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Cass Tech's Lisa Phillips named Michigan Principal of the Year; will compete for national title in September

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FUTURE As the school year nears the end, students from Detroit are touring colleges, participating in career days and making decisions on attending college, enlisting in the military, and joining the workforce.




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Cass Tech principal Lisa Phillips will now compete for national Principal of the Year honors.

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Cass Tech’s Lisa Phillips

By Hunter Phelps CT Visionary Affectionately known as “Principal Oprah,” Lisa Phillips passes out scholarships and opportunities to her Cass Tech students like billionaire Winfrey once passed out gifts to her TV studio audience. She was hired as principal in August 2010. Phillips taught English at Cass from 1982-1998 and received a Teacher of the Year Award from Newsweek magazine in 1998. She taught many notable alumni including businesswoman and 1993 Miss USA Kenya Moore. Moore, a regular cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” returned to Cass with a $20,000 donation to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation in 2015. Phillips even made a cameo on the show. In March 2017, the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals awarded Phillips the title of Principal of the Year for the state of Michigan. She will be competing for the national title in September. Phillips always reminds

students graduate from high school without knowing how they would pay for certain dorm necessities, so she started the Lisa Phillips Open House Initiative to pair students with sponsors who are willing to provide them with bedding, laptops, ironing boards, and other everyday items for college. Nearly 200 seniors benefited from this last year, and Phillips hopes the program will continue for years to come. Wayne County Community College also partners with Cass Tech, allowing students to graduate with an associate’s degree as a senior in high school. “One of my initiatives was to create a partnership with WCCCD and Cass Tech and I’m so proud of the success,” Phillips said. In June, 25 seniors will graduate from the program, bringing the total to 100 over the last four years. Phillips has helped rank Cass Technical High School in the top 5 percent of all high schools in the state of Michigan. Furthermore, she continues to go above and

students that when she is not in the building, she is out making moves for her students. As a senior at Cass Tech, I have witnessed the opportunities she affords students. Cass Tech was the first high school in Detroit to implement the International Baccalaureate Program. The rigorous courses push students to think more critically and help prepare them for college.

Cass Tech In 2015, Phillips announced that the Ilitch Companies would partner with Cass Tech by awarding 24 students paid corporate internships. As one of the interns for the past two summers, I learned how to work in the corporate world and make relationships that will be beneficial in the future. Last school year, Phillips created a special Open House for seniors in need of assistance for college. She thought about how

beyond for her students, providing opportunities for them to record in hip-hop artist Big Sean’s Infinite Possibilities Studio, donated by him and housed inside of Cass Tech. Another special partnership Phillips initiated was the Doctors of Tomorrow program. This allows ninth graders who are interested in the medical field to spend one day a month at the University of Michigan’s Medical School, experiencing hands-on activities in every field of medicine under the supervision of senior medical students. “I love making kids’ dreams come true, and this program affords students a snapshot view of life in one of the most prestigious medical schools in the nation,” said Phillips. “The success of every program that I initiated over the last seven years was only successful due to the overwhelming support of alumni, parents, students, faculty, and I’m truly blessed to give my students amazing opportunities,” she said.

CRAIN MSU DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Benjamin Carson School for Science & Medicine Principal Charles Todd Cass Technical High School Principal Lisa Phillips Communication & Media Arts High School Principal Donya Odom

Detroit Cristo Rey High School Principal Susan Rowe Detroit lnternational Academy Principal Pamela Askew Douglass Academy Principal Berry Greer

East English Village Preparatory Academy Principal Charlene Mallory

University Preparatory Academy High School Principal Camille Hibbler

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Principal Deborah Jenkins

West Side Academy Principal Andrea Ford-Ayler

Renaissance High School Principal Anita Williams

THANK YOU TO OUR CRAIN MENTORS AND SUPPORTERS In addition to the professional mentors listed along with student staff members in this publication, we wish to thank the following Crain employees for their assistance: KC Crain, Jason Stein, Krishnan Anantharaman, Kristen Pantalena, Eric Cedo, Phil Nussel and Dan Jones.

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RHS WOMEN TAKE SUMMER’S ON THE MILITARY COMING! Renaissance By Makayla Rand & Destinty Dortch RHS Stentor

While most of Renaissance Class of 2017 is preparing for university life, more than 10 women are getting ready to take on the military. The Armed Forces first permitted women serve in 1948, with the signing of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. However, women were not officially allowed in combat roles until a 2015 overruling. Furthermore, the 1948 Executive Order 9981 abolished racial discrimination in the military. These all made it possible for the following African American females to take ranks in the National Guard and Navy.

Whitnie Clark Clark joined the National Guard to continue family tradition and to receive all of the CLARK benefits it has to offer. She wants to eventually become an anesthesiologist in the Army. With the support of family, friends, and army instructors, Clarkae believes she is “raising the bar and setting new examples.” Lisa King King has participated in JROTC for three years of high school and was sworn into the KING Navy in July of 2016. It was something she always wanted to do. “I don’t want to stay a petty officer for 20 years. I want to make chief, because it’s more money and more responsibility.” King says, “women should be able to have the same opportunities as men... it will only make us grow as women.” Tekeyah Hall Hall was originally interested in the National Guard as a way to pay for college, but HALL more reasons presented themselves. “My nephews and my niece saw me in my uniform one day and said that I would protect them. Now that’s what I want to do.” Hoping to one day become an officer and behavioral therapist, she said, “it might be harder for me because it is kind of like joining the men’s club... I’m more inspired to show that I’m just as good as the men that joined.”

Leathra Burrell Inspired by her late brother who strived to join the Navy, Leathra swore BURRELL into the National Guard in February.. Her main goal is to “successfully make it through bootcamp.” “As an African American and a female, I am nervous, intimidated, and inspired all in one, if I do this I know I can do anything.” Jocelyn Wright Traveling and earning, while serving the country is why Wright decided she wanted to become a sailor. Trying to get physically fit has been a challenge for her, but her friends and family are behind her every step of the way. “Being away from my family and friends will be hard, especially my little sister.” Once she is enlisted, she hopes to increase in rank and become an essential part in helping her country. Ryann Moore Moore joined the Navy so she could travel, go to school, be financially stable and have new MOORE experiences. She hopes to maintain a positive spirit while she’s enlisted. “The hardest part will be being away from my family and friends who were always supportive, even though they didn’t understand why I wanted to join at first.” Quianna Wilks Quianna joined seeking financial security and has the goal of becoming a productive member in her community. She swore in December 2016 and says that

physical activities have been the most challenging. Tamiya Bowden Bowden joined the Navy Reserves because she wanted BOWDEN something other than college. “The Navy is very fun. I’ll get to travel, and this branch has job security, so I’m always safe.” Because Bowden joined the reserves, she will begin college a year later than she would’ve if she’d gone straight to college. Kayla RayGivan Ray-Givan decided to join in hopes of gaining structure RAY-GIVAN and learning obedience. She has the full support of her parents and friends and is only worried about adjusting to life in basic training. Chavonne Clemons Clemons has served in JROTC for four years and has been a member of the CLEMONS National Guard since February 2016. She’s always wanted to join the National Guard, and the offer of assistance with college tuition strengthened her resolve. In the future, Clemons wants to become a Colonel and a military doctor. “There’s always a chance that we might get deployed's very difficult, but fun. It keeps me disciplined, helps me stay in shape, and helps pay for school,” she said.

By Jada Smith Pink Lady Press

Detroit International Academy School is almost out! What are your plans for summer!? Have you even started planning yet!? If not, here’s a great time to start! Maybe things just didn’t go as planned last year! Or maybe, you wish you would’ve done a bit more. Maybe you’re not sure what to plan for. Well, hopefully this could help. Are you planning to travel!? Say you want to get out and travel for the summer! Not just travel to the same old places, but actually get around and see new things. You’re kind of like Zion Avery! Zion says, “I’m trying to get out and see the world!” Seeing the world could be going places locally, that you’ve never been before! You could also sign up for little to no cost travel programs. If traveling is what you want to do, search for the opportunities. Middle School Science teacher Cetaura Bell-Rodgers says, “You are young adults. Research a nearby tourist destination. What does it have to offer? Then research the price for a hotel in the area. This will help your parents plan a quick road trip.” Planning to be more active!? Maybe you got out to see things, but you weren’t able to


Department of Education reevaluates teaching standards FROM PAGE 11

McKinley holds a degree in health and physical education. She says she is not sure if she’s retiring within the next ten years, but her biggest concern is for the kids in classrooms with unqualified teachers. English teacher Lisa Brooks, whose job will not be effected

participate in many activities. Sophomore Marshelle Dixson says, “This year I want to want to go to places like the Detroit Zoo, waterparks, carnivals, and arcades.” You might even want to “turn up at a few swim parties.” Sophomore Lataya Houston plans on doing! If so, start planning your activities, and get suited up for an exciting and adventurous summer! Sleep, Sleep, Sleep!! Now maybe this year has been entirely too busy, and you’re just looking forward to some good rest. Freshman Makayla Thomas says, “I’m going to sleep this summer,” you should do just that! Sleep is just as important as being active during break. Sleep keeps your mind rejuvenated, and keeps your energy up! Although this may not sound as exciting, but sleep also keeps your mental state prepared for the upcoming school year. So if you’re ready for sleep, then get ready to have yourself a well-rested summer! Make Summer Yours! If you want to travel, make plans to travel! Travel out of state, out of the country, or even travel locally. If you want to participate in more activities, plan to be more active! Go ahead and grab a friend or family and head out into the world. You could even keep an eye out for a few parties to turn up at. If all you’re looking forward to doing this summer is sleeping, do just that!!! This summer is all yours. Make it worth it!

by the change, holds a degree in secondary education with a concentration in English. She knows for a fact that she will not be retiring within the next 10 years, but is also sure that the Department of Education is wrong for putting this plan in place. She says, “they are basically saying, ‘screw you’ to the teachers who it will effect.” Decisions are being made that will greatly affect our Michigan education system. Question is, can unqualified teachers help students compete in the real world?


'13 Reasons Why': Netflix series starts dialogue about teen suicide By Tanecea Hughes Pink Lady Press A new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” has created an open dialogue about suicide. says, “Every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide.” It also says, “In 2014, 1,668 teens

died by suicide.” The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers 13 tips for parents for talking with their children about “13 Reasons Why” and suicide. CBS news ran a segment on April 25 in response to the series,

Detroit International Academy which is deemed controversial by some critics listed on the CBS website. Detroit International Acad-

emy senior Jalica Porter, 18, said: “Someone willing to take their own life has obviously run out of options or choices and ways to cope with life. They are at the point where it has nothing to do with what someone else thinks or sees.”

East English Village student Jacquez Canada, 19, said: “Behind those smiling faces you can never know what someone is going through.” supplies resources to assist with a conversation about suicide and mental health.

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THE DIAGNOSTIC Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine |


Making change Ben Carson Key Club collects coins for babies



U.S. HUD Secretary, Dr. Benjamin Carson, speaks about faith, family and city By Anthony Hurst and David Whiteside The Diagnostic Dr. Benjamin Carson, Housing and Urban Development Secretary for the U.S., visited Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine on March 15. He went to speak to parents and students about his plans with public housing and to also give some words of inspiration. This student reporter was given the opportunity to speak with Carson one-on-one and to work with the Housing and Urban Development Press. Dr. Carson spoke of his biggest inspirations, including his faith and his mother. “She didn’t believe in excuses.” Carson said. When asked how he

gets his confidence, Carson said, “It stems from my relationship with God.” At the event, Carson made statements and took questions from Benjamin Carson High School students. Much of the discussion centered around his hometown of Detroit. “There was a time when Detroit was one of the most prosperous cities in America,” Carson said. “I don’t see why we can’t get back there.” “I feel like he had a lot of positive things to say,” Shannan Lockhart, history teacher, said, “and hopefully he’ll help some of the people who are struggling in the city.”



