Traveling Abroad And Exploring At Home: Seniors Tackle ISPs With Passion

By MIRO BERGAM '19, NOAH BERGAM '21, MEGHAN DURKIN '21, VICKY GU '20, FELICIA HO '19, ANEESH KARUPPUR '21, BROOKE PAN '21, EVA SCHILLER '21, KETAKI TAVAN '19, BRYNN WEISHOLTZ '20. After completing their classes in early May, 139 seniors pursued Independent Senior...

Annual Research Exhibit Showcases Student Research in the Sciences and Humanities

By Aneesh Karuppur (III) On April 15, the sixth annual Pingry Research Exhibit, organized by Dr. Colleen Kirkhart this year, featured student-led and student-performed research and engineering projects. New this year were the humanities and...

“Proactive, Globally-Minded” Seniors Break Records in College Admissions

By Miro Bergam '19 This year’s graduating class both applied to and will be attending a record number of colleges. The class of 2018 applied to 183 different schools, nearly matching the record 184 in 2014. The range and diversity of colleges applied to are reflected...

Holocaust Assembly Emphasizes the Importance of the Written Word

By Meghan Durkin '21 On April 13, Pingry’s annual Holocaust Assembly brought to life critical issues of the past and their relevance in society today. Actor Marc Spiegel performed a one-man play entitled Time Capsule in a Milk Can. In 2003, the United States Holocaust...

Juniors and Seniors Rock the Night Away at Prom

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 On Thursday, April 19, the annual Prom was held at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren for the fourth year in a row. From 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, juniors, seniors, and chaperones alike danced the night away in what was described as a night...

Congratulations New Student Government Representatives!

Form VI Student Body President: Andrew Cowen Class President: Ethan Malzberg Vice President: Matthew Keller Miroslav Bergam Jack Gambello Felicia Ho Allison Matthias Leonard Zhu   Form V: Class President: Burke Pagano Vice President: Brian Li Roger Matthews Stuart...

Featured Student News

Beloved Spanish Teacher and Can Drive Organizer Señor Nazario Retires

by Darlene Fung (V) After 41 years of teaching Spanish, coaching, and running the annual holiday can drive at Pingry, Señor Victor Nazario is retiring. Teaching and education have always been a part of Sr. Nazario’s life. “Academics has always been in my house,” he...

Club Spotlight: Foreign Affairs Club Explores International Issues

By Zach Trichas (V) The Foreign Affairs Club is new to Pingry this year, founded in the fall by Aditya Gollapudi (V), Jackson Lubke (V), Kevin Ma (V), and Varun Seetamraju (V). The club aims to educate students about foreign conflicts, issues, and developments that...

History and English Classes Tenement Museum

By Miro Bergam (V) On February 9, students enrolled in American Society and Culture, a junior American History class, and American Perspectives, a spring English elective, spent the day visiting the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City....

Drama Students Visit McCarter Theatre

By Brooke Pan (III) On February 1, the students in the Drama program visited the McCarter Theater to see a live performance of the play Stones in His Pocket by Marie Jones. There, students were captivated by the performance of two actors, Garrett Lombard and Aaron...

Gay Straight Alliances Convene at GSA Forum

By Miro Bergam '19 On November 18, Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) from high schools across New Jersey met at Montgomery High School for the fourteenth annual New Jersey GSA Forum. The event aimed to connect New Jersey GSAs with local charities and resources, such as...

Robotics Team Tackles First Tech Challenge

By Noah Bergam '21 Tucked at the very east end of the school, beyond the cafeteria, below the crossroads of the foreign language wing and arts wing, lies one of Pingry’s best kept secrets—the mysterious, metallic robotics room. In this legendary room full of power...

Farm Team Brings Chickens to Campus

By Ryan Fuentes (VI) After the introduction of eight chickens to campus this summer, the Farm Team has been working hard to take care of them and make coop improvements over the past several months. As they adapt to their new home and prepare for winter, the chickens...

