Pingry's 157th Commencement Exercises on June 10 were marked by thoughtful words from students, faculty, and administrators. Here are a few, featured excerpts, followed by a slideshow of memorable moments.
All dressed up, and with families and friends in the audience, Pingry’s fifth-grade students were recognized for their achievements and began their transition to Middle School when the Lower School held Moving Up Day. This special day is set aside for the faculty to commend students in each grade for participation in community service, visual arts, music, drama, the Math Team, the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge, the National Social Studies League, and other disciplines.
“Teachers appreciate how hard each of you works every day, doing your best in the classroom and living up to the spirit of the Honor Code,” said Lower School Director and Assistant Headmaster-Short Hills Campus Ted Corvino P ’94, ’97, ’02. “Always continue to give your very best effort in everything that you do.”
One of this year’s highlights was world-renowned artist Willie Cole’s visit to Short Hills, to help students create sculptures from plastic water bottles. Speaking about the process, art teacher Russell Christian pointed out the valuable lesson to be learned: “Art can be mysterious. It takes you on a journey and can grow into something wonderful. Keep thinking as artists.”
Math Specialist Verna Lange P ’23, ’24 emphasized how impressed she was by the talented, dedicated members of the Math Team who competed with 150,000 students worldwide in the Math Olympiad; there are five Olympiads over five days, with 25 questions total. For the first time since Mrs. Lange joined Pingry, she had the pleasure of honoring a student who achieved a perfect score in the Olympiad, Elbert Ho, who also earned a Gold Pen for individual achievement.
After much anticipation among students and faculty, physical education teacher Leslie Miller P ’29 announced that the White Team won this year’s Field Day, eliciting a huge cheer from the students! The White and Blue Teams have four wins apiece since 2011.
Headmaster Nat Conard P ’09, ’11 thanked the class for their leadership in Short Hills and pointed out that their leadership skills will be needed again in Basking Ridge, when they help welcome students who are new to Pingry. “Please include them and set the same example for those students that you have set for the younger students here,” he said. “I very much look forward to welcoming you to Basking Ridge in the fall.”
The ceremony included four annual honors that are named for former Lower School teachers and families:
Virginia Nazario Social Studies Award (Pingry’s top scorer in the National Social Studies League)—Elbert Ho
Auchincloss Award (showing the most concern for others)—Lila Weckesser and Menaal Khan
Evelyn M. Chester Achievement Prize (amount and quality of sustained effort dedicated to both academic pursuits and personal growth)—Jonathan Robustelli
Joann M. Jackson Citizenship Award (citizenship and leadership)—Alex Wong and Isabelle Chen
Contact: Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer, email@example.com