Triumphing Over Tribulation

Triumphing Over Tribulation

By Martine Bigos (IV) On October 21st, Pingry’s Middle and Upper School students attended an assembly where guest speaker Sean Swarmer shared his inspiring life journey. Sean has survived cancer twice and is the first cancer survivor to climb the highest mountains on...

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Sickness Spreads through Pingry like Never Before

By Samuel Wexler (IV) On Friday, November 8, students at the Basking Ridge campus refreshed their emails to find that the school day was cut short due to a stomach bug spreading throughout the school community. After being dismissed from their classes, confused...

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Karuppur Provides the Technology Download

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...

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Finding Your Existentialist Music

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...

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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...

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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...

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

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...

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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...

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Buttondowns Return to their Roots

Buttondowns Return to their Roots

By Brian Li (IV) On November 22nd, the Buttondowns raced down from the top of Hauser Auditorium to begin their annual Buttondowns assembly. This year, the all-boys a capella group is headed by president James Wang (VI), vice-president Charlie Malone (VI), and...

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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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