Wardlaw-Hartridge School Seniors Receive Awards At Farewell Dinner

EDISON — The Class of 2013 at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison gathered with parents, faculty and staff members and administrators at the annual Senior Farewell Dinner on Thursday, June 13.

Rhona Eserner of Edison, Upper School Head, welcomed the guests and Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School, made opening remarks. Seniors Kimberly Son of Woodbridge (piano), Katie Buchbinder of Scotch Plains (flute) and Billy Nolan of Colonia (vocal) provided musical entertainment during the early part of the dinner hour.

Three faculty members gave representative addresses covering the three divisions of the school: Ellen Colandrea of North Plainfield (Lower), Corinna Crafton of Edison (Middle) and Roland Marionni of Scotch Plains (Upper). Nolan led a Senior Toast to Teachers and Zach More of Scotch Plains, Student Council President, led a Senior Toast to Parents. Editors Max Hernandez-Webster of Edison, Haley Needle of Scotch Plains and Stephanie Smyczek of Edison made the yearbook dedication to Marionni, and Nolan and More presented the senior class photo to Eserner.

Students who excelled in their internship and thesis projects and new Cum Laude Society members were recognized. The senior departmental subject awards for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and the arts followed.

Senior Awards of Distinction were presented to Smyczek (W-H Pin), Ashni Mehta of Piscataway (Alumni Association Award), Needle (Parents’ Association Award), Son (Stevenson Award), Vanessa Santana of Iselin (Headmaster’s Cup) and Noah Ganz of Westfield (Upper School Head’s Award).

The evening concluded with dessert and a retrospective senior video presentation.


Rhona Eserner of Edison, Upper School Head, presents the Stevenson Award for highest academic average to Kimberly Son of Woodbridge. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)


Bonnie Nolan of Colonia, Parents’ Association President, presents the Parents’ Association Award for outstanding contributions to the extracurricular life of the school to Haley Needle of Scotch Plains. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)


Rudy Brandl of Fanwood, Director of Alumni Relations, presents the Alumni Association Award for high academic achievement and outstanding participation in school life to Ashni Mehta of Piscataway. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)


Rhona Eserner of Edison, Upper School Head, presents the W-H Pin to Stephanie Smyczek of Edison. This award is presented to the student who, while maintaining his or her own academic level, has exhibited loyalty, generosity, dedication and helpfulness to promote the spirit and philosophy of the school. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge)

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