EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison met their Senior Buddies during an assembly in Laidlaw Gym. All students in PreK through Grade 5 were connected with upperclassmen, who will bond and serve as role models throughout the school year.

Judy Minnium of Scotch Plains, who has attended W+H since Pre-K, reflected on her own memories over many years at the school. The senior joined her classmates in meeting their new Lower School friends and joining them in their classrooms after the ceremony.

Junior Kindergarten students posed with their senior buddies at the ceremony. Pictured, from left, front row: Rhea Wang of Edison, Noah Hollins of Westfield, Mason Outram of Clark, Abram Fernandes of South Plainfield and Carter Modes of Berkeley Heights. Back row: Solomon Xuan of Edison, Camila Fang of Edison, Destiny Ingram of Somerset, Clare Jeffery of Westfield and Neha Sharma of Edison.

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Pre-Kindergarten students posed with their senior buddies at the ceremony. Pictured, from left, front row: Oliver Vergara of Avenel, Zayan Riaz of Edison, Adrian St. Hillaire of Plainfield, Austin Miller of Linden, Nora Rooney of Chester and Armaan Bhandhari of Edison. Back row: Brianna Chambers of Somerset, Kallie Schildge of Westfield, Dillon Forsythe of Princeton and Alejandro Tobar of Westfield.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, 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.