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French Skits Shine Online

By Graham Pearsall on 05/28/2020

French classes had to get creative this spring to keep Waring's French Skit tradition alive. While a transition to remote learning could have put a stop to the fun, shared performances, classes chose to get innovative and created many outstanding online plays. Check them out below!

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Apart But Always Together: Waring Community Sings "Lean on Me"

By Graham Pearsall on 05/28/2020

Music has found beautiful new ways to flourish at Waring School even while we're apart. More than 100 Waring students, families, alumni, and faculty collaborated to record a moving virtual performance of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me."

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Waring Students Sweep Top Prizes in Poetry Contest

By Graham Pearsall on 05/26/2020

For the second year in a row, Waring students have swept the top three prizes at the Beverly Public Library’s Teen Poetry Contest.

Students from 15 schools submitted more than 500 poems for consideration. Waring students accounted for eight of the twelve finalists in the high school division and two of the fifteen finalists in the middle school division.

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68 Students Medal in National French Contest, 3 Students Lead Nation

By Waring Faculty on 05/26/2020

The results of Le Grand Concours 2020 are in and impressive! 

Sixty-eight of the 147 Waring students who participated in the National French Contest were named national laureates. For the first time ever, three Waring students led their division by posting national high scores.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 7

By Graham Pearsall on 05/18/2020

Every Monday, for the past seven weeks, our Writing Department has invited the Waring community to participate in a communal writing project.

Each week, the Writing Department shared a new prompt and published some of the previous week’s best responses.

The resulting community-made journal is a powerful record of our time during remote learning and physical distancing.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 6 and Our Final Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 05/11/2020

In March, Waring’s Writing Department announced a weekly community writing project.

Every Monday, the Writing Department shares a new prompt and publishes some of the previous week’s best responses.

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Three Juniors Qualify for Prestigious National Merit Scholarship

By Graham Pearsall on 05/11/2020

More than 1.5 million students from across the United States took the Preliminary SAT test this fall. Finishing in the top 4 percent of all test takers were three Waring juniors—Cole Cunningham, Sparhawk Mulder, and Griffin Wells.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 5 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 05/4/2020

In March, Waring’s Writing Department announced a weekly community writing project.

Every Monday, the Writing Department shares a new prompt and publishes some of the previous week’s best responses.

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What Remote Learning Looks Like at Waring - Four Students Break Down a Typical Day

By Graham Pearsall on 04/22/2020

On March 24, Waring School switched to a remote learning plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Faculty began conducting classes via Zoom and Google Classroom, music teachers continued with voice and instrument lessons, and our Athletic Director shared weekly workout schedules. Our Writing and Art Departments challenged our community to participate in weekly writing prompts and community art projects. Musicians began to share weekly #TuesdayTunes performances on Waring’s Facebook and Instagram, and we continued to gather every Friday for a (virtual) All-School Meeting. 

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 3 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/21/2020

In March, Waring’s Writing Department announced a weekly community writing project.

Every Monday, the Writing Department shares a new prompt and publishes some of the previous week’s best responses.

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Students use Zoom to Workshop Poems with Accomplished Poets

By Graham Pearsall on 04/17/2020

Since Waring School implemented a remote learning plan, students in Michelle Ramadan’s Humanities Class have met regularly on Zoom to continue their discussion of World War I.

To conclude the unit, the ninth and tenth graders have been working on a poetry and art response to the poignant novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.

Yesterday, April 16, they were joined in class by four accomplished poets.

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The Waring Art Connector Project

By Graham Pearsall on 04/16/2020

Waring’s Art Department launched “The Waring Art Connector Project” just one week ago. Already alumni, students, parents, teachers, trustees, and friends, from Alaska to the Turks and Caicos Islands, have contributed more than 50 pieces of artwork to the collective gallery.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 2 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/13/2020

Every week since Waring implemented a remote learning plan, Waring’s Writing Department has invited students, faculty, parents, and friends to participate in a weekly writing project. 

