Sharing the Wisdom of Women at Middle School Forum


Encouraging female students to never give up on their dreams, the middle school hosted an Exceptional Women’s Forum on Nov. 12 in the school’s chorus room. Four guest speakers – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Southside Hospital Executive Director Donna Moravick, Kennedy L.I. Realty realtor and Islip Chamber of Commerce President Doris Kennedy, and Superintendent of Schools Susan Schnebel – described their journeys to success and the obstacles they faced as young women, to an audience of a few dozen female students in grades 8-12 from Islip’s high school and middle school.

The event was organized by middle school social worker Shari Pennington and high school guidance counselor Nicole Hall. Students shared a breakfast with the participants and were given a chance to ask pertinent questions.

Mia Scelsa, an eighth-grader at the middle school, said, “It showed me that though we may face many obstacles, if we can stay positive, we can do anything.”

High school freshman Victoria Lockamy said, “What I took away was: No matter how bad things might be now, there will be a good outlook in the end.”

“It is difficult to be a young woman today,” said Pennington. “The purpose of the forum was to inspire young women to achieve anything they set their minds to, and to help them learn to persevere through life’s challenges.”