EDISON, NJ-- This year’s Lunar New Year festivities at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison took on a different look but retained the festive atmosphere of the annual school tradition. The event took place Friday, Feb. 12 in the Berry Performing Arts Center in front of a small socially distanced audience but was viewed by others at school on a livestream.

Juniors and seniors entered the PAC and received a red mask while music played. Brian Machado of Scotch Plains began the performance with an electrifying dragon dance, followed by a welcome introduction by Neil Shah of Edison and Camila Martinez of Scotch Plains. Izabel Korycki of Colonia and Krishna Patel of Edison performed a beautiful fan dance.

Other performances were displayed on video – a piano and vocal of the Happy New Year song by John Papetti III of Elizabeth and a recitation of The Spring Poem by Ananya Murlidharan of Edison.

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Leila Hernandez-Webster of Edison and Jason Kisare of Bridgewater hosted the first trivia contest, won by Aastha Patel of Edison, while Taliyah Williams of Rahway and Sara Reiss of Fords ran the second trivia game, won by Korycki.

International students shared a video of the song Chasing Dream, which featured vocal performances by W+H students all over the world. The event hosts and performers led the audience in a festive group dance to end the celebration. All students received an Ox keychain upon departure, a fitting and symbolic conclusion to a commemoration of the Year of the Ox.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit www.whschool.org/admission/take-a-virtual-tour.