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In this year's winning New Year's card design contest, the artwork of Sheryl Chen '26 reminds Pingrians of the importance of unity and community.

Homecoming 2019!

Over 600 Pingry students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends assembled on Saturday under sparkling fall skies for a festive Homecoming celebration to kick off the 2019-20 school year. Hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement, the annual all-school event featured a mouth-watering BBQ lunch under the tent, face-painting for kids, a visit by none other than the Big Blue Bear, and, of course, plenty of sports action.

New this year was a visit by "Explorer in Residence" Denis Belliveau, an explorer, world traveler, and photographer, whose Emmy-nominated film, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, documents the incredible adventures of his efforts to retrace—without air travel!—Marco Polo's famed travels to China and back. In a Mongolian yurt he helped architecture students in Melody Boone's class to construct last week near the Middle School, he hosted adults and children alike, and offered younger members of the community a "Storytime with the Explorer."

At noon, an alumni soccer game kicked off the day's athletic events, followed by five varsity games—girls' soccer, water polo, football, field hockey, and boys' soccer—spread across campus on Parsons Field, Babbitt Field, the World Cup Soccer Field, and in Beinecke Pool. At the end of the day, in a fitting conclusion to a festive day on campus, Big Blue emerged victorious in four of its five home games. 

Thanks to all who came and made Homecoming 2019 such a lively community event—enjoy the slideshow! And for more photos from the day, visit


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,