Dr. Benjamin Carson visited his namesake school on March 15. Carson is a native of Detroit.

Editor-in-chief: Sharron ReedDavis and Alexis Williams Adviser: Grace Walter Photo Editor: Lamont Clingman Crain Mentors: Mike Martinez

By Sharron Reed-Davis The Diagnostic Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine is the only school in the Detroit Public Schools Community District with a Key Club. Key Club is an organization founded in 1925. According to their website, there are 270,046 Key Clubs. Benjamin Carson High School has just made that number increase. According to the Kiwanis Service Leadership Program official website, “Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership.” The Benjamin Carson Chapter of Key Club was founded by senior class vice president Oluwakemi (Kemi) Dauda on September 26, 2016. This chapter’s adviser is social studies teacher Cody Lown. “I was actually in Key Club in high school and I had a lot of fun with it,” said Lown. “When Kemi approached me about starting one here I thought it was a great idea.” “I found out about Key Club last summer at the ‘Summer @ Brown’ program I was involved with,” Dauda said. “I wanted our school to have a Key Club because I realized a lot of teens are not aware of societal issues and don’t dedicate their time to useful causes.” I think it’s great to see high school students volunteering and helping their community,” Lown said. The Key Club has participated in many community service projects since its founding. The most recent was a project with The March of Dimes. “Partnering with the March of Dimes reassured me that our hard work was going toward great causes,” Dauda said. The March of Dimes is a walk to help premature See KEY on page 5 »

Staff: Meer Alrafee, Shontell Butts, Krysten Cannon, Lamont Clingman, Wynter Danley, Asia Davis, Katlyn Day, Harrold Hardaway, Anthony Hurst, Richkiyah Jackson, Ronniseia Jones, Alaysha Lewis, Shania Mennis, Kelly Meriweather, Fahim Miah, Stephon Parham, Damon Phillips, Roosevelt Porter, Mod Rahman, Saaheim Rivera, Keundra Sanders, Alexander Sims, Andre Smith, Dwight Thomas, Camryn Walker, Justin Watson, David Whiteside, Christopher Williams and Nadiea Williams

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BREAKING OUT A Year in Review


The Key Club has participated in many community service projects since its founding, including The March of Dimes.


TOP RIGHT: Young students cheered on BCHS seniors at their decision day event at Spain Elementary.


Ben Carson sponsors local March of Dimes FROM PAGE 4

babies. The students of the Key Club participated by starting a fundraiser called change wars. Different classes competed to collect the largest amount of change for the cause. “This partnership not only educated the Key Club members and I, but the entire Benjamin Carson community,” Dauda said. “We raised money to donate and then several of us from Key Club went and actually marched,” Lown said. “It was a lot of fun and was awe-inspiring to see students participating and getting involved.” The Benjamin Carson High School Key Club is the only Key Club in the Detroit Public School Community District, even though all high school students in the district are required to have at least 200 community service hours in order to graduate. “I think we’ve made a great start. Ben Carson can be a model for other schools who want to do something like this,” Lown said. Benjamin Carson has committed to continuing the Key Club program next school year. “I want my peers to spread awareness about things that are not discussed in everyday conversations,” said Dauda.


TOP LEFT: Ben Carson seniors celebrated their college of choice on decision day. BOTTOM LEFT: BCHS NJROTC Students Visited the USS Detroit. BOTTOM RIGHT: BCHS Key Club students participated in the March for Babies.


VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE: Career Day a Success By Shontell Butts The Diagnostic Professional speakers volunteered to speak at Benjamin Carson High School on April 27 to talk about a variety of career paths to students. Students gathered in classrooms to listen to speakers of different career backgrounds. The purpose of career day was to show there are many choices to make in life. The speakers of the event talked about their experiences and their struggles in getting where they are today. Nicole Carter and Millicynt Horton, Benjamin Carson counselors, along with Margaret Eboh, organized the event. “I feel that career day went off very, very well,” Horton said. “I would like if the school did

Career Day annually,” said freshman Bernard Bradley, “because it helped me think about jobs to pursue after high school.” Horton also appreciated the speakers. “One of the speakers that I knew was Anthony Cuffie who was a writer and producer and he does have a background in education as well,” said Horton. “He spoke to the students about his journey and he is very inspirational and the students seemed to get a lot out of it. They had tons of questions. He has a great story and he’s still pushing to get his movies on the big screen.” Horton considered the event a success. She said, “I think the students who participated in Career Day definitely were motivated to fol-

low their career paths that they have established for themselves. I also think it was motivational for students to hear all these people say how they didn’t start as straight A students. They all had a journey and they all worked hard to get what they wanted. And then some students were exposed to other careers to where they may even look into other paths.” One such student was junior Asya Deshazo-Solomon. “The make up woman really inspired me with her story because she talked about how she wanted to go into another job but it was unsuccessful until she got into a fashion career and became a makeup artist,” said Deshazo-Solomon. “I would love to be a makeup artist in the future and hearing her story re-


Twenty speakers volunteered to speak at Benjamin Carson High School on April 27 to talk about a variety of careers.

ally helped me make my mind up about it.” “I was just overwhelmed with emotion,” said Horton. “I was in tears to see people come out for

our kids and to see our kids so receptive and excited about the experience. I am really excited for future events and working with the professionals again.”

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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING A public forum for the community of Cass Technical High School | SPORTS

Former Cass Tech football players join the NFL By Joi Arnold and Jordan Reid CT Visionary During last month’s 2017 NFL draft, two Cass Tech football players were selected and two others were signed as free agents. The third round picks from the University of Michigan were corner Jourdan Lewis, set to join the Dallas Cowboys, and safety Delano Hill, who will join the Seattle Seahawks. 

Signed as free agents, Eastern Michigan corner DaQuan Pace will play for the Cincinnati Bengals, and University of Toledo’s safety DeJuan Rogers will join the Chicago Bears. These young men were guided by Cass Tech head football coach Thomas Wilcher and former assistant coach Jermaine Crowell, currently the head coach at Belleville High School.



“Coach Wilcher is a father figure to many of us young men on the team. He takes time out of his day


to help mold us into the men we are today,” says Donovan Johnson CT senior defensive back, who will be attending Penn State in the fall. “If I have 200 guys show up to work and practice, I will work and practice with 200 guys,” Wilcher said. “I just want to see greatness.” In 20 year of coaching, Wilcher has inducted 12 Army All-American players and a growing number of

players in the NFL. Crowell offers training for defensive players. “I truly have a problem charging folks for something that I would do for free so this month, I’ll start DB work for anyone who wants to get it and is willing to come to Belleville,” Crowell said. “If parents and kids can trust coaches and trust the process, greatness is the outcome.”


Meet the author Students explore race, identity and privileges with Loving Day author, Mat Johnson

Mogul Prep Academy hosts student workshop By MacKenzie Galloway CT Visionary On April 1, Cass Tech students who are a part of the Mogul Prep Foundation, were granted with the opportunity to attend the Mogul Prep workshop under the leadership of Big Sean’s mother and former teacher Myra Anderson.  Participants were able to meet and hear words of wisdom from Big Sean, the founder of the Sean Anderson Foundation.  The Mogul Prep Foundation provides students with all of the skills needed to be successful in the music industry, as well as exposing them to all the professions and jobs in the spectrum of music.


Big Sean continues to give back to Detroit, and Cass Tech.

A few Technicians, including Curtis Roach and God King-Allah, performed for Big Sean at the event. Sean received the key to the

city from the Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and a generous donation from Quicken Loans to support the endeavors of his foundation.

By Kaelyn Collins, MacKenzie Galloway and Morgan Threatt CT Visionary On April 7, Cass Tech Advanced Placement Literature teacher Vicki Green took her seniors on an annual trip to Marygrove College. The field trip is an extension to The Contemporary Author Lecture series that her students participate in each year at Marygrove College. “The Contemporary Author Lecture series has been around for almost 30 years JOHNSON and in the last several years they added a high school division of it,” said Green. The students compete for a college scholarship and then have an opportunity to meet the author. “Students read the work of one particular author and then write a personal reflection or essay of some sort based on the work. The students then have an opportunity to go and meet the person they studied,” said Green. This year the novel for the essay contest was Loving Day by Mat Johnson. The book is about a biracial man from Philly’s quest to discover his racial identity in America. Johnson spoke on his

Editor In Chief: Kaelyn Collins Social Media Editor: Joi Arnold Community Editor: MacKenzie Galloway Sports Editor: Kaelyn Collins Photography Editor: Jasmine James Photographers: Daniel Square & Rodney Coleman Sports Social Media Department: Amyre Brandom and Rodney Coleman Researchers: Karen Cyars Adviser: Erika Jones Crain Mentor: Don Loepp

appearance, and how oftentimes people assume that he is Caucasian. He talked about privileges that come along with being white that he experiences firsthand because many solely judge him off his outer appearance. “The closer you either look or act to the ruling class the more privilege you have,” said Johnson He stated that he noticed how poorly minorities were treated in comparison to people that are not minorities and the many perks that have come along with “white privilege.” Johnson acknowledged that white privilege is not the only form of privilege that exists in America. There are many kinds of privileges that people experience without discern. “We all have different levels of privileges. White privilege is one of the privileges. Middle class is one of the privilege. If you are a man you have certain privileges. A woman has certain privileges,” said Johnson. Johnson also said that he does not use his race to his advantage when it comes to being an author. “I am an African-American writer, so when I am reviewed, I am reviewed as a black person, it doesn’t matter how pale I am,” said Johnson. This could be deemed as important as his novel Loving Day is solely about racial identity.

Staff: Kennedy Adams, Chance Carson, Jada Flowers, Eymon Hegler, Johnathan Jackson, Clarissa Kitching, Jalen Newton, Hunter Phelps, Torrance Smith-Wilson, Morgan Threatt, Miracle Stokes, Nia Williams, Arlaya Worthen

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Letter to seniors from the 2017 class president By Morgan Threatt CT Visionary To the seniors of Cass Technical High School, this one is for you. All of the pep rallies, homecomings, and events we have had, and the moments we bonded together will forever be memorable. It all started freshman year where we were all new to the building, learning something new everyday seemed exciting but was also scary at the same time. In a building of 2500 being the ‘new kids’ was a big deal. Football games were hype as we won a city championship this year and night games were the best. We soon learned our way around into sophomore year where your group of friends locked in and we got slightly more comfortable being in this high school environment. We indulged in many extra curricular and started to realize that how social we were freshmen year wasn’t going to cut it, we had to worry about academics too. Junior year was the most challenging. The bliss of finally being an ‘upperclassmen’ was more than rewarding, holding our heads high this year people knew who we were. We could never forget how this year was the most important as we SAT prepped our days and nights away and for some of us we studied for our AP exams, all while readying our last semester of classes that would be sent to colleges. So now this year, it’s almost over. Our year started out seeming unreal graduation being months away from September our last days in the halls of Cass seemed non existent. Our last pep rally, last sports seasons, last homecoming, even our last high school count days, all of which happened way too soon. As we prepare for graduation we have to take everything we have learned to college with us, all of the book knowledge and life lessons we are now prepared for the next step. I will be attending the University of Miami in the fall and majoring in Journalism. It might not be easy being be “new kind” on campus, but rest assured we’ve been here before. Here’s to you seniors of Cass Tech and good luck on your next step.


T’Ajmal Hogue, Christie Jackson, and Diego Navarrete will attend Harvard in the fall.

