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NFA Hosts Eleven Schools for 76th 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 15, 2019 Newburgh Free Academy’s Main Campus hosted the Youth-in-Government Steering Convention and welcomed eleven schools and 250 students, 46 of which were from NFA. The 12 schools that participated in the program were: Chester, Cornwall, Florida, Highland Falls, Middletown, Minisink Valley, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Valley Central, Warwick Valley, Port Jervis and Washingtonville.

The master of ceremonies, Glendy Gonzalez and Nyssa Jackson-Eyo led the Pledge of Allegiance with NFA JROTC who presented the flag and introduced the NFA Madrigals, who sang the National Anthem. The hosts then welcomed the schools, Assistant Principal Mr. Shust, and Youth-in-Government coordinator Robert Sassi.   

During this convention, students campaign and give speeches in order to earn a nomination for local, state, and federal positions. 

During the convention NFA scholars were elected to several positions. Jose Santiago won Family Court Judge, Jacob Tigar won Governor, Meghan Lohmeyer won Attorney General,  Nyssa Jackson-Eyo won District Attorney and George Eliadis won Congressman.  

Youth in Government at Newburgh Free Academy is advised by history teachers Mr. Timothy Underhill and Matt Abate.




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 (amcdowell@necsd.net) and Grades 6-12 Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net).



Student campaigns for votes.
NFA students who participated in Youth in Government pose for a photo.
Student poses for photo after winning mock election.
Student giving a speech.


Student giving a speech.
Student campaigns for votes.
Student campaigns for votes.
Student giving a speech.


Student poses for photo after winning mock election.
NFA students who participated in Youth in Government pose for a photo.
NFA students help tally the votes.
Student giving a speech.
Student campaigns for votes.
Meghan Lohmeyer won Attorney General
Student giving a speech.
Date: 2019-12-13 18:39:42





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