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District High School, Middle School Students Attend State Excellence through Equity Leadership Institute


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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP – Washington Township middle school and high school students recently attended the New Jersey Consortia for Excellence through Equity (NJCEE) Leadership Institute, held at Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J., on January 3rd.


District students attending included: WTHS – Chantel Smith, Rasheed Edmonds; Middle schools – Jaedyn Kevenaar (Chestnut Ridge), Michael Manages (Chestnut Ridge), Caiden Collins (Orchard Valley), Anna Muhihu (Orchard Valley), Nevaeh Mellon (Bunker Hill), Julionna Colon (Bunker Hill).


The goal of the high school program is to help students of color in NJCEE schools to consider teaching as a career. The aim is to enlighten the students about the opportunities that exist that may lead them to a rewarding and fulfilling career.


The middle school program has three goals for NJCEE students of color. They include:

1. To inspire young men and women to seek high levels of personal and academic success and accept leadership responsibilities as part of their contribution to their school and society;

2. To develop a network of students that supports possible future collaboration among these emerging leaders; and

3. To engage students in activities that will foster personal leadership development, build a diverse community, and assist in establishing meaningful continuing leadership activities back in their home district.


After a keynote address, students could select one of four different presentations during three separate breakout sessions. Students were dispersed among all of the workshops so they could share their learnings when they returned to the district.


In the photo above, Washington Township students attending the NJCEE Leadership Institute included (left to right): Chantel Smith (WTHS), Jaedyn Kevenaar (CRMS), Michael Manages (CRMS), Caiden Collins (OVMS), Anna Muhihu (OVMS), Nevaeh Mellon (BHMS), Julionna Colon (BHMS) and Rasheed Edmonds (WTHS).