CASS TECH TO CAMBRIDGE Three Cass Tech students to attend Harvard in the fall

By Kaelyn Collins CT Visionary T’Ajmal Hogue, Christie Jackson, and Diego Navarrete certainly all have two things in common. Right now, they are seniors at Cass Technical High School. But, in the fall they will be freshman at one of the top Ivy Leagues in the country; Harvard University. Hogue has maintained a 3.9 GPA at Cass Technical HS all while participating in organizations like Build On, National Honors Society, Latino Club, Academic Games, and Class of 2017 Executive board. Harvard was always on her list of schools to apply to but it was not quite No. 1.  “Originally I thought my dream school was NYU [New York University], and I got into NYU and Harvard but when I visited NYU it just didn’t fit for me. I thought I loved it, but I realized I love the city and not the school. And then when I

visited Harvard it was like I instantly fell in love. Everybody was so nice, the facilities were nice, dorms were nice,” said Hogue. Navarrete had a similar experience after visiting one of his other top choices; Princeton University.  “Harvard was always my No. 1, but then I got into Princeton in December,» said Navarrete. "So, I was kind of conflicted between the two. But, when I went to go visit the campus I felt more comfortable at Harvard and the Latinx community at Harvard was more welcoming and inclusive and I didn’t feel that at Princeton. Harvard felt like home."  Navarrete scored a 28 on the ACT and 1340 on the SAT. But he does not believe test scores mean everything when applying to colleges. Being a part of extracurricular activities that you are passionate about is just as rewarding.

“Grades and test scores aren’t everything," said Navarrete. "My test scores are high but they aren’t super high. Join extracurricular activities you are passionate about you’ll do great and excel in those and colleges really look for people that will be experts in their field. So, someone they can really see contributing to society in a positive way." While visiting Harvard this spring Navarrete spoke to Redwan Binrouf, a freshman at Harvard and a Cass Tech alumnus. Binrouf shared some ways CT prepared him for Harvard: “Classes like Mr. Abdun Noor’s BC Calc class and Mrs. Willis’ AP Language class helped him at Harvard and he still uses the same notes. So, he said that in terms of difficulty, he didn’t find Harvard hard,” said Navarrete. “The only thing was transitioning in the social environment, which is something that I may struggle with.”

Christie Jackson, a science and arts curriculum student with a 3.9 GPA, has a full ride to Harvard University and chose the school because it met two of her most important needs in a university. “I chose Harvard because they have a really great environmental science and public policy program and they have the best financial aid in the world. I didn’t want to be in debt for college,” said Jackson.  Jackson has participated in numerous extracurricular activities throughout her high school career. Some of them include the Cass Tech debate team, National Honors Society and Academic Games. Participating in organizations has taught her time management skills.  “I just manage my time," Jackson said. "I’ll finish my extracurricular activities and then I’ll go home and do my homework and make sure it is finished. I keep a planner and make sure everything is organized."

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A public forum for the students and community of Communication and Media Arts High School | STUDENT LIFE



Students attend Comerica event

Seniors look to summer plans By Dalaya Dawley and Logan Stephenson The Communicator As senior year is coming to a end, high school seniors around the country are preparing themselves for senior year by visiting vacationing hosting open houses, partying, hanging out with high school friends and shopping for apartment/ dorm and even shadowing the school they’re attending next fall. This summer is something they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives, and it’s where they make the biggest decision of their life. Personally I believe students should use the time before college wisely, rotate it using all components listed above.  You should spend time with family because college is expensive you’re not going to have money to travel whenever you miss your mom. You should hang out with your friends because many are going to different schools let alone miles away and different states and learning about your school that you’ll be attend for the next four years of your life.  It’s important to set priorities and doing that would help you be organized during school. But it’s also important to make the most of your summer at home and step into adulthood.

SIGNING DAY CMA hosts Signing Day for academic stars

By Ayanna Lipscomb The Communicator Most college signing days are reserved for athletes deciding where they would take their talents after high school. But since CMA’s focus is primarily on academics, all students graduating on time were celebrated at an assembly on May 5. The seniors arrived wearing T-shirts representing their respective colleges. “It was nice to see where

everyone was going and how excited everyone is,” said graduating senior Traymani Thomas. Words of encouragement were offered by Brian Ellison. Presentation of Certificates were celebrated with college adviser Patricia Hudson-Johnson, counselors Theresa Bennett and Valerie Foulks The assembly focused on the importance college and how it can be crucial to your success.

Senior Jada Hall said: “I am excited about attending Michigan State University in the fall and look forward to a career as in landscape architect.” As an alternative they also spoke about how college might not be for everyone and trade school might be a route to consider. A reception with light refreshment followed for seniors and parents, and many juniors in attendance got some inspiration for their futures.

By Ayanna Lipscomb and Kenyetta Henderson The Communicator Selected journalism students from different programs were given the opportunity to sit in on a couple lectures at Comerica Park before a Tigers game. The speakers specialized in sports communication and sports journalism. One speaker told his story in the business and how to interview players. He even gave time for a Twitter Q’s & A session where students as middle school and high school students asked some intriguing questions. When the rain started we were given our free time where we ate at Buffalo Wild Wings and waited out the rain. When it stopped raining the students rolled in the park just in time for the first pitch. “Everything went so great and was well organized, they even showed us hilarious videos,” said Karmen Hardaway. It turned into a beautiful day, even though the Tigers lost, but it was still a good game. Caption: Students from all over Metro Detroit participated in Journalism Day at Comerica Park on April 27. Journalism Day was part of the ballpark’s “Class Outside” series.


Batter up!

Spring means it’s time for baseball By Tahj Barnes The Communicator Baseball season is back in action for high school, college and the major league. Opening Day was April 2, and the excitement for the new season remains the same.  With the National Basketball Association’s season ending soon, it seems as if the entire sports world is focused on the sports world.  Senior Darnell Thaxter said: “I don’t usually watch baseball but basketball is about gone now and it is time to watch another sport.”  Family and friends can go and enjoy a nice baseball game and see fan favorite Detroit Tigers. The Communication & Media Arts High School baseball team are now the only remaining of the four major sport programs stu-

dents can participate in. Players on the team absolutely love the sport while others are just enjoying the games alone. CMA’s team consists of juniors and seniors who, share plenty of experience with the underclassmen. “It feels great to teach teammates how to execute their game to another level,” said senior Matthew Webb. “Baseball is a learning experiment for all the underclassmen on the team.” Most college athletes participating in baseball are expecting the MLB draft soon. Becoming a major league star is an ambition of many people and those star athletes are slowly approaching their goals. Within a few years we may be seeing athletes coming straight from high school entering the draft. Right now the rule states that if you are in college, you may need to stay until you are 21 years old or at least a junior in college. League officials are starting to see great talent in high school athletes but don’t want to rush those inexperienced players into a professional sport.



Spring means baseball season at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Editors: Taylor Ephriam, Tarious Porter, Michael Underwood Corresponding Editors: Amanda Duren, Karmen Hardaway Photographers: Tatyanna Brown, Deandre Finch, Xavier Hollis, Reginald Street Adviser: Robbyn Williams Crain Mentor: Ursula Zerilli

Staff Writers: Nya Cox, Shannon Flemming, Jaletha Lucas, Logan Stevenson, Lion Mitchell, Ayanna Lipscomb, Kenyetta, Micah Simpson, La’Shawn Wright-Smith, Logan Stevenson, Sarah Wright

May 17, 2017 9 STUDENT LIFE

Poetry club inspires writers By LaShawn Smith-Wright The Communicator Inside Out’s “City Wide Poets” has been implemented in CMA for two years. This is a premiere group that thrives on the creative ideas and writing of members. 

Brittany Rogers, the sponsor of City Wide poets, said she is excited about this years’ prospects.  “I chose to start the program because of how important poetry was in my life,” Rogers said. “Inside Out offers so many opportunities.”

“Joining the poetry group helps me develop myself as a writer and it helps me pursue my career as an author and a poet,” said sophomore Alonzo Macon The CMA City Wide Poets have showcased their talents exception-

ally this year. They have competed in various competitions such as the Detroit Slam, The MC Olympics, and Michigan’s Louder Than a Bomb. Inside Out has provided many opportunities for inner city youth including after school tutorial, various field trips and offering students a chance to publish their poems in a book (one of which has


been released by CMA students). “Not only is the club an opportunity for teens to hone their craft, but also help them get notoriety for their work,” said senior Sarah Wright. The goal is simple inspire students to think broadly, create bravely and share their voices with the wider world.


CMA senior Tyrese Sanders awarded Game-selling


By Amanda Duren The Communicator Senior Tyrese Sanders was awarded over $40,000 and a position in the army as a cardiovascular specialist. Training begins in the upcoming month of August and before being enlisted in the military. Sanders said: “I was anxious about enlisting but excited at the same time about the opportunity because I know becoming a part of the military is something I always wanted to be a part of. “My father and other family members who were once enlisted in the military inspired me to join the army and want to accept the position so I’ll be able to help the individuals who protect our country.” JROTC also played a significant role in Sanders life. “It gave me something to participate in after school and there were always positive role models in the program such as First Sergeant, that I could look up,” he said. Sanders’ grades, medical records, and ASVAB test score were all aspects that qualified him for the military opportunity. Sanders hopes to gain the opportunity to further his future and achieve his long-term goal of being a part of the army; which is something he wanted to achieve ever since he was a young child.


CMA senior Tyrese Sanders was awarded over $40,000 and a position in the Army as a cardiovascular specialist.

gives back to community

By Behvin Banks The Communicator Gamers around the world are doing something extraordinary. They are making a change by doing the very thing that they love: buying video games by purchasing these products through a platform called Humble Bundle. Humble Bundle was founded in 2010 by Jeff Rosen of Wolfire Games. Based out of San Francisco, Humble Bundle is a game selling platform that collaborates with many independent and triple A studios. “I’ve never heard of Humble Bundle but I would be open to using it,” says senior Jordan Kidd.  Humble mainly works with PC but also supports all major platforms such as Playstation, Xbox and even mobile. However Humble Bundle is very different from other platforms like Steam. The firm works with charities worldwide. Humble Bundle is also a very transparent in its business practices. Humble clearly states that they keep a portion of the sales revenue but the majority of its profits go to charity.  The platform operates under a “pay as you want” system. Starting at one dollar gamers can obtain preset bundles from the service with no catch; the games are yours to keep. Gamers get games for cheap and they contribute to the world. What could be better? The initiative seems like it’s working. “I think it’s great that developers care about people that much,” said CMA senior Kaylynn Fowler.  The platform has been receiving high praise from all over the world, raising millions of dollars since its inception. Everyday Humble gets new followers and bundles are getting better with triple A studios joining the fray. Gamers save the world yet again but this time it’s in real life.


Career Day helps students learn about variety of careers By Ajanee Kelly The Communicator Students know how important it is to be exposed by employees to have a better viewpoint on what jobs and majors they would take. On April 25, employees from General Motors, Quicken Loans, and many other companies were at CMA notifying everyone about their background and experiences from work and in life.  Michelle Lee and Tavonne Pierce, senior corporate auditors at General Motors, spoke to students about their background, personal life, and General Motors. As they spoke, students were engaged and took notes so they can implement in their lives.  When asked about her challenges in life, Michelle Lee said: “I

didn’t face any challenges getting into college. However, I did have some once I got there. The biggest challenge was all the freedom college afforded me and not having someone always over my shoulder directing me or telling me what to do. The biggest challenge turned out to be a great life lesson. In college, I had to become accountable for every decision I made (whether that was personal or career wise). There was no more blaming mom and dad, and I knew there was a point where I would have to be accountable for my success (or failure).” Pierce was also asked about her challenges by students and said: “The challenges that I faced when deciding on college was figuring out what I wanted my major to be.

I changed my major a few times during my college career until I found the right fit for me and my future. I encourage students to not get discouraged if you are unsure of what you want your major to be initially. It is totally alright to switch your career path a few times until you find your passion.” Pierce also gave interesting advice to the students. “Focus on your high school grades and ACT/SAT scores,” Pierce said. “These factors can make a difference in whether you go to college on a scholarship or have to pay out of pocket. ... Once in college I encourage everyone to study hard the first year. The freshman year can be difficult as you transition from high school to college.”


