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Princeton Day School Spring Athletics Awards and Team Highlights

Spring athletics from figure skating to golf, tennis, softball, baseball, and lacrosse enjoyed a moment to shine at the final PDS athletics awards gathering of the year. US Athletic Director Tim Williams presided once again, capping off the event with a spring sports "highlight reel" slideshow (included here)! Congratulations to all of the teams and their coaches for a season of hard work and incredible camaraderie, and to the team members who received awards!

Accolades for the Spokesman Student Newspaper

The student-run and produced Spokesman school paper and website truly a labor of love! This year's editorial team has produced some great issues and a lot of changes in the production approach. Recently, a fall issue of the paper earned a second place award from the Scholastic Press Association. Here, the student editors talk about the Spokesman's evolution this year and their goals going forward.

Record Number of PDS Service Volunteers in Watershed 'Run for Water'

Service Learning Director Margie Wallace Gibson '84 reports on this year's May 19 Trail Run at the Watershed Institute in support of clean water. For the past three years, one of the ways PDS has explored service learning and shown support for the Watershed is to build a team of runners from the PDS family, including faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni, for the annual 5k and 10K Trail Run and Festival. More than 90 PDS runners have participated in the trail run and festival for three consecutive years,; this year, the PDS team won the award for greatest number of participants representing an organization!

Princeton Day School Recognizes Senior Athletes Heading to College Athletics Programs

Yesterday, Princeton Day School recognized eight seniors who intend to play Division III collegiate sports, joining three other PDS seniors who earlier this year committed to Division I college athletics programs. Gwen Allen, field hockey, Amherst College; Coby Auslander, men's lacrosse, Christopher Newport University; Maddy Birch, women's lacrosse, Franklin & Marshall College; Zoe Cook, women's lacrosse, Hobart & William Smith Colleges; Connor Green, men's lacrosse, Stevens Institute of Technology; Matt Nyce, junior college baseball, Lackawanna College; Jimmy O'Connor, men's lacrosse, Trinity College; Julie Patterson, women's ice hockey, Wilkes University. Congratulations to these incredible athletes!

Seniors Move Onward from the Great Road

The 108 members of the Class of 2019, who plan to attend a total of 73 colleges, have a broad range of interests and plan to study in some of the top engineering, humanities, music performance, architecture and nursing programs in the country. Princeton Day School congratulates this wonderful group of students as they prepare to graduate and take the talents they have cultivated at PDS to new heights!

PDS Portraits: Julia Parks '19

Senior Julia Parks reflects on her career on the PDS stage and as a part of the "theater family," along with the challenges and rewards of the performing arts.

PDS Portraits: Wesley Leggett '19

What does it take to be your best self, in and out of the classroom? Leggett, a PDS "lifer," credits the friends, faculty, and family in his corner and reflects on what makes the School a special place.

PDS Portraits: Bryn Aprill '19

For her senior project, the ice hockey player and aspiring writer is taking on a new challenge: learning to fly a plane!

PDS Varsity Boys Lacrosse Wins Fourth Consecutive County Championship

Congratulations to the Panther Varsity Boys Lacrosse team and Coach Joe Moore and his crew for the team's fourth consecutive Mercer County Tournament championship, a thrilling 7-6 win over Notre Dame last Thursday, and a fantastic 13-3 season! The team will be honored this evening at a dinner celebration for players and coaches. Coach Moore reflects here on the many high points and also the times of adversity that fueled growth and ultimately contributed to a journey of champions this season.

Keep your Panther pride going! Support PDS Varsity Baseball's quest for the NJISAA Prep State championship at Diamond Nation field in Flemington tomorrow, or tune in for what should be a great final! The Panthers play Rutgers Prep at 7pm Thursday 5/16 at Diamond Nation field in Flemington. Read the article for the live stream link!

Princeton Day School Celebrates Historic Groundbreaking for New Athletic Center

Head of School Paul J. Stellato officially broke ground for the School's new athletic and community center on this brilliantly sunny Blue & White Day celebration, culminating several years of strategic planning and highly successful capital campaign efforts. While some pre-construction activity has already begun, the project starts in earnest on June 10 with a planned completion goal of Fall 2020.

In opening remarks before lifting a ceremonial shovel with Board Chair Rebecca Bushnell '70 and three representative students from the Lower, Middle and Upper School, Mr. Stellato explained, "There are too many people to call out and thank for their years of hard work in bringing this project to life, but I am thrilled that so many of them can be here today. This center will be a spectacular space for each of you and for every member of our community. It is especially fitting that we are breaking ground on this project on Blue and White Day, because there is no day during the year that is more representative of Princeton Day School than this joint celebration of our entire PreK-Grade 12 community."

PDS Performing Arts Earns Multiple 2018-2019 Honors

Multiple nominations from Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards and Montclair State University NJ High School Theatre Awards for the Upper School 2018-2019 season fall play and winter musical, plus yet another invitation to attend the world-renowned Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2020, reflect the exceptional quality of the Princeton Day School performing arts program.

Students Call for Action at Next Gen Climate Summit

Over eighty students from across New Jersey gathered on Saturday, May 11 to attend the Next Gen Climate Summit at the Watershed Institute. The conference was organized and hosted by the PDS EnAct Club and Energy & Climate Scholars in partnership with The Princeton University Energy & Climate Scholars and The Watershed Institute, with the aim of educating and mobilizing attendees on issues related to climate change and sustainability, while fostering a sense of appreciation for nature.

PDS Announces Winners of National Scholastic Gold and Silver Medals for Art and Writing

Here are four powerful works by three Princeton Day School students, Jessie Lin '21, Lydia Pamudji '19 and Elsie Wang '19, which have been honored at the national level with Scholastic Gold and Silver medals for art or writing. Part of an elite group of works awarded national honors from almost 340,000 art and writing efforts submitted by 7th-12 grade students across the country, these three poems and one painting were among 80 works by PDS students that received Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention awards at the state or northeast regional level earlier this year.

PDS Portraits: Rakesh Potluri '19

The Class of 2019's Student Council President reflects on how his academic and creative interests converged and took the form of an abiding love of design, and how even leadership and school spirit present an opportunity to exercise "design thinking."

PDS Portraits: Edem Afemaku, French Teacher

How did you come to Princeton Day School and what does this community mean to you? On this Day of Giving at PDS, and as Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we acknowledge this generous community and share French teacher Edem Afemaku's answer to that question. Tell us your story at

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Gymateria, LS Music Room & Campus Center
Gymateria, LS Music Room & Campus Center
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