Davey Hosts Viewing of CODE

By Ketaki Tavan '19 On Wednesday, November 8, Namita Davey (VI) hosted a showing of the film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap in Hauser Auditorium after school. The event was open to Upper School students and garnered over 15 attendees. The documentary, as explained on...

Club Spotlight: Podcast Club

By Kristine Fu '19 Pingry’s Podcast Club is a new club started by Annaya Baynes (V) and Udochi Emeghara (V) that gives students an opportunity to create an anthological podcast. A podcast is an auditory episodic series ranging from informational talks to audio drama....

Arts Students Visit the Chelsea Galleries

By Mariam Trichas '18 On Tuesday, November 14th, the photography, portfolio, film, and drawing and painting classes visited the Chelsea Galleries in New York City for their annual gallery trip. They went to many different types of galleries,...

Arts

Drama Students Visit McCarter Theatre

By Brooke Pan (III) On February 1, the students in the Drama program visited the McCarter Theater to see a live performance of the play Stones in His Pocket by Marie Jones. There, students were captivated by the performance of two actors, Garrett Lombard and Aaron...

Student Art Featured at Annual Photography Exhibition

By Rhea Kapur (III) From February 7th through March 6th, the Hostetter art gallery was home to the 22nd Annual Pingry Student Photography Exhibition. Over two hundred photographs were submitted, depicting the best work of students spanning fifteen different public and...

Drama II Teaches Theater Etiquette Through Comedy

By Udochi Emeghara (V) On Monday, January 22, the Drama II class held their annual drama assembly showcasing the skills they have worked on throughout the year. This year, the class performed "Appropriate Audience Behavior" by Mr. Ian McWerthy. This play spoofs...

The Addams Family Stuns Sold-Out Audiences

By Meghan Durkin '21 On February 22, 23, and 24, Pingry’s Drama and Music Departments presented this year’s winter musical, The Addams Family, a quirky comedy written by Andrew Lippa. Following the members of the infamous clan known for their...

Pingry Music Joins Together at Ensembles Concert

By Grace Wang (III) During the week before Thanksgiving break, four of the school’s musical groups performed in this year’s Ensembles Concert. The concert consisted of the strings ensemble, the Buttondowns, the Balladeers, and the jazz band. The concert took place in...

Arts Students Visit the Chelsea Galleries

By Mariam Trichas '18 On Tuesday, November 14th, the photography, portfolio, film, and drawing and painting classes visited the Chelsea Galleries in New York City for their annual gallery trip. They went to many different types of galleries,...

Buttondowns Serenade at Annual Assembly

By Eva Schiller '21 On November 21, students and faculty members took a break from their busy school day to enjoy the Buttondowns Assembly, a highly anticipated annual event presented by the Buttondowns, Pingry’s all-male acapella group led by president Jonathan Huang...

Chen Reviews Triumphant Coming- of-Age Film ‘Call Me By Your Name’

By Vicky Chen (V) Named the Best Picture of 2017 by L.A. Critics, Luca Guadagnino's controversial Call Me By Your Name explores the harrowing coming-of-age experiences of first love and identity. The movie stars Timothee Chalamet as 17-year-old Italian-American Elio...

Winter Festival Rings in the Holiday Season

By Udochi Emanghara (V) On December 13, 2017, Pingry hosted the annual Winter Festival, the only time that the Upper School and Lower School come together for one event. This festival has been a tradition for over 100 years. It celebrates the accomplishments of the...

Students Star in Greek Tragedy Antigone

By Allison Verdesca '18 On November 9, 10, and 11, the Drama Department performed its annual fall play Antigone by Sophocles. The Greek tragedy describes life in the city of Thebes under the domineering rule of King Creon. A part of Pingry’s freshman English...

