NFA Hosts Nine Schools for 75th Anniversary Area Youth-in-Government Steering Convention
Youth-in-Government was inaugurated through the guidance of Mrs. Amy Bull Crist, Orange County Superintendent of Schools in 1944. On November 29, 2018, Newburgh Free Academy’s Main Campus hosted the Youth-in-Government Steering Convention and welcomed nine schools and 200 students, 34 of which were from NFA. The 10 schools that participated in the program were: Chester, Cornwall, Florida, Highland Falls, Middletown, Minisink Valley, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Warwick Valley, and Washingtonville.
The master of ceremonies, Anna Brozycki and Brandon Rein, led the Pledge of Allegiance with NFA JROTC who presented the flag and introduced the NFA Madrigals, who sang the National Anthem and the NFA alma mater. The hosts then welcomed the schools, Assistant Principal Mr. Shust, Superintendent of BOECS Mr. Hecht, and Youth-in-Government coordinator Robert Sassi.
During this convention, students campaign and give speeches in order to get nominated for local, state, and federal positions. During the convention Nyssa Jackson-Eyo won Family Court Judge, Kenneth Candelaria won County Judge, Analiese Ringgenberg won County Clerk Robert McDowell won District Attorney and Julius Oltitan won County Judge. The other positions NFA scholars gave speeches for were County Executive, Sheriff, State Assembly, State Attorney General, Governor and Congressperson. Students who won their position recited their speech on camera to take part in a larger student run election.
Youth in Government at Newburgh Free Academy is advised by history teacher Mr. Timothy Underhill.
TEACHERS: Are you and your students doing something great? Please contact your Communication Strategist. We’d love to attend or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district! Grades PreK-5 Amanda McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (email@example.com).