ROSELLE, NJ - The young ladies at Abraham Clark H.S. were dressed for success on Wednesday as Principal Rashon Mickens and his staff hosted the Eighth Annual Girls in Pearls - A Day of Empowerment event as part of the celebration of Women’s History Month. 

Approximately 130 young ladies participated with over 15 guest speakers and presenters that included, Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Richard Corbett, Keyanna Lovett who spoke for Mayor Christine Dansereau, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Program Coordinator, Dianna Lobozzo, and speakers, Alexandra Bernard Simmons, Denise Wilkerson, Jeanette Watterman, and Tameka Dixon.

“This is our eighth annual event,” said Mickens. “Myself, Reverend Barbara Turner and Diana Lobozzo began this event 8 years ago first with 20 to 25 girls, then 50 and now over 130 and it continues to grow and be successful.”

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After a morning filled with speakers, the ladies spent the afternoon in break out sessions on topics of Social Media, Manners and Etiquette, Personal Empowerment, and Resume Prep for the Workplace. The sessions were presented by Isana Pearson and Ebony Dillsworth from the Princess Foundation, along with Paster Sharon Snow and Pam Pittman. 

The day rounded out with a Make up and Design presentation by Rochanda Cunningham and a Relationship Intelligence program presented by Daria Jones.

Each young lady was presented with a set of pearls by Loriaine Brooks Body, ending the days events. 

Highlights from some of the speakers can be seen in the video below: