Hamilton College grad to start Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve

A New York City science teacher, who graduated from Hamilton College, will press the button that starts the ball-drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Posted: Dec 31, 2019 5:28 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2019 6:00 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. -– A New York City science teacher, who graduated from Hamilton College, will press the button that starts the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

This year’s celebration spotlights climate change efforts, and Hamilton grad Jared Fox and his students were chosen in recognition of  green efforts they've initiated at their own school.

Fox and his science students are working on a clean-air project at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in Manhattan.

“Climate change is a global thing but ultimately, it's going to be felt locally. I’ve been incredibly inspired by the youth led movement happening around schools’ strike for climate change and climate change in generally. And the fact that it's youth who are leading this because they're the ones that have to inherit the planet and will live on it the longest after our generation is gone,” said Fox.

Seniors Ricardo Herrera and Diane Arevalo will join Fox to press the button that begins the 60-second ball drop.

Fox was a biology major at Hamilton College, graduating in 2003.

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