School News

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...

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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...

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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...

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February 1st: A Day in the Journal

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...

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Learning to be Flexible

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...

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Listening to Unlock Pingry

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...

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Breaking Brand: Looking Past Branding

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...

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Editorial: When Do We Get to Weigh In?

Editorial: When Do We Get to Weigh In?

By Rachel Chen '18 When I heard about the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, my first reaction was not to have one. “17 dead, 14 injured…” the car radio droned, and I remember thinking, oh. Another one. And I promptly forgot it.   I...

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Support Common Sense on Firearm Regulations

Support Common Sense on Firearm Regulations

By Maddie Parrish (VI) “Everything seemed so easy. No way we would get caught.” This is a quote from the notebook of Eric Harris, one of the two perpetrators of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 that killed 13 people. Since then, journalists have attempted to...

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Editorial: The Labor of Love

By Megan Pan '18 In the past few weeks, we’ve had the chance to hear some excellent speeches about parenting. At the LeBow Competition, Jonathan Chen (V) talked about his parents’ “endless love and endless support” and urged us to “thank those who support you,” while...

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Ho Encourages Us to Be the #BestOfPingry

Ho Encourages Us to Be the #BestOfPingry

By Felicia Ho (V) “At 17 years old, he’s won it -- the first gold medal for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics.” “She’s a golden girl! What a force to be reckoned with!” As the Winter Olympic Games opened in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9, two...

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Affinity Groups: An Open Dialogue

Affinity Groups: An Open Dialogue

By Ketaki Tavan (V) The first time I was ever exposed to the concept of affinity groups was during my freshman year at Pingry. These groups were presented as “safe spaces for students to learn more about their various identities and to discuss their questions,...

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Learn to Face the Music

Learn to Face the Music

By Felicia Ho (V) Shrill, piercing, and unbelievably scratchy. The first time I heard a violin, I couldn’t believe my ears. Yet, there I was at my local music shop, picking out my first violin as a fourth grader. Hundreds of violins lined the walls, waiting to be...

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Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Sage Dining

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Sage Dining

By Darlene Fung (V) I am a swimmer, and being a swimmer means having a notoriously large appetite. We high school swimmers might not be inhaling Michael Phelps’s famous 12,000-calorie diet, but we certainly do consume more than the 2,000 calories an average American...

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Editorial: Gatsby and Goodbyes

By Megan Pan '18 “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald Ever since I was young, I’ve had a strong sense of attachment. My mother told me that when I lost my first tooth, I cried over the...

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Editorial: Ode to the Empty Nest

By Rachel Chen '18 I’ve been crying a lot lately, but here’s the latest reason why: on November 26, I decorated the family Christmas tree for last time. It was the latest of many lasts that weekend: my last Thanksgiving I’d welcome my sister home, my last squash...

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How Much Privacy Do We Actually Have?

How Much Privacy Do We Actually Have?

By Anna Wood '18 Simply put, media is powerful. A single hashtag or posted message can influence people for months. We’ve seen trends such as store robberies and dangerous stunts. We absorb the posts we see online, oftentimes more than we think we do. As members of...

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Dear Freshmen: High School Is A Dim Sum Restaurant

Dear Freshmen: High School Is A Dim Sum Restaurant

By Felicia Ho (V) Transitioning into high school is a lot like walking into a dim sum restaurant. Sometimes you hear great ‘reviews’ of high school, sometimes you only hear about the huge amount of pressure during high school. However, you never know until you truly...

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Parrish Puts Herself Behind the Trigger

Parrish Puts Herself Behind the Trigger

By Maddie Parrish (VI) On the issue of police misconduct and unwarranted violence, I used to foster a one-sided perspective. I have read NY Times articles describing tragic incidents of unarmed young men in Chicago being shot to death by law enforcement officers. I...

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Editorial: The Bright Side of an Accident

By Megan Pan One morning last week, I was driving myself to school when I got into an accident. It wasn’t anything terrible. I was a little careless on the turn into the school driveway, and my car ended up scraping against the curbside stones. Aside from a harsh...

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