TanTan and the Spizzwinks Dazzle the Community

By Alex Kaplan '21 On January 8, Pingry welcomed back TanTan Wang ‘16, who visited to perform with his collegiate a cappella group, the Spizzwinks. Wang is currently a member of Yale University’s Class of 2020. During his time at Pingry, he was an avid member of the...

Students Dance the Night Away at Snowball

By Meghan Durkin '21 On Saturday, January 26, students arrived at The Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, NJ for Pingry’s annual winter dance, Snowball. Snowball is a “Sadie Hawkins”-style dance, in which girls traditionally ask boys to attend the dance with them....

Noah Bergam (IV) Wins Annual LeBow ‘53 Oratorical Competition

By Emma Drzala '19 On February 22, six competitors sat on the Hauser stage waiting to present their speeches. Finalists Kaley Taylor (IV), Alexandra Weber (V), Carolyn Coyne (IV), Noah Bergam (IV), Jamie Wang (V), and Aneesh Karuppur (IV) qualified out of 20 other...

Pingry Introduces Students from Quzhou to American Culture

By Eva Schiller '21 On the first day of Chinese New Year, Quzhou(衢州), China, was filled with warmth and gaiety. School and work went on break as people returned home to their families and celebrated the coming of the new year. But for twelve students from Quzhou...

Black History Month Assembly Focuses on Community

By Armani Davidson '19 Black History Month was established to honor the accomplishments of African Americans throughout U.S. history. On Friday, February 1, Upper and Middle school students came together for the annual Black History Month Assembly. The assembly paid...

New Club P4GE Sparks Great Interest After its Arrival This Year

By Brooke Pan '21 Pingry for Girls Empowerment (P4GE) is a new club in Pingry this year, looking “to raise awareness on contemporary issues affecting women and girls both nationwide and around the world,” according to club co-leader Eva Schiller (IV). The other...

Featured Student News

Predicaments in Camp Counselling

By Chase Barnes '21 There were many constants for me this summer. Begrudgingly rolling out of bed every day at 6 AM, relentless heat and humidity, crazy parents, and, of course, children. This summer, for seven weeks, I was a camp counselor at a local YMCA. Reflecting...

The Personal Development of a Campaign Intern

By Noah Bergam '21 In the last few weeks of summer, as bored as anyone on a lazy August afternoon might be, I decided to intern at my local Democratic congressional campaign. In some ways, I felt pressured; my parents kept telling me I should try something new...

Drzala Takes On Appendicitis

By Lauren Drzala '21 July 23, 2018 will be a day I will always remember. After finishing my lunch for the day, I began to feel sharp pains in my stomach and immediately thought - “this is very unusual for me.” Hours passed and the pain just kept getting worse. I was...

New York Trip Provides an Exciting Start for Sophomores

By Zara Jacob '21 The class of 2021 eased into their sophomore year with a trip to New York City, exploring exhibits in the Museum of Natural History and and seeing the Tony Award-winning “Best Musical,” Dear Evan Hansen. With not a single textbook or laptop in hand,...

Insight into being a Medical Doctor

By Anjali Kapoor '20 I’ve always wanted to follow in my uncle’s footsteps and become a doctor. My uncle is an orthopedic surgeon with his own hospital in India and I was always mesmerized by the dozens of patients and doctors swarming the halls. While I knew that I...

Sing and Dance Along in Your Seats to Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again!

By Martha Lewand '20 Ever since the movie Mamma Mia was released, fans (including myself) have been anxiously waiting for a sequel. Ten highly-anticipated years later, Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again! is finally here! Directed by Ol Parker, the film had my friends and I...

Road Tripping through the US: Matthias’s Cross-Country Journey

By Allie Matthias '19 On the Fourth of July, I paddled up the Mississippi River as part of a New York Times Student Journey. The late afternoon sun-baked the canoe as sweat dripped down my back. My heart pounded, my eyes stung from melted sunscreen, and my arms began...

Notes From the Summer White House

By Caroline Santoro '19 The first time I met my boss, he was accompanied by a swarm of Secret Service agents, and I was wearing a bright red bathing suit. Given my reputation as the “ethics girl,” people react pretty strongly when they hear that for the past two...