At CMA’s Career Day, employees from General Motors, Quicken Loans and other companies talked about their backgrounds and experiences from work and in life. 

10 May 17, 2017

EYE OF THE HURRICANE Douglass Academy for Young Men |


Evans inspires students, leads them to strong showing at science fair By Aaron Harvey Eye of the Hurricane Several of my DAPCEP classmates and I completed the science fair process at Cobo Hall in March. This process was truly labor intensive and our DAPCEP teacher Sheryl Evans would not accept anything but our best. Here are a few of the highlights from an interview I had with her: Why did you choose science for your field of study? “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher but I thought I would be a fourth grade homeroom teacher until I had an amazing biology and microbiology teacher in college and he made me love science. I switched my major the next semester.” When did DAPCEP and Science Fair start for you? “I took a DAPCEP class in 10th grade while attending Renaissance High School. I took courses in biology and chemistry at U of M-Dearborn. I also participated in the Science and Engineering Fair at Cobo Hall in ninth grade. I did a chemistry project on Vitamin C titration.” Why do you encourage students to participate in DAPCEP and science fair? “I encourage students to participate in DAPCEP and science fair because DAPCEP’s mission to help promote students to pursue careers in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology is truly needed. The careers of


Douglass had nine middle school DAPCEP students participate in the Science & Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit this week in March.

the 21st century demand this technological, critical scientific mind. I teach 4th grade DAPCEP at U of D-Mercy and I love to see the eagerness in the faces of my students on a Saturday morning. I try to make the experiences for the student fun and memorable. As for the science fair, the process requires a scientific mind, to be a critical thinker and engage in scientific research which requires commitment. Students need to believe they too can do science. When they put in the hard work and see that other people recognize it and they earn top awards at Cobo Hall; I know I have achieved my mission.”

Out of all the Science Fair’s you have participated in; which is your favorite or most memorable and why? “My favorite science fair, out of them all, would’ve been the science fair of 2009. Because, it was the first time any of my students won a Grand Award. And it felt even better knowing it was my daughter. Yet it was bitter-sweet, since a week before the science fair, my first husband died, and he wasn’t able to celebrate in our success. That spring we attended the DAPCEP Gold Awards trip to Chicago and created wonderful memories.”


At the 60th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit in March, a first place gold in chemistry was awarded to eighth grader DaMonn Tiggs for a project called Vinegar & Baking Soda=Lift Off! Tiggs compared seven different types of vinegar and combined with baking soda to the amount of CO2 produced.

Working with Ms. Evans has been a wonderful time I wouldn’t trade for anything. I feel DAPCEP has helped me understand a lot outside of S.T.E.M., thanks to Ms. Evans

guidance. Now I will go on in life knowing I had a brilliant, caring, teacher that was there to help me grow. For that, I thank you, Sheryl Evans for a lifelong impact.


Getting to know principal Berry Greer By Anthony Thomas & Deonte Owens Eye of the Hurricane The Eye of the Hurricane staff interviewed Frederick Douglass principal Berry Greer so students could learn a little more about him. What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most? "Seeing the boys grow from boys to young men because most of them have been here since sixth grade."

What are your hobbies? "My hobbies are model rockets and I also play in a big band [Ben’s Friends]."

be a principal. I was happy in my position as music teacher. I thought I can make a better impact on students."

What was your position before you were principal? "I came up through the ranks, I was a dean of students and assistant principal."

If you were a teacher, what subjects did you teach? "I was a director of band; I never was a core teacher. I was always a music teacher but the students that came to me were smart. It was amazing how you can take a black and white [paper] and turn it to tunes."

What inspired you to be a principal? "I [was] never really inspired to


Adviser: Wendell T. Woods Yearbook: Germaine Clinkscales

What high school did you attend? "DMC on the westside of Detroit."

What is your perception of FDA students? "They are young men, if you are around somebody for a while they become a part of you."

What college did you attend? "Jackson State University where I learned it all."

What percentage of FDA students will go on to college? "I don’t have the information right now, but I hope all go on."

How many degrees do you have? "I have two degrees and a masters degree with 25 hours [post masters]."

In the next 10 years, what do you see yourself achieving? "Hoping that Ill be retired and living good and relaxing from the teaching business."

Staff Writers: Jae’lon Randle, Matthew Caffey, Kamarion Smith


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Detroit International Academy for Young Women | DETROIT






Michigan Department of Education removes some certification requirements


By Rochelle Ambrose Pink Lady Press Everyday at Detroit International Academy students and staff smile to greet one another. But some are smiling through grief. They are internally struggling with the loss of a parent. What keeps them going? How long does a person grieve? And how do friends respond after losing someone you love? Sophomore Angel Kincaid says, “therapy and a lot of love is what I think is required for a person who has lost a parent.” She continues, “A person should grieve for as long as they need to until they understand that the person is in a better place. I felt misunderstood because I felt like no one understood what was going on because they never knew what it was like to lose the person who had been taking care of you your whole life. I lost my mother when I was 16.” Geometry teacher Kenton Mills, 44, lost a parent at 35. He says, “Understanding, faith, time to grieve, and a support system of someone with the previous experience of your situation [helps], for as long as they need [to grieve] because you never really get over that loss. I felt as if I was really supported because one of my friends had lost a parent so she knew how I felt. Me seeing her deal with her experience showed me how to try and deal with it.” Sophomore Nakayela Calhoun, 15, was three when her father died at the age of 34. She says “a person needs a motivator in their life. It took me two years to grieve the death of my father.” Sophomore Latya Houston, 16, lost her father at the age of 5 due to homicide. When asked what you think is required for a person who has lost a parent, she says, “Time and someone you could talk, to like a therapist. It’s still going to affect you at any time in your life, so I don’t think it’s a limited amount of time you should grieve.”


DaJuanna Harris, LaShawnda Conley, and Chloe Butler pose as TLC.

DIA brings the magic to its 2017 Grammys By Aisha Jones and Sanjida Nadia Pink Lady Press Guests were welcomed with glow necklaces. Necks illuminated the auditorium creating a certain ambiance. The lights went out and the crowd went wild. Burgundy velvet stage curtains opened and screams got louder and louder. A dozen or more bodies, on the stage, dressed in yellow, orange, pink and blue T-shirts, as the beat for Bruno Mars, ‘24K Magic’ begins. The ladies of Detroit International Academy for Young Women and their brothers of Frederick Douglass Academy begin to move. Eighth grader Malisa Smith says, “‘24K Magic’ is my favorite song.” Katilyn Jenkins, 14, was a per-


former for the piece. She said: “I was nervous. I was performing in front of people I’ve never seen or met. I practiced for two weeks.” Smith said: “I was impressed and entertained by their performances. They exceeded my expectations.” Malika Muhammed, 13, said: “I practiced for four weeks with my team. I was very nervous. Having the audience cheer for me made me feel special.” Star performed their hit, “I Can Be.”  Dejana Jackson, Trinitee Fullilove, and Mykaila Fears took stage wearing black bodycon dresses with gold sequin accents. “The choreography was right and everybody was on beat,” said Destiny Jackson, 14. Quanita Montgomery, 14, said: “I wasn’t expecting the boys. It added something extra to the act.”

Adviser: Christina Bell-Bowers

“Run Me My Money” by Kash Doll was performed by Senior Amari Harris was a show stopper. “Kash Doll was hype, she had a lot energy. The crowd went crazy when she started,” said Jackson. Other performances included TLC, Black Ice, Destiny’s Child, SWV, and Teo with guest appearances by Justin Allen, Edward Banks, Daj Jordon, Jaelon Randle and Dorian Rodgers. Sophomore Dikea Seaton said: “I felt that the Grammy’s were fantastic. I love that they outdid themselves.” Drama teacher Nina Cook said: “Everyone got along great. They worked amazingly together. The guys were willing compliant partners. They respected each other and had a really good time. I would love to work more with them in the future.”

By Jessica Ruffins Pink Lady Press Have you ever had a teacher a teacher that just made you ask yourself how on earth did this teacher get this job, well I’m here to deliver bad news. In a letter dated April 27 from the Michigan Department of Education, the Office of Professional Preparation Services has “carefully reviewed data about educator preparation program graduates, K-12 course offerings…teacher assignments and determined…the following endorsements will no longer be issued on certificates after July 1, 2026.” They are “Bilingual, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Dance, Fine Arts, Journalism, Marketing Education, Polish, Recreation, Russian, Sociology, and Visual Arts Education Specialist.” What this means is a new change in roughly ten years. Teachers no longer have to be certified in the listed certifications in order to teach it. A journalism teacher can have a degree in math, with no training in journalism, if the school district allows. This effects students because they will no longer be educated by teachers who hold a major in the area. The can be taught by any teacher with a teaching certificate, even if their degree/ certification is not in that coursework. Physical education teacher Aquilla Bell holds a degree in political science and is certified to teach dance. She’s not sure if she’s retiring within the next 10 years but hopes the teachers who are teaching are qualified for their positions. The academics of Detroit Public Schools Community District are struggling. They’ve faced school closures, a nice portion of the 2015-2016 school year was effected by sickouts and walkouts to protest building conditions. There is also a decline in the student population due to charter and EAA schools, but essentially, what does this mean for our teachers at Detroit International Academy for Young Women? Dance teacher Ellece See TEACHERS on page 3 »

Staff Writers: Rochelle Ambrose, Tanecea Hughes, Aisha Jones, Sanjida Nadia, Jessica Ruffins

12 May 17, 2017

VOICE OF THE VILLE East English Village Preparatory Academy | STUDENT LIFE


Students to attend engineering camp at Bucknell University

Alvin Ailey Theatre welcomes East English Village dance team By Travae Davis & Zarieah Davis Voice of the Ville On April 6-9, East English Village’s Dance Team visited the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York accompanied by their Dance teacher Rosalind Leath. While there, students were enrolled in private classes. Students also went on building tours and visited the various studios throughout the vast theatre. “The experience was phenomenal. I appreciate being able to connect with the dance instructor, as well as the other students,” says Darmyonna Henderson, 12th grade Dance Team member.  Their workshops offer an in-depth approach to learning a technique and designed to develop versatile dancers. Leath provides her dance students with various opportunities for extended learning.  “I am thankful for the opportunity to pass on my passion for the art of dance,” Leath said. EEVPA Dance program cultivates


East English Village’s Dance Team visited the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York in April.

and promotes dance for students’ beginners and those with dance experience.   “Dancing gives students the opportunity to be free and to express themselves,” said Maranda Marshall, a 11th grade Dance Team member.  Marshall

has been a member since the ninth grade and believes that “through dance, students may have problems that they experience and can let it all out, once they start dancing.” Dance can provide a student an escape from their current reality.

By Diamond Carneva Voice of the Ville Several ninth grade students from East English Village have been selected to attend Bucknell University Engineering Summer Camp located in Pennsylvania. The camp is academically challenging and designed to prepare students for the college experience. Students will attend seminars taught by university professors, participate in instructional demonstrations and have hands-on experience in the laboratories. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to meet other students with similar interest. Mr. Marques Blanford, ninth grade counselor and Arshala Washington, Biology instructor, selected students based on academic excellence and citizenship. Washington and Blanford meet with students twice per week in preparation for their extended learning experience. The budding scientists who were accepted into the camp are: Leniah Allen, J’Von Williams, Andrenae Rambus, Rachel Latham, Isis Sherman and Jamesha Irving. Ninth grade student J’Von Williams favorite class is Science and is anticipating attending Bucknell Summer Engineering Camp.


