Homecoming Pride Culminates in a Dance to Remember

By Vicky Gu (VI) The high temperatures of the final days of September thankfully began to subside by Saturday, October 5 on this event-packed day. By 8:30 a.m., the Basking Ridge campus was swarming with parents of Middle and Upper school students for Pingry’s annual...

Taiko Drumming: An Interview with Mr. Leone

By Martine Bigos (IV) During morning meeting on September 23rd, Pingry’s Taiko Drumming Club performed “Dokokara,” a composition written by the principal of the LA Taiko Institute in the 2010s. Three years ago, Pingry’s former headmaster suggested that Mr. Leone...

Convocation Focuses on Slowing Down

By Camille Collins (III) For Pingry, convocation welcomes a new student body and ushers in a new year of thought, achievement, and education, along with the celebration of the Honor Code that is held in such high esteem. Convocation opened with the signing of the...

Friday Night Lights

By Zoe Wang (IV) This year’s annual PSPA Friday Night Lights took place on September 27, as hundreds of students, families, and faculty from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools came together to support the Big Blue’s football team.  The evening began with the...

New Transitions

By Emma Drzala (IV) On the 21st of August, I started a journey that would leave a lasting impact for the rest of my life. As I crossed the threshold to enter the plane, I felt panic and reluctance coursing through my body. I found my seat and felt my eyes getting...

2019 Fall Awards Assembly Celebrates Previous Year

By Lauren Taylor (VI) On Friday, September 20, the Upper School gathered in Hauser Auditorium to celebrate students who displayed exceptional academic effort and achievement in the 2018-2019 school year.  The ceremony began by recognizing the Form VI students who were...

Featured Student News

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...

The Sophomores Visit NYC

Katherine Xie (IV) On Wednesday, September 4, the class of 2022 explored the exhibits of New York City’s Museum of Natural History and went to see the award-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Broadway.  The day began in the school cafeteria where students caught up...

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...

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

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...

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...

Opinion + Editorials

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...

What I Really Think of Pingry’s Honor Code

By Zara Jacob (V) There are issues that everyone agrees are violations of the Honor Code: bullying, vandalism, racism, sexism, and so on and so forth. If any such disrespectful actions are committed, we unanimously cite the perpetrator’s betrayal of the Honor Code. We...

A New Kind of Nostalgia

By Meghan Durkin (V) My brother joined me outside, football in hand. The fall wind brushed past our faces as it carried the ball from his hands to mine and back. Our hands grew colder with each toss until we ran inside for warmth. It was the first time we had thrown...

Merit Diplomacy and Pingry’s Economy of Accolades

Noah Bergam (V) In the spring of last year, some friends and I became obsessed with an online game called Diplomacy. In this wonderfully irritating game, each player owns a certain pre-WWI European country, and, move by move, they try to maximize their territory. ...

The Teacher-Student Communication: A Divided Exchange

Justin Li (V) Traditionally, the process of education has been regarded as the unreciprocated transfer of information to a student, who is treated as an empty container to be filled. Paulo Freire, a 20th-century philosopher on pedagogy, refers to this antiquated model...

Dress Codes in the Sky

Brynn Weisholtz (VI) As I boarded the plane and walked to my seat, I paid little attention to the people surrounding me––I was unaware of who they were, how they looked, and where they were going. I placed my carry-on bag in the compartment above my head, took my...

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...

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

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