Athletics

Boys’ Lacrosse Mid-Season Update 2018

Outplay, Outwork, Outlast! Pingry boys’ lacrosse is certainly on their way to do all three of these things this season, which began in early March. The team has participated in eleven games so far, and has won the majority of their meets, with a record of 11-7. “We...

Girls’ Lacrosse Mid-Season Update 2018

“Lacrosse: Turning violent personalities to world class athletes.” If this statement is true, then most of the twenty members of Pingry girls’ varsity lacrosse team must be in dire need of anger management. Their final regular season record stands at a whopping 14-6....

Boys’ Baseball Mid-Season Update 2018

Led by Head Coach Jake Ross and Captains Max Scherzer (VI) and Nate Hefner (V), the boys’ baseball team has enjoyed relative success so far this year. The team currently holds a record of 5-4 in regular games and a record of 4-2 in conference play. When asked about...

Boys’ Track and Field Mid-Season Update

The boys’ track and field team has started the season off with a strong 1-3 record. The team, led by Coach Mark Sepkowski and Captain Obi Nnaeto (VI), has many outstanding athletes this year. Coach Sepkowski noted that,“Zach Aanstoots (VI) is a school record holder in...

Girls’ Softball Mid-Season Update

The girls’ softball team has finished its regular season with a record of 10-13. Coach Chip Carver said that, in their last three games, “we played our best softball of the year.” Captains Kassidy Peterson (VI) and Maddie Parrish (VI) stayed optimistic throughout the...

Girls’ Golf Mid-Season Update 2018

The girls’ golf team has started their season with an outstanding record!  The team, led by Head Coach Rob Mauer and captains Ami Gianchandani (VI) and Christine Shao (V), ended the regular season with a 14-0 record.  They placed third with a total score of 315 at the...

Boys’ Tennis Mid-Season Update 2018

By Walker Johnson The boys’ varsity tennis season had an impressive start, with a strong performance at the Somerset County Tournament. Despite weather cancellations for six of the first fifteen matches, the team made the most of the school’s beautiful new courts with...

Girls’ Track And Field Mid-Season Update 2018

“Dominate” is the word girls’ track coach Tim Grant would use when describing his team. The girls’ track team had a record of 4-0 in their regular season . The team, made up of fifty girls, has also broken multiple records. Caroline Dannenbaum (IV), Lauren Taylor...

Girls’ Squash Post-Season Update 2017/18

By Grace Wang (III) Girls’ squash has enjoyed a successful season this year. Players Renee Chan (IV), Rachel Chen (VI), Mahek Hemani (III), and Alisa Chokshi (V) led the team to a final placement of eleventh at High School Squash Nationals. Each player on the team had...

Boys’ Squash Post-Season Update 2017/18

By Grace Wang (III) Boys’ squash had a successful season this year, boasting a 6-0 record. Players Krish Bhavnani (VI), Chris Zachary (V), Collin Wen (IV), Alex Chiang (IV), Jeffrey Xiao (V), Waleed Nisar (IV), and Jason Lefkort (III) were this year’s members of the...

Columns

Iconic Summer Breakup Bops

By Allie Verdesca '18 Spring is my least favorite season. Allergies get worse and schedules get busier. What’s more, the weather has not been very cooperative in keeping me going throughout the school year. Especially with senioritis sinking in, I am finding it hard...

Be that Dim Sum-body at Chengdu 1 Palace

By Felicia Ho '19 Feeling cranky after oversleeping on a beautiful Sunday morning? Looking for a great place to unwind and chat with friends and family? Tired of waiting as the minutes slowly tick by for only a bite-sized meal? Look no further than the dim sum at...

Dear White People Offers Comedy and Criticism

By Alexis Elliot '18 Netflix boasts many originals and blockbusters. In the case of shows like Black Mirror and Narcos, viewers are given a taste of what they are about to watch, obviously, from the show or movie title. However, the show Dear White People is...