An Inside Look at the Search for our New Headmaster

By Avidan Shah '21 Pingry’s headmaster, Mr. Nathaniel Conard, announced his resignation this past June after a 13-year tenure. Headmaster Conard has made leaps and bounds towards improving our school and the quality of life for Pingry students, one of his greatest...

Physics Wing Revamped This Fall

By Zach Trichas '19 With the start of the new school year, Pingry’s physics wing has been completely redone. The first floor of the wing now offers a collaborative area, with wall-mounted desks underneath the stairs. Unlike the previous stairwell, the new stairs are...

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

Girls’ Ice Hockey Post-Season Update 2019

By Eva Schiller '21 The girls’ ice hockey team, led by captains Clare Hall (VI) and Sophia Smith (VI), has powered through the season to finish with six wins and eleven losses. Despite having only thirteen members and facing large, competitive teams, the team has...

Girls’ Squash Post-Season Update 2019

By Brian Li '20 The girls’ squash team had a successful season with a final record of 6-6 and finished 16th at the U.S. Squash High School National Championships. Many of the team’s members also competed in the NJ High School Squash Championship on January 6th. Renee...

Boys’ Swimming Post-Season Update 2019

By Justin Li '21 Pingry boys’ swimming has had yet another dominant season. Like last year, they’ve maintained an undefeated record, and, as senior captain Kevin Ma (VI) states, “Although we graduated an extremely strong senior class last year, we still managed to...

Boys’ Squash Post-Season Update 2019

By Brian Li '22 This year, the boys’ squash team had an excellent season and finished with a very strong record. The team also placed 17th at Nationals, becoming Division II National Champions in the process. Under the captainship of Jeffrey Xiao (VI) and Chris...

Girls’ Fencing Post-Season Update 2019

By Alison Lee '20 The girls’ fencing team has performed strongly throughout the entire season. At the beginning of the season, they fenced in the Somerset County tournament; Captain Georgia Liu (VI) placed third and Alison Lee (V) placed second in their individual...

Boys’ Ice Hockey Post-Season Update 2019

By Matt Lee '20 The boys’ ice hockey team entered this season hungry for victory. After losing to Ridge in last year’s Skyland Conference Tournament finals, the team vowed to return this year and win. With that goal in mind, they had an extremely strong showing...

Co-ed Wrestling Post-Season Update 2019

By Dean Koenig '21 As the Pingry wrestling season approaches its end, the team prepares for some upcoming tournament play. Last year, Brandon Spellman (VI) was the only wrestler to make the State Tournament, and Coach George Sullivan says that he wishes “to expand on...

Girls’ Basketball Post-Season Update 2019

By Dean Koenig '21 It took some time for the girls’ basketball team to find its momentum this season, but the girls became much more comfortable on the court by January. Starting guard Olivia Volpe (IV) explained that the team’s goal midway through the season was “to...

Ski Team Post-Season Update 2019

By Walker Johnson '21 The varsity ski team, led by captains Annie Leithead (VI), Brian Kaplan (VI), Matt Dispenza (V), and Rosemary Collins (IV), is off to an impressive start. Overall, the team is looking great on the slopes and has continued to improve throughout...

Girls’ Winter Track Post-Season Update 2019

By Josie Jahng '19 The girls’ winter track team is off to a fantastic start to their season. Led by captains Cathleen Parker (VI) and Ally Lima (VI), the team has been working hard both in the weight room and on the track to prepare for their meets. Despite losing...

Columns

Karuppur on the Consumer Electronics Show

By Aneesh Karuppur '21 Welcome back to The Pingry Record’s Tech Column! There’s a lot to talk about this issue — namely the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada — but there’s still exciting stuff going on back home at Pingry, too. First up, Pingry’s...

Counter-Couture

By Julia Fu '19 During this bleak winter season, comfort is the priority. Many girls are sporting cozy shearling jackets and teddy coats to stay warm. Though, despite the winter aesthetic of oversized sweaters and leggings, there are many exciting fashion trends on...

