EDISON – The Wardlaw-Hartridge School kicked off its 130th year with its annual Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Thursday, Sept. 6.
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.
Andrew Webster of Edison, head of school, welcomed 457 students, including 86 new students, during his opening remarks. Webster gave a special welcome to the new students and international students. He shared some of his summer experiences, which included the school’s first service learning trip to Peru in June. Webster asked the students what makes the school beautiful and accepted many answers ranging from diversity to support to unity.
Ted Osborne of Plainfield, president of the Board of Trustees, welcomed everyone on behalf of the Board. Osborne emphasized the importance of education and assured the students that “with effort, drive, and passion for learning, the W-H community can help you achieve whatever your goals may be.”
Zachary More of Scotch Plains, student council president, engaged the entire crowd with entertaining remarks tailored for all ages. He outlined the three most important factors in striving for excellence – work ethic, motivation and determination. He intelligently used metaphors of cartoon characters to illustrate his points to the younger students.
Webster concluded the program by wishing everyone a successful school year.