Lead Prosecutor in Mueller Investigation Andrew Goldstein ‘92 Emphasizes Truth and Personal Integrity in Hanly Lecture

By Rhea Kapur (V) On Friday, November 8, at the annual John Hanly Lecture on Ethics and Morality, Mr. Andrew Goldstein ‘92 discussed the influence of the Honor Code in his career at Pingry and beyond, and shared some ethical dilemmas he faced where the Honor Code’s...

Cast and Crew Puts On Amazing Performances of This Year’s Fall Play Our Town

By Ashleigh Provoost (IV) This year, the Pingry Drama Department performed the play Our Town for its annual fall production, holding performances on November 7th and 9th. Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Mrs. Stephanie Romankow, the play follows the life of...

Freshman Art Classes Take on the MoMA

By Mirika Jambudi (III) On Thursday, November 14th, ninth-graders in Art Fundamentals and various other classes visited the Museum of Modern Art for their annual art trip into New York City. They visited many of the museum’s new exhibitions, including, but not limited...

Winter Festival Pleases the Crowd

By Kyra Li (III) and Anjola Olawoye (III) As the annual Winter Festival approaches, Pingry students are preparing for their performance for family and friends on December 12. The day before, many ensembles, including chorus, band, orchestra, and handbells, will be...

Art History Students Connect the Classroom to Real-Life in the Met

By Vicky Gu (VI) On Monday, November 18, the AP Art History class, along with Mr. Nigel Paton and Ms. Paula Fisher, took their annual trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Before the trip, students studied the art of people from Africa, Oceania,...

Broadening Young Artistic Perspectives at the Chelsea Galleries

By Carson Shilts (V) On October 18, over one hundred students filed into buses and rode to Chelsea, New York. There, with bagels in their hands and earbuds in their ears, students in photography, drawing and painting, and portfolio classes discovered the awe-inspiring...

Featured Student News

Art History Students Connect the Classroom to Real-Life in the Met

By Vicky Gu (VI) On Monday, November 18, the AP Art History class, along with Mr. Nigel Paton and Ms. Paula Fisher, took their annual trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Before the trip, students studied the art of people from Africa, Oceania,...

Broadening Young Artistic Perspectives at the Chelsea Galleries

By Carson Shilts (V) On October 18, over one hundred students filed into buses and rode to Chelsea, New York. There, with bagels in their hands and earbuds in their ears, students in photography, drawing and painting, and portfolio classes discovered the awe-inspiring...

A Summer of Science and Spanish

Anjali Kapoor (VI) This summer, I was able to learn about two of my favorite subjects outside of the classroom. I interned at an orthopedics lab where I was exposed to a whole new side of biology research, and I traveled to Spain and Cancun to immerse myself in...

Freshmen Begin their School Year with a Trip to Bryn Mawr

Mirika Jambudi (III) Bright and early on August 28th, just a few days before the start of the school year, Pingry welcomed its newest class of freshmen on campus for the longstanding tradition of the peer leadership retreat. Alongside their senior peer group leaders,...

E-ddicted: Using Tech Innovation to Combat Our Public Health Crisis

Emma Huang (V) For six weeks this summer, I had the opportunity to work in Cooper Union’s Summer STEM Makerspace Program. Filled with 3-D printers, plasma laser cutters, and soldering and circuit stations, the Makerspace was an innovator’s dream – a place where I...

Looking Past the Surface

Helen Liu (V) The speaker at the podium––let’s call him A––gave his speech, charged with emotion. I never knew he could write like this, I thought, as I clapped along with my friends at the particularly touching parts. I didn’t know A that well—he was in a separate...

Winterbottom Reaches New Heights in Iceland

Maile Winterbottom (V) In the midst of some last-minute scrambling to put my summer plans together last April, I quickly scrolled through possible programs and trips I could attend. I came across a two week trip to Iceland held by Overland Summers, a program that...

Wong on Hong Kong: A Battle for Freedom

Andrew Wong (IV) As my freshman year approached its finale of final exams, I looked forward to a summer of rest and relaxation.   Half a world away in Hong Kong, students were also busy preparing for their exams and their summer. Unlike me, though, they were ready to...

Seniors Relax in Pocono Retreat

Martha Lewand (VI) A week before school began, on September 3rd and 4th, Form VI students traveled to the Pocono Valley Resort in Reeders, Pennsylvania, for their senior retreat.  The seniors spent the trip participating in several activities, including a...

Remembering D-Day

Ava Kotsen (V) June 6, 2019 was a lot of things. For many students and faculty at Pingry, it marked the final day of the school year, and the beginning of summer. It also marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied Powers’ Normandy invasion and the battle that...

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’ Tennis Update 2019-2020

Ashana Makhija (VI) This year, the varsity girls’ tennis team has maintained a strong performance throughout the season. After losing only one match, they are ranked fifth in the state, up from tenth at the beginning of the season. At the end of September, the team...

