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...

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The Magic Number

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...

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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...

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Jasinski Rejoins the German Department

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,...

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Homecoming Pride Culminates in a Dance to Remember

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...

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Taiko Drumming: An Interview with Mr. Leone

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...

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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...

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Convocation Focuses on Slowing Down

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...

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Friday Night Lights

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...

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New Transitions

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...

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The Math Department Welcomes Mr. Yong

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...

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Welcome to the History Department, Mr. Toor!

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 second M.A. in South Asian Studies at Oxford University...

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History Department Welcomes Dr. Wakefield

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...

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The Mandarin Department Welcomes Michael Wang

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...

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Xu Joins the Language Department

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,...

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2019 Fall Awards Assembly Celebrates Previous Year

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...

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Girls’ Tennis Update 2019-2020

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...

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A Summer of Science and Spanish

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...

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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...

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