Baked to Perfection: Livingston’s Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

By Felicia Ho '19 Craving a slice of pie in the cold days of winter? Dreaming of that crispy brown crust crumbling with a satisfying crunch and that smooth tomato sauce melting with a fresh layer of mozzarella cheese? Put down the phone for Pizza Brothers, Dominos,...

Fu’s Fantastic Reads

By Julia Fu '22 In this book column, I will run through and review some of my favorite books I’ve recently read. My first suggestion is Becoming by Michelle Obama, a refreshingly candid autobiography. She delves into her childhood and life as the first African...

Snow Many Dresses, So Little Time

By Kristine Fu '19 With the end of winter break, we are reminded that the annual Snowball Dance is approaching! This year, Snowball is on Saturday, January 26th. It is a night to relax, hang out with friends, and take pictures in our beautiful dresses and handsome...

Satisfy a Boiling Passion at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

By Felicia Ho '19 Winter is brutal. Icy winds blow through your useless coat, chilling you to the bone. Your car might be smothered under a thick layer of snow, and your hands, already numb from shoveling snow off the driveway, will be as frozen as the icicles hanging...

STC Acheivements and Holiday Season Tech

By Aneesh Karuppur '21 The December season is one of the most active for new technology, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday marking the beginning of the holidays. But before delving into the tech world at large, let us take a look at how the Student Technology...

Fashion, Thrift Stores & So Much More!

By Kristine Fu '19 Despite this season’s dreary weather, fall fashion is as colorful and vibrant as ever. This season, pastel-colored corduroy skirts, shearling sweaters, and studded ankle boots are in vogue, while floral sundresses and denim shorts have become a...

Kimchi, Bibimbap, and Soondubu – Oh My!

By Felicia Ho '19 Looking for a quick bite after a long morning of running errands at Costco on Route 10 in East Hanover? Instead of reaching for a mountain of greasy fries from Five Guys, take a minute to walk just a bit further and stop by So Gong Dong (S.G.D.) Dubu...

New York Trip Provides an Exciting Start for Sophomores

By Zara Jacob '21 The class of 2021 eased into their sophomore year with a trip to New York City, exploring exhibits in the Museum of Natural History and and seeing the Tony Award-winning “Best Musical,” Dear Evan Hansen. With not a single textbook or laptop in hand,...

Opinion + Editorials

Finding Compassion in Come From Away

By Brynn Weisholtz '20 Standing in line to see Come From Away at the Schoenfeld Theater in New York City, I found myself wishing I were on a different line waiting for basically any other show. I peered around at the other shows near me. I saw Dear Evan Hansen and...

Band-aid Culture

By Ethan Malzberg '19 I grew up with a life-size band-aid covering wounds it never healed. Though the expanse of years has erased much from my memory, I’ve never forgotten any of the comments on my gay voice. The first was in fifth grade. I beat him in a game of War,...

Bad News: A Necessary Evil

By Martha Lewand '20 It may be hard to believe, but I recently had an interesting revelation when I took the ACT. Of course, most students consider the test both stressful and painful - it is a quintuple whammy of English, math, reading, science, and the essay. By the...

Speaking of Public Speaking…

By Ketaki Tavan '19 This past Friday’s LeBow Oratorical competition reminded me of what now feels like a distant high school memory: my 5-person, trimester-long Public Speaking class that I opted to take instead of Driver’s Ed. Every time I’m asked about my favorite...

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Word?

By Rashida Mohammed '19 The widely-known novel Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has recently been eliminated from Pingry’s American Literature curriculum. Additionally, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which was on the book list for World Literature sent out this...

Why Pingry Clubs Get an A-

By Aneesh Karuppur '21 Pingry is known for a lot of things; just head over to a website like College Confidential or NJ.com and you’ll find many different opinions and rankings of the school. People always seem to compare our academics to Newark Academy’s, or our...

Putting Out Fyres

By Noah Bergam '21 Ask almost any Pingry student who Billy McFarland is, and the response is quick: he’s the Fyre Festival guy. The fraudster. The former Pingry student. For me, that last part has always been an afterthought, a small irony. I heard about it back when...

