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Leadership Orange Visits Middletown High School

Leadership Orange

On January 11, Middletown High School received a visit from the local professionals of Leadership Orange, a non-profit organization with the goal of spreading awareness of a community’s needs and how individuals can help improve it. They were given a look into all the classes and programs offered to our scholars, how community partnerships help facilitate learning experiences, and the importance of school boards at the local government level.


The day started with a Fireside Chat with leaders of higher education from Mount Saint Mary College and SUNY Orange. Afterwards, they were introduced to the National Academy Foundation (NAF) scholars who were able to demonstrate the knowledge of their fields. 

Scholars from the Academy of Health Sciences performing a demonstration



In the Capstone Room the Academy of Finance scholars gave presentations explaining projects they've been working on, including the development of their own businesses. In the Fabrication Lab, the Academy of Health Sciences displayed their knowledge of the human body, including demonstrations of how to draw blood from an arm. In the Collab Space, the Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Information Technology explained different computer programs and even let the Leadership Orange participants operate robots.


They were brought back to the Capstone Room for another Fireside Chat with leaders of K-12 education, including Superintendent Amy Creeden and Assistant Superintendent for Administration Mike Tuttle.



Even during the lunch break, the members of Leadership Orange had the opportunity to see the Broadcasting Studio. They took control of the cameras and anchored a mock news report, with help of a few scholar broadcasters.


The day continued after lunch with a panel featuring scholars David Atakora, Ciara Donovan, Emily Figueroa, Oluwasayo Kumapayi, Aayush Patel, and Britney Williams. They gave Leadership Orange a more detailed look at what their classes comprise of and what their future looks like thanks to the many programs at their disposal. The scholar panel was followed up by a panel with the educators who lead these programs.


Leadership Orange in a mock board of education meeting

The last part of the day was dedicated to the importance of the local school board. Former President of the Middletown Board of Education Edwin Estrada led the discussion on what board meetings are like and why community involvement is paramount to its functioning. The Leadership Orange participants were subsequently tasked with performing the duties of community members and the board in a mock meeting.



Thank you to all the scholars, educators, administrators, and guest speakers for providing their time and expertise to the members of Leadership Orange. We hope that the day’s activities were conducive to their knowledge of our school district and local education as a whole.


Click here for a link to all the pictures, including those of Middletown scholars!