Freshman counselor Mr. Blanford pictured with students selected to attend Bucknell University Engineering Summer Camp: J’Von Williams, Isis Sherman, Lamesha Irving, Andrenae Rambus, Antinia McKinney and Rachel Latham.

“I was excited when Mrs. Washington and Mr. Blanford told me I was accepted. I look forward to attending the various hands-on engineering classes and learn how basic scientific phenomena are applied in engineering design,” Williams said. The curriculum includes classroom instruction, laboratory demonstrations and experiments, a variety of other interesting, as well as fun activities.



By TayVeon Cleveland Voice of the Ville

Hands up don’t shoot! is it because I am black that they still do Is it true they want to see black men in orange suits Or Black moms shattered yelling black lives matter Racism still the same they just do it in different ways Not the young to be the blame but the old that show the ways These killings are the stains that will never go away We can still feel the pain of the blue paint that represents the USA BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!



By James Ferrell Voice of the Ville Mrs. Andrea Minor is an Algebra Teacher at East English Village High School. Minor is also the Robotics coach, also known as the 3096 East English Village Bulldogs.


Attending Cass Technical High School, she graduated with a diploma in Fashion Illustration. Minor is a graduate of University of Detroit were she earned both her Masters of Arts in Teaching Mathematics degree and a Bachelors of Arts in Business

Adviser: April D. McDaniel Crain Mentors: Sherri Welch & Dustin Walsh

Administration degree. Minor enjoys teaching students Algebra at East English Village HS and has taught Math for the past 24 years. She is a dedicated wife, mother and a new grandmother to a beautiful girl, Avery Lorene.

Staff Writers: Calvin Austin, David Brown, Brendan Campbell, Sheporia Clark, Maryann Claxton, Tay'Veon Cleveland, Cierra Davis, Brandy Ellington, James Ferrell, Keyera Gaultney, Precious Gist, Albert Grant, Taylor Hardnett, Iyana Hardy, Jalen Hawkins, Cornejah Jackson, Jai'La Jackson, Arnika McClure, Tariq Sheperd, Danajah Turner, Jaida William


Mrs. Minor prepares for a robotic competition with students at East English Village.

May 17, 2017 13 ACADEMICS


CT Visionary editor bids farewell


Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

CT alum Sierra Searcy shares experiences, offers advice By Jasmine James CT Visionary After being a part of the CT Visionary, I have a grown a passion for journalism. I interned for Olympia Development of Michigan in the marketing and communications department. This was my first year being a writer and editor. I’ve enjoyed meeting phenomenal people who have given me words of wisdom and encouragement. I’ve had the opportunity to meet ESPN Undefeated sports writer Jerry Bembry, and CT alumnus Aaron Amos, who is now a producer for Channel 4. My newspaper adviser Erika Jones always shares stories about her former students who are journalism majors in college. Michigan State Journalism major Sierra Searcy is the alum that stood out to me the most because I plan to attend MSU for journalism this fall. I had the opportunity to talk to Searcy about college, the five broadcast journalism internships she had while at MSU, being an African-American female journalist, her goals now that she recently graduated and her advice for my future. In 2013, Cass Tech alumna

Searcy was a recipient of the Detroit Free Press & Ford Motor Company Journalism Scholarship. “This scholarship paid a big percentage of my education,” said Searcy. “Without this scholarship, I probably would not have attended Michigan State University. Being the recipient of the Ford Motor Company scholarship, so many doors were opened for me. Throughout college I interned for five different companies, including Fox 2 News and WXYZ News in Detroit. Carolyn Clifford [WXYZ anchor] really mentored me this past year. I have a clear view of what I want to do now.” In addition to working in newsrooms, Searcy interned with the public relations and communications department at the YMCA in New York. She later went to Santa Monica, Calif., where she was a writing intern for a show called “Living Full Out” writing scripts, setting up interviews and writing proposals for the show’s producers. “After interning with Fox 2, that’s when I really saw that I wanted to go into broadcast journalism. I also learned that I was a double minority and as an African-American female,

you’re always proving to people why you should be here.” Searcy said. On her own, Searcy practiced her speech by reading stories out loud, to hone the voice, tone, pitch and diction of a successful broadcast journalist. After talking with Sierra, I gained so much information about what to expect when going into college as a journalism major. She was president of the National Association of Black Journalists at MSU and a Mary Gardner scholar, graduating the top of her class from the School of Journalism. “It’s not about just taking classes, you have to be active outside of school.” Searcy said. “You can’t half way do things or be mediocre, but you have to work hard and be your own motivation.” Being able to sit down and talk with Sierra Searcy was very motivating. I was given so much insight on how to be great and how not to let me being a minority affect me. Knowing that Searcy graduated from Cass Tech, went to Michigan State University, interned at various networks and graduated, pushes me to be even greater.

By Kaelyn Collins CT Visionary The Crain Michigan State Detroit High School Journalism Program and the Dialogue have made an everlasting impact on my high school career.  I started participating in the program during my sophomore year when it was still a partnership sponsored by the Detroit Free Press and Ford Motor Company. The one word that comes to mind when I think of this program and myself from then to now is: progression. I have progressed and became a better writer, net worker and student from this program.  The program has grown tremendously and keeps getting better for the aspiring high school writers in the Detroit Metropolitan area. I have attended the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) camp at Michigan State University twice on a scholarship from this program, an opportunity that I would not have known existed if it was not for Dialogue.  I attended the Digital Media Camp for Central Michigan University following my sophomore year. I even worked as a summer apprentice for the Detroit Free Press in the sports department and had 12 articles published by the Free Press. USA TODAY’s High School Edition also published my work three times.  I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish through the high school journalism program through the leadership of our program director Joy Visconti and my adviser Erika M. Jones. There are a few words of wisdom that I would like to leave the underclassmen with as they continue to take part in the program.

Take full advantage of all the opportunities given

There are a tremendous amount of opportunities given through the program. Try to attend the events; participate and network.


Don't be afraid to make mistakes

If you make a mistake it is not the end of the world. Life is all about improvement and knowing how to get up when you fall. Ensure that you have a good editor and pay attention to deadlines. Always remember to follow up on an article and thank your interviewee.


Think outside the box

Write articles that are interesting and thought provoking. Try not to write about the same things each paper or copy ideas from other schools. Be creative and step outside of your comfort zone.


Make connections

Make sure you get contact information from speakers at events. Talk to people who have careers you are interested in. Follow up with them by emailing or texting them letting them know who you are. Make sure you they remember you.


Have fun

Deadlines can be stressful but overall it is a great experience and prepares you for the real work force. Have fun at the events and with your staff members.


Graduating NAACP president emphasizes awareness By Hunter Phelps CT Visionary In September of 2015, then-Cass Tech senior Brittany Waugh implemented Cass Tech’s first NAACP student chapter. As current president, I, along with

senior Mackenzie Galloway, kept the chapter running in hopes of seeing growth and development within our school and the community. Our student chapter fights to educate all races, especially minorities, about ways to end racial prejudice and inequality in today’s society. This year, we focused on education in relation to current

events, as many teens and adults are unaware of what’s happening in our world. For example, several children are missing in the United States due to sex trafficking and the number continues to increase. It is so important to share ways to prevent situations like this from occurring and educating students on this disturbing trend.

“I love that NAACP raises awareness to not just black people, but all people…that was the goal of the original NAACP to begin with. I like that we learn something new every time we meet whether it’s in our community or the oval office,” said Imora Perez, Cass Tech senior and current vice president of the student chapter.

When Donald Trump was elected president, racial, gender, and equality issues quickly surfaced in our society. After eight years of having an African American president, many are still adjusting to the reality of Trump being America’s 45th president. I believe the See NAACP on page 21 »

14 May 17, 2017

CRUSADERS’ CHRONICLE A public forum for the students and community of Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School | DETROIT





Mark J. Mayberry President and CEO of Exam Experts Global and his team explain how it is possible to get scholarships.


Career day tailored for all students By Kapricee Jackson Crusaders' Chronicle All students are not clear on which career they would like to pursue in the future. The process of choosing a career can be overwhelming to some. King presented Career Day on April 27 with various presentations in the auditorium and classrooms. The presentations were tailored to students who want to attend college and those who want to take another path. “Career day was interesting and beneficial,” said sophomore Zoi Kurr-Bush. “I got a chance to hear different stories about how these professionals got to where they are today.” There were several entrepreneurs onsite to explain why they chose to start their own company. These individuals want to create their work schedule, decide their pay, and own their business. Real estate agent Rondre “Key” Brooks of Brooks Realty and Investments, LLC spoke to students about leaving a legacy by being his own boss. “If you don’t like conventional methods and want to work for yourself while making a lot of money, I would definitely encour-


age somebody to check out real estate,” said Brooks. Another businessman and entrepreneur present was Mark J. Mayberry President and CEO of Exam Experts Global. Mayberry created a program dedicated to preparing students for the ACT and SAT as well as college preparedness. Many students in the district struggle with obtaining scholarship funds. With better scores on national standardized tests, money may be available. “Being a product of DPS, I wanted to be in a position where I could better help the DPS community, said Mayberry. “Exam Experts Global helps students score in the upper percentile to obtain scholarships.” Also present for career day was radio personality K.V. Brooks. Brooks found his calling after being a part of King’s morning radio announcement team. Radio broadcast journalism may appeal to someone who loves to talk, interact with people but be out of the spotlight. “Doing the morning announcements propelled me into my career,” said Brooks. “Everyone has a calling but it’s up to you to find it.”

Managing Editor: Alana Burke and Carrimia Owens Adviser: Veronica Hollis Crain Mentor: Jim Treece

By Ambrosia Boren Crusaders' Chronicle King has many clubs and organizations but one that does not get a lot of recognition is Crusaders for Christ. This faithbased group allows students to express their religious beliefs and focuses on sharing the word of God with other students. “Crusaders for Christ started before I got here at King,” said math teacher Dwayne Harvey. “It has a long history. I want it to continue and let our light shine.” During their teen years, some students are ashamed to express religious principles to their peers. Crusaders for Christ helps build confidence and encourages students to be proud of their beliefs. “The program is about not being ashamed of being a young Christian and being able to

stand up for what you believe in and express yourself in that manner,” said Harvey. Crusaders for Christ has become more than just an organization. The members have formed a familial bond with each other. “I believe it’s something the school needs as a whole,” said senior Erin Martin. “We are more of a family which is something King really needs.” Students are progressing in being able to stand strong on their own and are proud of their values. “You need to be able to stand strong. There are going to be times where you’re going to have to stand up for what you believe in,” said Harvey. The program supports students and acknowledges their hardships through prayer requests. Prayer requests are just that: prayers requested by

students who are experiencing trying times. “It really helps people feel more at home and just let people know there’s somebody here for you if you need us,” said Martin. Students are not the only members. Teachers Benjamin Harris and Matthew Johnston are also in the group. “Crusaders for Christ is not just a place to learn and grow in Christ but a place to share and find community,” said Johnston. There are not any special prerequisites to become a member. Staff and students interested in this group can join. How you can join this program is they meet every Tuesday after school and all you have to do is walk in or ask Harvey to become a member. “There are no requirements at all and everybody’s more than welcome to come,” said Harvey.


Crusaders for Christ allows students to express their religious beliefs, pray, and build a family bond.

