NEW YORK, NY - Four West Orange High School students had the experience of a lifetime this semester when they were among 30 high school students who had a surprise meeting with Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at the Hearst Tower, headquarters of "O," the Oprah Magazine.
Video by O, The Oprah Magazine YouTube Channel.
At the time, Obama was to appear on a special taping of “SuperSoul Conversation” with Winfrey when Editor-at-Large Gayle King suggested the addition of surprising some high school students. The magazine invited 30 female high school leaders from three non-profit NY/NJ organizations—Harlem Children’s Zone, Uncommon School Group, and GrassROOTS SuperGirls Society —to come to headquarters and provide their perspective of politics following the midterm elections. What they did not know was that Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey planned to surprise the group in person.
West Orange High School seniors Selam Woldai (Student Council President) and Siddhi Modi (Health Careers Club Vice-President), along with freshmen Marley Dias and Amina Anekwe, attended the event as part of the Grassroots Community Foundation (GCF). (Dias and her mother, Dr. Janice Johnson, helped to form GCF. Johnson is the president of the organization.)
According to Arianna Davis of "O" magazine, the high schoolers arrived that morning “armed with energy, notebooks, and sparkly pens.”
“Our video producer Bree Green explained to the group that cameras would be filming the day for a special election season video, and we were most interested in hearing their feedback about an interview that Oprah and Mrs. Obama had recently taped,” said Davis. “The teens had no idea that the interview they were watching was actually being streamed live—just a few floors above them."
As Davis began asking the students how they related to Michelle Obama's childhood, Obama and Winfrey walked in. Read Davis’ account of this experience HERE.
Photos above are courtesy of "O" Magazine.