Field trips, guest visits and club activities play an important role in the Newark Academy educational journey, exposing students to new perspectives, cultures, and environments and further shaping their global perspectives.
Twenty-four NA theater students visited New York to gain first-hand knowledge of theater education. They had opportunities to meet with a variety of professionals in the field: a stage manager for Broadway’s King Kong; a talent agent at an iconic theater agency; editor and Viacom producer Kate Baldwin; the cast of Superhero; and the writers of Dear Evan Hansen. This enriching day empowered students to explore possible future careers and to bring what they learned back to their NA educational experiences.
NA Upper School students in the Support Women in STEM Club took part in an afternoon program at the global healthcare company Novartis. The students were first welcomed by Vice President and U.S. Country Head for Diversity and Inclusion Marion Brooks. Fabrice Chouraqui, NA parent and president of Novartis Pharmaceuticals U.S., shared insights about his career and provided an overview of the company. A panel of Novartis associates also shared details about their current roles and advice on education and career paths. Having an opportunity to network with the Novartis associates allowed students to explore possible career paths.
Thirty-nine students in NA’s Model UN Club gained incredible international relations experience at Session XXII of the Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference. They debated a wide range of topics in committees and played a variety of roles in boardrooms, commissions, councils, courts, organizations, unions and more. Over the course of the four-day session, students honed their research, public speaking, team building, writing and debating skills, which they will use in their NA classes, in college and beyond.
Middle School students in NA’s Girls Education Fund (GEF) Club collected more than 1,200 books (surpassing their goal of 1,000) to create a library for a school in Tema, Ghana, through the African Library Project. Additionally, they raised more than $500 to ship the books to Ghana. “After working for a couple of years to try to send girls to school in different parts of the world, our club decided we wanted to do something different this year,” says Paige Schachtel ’23, a founding executive board member of the GEF Club. “After doing some research, we found the African Library Project and fell in love with the idea of building a library in Africa. Not only was this a fun activity for all the grades to participate in, but it also helped us to inform everyone about the importance of education.