Summer Never Looked So Good

By Kristine Fu '19 This past winter had such unpredictable weather changes that we were left confused as to whether we should grab our snowcoats or umbrellas. After what seemed to be an interminable winter, temperatures have finally started to rise. Spring fashion at...

Love That Vintage Rock

By Allie Verdesca '18 All right, raise your hand if you’ve had this experience. During a family car ride, your mom or dad would turn up the radio and sing along – a little too loudly – to the music they loved as a teenager: classic rock. Maybe it was Bruce...

A Hot Spot for Hot Pot

By Alyssa Chen (VI) V Yan Hot Pot: one of the joys of living anywhere near Parsippany, where this recently opened hot pot restaurant is located. For anyone searching for authentic Chinese hot pot, a great deal, and a fun group meal, I would highly recommend visiting...

Karuppur: All Things Tech

By Aneesh Karuppur '21 The start of the new year always marks the release of new tech. In this column, I will talk about the latest technology releases, products, and news. I will also report on updates in Pingry technology. What’s happening in the Student Technology...

Black Panther Keeps Your Eyes on the Screen

By Alexis Elliot '18 Black History Month is a time to learn, remember, and celebrate the past and present achievements of African-Americans. This year, Black History Month also included the debut of Black Panther, the highly anticipated Marvel film that ties together...

Chung Dines on Chung Dam Dong

By Ethan Chung '18 There are few things in which I have expertise, and Korean Barbeque is one of them. If you ever wish to experience some of the best Korean food—barbeque included—I, a Korean American well-versed in the world of Korean...

Chen Reviews Triumphant Coming- of-Age Film ‘Call Me By Your Name’

By Vicky Chen (V) Named the Best Picture of 2017 by L.A. Critics, Luca Guadagnino's controversial Call Me By Your Name explores the harrowing coming-of-age experiences of first love and identity. The movie stars Timothee Chalamet as 17-year-old Italian-American Elio...

Opinion + Editorials

A “Whirlwind Year”: Student Body President Michael Weber Re ects

By Michael Weber '18 Wow... it’s over. One whirlwind year as Student Body President and four total years on Student Government, all done as of two weeks ago. The more time I’ve had to reflect on the past year in particular, the more I’ve come to appreciate just how...

Editorial: What Colleges Want

By Rachel Chen '18 If I had a penny for every article or piece of advice I’ve heard about getting into college, I’d be rich enough to actually pay my college tuition. And what I’ve gleaned from them is this: Good grades and test scores are a must, supplemented by...

Embrace the “Weird” and Unexpected

By Shruti Sagar '18 A couple weeks ago, we had our final peer group meeting, and hidden in between a few different side conversations, I heard one of my peer groupies quietly ask how bad junior year really is. I started to talk to him about junior year a bit, and...

Happiness is Only Real When Shared

By Megan Pan '18 Since perhaps as early as the beginning of the year, I have been thinking about what to write for my last editorial. There are so many things I would want to say about my time here at Pingry that it became impossible to choose one aspect that could...

Taking a Leap into the Unknown

By Owen Wolfson '18 About a month and a half ago, I was on a PSPA panel. One of the questions asked was focused on how to further integrate students into the community, and how to make them feel fully included in Pingry life. After Mr. Conard listed off community...

February 1st: A Day in the Journal

By Jenny Coyne '18 This year I started journaling. Every night, after I finished up my WebAssign problem sets, English poetry journals, and French causettes, I would crawl into my bed and begin my nightly reflection. My journal was not littered with earth shattering...

Strength in Numbers: The Empowering Pingry Experience

By Alexis Elliot (VI) On my first day of kindergarten, in 2005, as I walked up the mini ramp towards the Lower School gym, I was beaming with excitement. Our entire grade would be together for gym class. As we all changed out of our school shoes and put on our...

Learning to be Flexible

By Ethan Chung '18 Throughout high school, I have often found myself struggling to find a balance between these two opposite tenets: “College is everything” and “Friendship is the most valuable thing in life.” I have sat through countless speeches delivered by my...

