Facilities) and Susan R. Swenson (Director of College Counseling) celebrated their upcoming retirement with colleagues and friends.
The lifers in the Class of 2019 joined their parents at a celebration dinner at Hill House, the home of Andrew Webster, Head of School, and Aurea Hernandez-Webster. The event was held outdoors on a beautiful evening and catered by Sage Dining Services. These lifers have been attending Wardlaw+Hartridge as classmates for at least 12 years, since first grade, but some began in Pre-K. The students and parents enjoyed the opportunity to share stories and revisit memories from their many years at the school.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School community held a memorial in honor of Linda Kraynik, the beloved Middle School administrative assistant who passed away in April. More than 150 guests attended the memorial in the Berry Performing Arts Center on June 7.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the final Upper School Athletes of the Week of the 2018-2019 school year. Four golfers and three track and field athletes are the honorees. Congratulations to golfers Mia Sutton '19, Sydney Kuo '20, Grace Lu '22 and Jenelle Valera '22 and track and field athletes Emily Brogan '20, Nadia Valcourt '21 and Isaiah Singh '19.
During the week of June 3, seniors in The Wardlaw + Hartridge School Class of 2019 participated in service outreach, each committing time to four local organizations for three days. Under the coordination of Nicole Nolan, W+H Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, and with the support of members of the Upper School faculty, students worked with Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army in Plainfield, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and its partners, and Interfaith RISE in Highland Park. Throughout their days of service, students helped renovate, repaint, and maintain properties. They also interacted with preschool children, prepared meals for those who are food insecure, and engaged with a wide variety of members of the community. Students thoroughly enjoyed their days of service for both the opportunity to give back and to spend some final days of bonding together with their peers.
Upper School students were honored for their participation and achievement at the Honors Assembly May 31 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The program began with a welcome by Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, and continued with recognition of students who participated in service and leadership, clubs, the arts and athletics. Fourteen new members were inducted into the Cum Laude Society: seniors Mike He '19, Ray Huang '19, Bill Kang '19, Aubrey Mackay '19, Aanandi Murlidharan '19, Pooja Nandhyala '19, William Rehwinkel '19 and Max Wu '19 and juniors Logan D'Amore '20, Camila Fang '20, Sydney Johnson '20, Arun Lakshman '20, Benjamin Wang '20 and Silvia Xia '20. They joined current senior members Stanislav DeLaurentiis '19, Matangi Melpakkam '19, Ayush Menon '19, Sanjna Patel '19 and Eric Wang '19.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School hosted the world premiere of The War with Grandpa on June 2 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. W+H eighth grade student Tre Peart '23, who is on track for recognition as the world's youngest executive producer, proudly introduced the screening of the film.
Congratulations to the Middle School performing artists for earning recognition, accolades and a few trophies at last week's Music in the Parks Festival. The Jazz Band and Emelyn Choir won first place and achieved an Excellent Rating for their performances.
The Board of Trustees hosted the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner on May 30 in the AP Room. W+H teachers, staff members and administrators enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dessert as three 10-year employees of the school and one retiring trustee were honored and presented with Windsor chairs.
Neha Mandalapu '20, Noah Apter '21, Max Wu '19 and Brianna Chambers '20 did a fantastic job presenting a poster with their research projects at Rutgers University's Waksman Institute. The students explained the results of their experiments to scientists at the university as well as teachers, parents and guests.
The W+H athletic department held Rams Recognition Night, its annual awards dinner, to celebrate the accomplishments of the athletes and teams, on May 29 in the AP Room. Karl Miran, Athletic Director, and Don Tobey, Booster Club president, made opening remarks and welcomed the guests. Five senior athletes who compiled at least nine varsity letters received W+H blankets: Dazlyn Erachshaw, Adisa Morgan, Ryan Petela, Andre Souza and Olivia Tobey. Mike Romeo was named Coach of the Year and the varsity golf team received the Highest GPA Award.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School will host a World Premiere Movie Event with the screening of The War with Grandpa, starring Robert DeNiro, on Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The star-studded cast also includes Christopher Walken, Cheech Marin and Uma Thurman. The film is being presented by Executive Producer and W+H student Tre Peart '23, who will participate in a Q&A as part of the event.
Lower School students enjoyed perfect weather and friendly competition with their classmates and friends at the annual Field Day on May 24. Lee Nicholls, Physical Education Department Chair, kicked off the festivities with hearty welcome and the games began. Students in PreK-Grade 5 rotated into various stations with competitions including Jump the River, Obstacle Course, Hop Race, Water Relay, Sack Race, Target Game, Pin Knock, 50-Yard Dash and Duck Match for the early childhood youngsters. Upper School volunteers assisted Lower School teachers and made it a great day to be a Ram!
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