Merging the worlds of Media & Theater Production

May 29 — Princeton, NJ Wrapped up a great month with a new media partnership McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ for the highly acclaimed play "Skylight" by @DavidHare directed by Emily Mann.

Exciting opportunity for our student crew to lead a video production of the Skylight Art Project conducting interviews of in-house artists and learning about the wide array of careers in theater production.

Closed the day with a behind-the-scenes preview on the actual set to see firsthand how the artists and team of diverse professionals across the industry work in tandem to bring a LIVE show to the stage.


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Exploring opportunities in S.T.E.A.M through Aviation

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May 25 — Ewing, NJ Beyond Expectations Summer Young Entrepreneurs & Careers Academy is rapidly approaching!

As we seek to expand our S.T.E.A.M initiatives, students from SproutU School of the Arts received a preview into what’s to come with an early introduction to careers in UAS, commercial and corporate aviation.

Memorial Day holiday provided an ideal opportunity to discuss service to community with fixed wing pilots from the Civil Air Patrol. The day wrapped with an exciting private tour inside the airport hangar courtesy of Signature Flight.

Special thanks to @Barry Zhang for his leadership and assistance with organizing such a memorable day. Thankful as well for Capt. Shelley Ewalt, Lt. Jim O'Connor, and 1st Lt. Commander Rob McClellan for their time and long standing commitment to youth.

#youthentrepreneurship #careers #aviation #SignatureFlight #NJWingCAP hashtag#communityservice #memorialday #youthleadership #STEM #aerospace #SproutUschoolofthearts #BeyondExpectations


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We’re Gearing Up for our 2019 Family Film Screening!

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It’s that exciting time of year when we get to showcase completed film, video, and television projects produced by our amazingly talented students from across the region.

Stay tuned for details!


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Another Phenomenal Television Production!

February 23 — Twenty middle school students (grades 6-8) recently completed our Introduction to Television Studio Production workshop facilitated by Executive Producer Leontyne Anglin. Following weeks of instruction on media terminology, conducting guest research, reading production schedules and hands-on simulation of varied roles of a production crew, they had the exciting opportunity to see their hard work come to life.

Students hosted and produced 4 new episodes for Beyond Expectations TV in front of a live studio audience!

They did a phenomenal job working collaboratively on set as hosts, camera operators, floor managers, and in the control room as CG operators, audio, graphics and technical directors.

Special thanks to our longtime partner Riverview Studios CEO Jim Parker for his dedication to youth and continuing to make the state-of-the art broadcast facility accessible to BE for students to hone invaluable skills.

Our sincere thanks to the prestigious business owners and business leaders who served as featured guests for the student interviews:

  • Barry Zhang, CEO, Princetel

  • Multimedia Artist Chee Bravo

  • International Sculptor Autin Wright

  • Dianne Ciccone and Carol Hill, Trenton Museum Society

  • Chental Song Bembry, Author, Entrepreneur and former Beyond Expectations student returned after recently graduating from Hampton University as a Broadcast Journalist and completing an internship at ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. (Recent coverage in Buzzfeed)

The feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive and will provide memories that the students won’t soon forget. Final episodes coming soon.

Stay tuned…





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Press Conference with Governor Phil Murphy

February 26 — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined state lawmakers, advocates and employers to promote the state’s new Paid Sick Leave Law. Today marked the day that workers who started receiving paid sick leave when the law took effect last October could begin taking advantage of their accrued sick days. The official Press Conference announcing the important day for the state was held at the Hamilton, NJ based corporate headquarters of Princetel, Inc.

Beyond Expectations Executive Director Leontyne Anglin was invited to the event and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Princetel CEO Barry Zhang for his recent participation in our television production and continued dedication to youth and community.

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BETV is back!

Feb 12 — We’re gearing up for a new season of Beyond Expectations Television (BETV).

Students are completing their Introduction to Television Studio Production training offered at the Mercer County based Sprout U School of the Arts under the direction of Leontyne Anglin. They’re working hard to learn media terminology, conducting guest research, and taking advantage of hands-on instruction as camera operators, interviewers, studio crew and preparing production schedules for their upcoming shows.

CEOs, entrepreneurs, and local business leaders have been secured as featured guests for the new student led and produced segments which will be taped in front of a LIVE studio audience at Riverview Studios.

Stay tuned…




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Tech Tuesdays…

Feb 5 — Opportunities in technology are vast and ever changing. We believe in getting youth exposed early!

Led by CEO DroneTech UAS Tony Reid with Beyond Expectations Executive Director Leontyne Anglin, more than 60 students at two Trenton based schools were introduced to Drone Technology today.

Our first stop was with the Columbus Elementary School STEM Club. Through a completely interactive hands-on session, students were teamed in pairs (Remote Pilot in Command and Visual Observer) with a mission to operate the drones and get them safely in flight!

We then headed to the Sprout University School of the Arts working with middle schoolers engaging in more in-depth discussion on the potential career, business opportunities, and practical safety guidelines. Following their drills to getting drones in flight, they were introduced to Virtual Reality through the Oculus Rift.

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Both Tony and Leontyne are FAA Certified Commercial Remote Pilots, Certified Instructors, and entrepreneurs in their respective technology disciplines.

They are also members of a consortium of industry leading UAS pilots from across the country and the Caribbean who focus on Training, Education, and Deployment of aerial systems technology.

Very special thanks to Tony Reid for his time, commitment, energy and expertise!!

>> NEXT ON DECK: to introduce basic Coding instruction to write and learn programming concepts that control drones and keep them in the air … then explore broader opportunities in the field of Aviation.


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