EDISON, NJ - The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison kicked off its 133rd year with the annual Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on September 10.
Lower and Middle School Students entered the gym with their teachers, smiling and eager to begin the new school year. The Upper School students marched in behind their respective class flags and were accompanied by their advisors. The Class of 2016 seniors made a grand entrance for their final Convocation ceremony.
Senior Astitva Soni of Edison, the school’s Student Council President, led the W-H student body in the Pledge of Allegiance and MadJazz joined selected W-H students to sing America the Beautiful.
Andrew Webster of Edison, Head of School, welcomed the students, faculty, staff and parents to the ceremony. Mr. Webster spoke about the school’s six core values – Integrity, Opportunity, Support, Diversity, Community and Sustainability. He emphasized Community and gave a special welcome to new students and international students.
Jeanne Barbet of Plainfield, an officer on the school’s Board of Trustees, shared the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken and challenged students to explore different paths during her remarks. Astitva Soni asked his fellow students to try something new and step out of their comfort zone in his speech before Mr. Webster concluded the program by wishing everyone a successful school year.
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