Staff Writers: Jade Brookins, Antneisha Gardner, Mya Garland, Marko Harden, Tayauna Holloway, Kapricee Jackson, Tatiana McAfee, Lakharia McKinney, Dhevhouen Stinson, Daimanique Stinson, Imani Tripp, Madison Wood, Tez Wright

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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John Mayberry more than a social studies teacher, named Brokaw Outstanding Advisor of the Year

By Mya Garland Crusaders' Chronicle Social studies teacher John Mayberry was the only educator awarded the Brokaw Outstanding Advisor of the Year by the YMCA Michigan Youth of Government for his diligence with King’s student council. Gayle Brokaw (which the honor is named after) is a retired program director for this organization. “The purpose is to see government initiatives from a teenage point of view,” said Mayberry. MAYBERRY With Mayberry’s leadership, students learned the techniques necessary to express themselves politically by coming up with possible bills and learning how to debate those bills. “At first, public speaking terrified me. Now, I have no issues with getting up in front of people and talking,” said senior Ja’Brea Norris. “It taught me how to deal with different personalities, order, and respect.” Mayberry instructs students on how to maneuver governmental dialogue and issues. They learn how the government creates bills. “I started a bill. It could actually go up to the state and get approved,” said junior Mia Cowans. “I’m so happy.” Student council not only benefits the students, but also the advisors and other members of See ADVISOR on page 17 »


New mentoring program STARS introduced at King By Alana Burke Crusaders' Chronicle High school life can be tough for freshmen. With a new environment, they can be very impressionable. Aside from school issues like academics and peer pressure, they may have challenges in their personal life. The Students Teaching About Relationships and Success (STARS) was started in 1996 to help these students. King inclusion in the program started in February. “King is the first school in Detroit [to participate in the program],” said counselor Deana Harris. “King is the pilot school.” STARS is affiliated with the Friends First company founded in 1993 by Dr. Lisa Rue to emphasize healthy relationships, dating, and teen pregnancy prevention. If all goes well at King, the program will expand to other DPSCD high schools and stay in the schools for the coming years. “Our experience is valuable and we gain more experience by being around others,” said program coordinator Michael Steinback. Harris selected 11 juniors to be mentors for approximately 44 freshmen. Mentors were selected based on personality, maturity level, and leadership qualities. The juniors lead the group to give freshmen ways to be successful. “I joined the program because I wasn’t always on the right path in life,” said junior mentor Delana Bailey. “A teacher took the time out to instill what she knew and what she learned from many experiences, so I would like to give back.”


Mentor Delana Bailey discusses how to deal with life challenges with her four ninth grade mentees.

Each mentor receives four mentees based on common interests. Though mentors and mentees only meet every Thursday for 13 weeks, the group participates in interactive activities every week in an effort to build bonds between mentor and mentee. “One thing I’ve definitely learned is that the relationship piece [between mentor and mentee] is so valuable,” said STARS training manager Anesha Williams, who traveled from Denver to train students. “I have seen beautiful relationships formed between mentors and mentees. As a result, lives were

changed dramatically.” The mentors look forward to interacting and building bonds with their mentees, but also building friendships with their fellow mentors. “My favorite part will be interacting with the ninth graders and getting to know them,” said junior mentor Micah Thomas. “I also look forward to building friendships with the other mentors.” After the program is over, the mentors will travel to Denver, CO, with Harris and their program coordinators, Steinback and Veneda Sanders, for a four day STARS conference where they

will be able to meet and share stories with mentors across the nation. “There [in Denver] I want to be able to meet other mentors who have experienced the program,” said Bailey. “I want to see how the program has influenced and encouraged them.” Even after the program the mentors plan on keeping in contact with their mentees to see how things are going in their life. “I feel like if you do the program, you shouldn’t stop talking to your mentees because the program is over,” said Thomas. “I think I should build a lifelong bond and friendship with them.”


Cadets are promoted to the next level By Tez Wright Crusaders' Chronicle Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program that molds the youth into respectable civilians and shows them how to help others no matter the situation. The promotion ceremony held in April was for students to move to the next level. Cadets will benefit from fellow cadets as they continue in JROTC. “This program is for the parents to come out and support their child and see the progress their child has made,” said sergeant first class Jamille Phillips. As students excel in the ranks and become officers, other JROTC students learn from

“I can excel as well as my peers by staying a part of the program because it teaches you good leadership and how to work as a team.” Mike Jackson, Sophomore Staff Sergeant

them. The student officers give advice to their fellow cadets on they, too, can be promoted. “I can excel as well as my peers by staying a part of the program because it teaches you good leadership and how to work as a team,” said sophomore staff sergeant Mika Jackson.

“I think I can motivate my fellow cadets,” said junior cadet Tia Smith. JROTC attempts to get cadets’ parents involved as much as possible. Parental involvement is a significant component of the program. “I think my parent will support me more to stay a part of the program because they support anything I do,” said Jackson. Because of JROTC, some students have considered a career in the armed services. “I’ve been thinking about going to the navy or air force since most of my family is in. I want to continue that legacy,” said Smith.


Cadets Larry Collier (freshman), Taylor Jackson (senior), Kelsey Gee (sophomore), and Darshay Burrell (sophomore) prepare to be pinned by their parents. Sergeant first class Jamille Phillips (in the back) gives the orders.

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Seniors give advice to underclassmen By Daimanique Stinson | Crusaders' Chronicle

“Don’t let people stop you from handling your business because they think you’re lame. Learn how to think for yourself.” CARENE MCGAUGHY

“Don’t fall off. High school may get tough but you can’t quit no matter what happens in your life. This is a baby step to your future.”

“Enjoy your high school years but don’t enjoy it too much to the point you don’t make it out of high school.”

“It’s OK to not know your next step, but know the ending goal.” CIEARRA PAYNE




“Stay out of drama as much as you can because it causes unnecessary stress in your life. Just worry about yourself, your business, and your grades. That’s all you have to do and you’ll be successful.” ERIN MARTIN

“When you get to your senior year, senioritis is real. Stay in class and don’t skip because it’s not worth it. Do what you have to do your ninth, 10th, and 11th grade year that way your 12th grade year can go by easily.”

“School is stressful but always do your best and never give up. Make sure you do well on the ACT and SAT and make sure your transcripts are A1.”

“Don’t worry about your friends and what they think. Just worry about yourself and do what you have to do to get to where you’re trying to go.” JA’SHAWNA ROOKS

Don’t wait until the last minute to do everything, don’t procrastinate. Choose your friends wisely and keep your head in those books so you can make it across that stage on time.” DARIUS MCDUFFEY


“You will make mistakes and some things will be out of your control but it is okay. While everything may not always go your way, don’t dwell on the past. Continue to move forward, and know that when you feel like everything is going wrong, things can only get better.” ZALIKA MCKINLEY


How to get through senior year By Mya Garland Crusaders' Chronicle By the time a student becomes a senior, he or she has very important decisions to make. Students have to get their priorities in order to make sure they walk across the stage this summer. “It’s a lot more work being a senior. You have to crack down on your work and make sure you have all your credits,” said senior Raquon Walker. Being a senior can be very challenging and very exciting. There’s the emotional rush of graduating coupled with trying to live in the moment because it’ll all be over soon. “I didn’t expect it to go this fast. The year goes really fast and you have to plan ahead,” said

senior Chinell Vaughn. When senior year hits, it can be a wakeup call for many students who have not taken their high school academics seriously. Many are on track and excited to move on to the next experience in their life. “It’s a relief to think that you made it this far,” said senior Torecia Keys. “It’s simply time to move on.” Some seniors lose track by getting caught up in having fun. Others stress about their high school workload, their jobs, and the pressures of getting into a good college. “What’s hard is time management. Being able to keep track of what time you have to go to work and how much work you have to

do for school,” said senior Jalin Willis. “I leave out of here at 3:30 and I go straight to work because I start at 5.” College is a whole new ball game. High school gets you ready for that big step. “The best part about it is when they come back and tell me how well they’re doing in college,” said psychology teacher Matthew Paukovitz. Most seniors just need that push to keep going. It can be a hard process trying to keep up. “If they’re willing to work hard, they can do whatever they put their minds to and if they don’t tell themselves they can’t do it, they might surprise themselves,” said math teacher David Menczer.


Seniors Asia Montgomery, Messiah Hicks, LaKharia McKinney, Khary Martin, Darian Rucker and MaKayla Montgomery have formed lasting friendships over the last four years.

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Is prom overpriced? By LaKharia McKinney Crusaders' Chronicle Senior prom is one of the most talked about events in any high school. Most students look forward to the glamorous day with excitement and stars in their eyes. It’s the biggest party seniors experience during their four years of high school. However, how much is too much for senior prom? A recent survey from Visa showed that the average U.S. family plans to spend about $919 on a teenager going to prom, with parents covering as much as 73 percent of the cost. Another survey found families with an income below $25,000 planned to spend $1,393 while families with an income over $50,000 planned to spend an average of $800.

King “I’m excited for prom but I’m not excited about spending my money,” said senior Te’A Shah. “Prom is very overpriced. It shouldn’t be thousands of dollars. I still have a life after prom.” As prom season kicks into full effect, several seniors begin preparing for this long awaited day. The desire to look red carpet ready can cost seniors a pretty penny. Every year high schools find different activities to add to their students’ senior packages, making expenses for seniors skyrocket to extreme heights. “My budget for my two promgoing kids would be about fifteen hundred [dollars],” said Carlos Towns, father of senior Asia McKinney. Several parents with set incomes don’t have the financial luxury of spending hundreds let alone thousands on prom compared to the parents who can spend a significant amount of money. “It’s a waste of time to spend over $600 because you only have one prom and not a lot of places to wear your dress,” said senior Davinua Hogan. Of course, there are those extravagant seniors who may treat this one-day event like they are the rich and famous. “Kids are setting the bar real high,” said Towns. “You have those kids who are going all out. You have kids renting helicopters, Rolls Royce, Phantoms, and Lamborghinis.”

“Kids are setting the bar real high. You have those kids who are going all out.” Carlos Towns, father of senior Asia McKinney


Journalism student Madison Wood spends the day shadowing news anchor Carolyn Clifford.

King junior shadows Carolyn Clifford By Carrimia Owns & Kapricee Jackson Crusaders' Chronicle Junior Madison Wood was chosen to visit Channel 7 News to get a first-hand experience in creating broadcast news. Wood had the privilege of shadowing news anchor Carolyn Clifford as well as Clifford’s colleagues for the day because of Wood’s desire to be a broadcast journalist. “They showed me the process of putting the news together,” said Wood. “I learned how the meteorologists get the forecast daily and all the key components in a live broadcast.” Journalism is a fast paced profession where mistakes

can happen easily. Broadcast journalists have to be able to improvise, speak clearly, as well as set the tone for a particular story.

King “I learned that there is a lot of work to be done in order to get ten seconds of the story on air,” said Wood. “You have to make sure if there are any last second changes that it gets changed fast.” Journalists jump on stories as fast as they are presented to the public but it’s up to each newsroom how they want to

convey the message of that story. “What makes our product shine is teamwork in the newsroom,” said Clifford. “It’s more important to be right instead of being first when presenting a story.” Clifford is an advocate of giving back to her community through mentorship. Clifford visits different schools in the metropolitan area to offer them opportunities to shadow her. “The reason I allow students to shadow me is because I was born and raised in Detroit and without a lot of help from teachers and mentors I would not be where I am today,” said Clifford.


President Donald Trump’s unextraordinary 100-day mark By Miaun McCloud The Communicator As we are on the verge of Donald Trump’s 100-day mark as president, critics have made the opinions known on how unimpactful Trump’s term has been so far. Stating that the president has failed to make significant achievements within his first 100 days and accusing him of insulting U.S. allies. However, Trump supporters and aides argue differently. Apparently, they are denying that the president is indeed been struggling and when asked her opinion on

Communication & Media Arts whether or not Trump has made a good impact so far Senior Lapria Junior said, “I don’t think he has made a good impact but he has surely made a bad impact.” While opinions may differ about the remarkableness of Trump’s first 100 days, no one can deny the fact that all the president’s attempts to reach his campaign goals have been met by roadblocks. Mexico refuses to pay for

the wall, Trump’s travel ban has been blocked twice by courts, and the aim to repeal Obamacare has failed. When asked why Trump’s efforts have ended in failure senior Victoria Penn said: “I don’t exactly know why they have failed but, my guess is that it has something to do with Russia.” Will a poor start lead to a poor run or will Trump break away from the standard that his predecessors and have a phenomenal final lap? All will be determined as Trump’s term trudges on.