A Reflection on Holiday Roles

By Lauren Drzala '21 Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie: just a few of the elements that help make a Thanksgiving feast for most people. As you all know, Thanksgiving break came to a screeching halt after five days. For me, it was not enough time to recharge...

Another Shooting Happened. This One Felt More Personal. What Can I do?

By Ethan Malzberg '19 The news broke for me on Twitter. It was Saturday, October 27. While taking a break from college essays, I never expected to scroll past frantic headlines announcing a massacre against my community. The Monday following the shooting at the Tree...

Selfishness as the Driving Force Behind Voting

By Eva Schiller '21 On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I was dragged out of my room to watch the opening skit of Saturday Night Live. It was a rerun commenting on Kavanaugh's election by the Senate, and depicted Republican senators partying after the judge was...

Faculty + Staff News

Mr. Fulco, an English Teacher of Many Talents

By Vicky Chen '19 This fall, Mr. Richard Fulco joined the Upper School English department where he will be teaching a wide variety of students. He is teaching two sections of ninth grade English, three sections of twelfth grade World Literature, and Creative Writing...

¡Bienvenido a Doctor R. Johnson!

By Vicky Gu '20 This fall, Dr. Ryan Johnson joins the Upper School’s Spanish Department, teaching Spanish 6 Honors and Spanish 3. Most recently, Dr. Johnson lived in South Carolina, teaching at Hilton Head Preparatory School for two years. Before that, he taught...

The Spanish Department Welcomes Ms. Hall

By Vicky Gu '20 This year, Ms. Sara Hall joins the Middle School as a new teacher in the Spanish Department. She will teach Spanish levels 1A and 2. Before coming to Pingry, Ms. Hall taught Spanish for 9 years in Illinois and Connecticut, mostly in urban public...

Bienvenue à Pingry, Madame Changeux!

By Felicia Ho '19 Madame Anne Changeux joins the Middle and Upper School foreign language department to teach French 1, 2, and 4 Honors in the Upper School and French 2 in the Middle School. She is also the French coordinator for the French-American global programs....

Mr. David Rushforth Excited to Teach Financial Literacy Both Inside and Outside of the Classroom

By Felicia Ho '19 This fall, Mr. David Rushforth joins the Pingry community to teach the Financial Literacy curriculum. Outside of the classroom, he coaches the Upper School Boys’ third Soccer team and the Middle School Girls’ Tennis teams. He also advises the Credit...

Sra.López Joins the World Language and Diversity and Inclusion Departments

By Aneesh Karuppur '21 This fall, Sra. Alexa López joins Pingry as a Spanish teacher and the Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Diversity and Inclusion. As a member of the World Languages Department, she teaches two sections of Spanish 2 in the Upper School....

Ms. Boone Teaches Art to Middle and Upper School Students

By Sophia Lewis '22 This fall, the Pingry arts department welcomes Ms. Melody Boone to Pingry as a new faculty member. She will be teaching Art Fundamentals and Architecture to Upper School students, as well as an Art and Nature class to Middle School students. In...

Dr. Rosen Joins the Pingry Counseling Department

By Brooke Pan '21 This fall, the Pingry Upper and Middle Schools welcome Dr. Adam Rosen to the campus’s Counseling Department. Dr. Rosen will work both in the office as a counselor and outside his office on projects to help aid the Pingry community. Dr. Rosen attended...

Coach Braun Joins the Athletic Department

By Ashleigh Provoost '22 This year, Coach Julia Braun joins the Pingry faculty as a fitness teacher and resident coach. She will be teaching Intro to Fitness and Fitness Education, while also coaching soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She will be working with those...

Dr. Chin-Shefi Joins Language Department

By Eva Schiller '21 This year, Pingry welcomed Dr. Sabrina Chin-Shefi into the Middle and Upper School Language Departments, where she will be teaching Chinese 2, Chinese 5, and Chinese 7. Eager to get more involved in the Pingry community, she has already explored...

The Pingry Record Editorial Staff

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