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In the Middle of Something Great

The Wilf Middle School Dedication – September 13, 2017

The Newark Academy community gathered together in September as the new Wilf Middle School was officially dedicated in honor of Jane and Mark Wilf, lead donors to the Rise & Flourish campaign. Upon arriving on campus, guests were greeted by 165 Middle School students who were cheering and waving red and black pom-poms. Their joy was contagious and set the tone for the ceremony.

“We have much to celebrate today as we dedicate the latest addition to the campus,” said Head of School Don Austin. “As has been the case for nearly 250 years at Newark Academy, the work in the classroom and the relationships between teachers and students remain paramount. Now we have a facility that reflects that commitment. The tremendous generosity of so many, including the leadership provided by Trustee Jane Wilf and her husband, Mark, have made this building possible.”

Chairman of the Board David McGraw ’77 read the official statement of the dedication of NA’s newest facility before Jane and Mark unveiled the front entrance of the new Wilf Middle School. “We believe that the single greatest gift any of us can give our children is a superb education,” Mark said, “and Newark Academy has been our constant and steady partner in providing that superb education to our own children.”


“This is much more than just a place where I go to school. It’s a place where I get to see my friends every day who understand and support me. It’s a place that is full of people who push me to be the best person I can be. This is the place where we feel at home and a place where we can be ourselves. I think I can speak for all of my peers when I say that we all feel so lucky to go to school here every day.”

– Kaya Rajparia ’22

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