Distinguished Alumni Return to Highlight Wardlaw-Hartridge Awards Ceremony

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The award winners proudly display their silver engraved plates, from left: Adam Levin, Class of 1967 (Distinguished Alumnus), Jane Brown (Distinguished Faculty), Mary McCormack, Class of 1987 (Distinguished Alumna), Roger Wood, Class of 1986 (Athletic Hall of Fame) and Penny Kroll Barrett, Class of 1961 (Athletic Hall of Fame). (Photo by Anthony Collins)

The award winners proudly display their silver engraved plates, from left: Adam Levin, Class of 1967 (Distinguished Alumnus), Jane Brown (Distinguished Faculty), Mary McCormack, Class of 1987 (Distinguished Alumna), Roger Wood, Class of 1986 (Athletic Hall of Fame) and Penny Kroll Barrett, Class of 1961 (Athletic Hall of Fame). (Photo by Anthony Collins)

EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison hosted its annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Reception at Fall Fair and Homecoming Day on Oct. 13. This year’s event featured celebrity flair with the return of Mary McCormack and Adam Levin, two graduates from the Central Jersey independent school.

McCormack and Levin received Distinguished Alumni Awards. McCormack, who celebrated her 25th reunion, is a star of the stage and screen with multiple appearances in movies, television series and Broadway productions. She has starred most recently on The West Wing and In Plain Sight.

“It’s great to be back today,” said McCormack, who delivered witty remarks about her high school days during her acceptance speech. “Wardlaw-Hartridge is an excellent school. It’s a place that cares about fostering individuality and is a school to be celebrated.”

Levin, who was honored at his 45th reunion, has enjoyed great success in business and finance. He is the founder and owner of credit.com and chairman of Identity Theft 911 LLC. Levin has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

“I am honored to be in the company of such stellar individuals,” said Levin, who reminisced about his favorite high school teachers and those who made an impact on his young life. “I went to the original Wardlaw (in Plainfield) and many of those teachers made so much of a difference in my life.”

Jane Brown, who taught instrumental music to students in grades 4-12 for the past 25 years before retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, received the Distinguished Faculty Award. Former W-H colleagues Sharon Byrne and Shannon Caldwell delivered a presentation that included a vocal performance from the school’s MadJazz group.

In addition, Penny Kroll Barrett (Class of 1961) and Roger Wood (Class of 1986) were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Barrett was a three-sport athlete who excelled in tennis. Wood starred on the football field but also was a standout in basketball and track and field.


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