EDISON, NJ -- The Middle School Student Government and Publications Club at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison organized a special assembly in recognition of Black History Month on Feb. 7 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. 

Six students shared biographical accounts of famous African-Americans:

  1. Samia Silver of Rahway (Tyra Banks),
  2. Vanessa Fang of Edison (Simone Biles),
  3. Debra Adetola of Woodbridge (Cory Booker),
  4. Tim Oligino of Westfield (Oprah Winfrey),
  5. Ancel DeJesus of Rahway (Malcolm X), and
  6. Gbemi Olarewaju of Piscataway (Ruby Bridges).

Marc Spivak, Director of Technology and Innovation, closed the program with a personal reflection of his father-in-law’s story and how it epitomized the struggles of the common people that are often forgotten by those studying black history.

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The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.

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