Students left to right kneeling in the front row: Hanin Anwer, Elena Lupoli, Isaiah McCoy, Alex Gilbride, Ariyanna Orosco, Nyeela Miller, Isabel Cavanagh, Ralph Toussaint, Sage Paglia, and Zshonna Singleton.
Left to right standing in the back row: Kelly Chow, Asia Sierra, Ariana Cortes, Isabella Santamaria, Victoria Hoyas, Ruby Yumbla, Diogo Artaza, Owen Lee, Nazr Badmus, Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Eze Miguel Iheanacho, Ryan Lima. (Photographer: Marika Wissink)
Students from Amity Middle School in Bethany and Amity Middle School in Orange attended the Discover, Lead! Leadership Conference for Young Men and Women of Color in Middle School sponsored by the Connecticut Association of Schools at Sage Park Middle School on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Students participated in workshops and exercises to promote students’ leadership skills led by Omari Pearson, a former professional basketball player, and Founder and President of Passion to Purpose, LLC, a mentoring company, who works to inspire and empower students. Mr. Pearson discussed goal-setting and planning for achievement of personal goals with our students. Students also engaged in group discussions about common issues they deal with at the middle school level (peer pressure, bullying, social-media concerns, etc.) and how to best handle these situations.