Football Update 2019-2020

Burke Pagano (VI) The boys’ varsity football team has started off their season with a relatively strong record. The team has been working hard since the start of preseason in early August under the leadership of Head Coach Chris Shilts. Captains James Wang (VI), Lance...

Water Polo Update 2019-2020

Justin Li (V) The day preseason began, Head Coach Aleksandar Breznikar stepped down from his position. The team received this news only one year after losing its previous Head Coach, Misha Klochkov, to the Lawrenceville School.  In spite of these obstacles, the water...

Boys’ Cross Country Update 2019-2020

Brian Li (VI) The boys’ cross country team is hoping to repeat their successes from last year. Despite losing four seniors, two of whom were exceptional runners, captains Roger Matthews (VI) and Henry Wood (V), along with Coaches Matt Horesta and Tim Lear are leading...

Girls’ Cross Country Update 2019-2020

Brooke Pan (V) The girls’ cross country team is looking forward to a promising season. Led by captains Nicole Vanasse (VI) and Alina Irvine (V), the team is off to a great start with the varsity team placing third overall in the Ocean State Invitational. The team’s...

Boys’ Soccer Update 2019-2020

Matthew Lee (VI) The boys’ soccer team started the first month of their season strong. Ranked as the third-best team in the state, their expectations are sky-high. With goals to win Somerset County and Non-Public “A” state titles, the team’s mentality this year has...

Girls’ Soccer Update 2019-2020

Dean Koenig (V) The girls’ varsity soccer team has had a successful season thus far, winning nine of the team’s first twelve games. The team, led by captains Emma Capanna (VI), Sofia Lombardo (VI), and Leah Mangold (VI), has been dominant in their wins; the goal...

Girls’ Field Hockey Updates 2019-2020

Carolyn Coyne (V) Big Blue field hockey is off to a strong start this year, with senior captains Hannah Dillon (VI), Liv Nugent (VI), and Caroline Dannenbaum (VI) leading the team to unprecedented victories in a difficult division. Dillon believes that the team is...

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...

Columns

Karuppur Provides the Technology Download

By Aneesh Karuppur (V) As the holiday season quickly approaches, the technology world continues to develop and grow. In this issue, let’s take a look at some good gifts and some not-so-good ones.  First off, the topic most relevant to the average Pingry student is...

The Pingry School: May Disappear in Sinkhole in 2032

By Kat Andersen (V) Although conspiracy theories have become pervasive in current times, this phenomenon is nothing new. Spanning the course of human history, conspiracy theories have facilitated the social, political, and religious divisions that invade societies....

Finding Your Existentialist Music

By Rhea Kapur (V) Existentialism has dominated my last few weeks. What does that mean, exactly? What even is existentialism? That question in and of itself, my friends, presents its own existential crisis––and that should tell you something about just how much it has...

Kapur’s Fall Dive into Abbey Road and Elton John’s Masterpieces

Rhea Kapur (V) Even though I dislike the mainstream, formulaic pop that constantly fills Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” Playlist, I keep an eye on the charts. Billboard Hot 100? The top 200 albums? Rolling Stone’s Top 100? iTunes Top 100? You name it. Imagine my...

Karuppur Tackles the Technology Tea

Aneesh Karuppur (V) Some interesting things transpired in the tech world over the summer, and even more during the start of the school year. Perhaps the most talked-about issue was the release of Apple’s new products in September, the most buzzy of which is the new...

Kaplan reviews Spider-Man: Far From Home

Alex Kaplan (V) WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. If you don’t want to read spoilers, don’t read on. This past July, I saw the release of the second Spider-Man film from the Marvel Cinematic...

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...

Opinion + Editorials

Freedom to Choose

By Brynn Weisholtz (VI) At Pingry, a student’s academic coursework is primarily determined by the administration and follows a fairly regimented path. There is limited flexibility for a student to “choose” any portion of his or her schedule in the early years of high...

ShopWrong: An Argument Against Arguing the Negative

By Noah Bergam (V) When I was a little kid, I got angry when I heard my name. Noah. I heard the word ‘No.’ Somehow that just pushed me over the edge.  My older siblings, realizing my dislike, would further taunt me by calling ShopRite ShopWrong. I would cry.  Now it’s...

Never Doing Enough: Stress as a Measure of Success

By Helen Liu (V) I have a very close relationship with my parents. I’m open to them about almost everything, and they encourage and support me. Ever since I can remember, they’ve been drilling the importance of hard work, compassion, and virtue into my head to make me...

A New Version of History

By Brian Li (IV) “What’s even the point of history class? Nothing actually matters now.” Last year, I took the World History 9 course, a survey of “history from the emergence of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia to the Age of Exploration.” I thought it was a...

Maybe It’s Time to Phase Out the In-Class Test

By Aneesh Karuppur (V) When I entered Pingry as a Form III student, I was excited to engage in the team-based, critical-thinking-style learning that Pingry has splashed all over its marketing materials. I bought into the idea of building my foundational knowledge of...

