Peddie begins anew, together

Peddie kicked off the 2021-22 academic year — the 158th year in the school’s history — on the evening of Sunday, September 5, with a first-ever campus fireworks display.

“We’re back in person, and that’s cause for celebration,” declared Head of School Peter Quinn.

Peddie’s 2021–22 student body comprises 532 students. There are 123 students in the Class of 2022. For the first time in 18 months, the entire student body is back on campus for in-person learning.

The school year officially began on Monday, September 6, with Convocation, held outside Ayer Memorial Chapel. 

Student Body Co-Presidents Myrah Charles ’22 and Jack Hughes ’22 addressed their fellow students, encouraging their peers to “get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.” 

“Standing before you all today, face-to-face, feels surreal,” said Hughes. “For the last 18 months, we have been separated by screens, masks and distance.”

Charles added, “Now, we stand together as we embark on this adventure through another academic year.”

Convocation procession

Student Body Co-Presidents Jack Hughes '22 and Myrah Charles '22 lead the Convocation procession.

Head of School Peter Quinn spoke about the importance of community. “The most important things we do, we do together,” he said, citing this year as a time to “embrace the transformational opportunities we prize so highly.”

Noting the start of Rosh Hashanah and with a nod to the prior evening’s festivities, Chaplain Marc Onion said in his closing remarks, “the sentiment of a new year belongs to all of us. You should have one worthy of fireworks.”

Following the remarks, academic and citizenship awards were presented to students for their contributions during the 2020-21 school year.

Peddie Convocation

Peddie's school year officially began on Monday, September 6, with Convocation, held outside Ayer Memorial Chapel.


Each academic department presents awards to students who excel in each discipline.


Miller Reading Prize for demonstrating the greatest progress in English during the 2020-21 academic year: Charlie Khadr ’24, Luke Garcia ’23 and Joseph Sweeney ’22

English department award for completing the most outstanding work in English during junior year: Luiza Chevres ’22 


Priyanka Nanayakkara ’22 (Chinese)
Kathleen Zhang ’22 (French)
Joseph DiCola ’22 (Latin)
Richard Zhu ’22 (Spanish) 


Austin Kelly Award for the student who has submitted the research paper that best combines complexity of historical analysis, extensive original research and scholarly use of primary source materials: Priyanka Nanayakkara ’22

Christensen Cup for outstanding work in U.S. History: Joseph DiCola ’22 


Wintersteen Math Award: Ryan Rong ’22 (Precalculus)


Academic Excellence in Science: Richard Zhu ’22  

All-school prizes

Swetland Honor Cup given to the member of the freshman class who has made the greatest contribution to the school: Madeleine Lallier ’24

Langford Scholarship Cup to that student who shows outstanding qualities of citizenship: Myrah Charles ’22

Potter Cup to those students who demonstrate strength of character, leadership, citizenship and scholarship: Katherine Guittari ’22 and Richard Zhu ’22

View photos from all school year kickoff activities, including student arrivals, Convocation and the fireworks display on Peddie’s Flickr page.