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Posted on: June 27, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City Council Recognizes Jackson Academy Students and Broadway Star BJ Covington

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East Orange, NJ: The East Orange City Council recently recognized nine Jackson Academy students whose mock trial submission received 2nd place in the 2017 Law State Fair Competition sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. 

During the June 26th council meeting, the students were presented with a Certificate of Recognition for their first-time legal effort, which placed second out of more than 80 submissions statewide. 

The mock trial case, which was based on an alleged trespassing incident involving a young girl playing the virtual game, Pokemon Go, was developed and role played by the students under the leadership of Quest Advisor and 4th Grade Teacher Ann White. The winning cases were presented before a presiding judge at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick in late May. 

Participating students included 4th Grader Milan Sharp and 3rd Graders Aliyah Abdul-Hakim, Jalil Akinyele, Bernard Gray, Khloe Graham, Zhoe Martin, Lauren Moseley, Tamera Pullins and Tristan Wertz.

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L to R: Jackson Academy students Tristan Wertz, Tamera Pullins, Lauren Moseley, Zhoe Martin, Khloe Graham, Bernard Gray, and Milan Sharp with East Orange City Councilmembers Jacquelyn Johnson (2nd Ward), Amy Lewis (1st Ward), Council Chair Ted Green (3rd Ward), Romal Bullock (2nd Ward), Casim Gomez (4th Ward), Alicia Holman (5th Ward), and Quilla Talmadge (3rd Ward). 

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East Orange resident BJ Covington, who recently appeared as “Young Simba” on the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s “The Lion King” also was honored with an Official Proclamation from the East Orange City Council. His older sister, Nya Cymone Carter, previously starred in the musical as “Young Nala.” 


BJ Covington (front center) has "no worries" with older sister Nya Cymone Carter and mother Gena Toler Carter, along with East Orange City Councilmembers Amy Lewis (1st Ward), Jacquelyn Johnson (2nd Ward), Tyshammie Cooper (4th Ward), Council Chair Ted Green (3rd Ward), Romal Bullock (2nd Ward), Alicia Holman (5th Ward), Casim Gomez (4th Ward), and Quilla Talmadge (3rd Ward).

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