By Camryne Stubblefield Crusaders' Chronicle Class of 2017 ... We are leaving this school on the road of success. The memories we take with us will be the things that keep us motivated. We have overcome obstacles in our way and will soon be walking across the stage. We have grown into adults and most of us will start a new journey in college. 

King My favorite quote is “You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. I love this quote because we are independent people and should act as such but not so independent that we try to do it by ourselves. We have already started climbing that ladder and we couldn’t have done it without each other, our teachers, and parents. Life in the future won’t be as easy as everybody is hoping it will, but we have to keep moving forward to reach higher ground. Everyone we have come in contact with holds value in our lives even if we do not notice it right away. Within these four years we have formed strong bonds that will go beyond high school. We now shed our final tears as we move on in our life. These tears will not be of sadness but tears of joy in recognizing our accomplishments. I wish King’s class of 2017 the best and great fortune. We made it this far, and I know we can go further.


Teacher named outstanding advisor FROM PAGE 15

the organization who want to see children succeed. “Seeing them become passionate about civics and government is my reward,” said Mayberry. Mayberry was chosen for meeting the following criteria: modeling core YMCA values, developing the next generation of civic leaders, demonstrating strong organizational skills, having strong support of delegation leadership applications and candidacy, and fulfilling conference duties with diligence and reliability. “This honor shows that the impact I’m trying to make, I’m actually making,” said Mayberry.

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A public forum for the students and community of Renaissance High School | DETROIT


How to become the first of many Viveka Borum wants to see more women of color in STEM


Students had the chance to site-see while touring colleges in D.C. Renaissance students learned more than just the history of each HBCU.


During the visit students spent a week asking questions to college representatives and interacting with peers whom they never met By Taylor Gribble RHS Stentor The Midnight Golf Program, Empowerment Church, and the First Rate organization departed for a week-long tour of historical black colleges. The college tour is designed to give high school students a chance to see what college is like from a college perspective. For students it includes walking around campus partnered with a college student.

The tour is also designed to encourage students to envision all of the educational possibilities. “Never let someone decide your future,” said Chardonne’ B, a chaperone. During the visit students asked questions to college representatives and interacted with peers whom they never met. “It was nice to see the different campuses and what it would be like to live there,” said RHS junior Eniah Hill.

On one day students visited three colleges, being introduced to a range of careers. “I plan on majoring in law and attending Florida A&M,” said sophomore Dameon Todd. Beyond the academic aspects of HBCUs, students had the opportunity to see sororities and fraternities, as well as prominent statues and graves. Students even saw the “Q’s” step. Some plan on pledging in college to learn what the brother- and sisterhood means in that context.


Detroit needs its own Coachella By Chandra Fleming RHS Stentor Detroit needs a new event that will show off the youth and community in a good light. A “Detroit Coachella” musical festival could be the beginning, but some restrictions are needed to prevent it from turning chaotic. Coachella is a popular weeklong musical festival that


occurs annually in Coachella, California during the spring. Popular musical artists such as Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Martin Garrix, and Radiohead perform with hundreds of other artists. The event plays hip hop, reggae, pop, electric and rock’n roll, among other genres. Detroit already hosts several music festivals, such as the Marshall Blues Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Movement and Tibbits. Most of these festivals, however, are for people who enjoy

Adviser: Kyle Goodall Crain Mentors: Omari Gardner & Mike Lewis

electric, blues, and jazz. If Detroit were to have a weeklong musical festival with over one hundred performers, it would need a venue and sponsorship. Three venues that could work include Hart Plaza, Chene Park and Belle Isle. These venues are large, and can hold massive crowds. Major artists already have performed at these venues, including Lil Wayne, Jean-Luc Ponty, Erykah Badu and Monica. While the promise of such

an event is there, it would need sponsors. Perhaps artists from Detroit could donate to the event or even perform; they might even bring some of their musical friends to perform with them. Another source is the city government, because the event would generate revenues for the city and also bring tourists. If this event is successful it could bring new cultures to Michigan and give Detroit a new feel. We would be known for than just automotive manufacturing. We could become known as a city that holds one of the biggest musical festivals in the world.

By Imani Harris RHS Stentor Her largest wish for people who look like her is for them to have confidence. Viveka Borum, a 36-year-old professor at Spelman College was used to being the only black woman in the room and never imagined being in the position she is in now. She’s the first-generation to graduate college in her family, born to blue-collar parents who never wanted her to work in a factory. She was “almost always the only black female in” her college courses at Wayne State University and Columbia University. “[The racial divide] was very intimidating, but I never considered leaving because of it. Failure is not an option for me,” Borum said. Lack of African American support was a struggle for Viveka, she had no one who looked like her to mentor her. No one who understood why her position was such a huge deal, and no one who could relate to her. Still, Borum pushed on. Her individuality was her driving force. At Columbia University, Dr. Borum conducted extensive research on African Americans in mathematics, and noticed the lack of diversity in the STEM fields. She also saw the lack of conversation on HBCUs producing more STEM graduates than PWI’s. Viveka wanted the world to know that Black people have been and can be successful in STEM jobs. Studies done by the National Institutes of Health show that the top ten producers of students who graduate with their doctorate in STEM attend HBCUs. Still, statistics from the New Republic show that Black people only hold 6% of the jobs See MATH on page 19 »

Staff Writers: Tori Armstrong, Camaria Beasley, Jalynn Bell, Jasmine, Betts, Cydni Bonds, Zaire Bridges, Autumn Chambers, Mark Cornelius, Kristina Davis, Chandra Fleming, Kristen Gibbs, Cinque Harris, Imani Harris, Taliah Hoye, Jasmine Jordan, Nyah Lewis, Tylar Lewis, Maisha Massey, Kayla Mccoy, Dasia Moore, Shyanna Mosley, Braia Ogletree, Shaina Petty, Makayla Rand, Tariq Reid, Semaj Rogers, Sage Sanders,, Erika Spivey, Andrea Square, A’Lyse Thomas, Taylar Williams, Inglyand Anderson, Jacob Boyd, Sheridan Branch, Erynn Brantley-Ridgew, Sasha Burts, MaKaylah Butler, Montex Butts, Tamia Calloway, Alano Carter, Catera Chambers, Djiby Coulibaly, Tavion Curry, Kynlyn Dalton, Shakyra Davis, Ma’at Dismuke-Beaver, Destiny Dortch, Meanna Durham, Cydney GardnerBrown, Haley Gilley, Naimah Green, Taylor Gribble, Dalyn Henderson, Lacie Hudson, Jamaria Johnson, Solomon Lucy, Ceara Mcintosh, Lamarea Moore, Bria Mosby, Dorillion Payne, Myiah Richards, Jordan Robinson, Joseph Roy, Sumone Spivey, Mariah Tucker, Nyree Turner, Kristen Waters, Danielle Williams

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in the STEM field. “I wanted to know why there weren’t a lot of black students in STEM.” This interest in People of Color in STEM, as well as a love for “A Different World” (a show filmed on Spelman and Morehouse’s campus) made her teaching at Spelman inevitable. In 2012, Borum began as a professor at the prestigious HBCU. Dr. Borum is deeply spiritual, believing that “her faith guided her to Spelman.” Through her faith, she has created “an environment of acceptance, love, and learning through mistakes,” for the young women. Borum always had high aspirations for herself and recalls, “I used to want to be a lawyer, then an anesthesiologist, never a teacher though.” When she attended her first math class at Wayne State though, Viveka knew she had found her true passion. BORUM “I just fell in love with it.”  The ambitious young Borum, after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics, decided to enter Columbia University’s doctoral program in mathematics education. Though it was a lot of work, Viveka successfully graduated in 2010. Borum doesn’t go easy on the young women, often reminding them they’ll have to work twice as hard. “They need to know that, and that they can do it.” Viveka knows that “Just because you don’t see someone who looks like you in your field, doesn’t mean you can’t be” She is committed to fighting for People of Color and helping them be successful in whatever field they choose.


By Joi Arnold, Morgan Threatt, Torrance SmithWilson CT Visionary

Cass Tech Out of the four years at Cass Tech there have been countless opportunities for each member of the class of 2017 to stand out academically. The 2017 has several valedictorian and salutatorians, three students planning to attend Harvard, high test scores and other moments that made 2017 a year to remember. As the year comes to an end, CT Visionary asked seniors to talk about some monumental moments in their high school career:

“So far, taking my cap and gown pictures have been a major moment. Of course I knew that I was about to graduate, but seeing myself in the cap and gown made me want to finish strong.” Jaimie Marshall “For me had to be when I paid my enrollment and housing fees for Howard University. After four long years, my adolescent academic journey is over and it’s time for the next chapter in my life and i am one step closer to being a pediatrician.” Charliah Morgan “The most monumental moment for me was realizing all I have been through in high school and still managed to I kept an overall GPA of a 3.8. If you knew

what I’ve been through you’d understand why that’s my most monumental moment.” Areeona Clark “This year I learned that anything is attainable. I began playing football for the first time as the starting kicker and now I’m going to be the kicker at Eastern Michigan University. Winning the State Championship was one of the monumental moments in my high school career.” Luis Borjas “The highlight of my four years at Cass Tech has been the chance to meet new people that have helped me be the best I can be, as well as the events that we hold like Tailgating, Football and Basketball Games and the Homecoming Dance on the

Detroit Princess,” Ainslie Woodward. “Being in this high school environment has opened up a lot of doors for me and given me a confidence boost while keeping me level headed, I have learned so much information that will definitely prepare me for college.” Autumn Tyner “Performing in the Cass Tech Grammy’s Cypher has brought a bigger sense of recognition for my music career and allowed me to collaborate with other musicians to put together something that people can enjoy and watch over and over. I also built friendships with the people I worked with.” Reggie Garnett


In games, compelling female protagonists should be the norm Rebooting a well-known character with a less sexualized design is a bold move, but possibly spurred a small movement within the industry By Dorillion Payne RHS Stentor Over the past 30 years, different demographics have been

represented in video games in a variety of ways. For example, in Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 the main villain was implied to be a violent gay male character. Of course, African Americans in many games are almost exclusively designed with a hip-hop and “gangster” aesthetic. I’d argue that the misrepresentation of women is

most contentious, however. This is due to the (unnecessarily) exaggerated “sexualization” and depiction of damsels in distress. This is particularly true of games developed in the West.

Renaissance A reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise was released in March 2013. Aside from the new game engine, a pretty new coat of paint and impressive visuals, one thing really stood out to longtime fans of the famed adventurer and newcomers alike: Lara Croft was

no longer a victim to unrealistic bodily features. In particular, her chest, many fans noticed. Her redesigned character was thus met with tremendous praise. Rebooting a well-known character with a less sexualized design is a bold move, but possibly spurred a small movement within the industry. Some may view representation in video games as insignificant. “Keep politics out of my games”, they bemoan. To them, as long as a game is enjoyable to the developer’s target audience, “politics” shouldn’t matter. The depiction of certain genders, races, sexual

orientations, etc. does not necessarily make any given game inherently “bad.” Yet, authentic representation in any medium is important to a majority of people due to the fact that entertainment is more visual and influential on our perception of others. Furthermore, gamers want to be able to project themselves onto relatable characters. Women do not want to experience an entire game as a female made by men for men, rather one created to evoke emotion along with a story that can truly resonate with them. One that can portray a powerful, more human experience.

Authentic representation is hard to achieve when games push the “invincible, male power fantasy” protagonist, demoralizing women and giving them no inspirational traits for the demographic they are purportedly representing. To be properly represented in a video game as an actually strong, relatable character is truly uplifting. Sadly, women miss out on this experience. Hopefully with the apparent trend of compelling female protagonists in so many other entertainment mediums, women can finally have the genuine representation they’ve been missing.

