Student Standouts & Faculty Endeavors

Our students in all three divisions at the School – and faculty and staff members alike — were engaged in so many fascinating and admirable pursuits over the past few months. Our print D-E Today magazine no longer has enough space in which to feature them! Thankfully we have plenty of room here at, to feature these Student Standouts and Faculty Endeavors online, and on a much more frequent basis. Check back often as we will continue to update these awesome achievements regularly! And if you have a Student Standout or Faculty Endeavors to share, Email us at:


Project Cicero Collects, Contributes 40,000 Books

Photo on top: Project Cicero NNJ volunteers and organizers included from left Aidan Hunter ‘23, Dylan Goldman ‘19, Ezra Hunter ‘19, Ethan Hunter ‘18, Teddi Langbaum Hunter ‘87, Erica Beinhacker, Nina Backer, Jennifer Plotnick Backer ‘87, and Garrett Backer. Project Cicero Northern New Jersey (NNJ), celebrated its fifth year in operation this spring with its…


D-E Robotics Competes in World Championships

D-E Robotics, which officially goes by the name of Team 0207 Critical Mass, achieved several new and notable accomplishments in their 2016-2017 competitive season, which began in September and concluded this spring. In February, the team traveled to Vermont for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Vermont State Championship, where they placed 4th out of 32…


Calliope 2016 Wins Silver Crown

The 2016 edition of D-E’s Upper School literary journal Calliope received recognition earlier this spring, when it was announced as a Silver Crown winner by Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).  Last year’s Calliope editors Savannah DiGiovanni ’16, Noa Levin ’17, Nasrin Lin ’16, and Maxine Musto ’17 were able to reunite briefly together with faculty…


Instruments Drive Supports Mission Music

fts of music,” Upper School students Joel Brody ’18 and Daniel Schwartz ’18 organized and led a donations drive earlier this year for Mission Music.  The nonprofit distributes instruments and musical equipment to underprivileged families.  Students and families from all three divisions contributed to the effort. Joel shared, “Over the course of the drive, we…


Diabetes Club Hosts Spin-a-Thon

In late February the Upper School Diabetes Awareness Club hosted a Spin-a-thon at Cycle Bar in Fort Lee. Approximately $1,500 was raised for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Co-president Victoria Kong reported, “The Diabetes Awareness Club was established to further educate D-E about Type 1 Diabetes. Our goal is to spread awareness about the struggles…


Upper School Students “Showcase” Original Work

The D-E community was treated to a unique event in early December that promises to be a wonderful new tradition going forward. D-E Showcase, with leadership from faculty advisor Carla Moriarty, featured live performances of nearly all-original compositions and dances,  by D-E students, faculty/staff, and parents.  Highlights from Showcase included soulful solo guitar and piano-accompanied…


Seniors Receive National Merit Scholar Distinction

Seniors Noah Cantor ’17, Christine Chow ’17, Srikar Donepudi ’17, Noah Goldmann ’17, Timothy Holt ’17, Alana Jennis ’17, Nikhil Kokra ’17, Matthew Lee ’17, Christopher Liu ’17, Tarun Mandalapu ’17, Jeremiah Meier ’17, and Jacob Waxman ’17 were honored with a special morning snack and certificate ceremony in early October by D-E’s College Counseling…


D-E Debate brings series of awards home!

D-E Debate has had a series of successes thus far this academic year. The very first tournament resulted in a team sweep! In the speaker awards Sam Golub ’17 won first place, Jacob Waxman ’17 won second place, and Austin Metzger ’18 won third place. Sam and Jacob also won honors as the first place…


D-E’s Model UN Delegates Earn Honors, Experience

Student delegates with D-E’s Model UN Club have been busy preparing position papers for and participating in “away” conferences, including events sponsored by Princeton University and the United Nations International School (UNIS). Conferences later this year will take the club to the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Noa Levin ’17 earned Best Delegate honors…


Middle Schoolers Help “Strike Out” Leukemia

In early December, one of D-E’s Middle School HomeBase groups decided to direct their baking and fundraising skills toward a great cause: supporting research to end leukemia. Mrs. Luchs’ Homebase, which includes Anya Ganeshan ’23, Emily Jedell ’23, Karina Pink ’23, Jayden Morales ’23, Javier Ibarguer ’23, Eli Arougheti ’23 and Charlie Levine ’23 together baked items and ran a Middle School bake sale. …


Calliope 2016 wins Crown Award

D-E’s literary and arts magazine, Calliope: Spring 2016 issue has won a Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Calliope Advisor Mr. Petkus writes, “It’s just the fifth time in our school’s history we’ve received this honor, with the previous Crowns coming in 1982, 1993, 2011, and 2014. This award is a big deal:…


Erika Ogino ‘16, Nuclear Disarmament Advocate & Alzhemier Researcher

D-E had a truly special event of hosting the Hiroshima survivor, Shigeko Sasamori to the campus. Behind this extraordinary talk was Erika Ogino ’16. Erika shares her behind the story. “Throughout my high school career, I have been involved in activities related to nuclear disarmament (I volunteered at the NGO on Disarmament, Peace, and Security), and for my senior year, I wanted to be able to bring my disarmament awareness work to school.”


Samantha Lovett ’18, Up and Coming Vocalist

It takes a hard-work and long hours of practice to be a musician and Samantha Lovett ’18 knows it. “Every Saturday, I am present in the music theory and ear training classes, as well as piano lessons, private lessons, acting lessons, and much more. My private vocal teacher at Manhattan School of Music organizes a solo…


Cum Laude Society Class of 2016

In early April, a highly select group of seniors was inducted into the School’s Cum Laude Society at a special dinner in Hajjar Auditorium. An annual ceremony that is traditionally one of the more memorable of the academic year, the Cum Laude Dinner featured personal remarks from D-E faculty and administrative staff members about each…

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Gymnast Vanessa Malhame ’19

It takes commitment and time management to be a competitive gymnast, as Rockleigh resident Vanessa Malhame ’19 knows very well. A member of Galaxy Gymnastics team in Orangeburg, NY, Vanessa began competing in the fourth grade and participates in about ten gymnastics competitions each year.

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