Students were political canvassers, escape room artists, physicists, fashionistas, inventors, thought leaders, collaborators, activists, change agents, and boat builders, among many other identities, during Project Week 2019.
All dressed up, 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. On this special day, the faculty commend students for participation in community service (often involving personal connections with Lower School families), Student Council, drama, visual arts, music, the Math Team, the National Social Studies League, the President's Physical Fitness Challenge, and Field Day. Approximately 25 students were also recognized for attending Pingry since Kindergarten.
"The teachers and I appreciate how hard each of you works every day, doing your best in the classroom and living up to the spirit of our Honor Code," said Assistant Headmaster-Short Hills Campus and Lower School Director Ted Corvino P '94, '97, '02. "Always continue to give your very best effort in everything you do."
Of particular note, Math Specialist Verna Lange P '23, '24 emphasized how impressed she is by the talented, dedicated members of the Math Team who competed with over 160,000 students worldwide in the Math Olympiad; five Olympiads take place over five days, with 25 questions total. For the third consecutive year, Pingry scored in the top 10 percent worldwide in team competition. Mrs. Lange also had the pleasure of honoring Arjun Subramanian for a perfect score in the Olympiad.
After much anticipation among students, physical education teacher Leslie Miller P '29 (who relishes the humor in delaying this information for as long as possible) announced that the Blue Team won this year's Field Day, eliciting a deafening cheer from the students! Since competition was reestablished in 2011, the Blue Team leads the White Team 5-4.
Headmaster Nat Conard P '09, '11 thanked the class for their leadership in Short Hills—skills that will be crucial once again in Basking Ridge, when they help welcome students who are new to Pingry. "Please include them and set the same good example for those students that you have set for the younger students here," he said. "Ms. Piette and the Middle School faculty 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 scorers in the National Social Studies League)—Arjun Subramanian and Patrick Lange
Auchincloss Award (showing the most concern for others)—Ja'Mar White
Evelyn M. Chester Achievement Prize (amount and quality of sustained effort dedicated to both academic pursuits and personal growth)—Arjun Kapur
Joann M. Jackson Citizenship Award (citizenship and leadership)—Jayden Battles-Cobb
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer