The Wardlaw-Hartridge School Year Begins at 129th Convocation Ceremony

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Seniors Skyla Choi of Fort Lee and Catherine Badalamenti of Scotch Plains lead in the Class of 2012 as The Wardlaw-Hartridge School begins its 129th Convocation Ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

EDISON – The 2011-2012 school year at Wardlaw-Hartridge kicked off with the 129th Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Students from all divisions filled the bleachers and were joined by faculty and staff members and parents. Upper School students marched in with their class flags as part of the opening ceremony.


Head of School Andrew Webster welcomed 442 students, including 92 new students, during his opening remarks. Webster shared a brief anecdote about compliments he received from PGA tour officials after a group of students volunteered at the Barclays Golf Classic at Plainfield Country Club in August. He saluted Wardlaw-Hartridge students for always representing the school well.

Ted Osborne, president of the Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone on behalf of the board. As the new board president, Osborne said he feels like a freshman embarking on a new adventure, much like many of the students. While much has changed since he first entered the school in 1965, Osborne reminded the school community that the core values and essence of the school have remained constant and stood the test of time. He wished everyone good luck for a great school year.

Student Council President Aneesa Sonawalla of Edison urged students of all ages to “go all out” this year. In her 12th and final year as a Wardlaw-Hartridge student, she plans to take chances and step out of her comfort zone by trying something new. She assured the student body that no matter what, the school will provide support the whole way.

Webster added more words of encouragement during his closing remarks. He asked the students to put forth their best effort and make the most of their abilities. The faculty and staff have great faith in the students and will work hard to help them reach their goals. He concluded by saying that “together, we can accomplish great things and make the world a better place.”

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