Every Monday, the Writing Department announces a new prompt and shares some of the previous week’s best responses.

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Waring Artists Sketch Portraits for a Kinder World

By Graham Pearsall on 04/9/2020

Waring students helped promote intercultural awareness, friendship, and compassion by once again participating in the Portraits for Kindness Program organized by the Memory Project.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 1 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/6/2020

Every Monday, Waring’s Writing Department invites you to participate in its weekly writing project. 

Last week the prompt was: “It's likely we are all seeing much more of our family than we are used to. Think about a time during the past week when you interacted with someone at home in a way that was surprising, funny, or interesting. Describe that interaction. You might want to include details of setting, timing, or dialogue.”

At the bottom of this blogpost, you will find this week’s new prompt. Everyone is encouraged to participate alongside our students. Please submit your responses to Jill Sullivan (no more than 250 words) by each Friday.

Below are three of our favorite responses from last week.

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Brickwolves Featured by Carbon Leadership Forum for Developing Student Carbon Calculator Curriculum

By Graham Pearsall on 03/13/2020

While attending the Boston Youth Climate Strike in September, Waring’s FLL Robotics team noticed that while passionate about climate change, many of their peers knew little about embodied carbon, an enormous source of carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, embodied carbon, which makes up 40 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, wasn’t mentioned by the strike’s speakers at all.

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Fourteen Students Awarded Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

By Graham Pearsall on 02/3/2020

Students from across Massachusetts submitted more than 12,000 pieces of art and writing to this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Contest sponsored by The Boston Globe.

Rising to the top of the extremely competitive contest were 14 Waring students who received 16 awards. Leading the way were seniors Gyani Pradhan Wong Ah Sui and Benny Weedon who both won multiple awards.

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Le Temps Retrouvé - January 2020

By Graham Pearsall on 01/29/2020

The latest edition of Le Temps Retrouvé, Waring School's journal of student art and writing, is now online!

The student-made journal includes work by every class year, from Core to Group 5. Within the journal’s pages are personal essays, poems, and school news as well as sketches, photography, linear function art, and much more.

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Health Classes Participate in Self-Defense Training

By Graham Pearsall on 01/22/2020

Throughout the winter and spring, all Waring students will be participating in self-defense training as part of their health class.

Leading the instruction are alumni parents Shihan Kendall Buhl and Sensei Caroline Buhl, of The Dojo in Salisbury.

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My Trip to Beijing with the Waring Debate Team (by Cole Sauder '21)

By Cole Sauder '21 on 01/3/2020

With only 24 hours of our 11-day Debate trip to China under my belt, in the middle of Beijing, amid the hum and bustle of rush-hour traffic, I watched my host crash her bike head-on into an oncoming cyclist. This was after she rented three different bikes that were either missing pedals or a seat. After the first crash, we pushed even harder on our pedals trying to get home, but it soon became apparent that Suzanna, my host, was lost, very lost in an enclosed college campus. 

The Waring Debate Team traveled to Beijing, China, in November for an international debate tournament and to build upon strong relations with our friends at T.H.I.S. (Tsinghua, Highschool, International, School). While in China we traveled to spectacular places, bonded with friends, and cleaned up at T.H.I.S’s debate tournament.

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Brickwolves Set Global High Score, Qualify for World Championship

By Graham Pearsall on 12/16/2019

No team in the world has scored more points in the world’s most competitive student robot contest than the Waring School Brickwolves this season.

During the awards ceremony at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Eastern Massachusetts Championship on Saturday, December 14, it was announced that the Brickwolves’ 600-point run in the tournament’s Robot Game was a new global high score.

Nearly 40,000 teams from 100 countries compete in the FLL Robot Game. To date, no other team has reported a score greater than 560 points during a FLL-sanctioned competition.

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Inventive Middle Schoolers Design Balloon-Powered Cars

By Graham Pearsall on 12/11/2019

Design. Test. Refine.

For the past several months, eighth graders in Waring's STEM science class have been using 3D-modeling software and 3D printers to design and then print the parts for a balloon-powered car.

The course emphasizes a design-build process and the use of the scientific method to observe problems and test solutions.

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Debate Impressive at Lincoln-Sudbury Tournament

By Graham Pearsall on 12/9/2019

After earning outstanding results in Beijing last month, the Waring Debate Society returned to the North Shore to find similar success closer to home.

At the annual Lincoln-Sudbury High School December Tournament, juniors Arion Carraher-Kang and Jack Martin teamed up to place third out 83 teams in the varsity Public Forum Debate competition. Out of the 165 varsity debaters, senior Swara Douglas (5th), Arion (6th), and senior Turner Britz (18th) received speaker awards.

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FLL Team Leads Community Workshop, Starts Robotics Club for Elementary Students

By Graham Pearsall on 11/22/2019

Earlier this week, members of Waring School’s FLL robotics team led an Introduction to Robotics workshop at Centerville Elementary School.

More than 40 young students attended the workshop to pick up the basics of EV3 coding and to learn how to computer program a robot to navigate a maze.

Because of exuberant interest in the workshop, the Waring School Brickwolves will expand the program to include a ten-session Introduction to Robotics Club for Centerville students beginning in January of 2020.

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Student Artists Show Work, Raise Funds for Trustees of Reservations

By Graham Pearsall on 11/21/2019

Eleven Waring artists showcased their stellar work at the Crane Estate Student Art Show and Sale earlier this month.

The gallery sale, with the theme Dynamic Motion, raised funds for the Trustees of Reservations, a non-profit land conservation and historic preservation organization.

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Debate Travels to Beijing, Finishes among Top Teams at International Tournament

By Graham Pearsall on 11/14/2019

More than 240 debaters participated in the AGD International Debate Tournament in Beijing, China. Three Waring students were recognized among the top-six performers, earning Speaker Awards–Julie Durning (6th), Jack Martin (5th), and Arion Carraher-Kang (3rd).

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Middle Schoolers Attend Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference

By Graham Pearsall on 11/4/2019

At the AISNE Middle School Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference over the weekend, Waring students joined middle schoolers from across the state to converse, connect, and collaborate on issues of injustice.

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More than 100 Waring Students Participate in Climate March, Demand Political Action (by Austin Dowd '20)

By Austin Dowd on 10/3/2019

It was unseasonably warm in Boston as thousands met in Boston City Hall Plaza to participate in a school strike to address global warming on Friday, September 20.

As students gathered, temperatures approached 80 degrees, capping the hottest summer on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Approximately 115 Waring School students, nearly two-thirds of the school, skipped classes to participate in the Boston Youth Climate Strike, which drew more than 10,000 participants. More than four million students went on strike globally to protest climate change.

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New Students Share Favorite Memories From Their First Camping Trip

By Graham Pearsall on 09/9/2019

Each fall, Waring's school year begins with a four-day Camping Trip to North Woods Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Tutorials stay in cabins, classmates sing in circles, and new acquaintances become close friends.

For new students, it's their first taste of what it's like to be a member of the Waring Community.

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Waring Reaffirms Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Adopts Updated Diversity Statement

By Graham Pearsall on 07/12/2019

Last December, students in the Waring Inclusion and Diversity Alliance met to give input on Waring’s Diversity Statement. An updated statement would reaffirm Waring’s commitment to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Several students wrote their thoughts down on notecards.

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Dolly Farha ’20 Organizes Toiletries Drive, Donates 100 Backpacks to Lifebridge Homeless Shelters

By Graham Pearsall on 05/22/2019

Earlier this month, junior Dolly Farha and Anna Marie Smith’s Tutorial delivered 75 backpacks stuffed with toiletries to the Lifebridge Homeless Shelter in Salem. Later, they delivered 25 more to Grace Center, another Lifebridge crisis shelter in Gloucester.

The content of the backpacks was collected and donated by participating Waring Tutorials.

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69 Students Medal on National French Contest, 2 Students Post Perfect Scores

By Waring Faculty on 05/21/2019

The results of Le Grand Concours 2019 are in and impressive! Sixty-nine of the 132 Waring students who participated in the National French Contest were named national laureates. Two students posted perfect scores, leading the nation in their division.
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Waring Artists Sketch Portraits for a Kinder World

By Graham Pearsall on 05/7/2019

Last Special Day, Waring students participated in Memory Project's Portraits for Kindness campaign, making sketches of Syrian refugee children.

The portraits, they drew from photographs, were then flown halfway around the world and shared with the children who posed for a picture.

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Waring’s FLL Robotics Team Returns From World Championship Inspired

By Graham Pearsall on 04/30/2019

At this past weekend’s World Championship in Detroit, Waring School’s robot finished 22nd in the robot game.

This finish put Waring in the top .06% of the 40,000 teams that competed worldwide in the 30th season of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL).

Before their flight home, the trio of Owen Cooper, Chris Douglas, and Peter Hanna, all eighth graders at Waring, had already used a computer program to tear one of the world’s best robots apart.

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Waring Students Sweep Top Prizes in Poetry Contest

By Graham Pearsall on 04/26/2019

Of the 26 poems chosen to be finalists in Beverly Public Library’s 23rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest, 15 were composed by Waring School students. Sweeping the top three places in the high school division and grabbing a third-place finish in the middle school competition were four members of the Wolfpack.  

More than 500 poems were submitted to the contest and blindly judged by three local, published poets. Twelve of the thirteen finalists in the high school division were written by Waring students.

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Middle Schoolers Connect with History on School Trip to Alabama

By Graham Pearsall on 04/8/2019

Twenty-five eighth graders from Waring School in Beverly, Massachusetts, walked up Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery towards the Alabama State Capitol building. It was late March, and the camellias that surrounded the building’s grand marble staircase were in full bloom.

Fifty-four years earlier, almost to the day, 25,000 protestors marched up that same avenue and gathered near the same steps. For five days and four nights, the civil rights advocates had marched 54 miles along U.S. Highway 80 from Selma to the Statehouse.

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Student-written Musical to Premiere Saturday, April 6

By Graham Pearsall on 04/3/2019

The final project required just a story plot, character summary, and song outline. Sarah Bradshaw '19 wrote an entire musical.

While enrolled in "American History through Musicals," a summer course at Harvard University, Sarah was so inspired by the class' content that she couldn't stop at just the concept for a musical.

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Waring Senior named National Merit Finalist

By Graham Pearsall on 03/1/2019

Gareth Buhl, a senior at Waring School, has been named a finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

More than 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the PSAT, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of 2017. Less than one percent were named semifinalists and even fewer (just 7,500 students) were named finalists last month.

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Nine Waring Students Awarded Prizes for Art and Writing

By Graham Pearsall on 02/4/2019

Students from across Massachusetts submitted nearly 20,000 pieces of art and writing to this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Contest sponsored by The Boston Globe and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Rising to the top of the extremely competitive contest were seven Waring artists and two Waring writers. Leading the way were Gold Key recipients Will Stomberg '20 and Arion Carraher-Kang '21 as well as Silver Key winner Julia Kautz '19.

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Le Temps Retrouvé - Special Edition Released

By Graham Pearsall on 01/26/2019

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Another edition of Le Temps Retrouvé is hot off the digital press.

From the editor, Head of School Tim Bakland: "Waring School is a place of ideas and 'voices' — voice in its many forms, written, poetic, artistic, musical, athletic, whimsical, serious, adventurous, and all the rest. Le Temps Retrouvé is one of many venues in which you’ll find the very essence of Waring School through student expression."

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Waring Senior's Art Exhibited Alongside Professional Artist

By Graham Pearsall on 01/25/2019

For the next six weeks, at Waring Downtown (290 Cabot St), the artwork of Sarah Malboeuf '19 will hang alongside the abstract oil paintings of local, professional artist Miranda Aisling. 

The initiative, organized by Miranda, aims to introduce Waring students to Beverly-area artists who have created a living around art. 

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Student Film, "The Raising of the Cassandra," Premieres at All-School Meeting

By Graham Pearsall on 01/18/2019

On Thursday, January 17, students crammed into Waring's Theater for the world premiere of "The Raising of the Cassandra."

The compelling 23-minute mystery was directed by Sarah Bradshaw '19, written by A. Reid Bradshaw '17, and produced by Robert J. Bradshaw, a teacher in Waring's Music Department.

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Waring Debate excels at Newton South Tournament

By Waring Faculty on 01/14/2019

Yesterday, at Newton South High School, Waring Debate competed in a Varsity-Only tournament in Public Forum Debate. It was Waring's first foray with the January topic: "Resolved: The United States federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth."

At the end of five rounds of debating, two teams qualified for the Massachusetts State Tournament on March 30: Sasha Malley and Gareth Buhl as well as Anand Fedele and Julia Kautz. The attached photo shows Kautz and Fedele receiving their trophies from Newton South's coach, Josh Cohen.

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Waring Robotics Team Advances to World Championship

By Graham Pearsall on 12/21/2018

A championship robotics team isn’t built in a day. It’s built one LEGO brick at a time.

Last year, in their first year of competition, Waring did not finish in the top nine at the Revere FIRST LEGO League qualifying competition to advance to the Eastern Massachusetts Tournament.

This year, they qualified for the World Championship.
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Debate Team Qualifies for State Tournament

By Admin on 12/21/2018

At the Lincoln-Sudbury Winter Debate Festival on December 9, 150 teams (300 debaters) from dozens of schools competed in the open varsity division. Despite the stiff competition, Waring's teams had a successful day.

In the field of 300 speakers, Julia Kautz won 9th place and Anand Fedele won 14th place. Gareth Buhl and Arion  Carraher-Kang  were also both in the top 10% of speakers.
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Waring Wins Robotics Competition, Qualifies for State Tournament

By Graham Pearsall on 12/21/2018

Two Waring School robotics teams will advance to next weekend’s Eastern Massachusetts State Finals after sweeping the top two places at the Revere FIRST LEGO League State Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, December 8.

Twenty two teams competed in the tournament designed to challenge middle schoolers with real-life scientific problems. Teams had to design, code, and build a robot to perform tasks, propose a solution to a problem associated with long-duration space travel, and demonstrate civility while working as a team.
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Students Compare Research Notes with WHOI Scientists

By Graham Pearsall on 12/6/2018

For months, Waring students in John Wigglesworth's Earth, Ocean, and Environment class have conducted field work in Gloucester to support their oceanographic research projects. Last week, they visited Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to discuss their work with world-class scientists.

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Waring's Charitable Student Body

By Graham Pearsall on 12/6/2018

As we break for Thanksgiving recess, we express our thanks for and our awe of Waring’s charitable student body. Just last week, Elodie, a seventh grader, raised $336 for Beverly Bootstraps, students helped run a blood drive that collected 24 units of lifesaving blood, and Tutorials began to make plans to donate toys to Wellspring House in time for the holidays. Thank you, students, for your commitment to improving our community.
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Grace Lin, Newbery Honor author, visits with students, leads Humanities Discussions

By Graham Pearsall on 12/6/2018

“'Stories cannot tell all,' [Amah] said, and shrugged with heaviness, and the stonecutter saw her eyes suddenly haunted with worry. 'I disagree,' the stonecutter said, his hand reaching to pat Amah’s. 'I think stories tell everything.'”

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Waring Welcomes 31 New Students at Convocation Ceremony

By Graham Pearsall on 09/22/2018

31 new signatures, 31 rings of the bell, 31 new students welcomed to Waring.

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