WO Student Council wins ‘S!nergy’ Youth and Students for Peace grant

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From left are Brett Zeligson, Rian DeVera, Darlene Folas, April Morgan, Chris Morgan Sr., Herva Kana, Kaia Baker and Scott Moul.

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Student Council took first place in the Youth and Students for Peace “S!NERGY” competition, held Dec. 20 in Newark. The competition provided an opportunity for students and young adults to attend a daylong workshop and present ideas or projects that promote peace and better societies.

WOHS Student Council Co-president Brett Zeligson presented a powerful presentation outlining the council’s idea for creating a calm/mindfulness room at the high school, where students could have a space to manage their emotions, decrease stress and anxiety, and redirect their energy in a positive way. The room has been completed and is located near the in-school suspension offices of Dean of Students Stephan Zichella.

As winners of the competition, the Student Council was awarded $500 and was able to select a charity of their choice to receive a $500 donation. The students selected the Christopher “CJ” Morgan Memorial Foundation.