A Day of Community Service

By Meghan Durkin '21 On October 26, both Upper and Middle School students participated in Pingry’s annual Rufus Gunther Day. In a day dedicated to community service, Pingry students and faculty visited numerous organizations in order to give back to the greater New...

Pingry Robotics Reaches New Heights by Hosting Bear-ly Built Competition

By Eva Schiller '21 Robotics is not often in the spotlight, and many members of the Pingry community haven’t heard much about what we do. However, even those who do not know where the robotics room is or those who just assume we make battlebots may have noticed that...

Community Unites at Friday Night Lights

By Noah Bergam '21 The Big Blue football team had an impressive 20-0 win against MKA at the PSPA’s annual Friday Night Lights event on October 12. Students and Faculty from both the Lower and Upper Schools came to support and cheer the team on to victory. Middle and...

Class of 2019 Brings in the New School Year With the Senior Retreat

By Praesana Danner '19 On September 4th, the class of 2019 began their first unofficial day of school at the Pocono Valley Resort in Reeders, Pennsylvania. The seniors were able to kick off their final year of Pingry by bonding, relaxing, and beginning the college...

Peer Retreat to Camp Bryn Mawr Starts Off Year for Freshmen

By Natalie DeVito '22 On the morning of August 29th, a large party of anxious freshmen and eager seniors departed from Pingry. They crowded into four buses and enjoyed a long drive across state lines, bound for the Bryn Mawr Mountain Retreat and Conference Center in...

Students Take the Classroom Abroad

By Meghan Durkin '21 Over the summer, groups of Pingry students traveled to Peru, Belize, Croatia, Bosnia, and Germany to learn about and explore these countries’ cultures outside of the classroom. Whether by meeting locals, visiting cultural sites, or exploring the...

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

Boys’ Soccer Mid-Season Update 2018

By Noah Bergam '21 The Pingry boys’ soccer team is aiming high this season. With expectations to win the county championship and make a run at the Non-Public “A” title, the team has maintained an impressive record so far. Captain Drew Beckmen (VI) recognizes that...

Boys’ Football Mid-Season Update 2018

By Ryan Geller '20 The Pingry football team is heading into its second year in the Metropolitan Independent League with a new sense of confidence and excitement. Coming off the team’s first winning season since 2003, head coach Mr. Christopher Shilts looks to continue...

Girls’ Field Hockey Mid-Season Update 2018

By Josie Jahng '19 The girls’ varsity field hockey team is off to a solid start. Led by captains Avery Didden (VI), Josie Jahng (VI), and Margot Present (VI), the team has held an even record as they head into county games later this month. Despite graduating a strong...

Girls’ Soccer Mid-Season Update 2018

By Josie Jahng '19 Starting off the season with a winning record, the varsity girls’ soccer team is off to a strong start. Led by Captains Abby Beckmen (VI), Ava Dziadzio (VI), and Caroline Friend (VI), the team has held their own in the Skyland Conference. Dziadzio...

Girls’ Tennis Mid-Season Update 2018

By Walker Johnson '21 The girls’ varsity tennis team is off to a remarkable start this year, winning the Somerset County Tournament on Saturday, September 22. In addition to their tournament win, the team holds a winning record. Their goals, according to Coach Marion...

Co-ed Water Polo Mid-Season Update 2018

By Justin Li '21 In a few ways, varsity co-ed water polo has been reborn. Weeks before preseason started, previous Head Coach Misha Klochkov unexpectedly departed to coach water polo at the Lawrenceville School. With a number of strong seniors and underclassmen...

Girls’ Cross Country Mid-Season Update 2018

By Lauren Taylor '20 Led by captains Cathleen Parker (VI) and Nicole Vanasse (V), the varsity girls’ cross country team is looking forward to another fantastic season. “Expectations are high for this team,” Head Coach Tim Grant remarked, with the girls coming into...

Boys’ Cross Country Mid-Season Update 2018

By Jeffrey Xiao '19 Despite losing two varsity runners, the boys’ cross country team, led by captains Tom Drzik (VI) and Jeffrey Xiao (VI), is looking forward to another successful season. Even after last year’s record-breaking season, the team still fields one of its...

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....

Columns

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,...

Karappur Keeps Up with the Tech World

By Aneesh Karuppur '21 Back to school means new teachers, new courses, and, of course, new technology. This past summer at Pingry, members of STC interned with the Technology Department. Under the guidance of Mr. Frantz, Mr. Azar, and Mr. Burkhart, two teams completed...

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...

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...

Opinion + Editorials

Speak Up and Embrace Failure

By Noah Bergam '21 Upon re-entering Pingry during this back-to-school season, I noticed that, in my discussion-based classes, I tend to find myself fighting total classroom silence. That’s not to say I am the only one participating – there are plenty of other students...

Dr. Seuss before All Hell Breaks Loose

By Armani Davidson '19 With application deadlines on the horizon, stress mounting, and college less than a year away, seniors are looking for guidance anywhere. I believe some answers for the overworked grade may be hiding in an unexpected source: here are ten reasons...

The Cum Laude Question

By Nava Levene-Harvey '19 Senior year has begun for Pingry’s class of 2019. Somewhere on the horizon, college acceptances and rejections, mental breakdowns, and unimaginable stresses all await my classmates and me. Now, the many awards ceremonies I used to think of as...

Women in (Student) Government

By Alessia Zanobini '19 I firmly believe that involvement in government and politics should start from a young age, whether that consists of reading the newspaper or running for student government. Early political engagement leads to informed voters and experienced...

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...

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

Miro Bergam '19

Miro Bergam '19

Editor-In-Chief

Vicky Gu '20

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Assistant Editor

Justin Li '21

Justin Li '21

Website Editor

Brooke Pan '21

Brooke Pan '21

Copy Editor

Ketaki Tavan '19

Ketaki Tavan '19

Editor-In-Chief

Noah Bergam '21

Noah Bergam '21

Assistant Editor

Rhea Kapur '21

Rhea Kapur '21

Photo Editor

Eva Schiller '21

Eva Schiller '21

Copy Editor

Felicia Ho '19

Felicia Ho '19

Senior Assistant Editor

Praesana Danner '19

Praesana Danner '19

Layout Editor

Aneesh Karuppur '21

Aneesh Karuppur '21

Copy Editor

Ms. Meghan Finnegan

Ms. Meghan Finnegan

Faculty Advisor

Brynn Weisholtz '20

Brynn Weisholtz '20

Assistant Editor

Caroline Santoro '19

Caroline Santoro '19

Layout Editor

Meghan Durkin '21

Meghan Durkin '21

Copy Editor

Dr. Megan Jones

Dr. Megan Jones

Faculty Advisor