Oprah, Michelle Obama give N.J. high school students the surprise of a lifetime

Posted Nov 29, 2018

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama surprised a group of girls that included four students from West Orange High School this summer.


Students from West Orange High School thought they were just getting to visit the headquarters of Oprah Winfrey’s magazine “O" in Manhattan, but didn’t know that they would be leaving that day with a surprise they would never forget.

Oprah and former First Lady Michelle Obama actually showed up at Hearst Tower in New York City, much to the shock of the four students.

The girls were there in September along with 24 other female high school students to provide their perspective of politics following the midterm elections, according to a release from East Orange High School.

West Orange High School seniors, Student Council President Selam Woldai and Health Careers Club Vice-President Siddhi Modi, along with freshmen Marley Dias and Amina Anekwe, were there as part of Grassroots Community Foundation. Dias' mother helped form the non-profit organization and serves as its president.

According to an article about the visit that was published in “O,” the magazine’s video producer told the group that cameras would be filming the day for a special election season video and that the magazine wanted to hear their feedback on recently “taped” interview between Oprah and Obama.

What they didn’t know was that the interview was actually taking place live a few floors above them and that they were watching a stream of it.

The author of the article then came down to the room where the students had just watched the video and asked them how they related to Obama’s childhood. And then, Oprah and Obama walked in and the tears started flowing.

A video of the students' heartwarming reaction to meeting Obama and Oprah can be seen here.

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