Music and motivation at Babylon Junior-Senior High School

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On Jan. 29, seventh and eighth graders at Babylon Junior-Senior High School welcomed entertainer James Orrigo for a meaningful assembly at the school. Orrigo, who goes by the nickname “Lad in a Battle,” centered his presentation around the idea that it is important to be kind because everyone faces adversity whether or not it is obvious to others.

Orrigo told the students about some major obstacles he had faced, from sustaining a severe brain injury while playing lacrosse to caring for his late mother while she fought terminal cancer. He credited music with helping him heal from these experiences and allowing him to offer that same healing to those around him. He then detailed his cross-country travels, through which he has mobilized young people to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and performed at numerous children’s hospitals, all in an effort to spread joy and preserve his mother’s legacy.

In addition to sharing his story, Orrigo also shared his musical gift with the junior high schoolers by performing some of his original songs. Most importantly, though, he acted as a positive role model, motivating the students to maintain an optimistic mindset and dedicate time to serving others.