Listening to Unlock Pingry

By Ouarida Benatia '18 I showed up to my first day at Pingry in the September of 6th grade wearing the preppiest outfit I could think of: khaki shorts, a pastel orange shirt, and tennis shoes. I had gone to a Newark public school for my entire life up until then, and...

Breaking Brand: Looking Past Branding

By Miro Bergam (V) Last month, Headmaster Nat Conard went before the Pingry community at a morning meeting to speak about a situation in which one student addressed another student using a racial slur over social media. His other recent appearances include his speech...

Faculty + Staff News

Director of Institutional Advancement Mrs. Hoffmann Pursues an Exciting New School Leadership Opportunity

by Rhea Kapur (III) After 15 years of serving in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Mrs. Melanie Hoffmann will be leaving Pingry in June to take the next step in her career. Mrs. Hoffmann will become the Assistant Head of School at the boarding school Vermont...

Ms. Lily Wang Pursues Interdisciplinary PhD

by Allie Matthias (V) Ms. Wang will be leaving Pingry this year after teaching Chinese for six years. Lily Wang, better known as Wang Laoshi by her students, will be moving on to continue studying as she pursues a Ph.D in the convergence of Buddhism and science. Ms....

Seasoned Teacher, Advisor, and Mentor Señora Godfrey Will Be Missed By All

Seasoned Teacher, Advisor, and Mentor Señora Godfrey Will Be Missed By All By Martha LeWand (IV) After nineteen years of serving the Pingry community, seasoned teacher Señora Malla Godfrey is retiring. After graduating from Syracuse in 1969, Sra. Godfrey...

Dr. Desimone Leaves a Legacy of Historical Scholarship

Dr. Desimone Leaves a Legacy of Historical Scholarship By Udochi Emeghara (V) After exactly 20 years, the beloved Dr. Al Desimone is leaving Pingry. Appointed in 1998, Dr. Desimone has been an integral part of the Basking Ridge campus. He has been the faculty advisor...

Teacher and Coach Mr. Forte Departs after an Unforgettable 36 Years

by Ketaki Tavan (V) Mr. Joe Forte is known by many names. Joe to his friends, Coach Forte to those he has inspired and coached, and Mr. Forte to his students that he has taught over the years, 36 to be exact. Mr. Forte is part of the Magistri faculty, faculty with...

Beloved Spanish Teacher and Can Drive Organizer Señor Nazario Retires

by Darlene Fung (V) After 41 years of teaching Spanish, coaching, and running the annual holiday can drive at Pingry, Señor Victor Nazario is retiring. Teaching and education have always been a part of Sr. Nazario’s life. “Academics has always been in my house,” he...

Dr. Dinkins Joins Basking Ridge Campus as Assistant Headmaster

By Ketaki Tavan (V) Dr. Delvin Dinkins, who joins the community as the new Assistant Headmaster, previously worked at Episcopal Academy Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, serving as the Head of the Upper School and teaching English. Dr. Dinkins received his B.A. in English...

Ms. Mygas

This fall, Ms. Stephanie Mygas joined the Pingry faculty to teach both Biology I/II and Chemistry I/II. Additionally, she is working closely with Journal Club and will be coaching fencing during the winter. She is also a co-advisor with Mr. Steve Benoit...

Ms. Sher

This fall, Ms. Anne Sher joins the Upper School Mathematics Department to teach Geometry and Intermediate Algebra. She will also help coach the Girls’ JV Basketball Team in the winter and is co-advising seniors with Ms. Judy Lebowitz. Ms. Sher attended...

Dr. Mirliss

This year, Dr. Danielle Mirliss joins Pingry as an advisor on the technology committee. Among several technology-related roles, she will be helping the faculty integrate Schoology into their classes. Dr. Mirliss received her B.A. from Rutgers University,...

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