The Value of Humanities in the 21st Century

By Andrew Wong (IV) Last year, my history teacher started the year with a thought experiment. He told our class, “History is irrelevant. If the only reason why we learn history is not to repeat the mistakes of the past, then in today’s world, it is useless and...

On Peace Candles and Being Ignored

By Monica Chan (V) When people found out about our plans to start the Asian Student Union, some had asked me why I cared so much or wondered if I only started the group to boost my college application.  The truth is, I was upset that the issues I cared about were...

Solving the Issue of Poorly Timed Assessments at Pingry

By Maile Winterbottom (V) As a Pingry student, I experience a lot of stress. From essays to tests to presentations to quizzes, the work never seems to stop piling on. However, there is a common theme in the stress that my peers and I experience: poor timing.  Over the...

The World We Live In

By Mirika Jambudi (III) The world I’m growing up in scares me to death. It seems like everywhere I look there is something to be afraid of. In fact, I’m almost fifteen and I just got permission this summer to ride my bike to my friend’s house. It’s only two blocks...

The Magic Number

By Aneesh Karuppur (V) 9, 13, 15,16,19. A math problem? Of sorts, yes. Except it extends beyond the scope of a simple one-period, ten-problem math test—it is something we deal with at Pingry daily. Class sizes are one of the most important parts of an educational...

Faculty + Staff News

Jasinski Rejoins the German Department

Callie Mahoney (V) Herr Igor Jasinski is back! This year, he will be teaching a variety of both Upper and Middle School courses: German I, German III and IV for high schoolers, and German IA for the sixth graders. He is also a faculty advisor of the Polyglot magazine,...

Mr. Napolitano Joins the Community as Pingry’s Drama Production Designer

Ashleigh Provoost (IV) Mr. Joseph Napolitano is thrilled to join the Pingry faculty as a teacher as well as a set designer. He will be co-teaching sections of the Scenic Costume and Design course this year, and has already been named Head Set Designer for all of...

The Math Department Welcomes Mr. Yong

Brooke Pan (V) The Upper School Mathematics Department welcomes Mr. Zhaojun Yong, who will be teaching both Honors Geometry and Advanced Algebra and Geometry. Besides teaching, he will also be coaching the boys’ freshman basketball team and advising a club in the...

Ms. Guadalupe Nunez joins Pingry as Spanish Teacher

Monica Chan (V) With a passion for teaching and love for the Spanish language and culture, Ms.Guadalupe Nunez receives a warm Pingry community welcome. This fall, Señora Nunez joined Pingry as a Middle School Spanish teacher and Form I advisor. In addition, she will...

Welcome to the History Department, Mr. Toor!

Andrew Wong (IV) This year, the Upper School History Department welcomes Mr. Saad Toor, who will be teaching three sections of World History 9 and one section of World History 10.  Mr. Toor recently completed his M.Sc. in South Asian Studies at Oxford University in...

History Department Welcomes Dr. Wakefield

Eva Schiller (V) As the new school year begins, Pingry is extremely fortunate to welcome Dr. Zachary Wakefield to the History Department. He attended Juniata College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history. He then went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D at Auburn...

The Mandarin Department Welcomes Michael Wang

Zoe Wang (IV) This fall, the Pingry community welcomed Mr. Michael Wang, who teaches Chinese 1, two sections of Chinese 3, and Chinese 6. In addition to teaching, Mr. Wang chaperones the Middle School Homework Club.  Mr. Wang graduated with a bachelor’s degree from...

Xu Joins the Language Department

Maile Winterbottom (V) The Pingry community welcomes Ms. Yifan Xu this fall as a teacher of Middle and Upper School Chinese. She will be teaching levels 1A, 1B, and Chinese 2 in the Upper School. She has two years of prior teaching experience before coming to Pingry,...

Ross Looks to Get Involved as an English Teacher

Brian Li (IV) Mrs. Kelly Ross is welcomed by the Pingry community this fall as she joins the Upper School English Department. She is teaching English 9, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare.  Mrs. Ross received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bucknell...

Head of School Mr. Matt Levinson Emphasizes Community and the Student Experience

Eva Schiller (V), Vicky Gu (VI), Meghan Durkin (V) Though the Pingry community has known his name for almost a year now, Mr. Matt Levinson has just begun his first academic year as our new Head of School. Following a five-month search and a unanimous vote from the...

The Pingry Record Editorial Staff

Noah Bergam '21

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Brynn Weisholtz '20

Editor-in-Chief

Meghan Durkin '21

Assistant Editor

Eva Schiller '21

Assistant Editor

Vicky Gu '20

Senior Assistant Editor

Dr. Megan Jones

Faculty Advisor

Ms. Meghan Finnegan

Faculty Advisor

Justin Li '21

Layout Editor

Noopur Bhatt '21

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Rhea Kapur '21

Photo Editor

Martha Lewand '20

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Brian Li '22

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Dean Koenig '21

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Brooke Pan '21

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