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A public forum for the students and community of University Preparatory Academy High School | DETROIT



Seniors solidify college plans

Economics classes attend fun field trip By ReJoyce Douglas Panther Press The economics classes at University Prep attended an informative field trip to the Quicken Loans Junior Achievement Finance Park in downtown Detroit. All students from the economics classes attended the trip on one of two days. At Quicken Loans JA Finance Park they have displays set up around the room displaying all kinds of businesses and services. There is a kiosk at every store front for students to make purchases and budget their money. “This was great activity I actually got to see what it really feels like to pay bills and have responsibilities,” said Mareeca Simpson a tenth grader at UPrep. Tenth grader Javan Jackson said: “I learned that being an adult is a lot harder than being a kid.” As each tenth grader received a tablet they signed in and also received a family. Some students had the luck of having a wife and children to provide for based on the income that is randomly selected. From the income students are given they have to create a budget and make purchases. In the activity students had the opportunity to learn about saving and the importance of budgeting their money. The trip was arranged by Mr. Staperfenne, a social studies teacher who has taught at University Prep High School for five years. Mr. Staperfenne said he has taken his students on this trip for four years.


All students in economics classes at UPrep attended a field trip to Quicken Loans Junior Achievement Finance Park. 


Seniors make their college plans official on Decision Day



By Renee Carter Panther Press The Class of 2017 are ending their time at University Preparatory High School with a month packed full of activities. To kick off the activities UPrep held the senior pinning ceremony at Burton Manor on March 17. The event was an opportunity for seniors to be honored by their families with a senior pin. UPrep held its annual Preppies on April 21 in the school gymnasium. The Preppies is UPrep’s own award show. This is a night for students to shine and perform. Seniors arrived as their favorite artist ready to perform on stage. The show was hosted by Shelbi Smith and Deron McClendon. The show highlighted the class of 2017 and awarded them with their coveted superlative awards. From Class Smart to Mr. and Mrs. UPrep seniors go head to head to win an award. The final

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TOP: UPrep’s Alysa Wiggins is pinned by her mom at the ceremony. BOTTOM: UPrep students showed up to the Preppies dressed as their favorite artist ready to perform on stage.

award of the night was Mr. or Ms. UPrep, which is an award that highlights the student who has the most school spirit; Shawn Pittman won for the boys and Shelbi Smith won for the girls. All of the winners will be showcased in the school yearbook.

Senior Spirit Week was May 1519. The senior’s trip to Cedar Point was May 16. There will be a senior breakfast, rep your college day, which includes safety workshops for seniors, and a senior luncheon. The final day of Spirit Week is senior shirt day and class picture day.

By Amiri Golman Panther Press Decision Day took place on May 1. Decision Day is celebrated nationwide for high school seniors to declare where they are going to college or show what path they will follow as they graduate from high school. Students signed a declaration showing their decision to attend college in the fall. For senior Nia Jackson picking a college was not easy. Nia has been accepted to 17 colleges throughout the country. She has decided on STUDENT one: MichiSPOTLIGHT gan State University. NAME Jackson Nia Jackson is a prinCOLLEGE cipal’s list Michigan State student who University maintains a 4.0 grade FUTURE point averPLANS Attend medical age along schooltobecome with the abehavioranalyst many extraorpsychiatristfor the FBI or CIA. curricular activities she participates in. At University Prep she is vice-president of the drama club, she has run track and played volleyball. Jackson is a singer in the Mosaic Youth Theatre group, part of the Midnight Golf program, and she is a youth praise team leader at Word of Faith Church. In the fall, Jackson will be a part of the Scholars Program at Michigan State University. Jackson said she picked MSU because of the financial support that they offered her. In the future, Jackson said she plans to attend medical school to become a behavior analyst or psychiatrist for the FBI or CIA.

Staff Writers: Breann Barge, Pierre Blanks, De’Erika Bryant, Renee Carter, Nykia Chaney, Lyric Dothard-Ware, Kristofer Dye, Kharmesha Frost, Elijah Garlington, Anayah Gorman, Raven Greene, Hawk Grier, Jumyia Hawkins, Michael Jackson, Picabo Johnson, James McFolley, Nakara Neely, Shawn Pittman Jr., Jalen Roberson, Rashidah Shorts, Shelbi Smith, Kiara Stephens, Recco Townes Jr., Alysa Wiggins, Taeshon Williams

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President of chapter works to uphold standards FROM PAGE 13

first step towards making our nation better is by advocating leadership and change to

promote fairness. Now is not the time to sit back and watch the world crumble. The best leaders are those who leave their comfort zone to become an example for others. Cass Tech senior and current NAACP officer Alex Lopez said: “Society needs to work on

"Now is not the time to sit back and watch the world crumble. The best leaders are those who leave their comfort zone to become an example for others."

hate. So many people treat each other inhumanely and we need to be more positive, helpful, and caring to our fellow human beings. I love our chapter of the NAACP because we are starting off as high schoolers discussing injustices in our community and issues in our nation.”

Our student chapter of the NAACP is striving to make a difference in the world and enhance the lives of everyone. As president, I believe I have set a great foundation for those who follow me, and I pray the chapter continues to grow to make a positive impact on others.


DOES PROTESTING ACTUALLY WORK? Activists must protest fundamentally differently at national level to force sustainable change By Imani Harris RHS Stentor



Detroit city and suburbs united Jan. 29 at Detroit Metro Airport for a #NoMuslimBan protest against Donald Trump’s first immigration ban.

Last year, Detroit Public School District saw student, teacher, and parent protest school conditions, perceived mistreatment of teachers, and other issues. Protests ranged from disagreement with Governor Snyder’s new plan to alleviate the debt, to parents wanting their students to go to mold-free schools. Protesting was happening all over the city, from teacher sick-outs to student walkouts. These sick-outs closed 18 schools around the city, others could barely stay open. After two days of protests, emergency manager Darnell Earley attempted to intervene, urging teachers to return to classrooms and students to go back to school. Earley and the Michigan Senate chastised teacher for “putting politics before students.” “It is truly unfortunate that so many of those who profess to be dedicated educators have decided to participate in this action given its unjustifiable and conscionable consequence,” said Earley, a former emergency manager of the City of Flint. The schools opened after two days, and Michigan’s governor promised to improve conditions in DPS (now DPSCD) schools. A year later, Detroit families are still fighting and organizing protests to oppose school closure and for better schooling conditions; students still don’t have books, adequate space, or resources to learn in a “quality” school. In the beginning of the year, the School Reform Office released a list of 38 schools in Michigan to be closed by the end of this school year, 25 of which were in the City of Detroit. The DPSCD school board signed a “partnership agreement” with the state on May 1, ensuring that schools in the district will not close, as long as they develop a collective plan for school improvement. This partnership agreement resulted from protests on the local level. During a nationwide renaissance of massive scale political protests, the success of local Detroit school closing protests begs the question: Is there something fundamentally different that activists must do in larger scale protests to force sustainable change? In a 2013 Atlantic article, Moisés Naím wrote: “most massive rallies fail to create significant changes in politics or public policies,” positing that “fervent political energy on the ground is hugely disproportionate to the practical results of these demonstrations.” Naím’s feature suggests “street protests” don’t work due to the lack of connection

between organizations, social media diluting the message, and government showing little or no response. Detroit has proven that protests are only successful when all the above are achieved. But, there are also examples of this on the national level. The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration saw one of the nation’s largest demonstrations. Over 5 million women and pro-feminist men protested worldwide against the election of the Donald Trump. Organizers led trainings for the protestors, from Planned Parenthood talks, to workshops showing women how to run for office, and even lawyers working on a lawsuit against President Trump. After one week of debate about the attendance at the March for Women compared to the inauguration attendance of Donald Trump, the mass movement devolved. Another example of mass protest failing at the national level, in fact, had global reach. Micah White, one of Occupy Wall Street’s co-creators, said in an NPR interview, “Occupy Wall Street tested out a grand theory of social change…‘If you can get millions of people into the streets, largely non-violent, and unified behind a central message, then change will have to happen.’” #Occupy spread to 82 countries, but it did not achieve its intended goals. Historically, mass protests have contributed directly to human rights gains. From the Civil Rights Movement, to the Stonewall Riots, protests have led to massive social change in this country. With such massive mobilization and worldwide reach as #Occupy and the March for Women, what reasons are there for protest to fail? Naím said, behind the scenes is “rarely a well-oiled and more-permanent organization capable of following up on protestors’ demands and undertaking…political work that produces real change in the government.” According to Naím, to protest effectively, that is, organizations must have realistic goals, realistic demands, and realistic timing. Perhaps the Women’s March on Washington and #OccupyWallStreet were ahead of their time or asked for too much at once. Other modern protests have demonstrated that protests can be a successful way to achieve political goals. Nationwide protests against the Muslim Ban at airports interrupted flights and travel for fliers around the country. It was a multileveled protest, from pro-bono lawyers on the scenes giving legal counsel to civil disruption that received national headlines and eventual recognition in the courts. This protest was a well-oiled machine that worked on every level. What is the recipe for success? Protests seem to work, when there is a plan for afterward.

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A public forum for the students and community of West Side Academy | STUDENT LIFE




LEFT: Sophomore Kewon Burns shows off his championship belt. RIGHT: Freshman Albert Ballard displays some of his awards from his boxing matches.

Boxing helps students become better citizens By Johnnie Hornsby and Gjvon Washington West Side Times Boxing is a way of life for two West Side Academy students, sophomore Kewon Burns and freshman Albert Ballard. The two of them have been very successful at balancing their academic lives and being active outside of the school walls. Burns, who has been boxing since 2015, works out at Kronk Boxing Gym in Detroit. He credits his grandfather, Ali Hakeem, with sparking his interest in the sport. His grandfather was also a boxer; one day he decided one day to take his grandson to the gym with him. This ended up being a decision that changed Burn’s life. Burns said, “I like to fight, so it seemed like a good next step to try boxing. The best thing about boxing is getting in the gym and working hard to be my best.” Aside from the athletic benefits of the sport, Burns also sees the connection between


“I like to fight, so it seemed like a good next step to try boxing. The best thing about boxing is getting in the gym and working hard to be my best.” Kewon Burns, Sophomore West Side Academy

boxing and its connection to life. “In the gym, it’s a whole other family. It has helped me to stay out of trouble and stay focused on my future goals,” said Burns. Some of Burns’s most important achievements are winning the Power Gloves Championship in 2016 and the Golden Gloves championship in 2017. Albert Ballard had a different reason for getting into boxing. When he was seven- years-old, he got hit by a car while crossing the street. He felt blessed to not Editor: Quaneisha Washington Adviser: Suzanne Olsen Crain Mentors: Victor Galvan

have any major damage done to him and he managed to run all the way home after the accident. “After the accident, it made me feel indestructible. If I could walk away from that with only minor scratches, what could I do in the boxing ring?” said Ballard. Since then, he has been training with coach Mouchettee Muhammad out of Hands On Boxing in Detroit, which is owned by Faruq Muhammad. He credits his coach and boxing with helping him remain disciplined and respectful. “Boxing keeps me from going out and doing things I’m not supposed to do. I like to succeed, and although school isn’t always the best for me, I enjoy being an athlete. I like to see people succeed and I want to be a success myself ” said Ballard. He has won several awards over the past couple years. Two of his biggest accomplishments are winning the Silver Gloves Nationals in 2016 and the Golden Gloves Championships in 2017.

By Christian Kinsey West Side Times Senior year is both the best and worst year of high school. It can be amazing because you’re kings and queens of the school and you get events totally in your honor. Some people, such as myself, even hold an office. However, senior year has a massive cloud looming over it that can kill all of the sunshine one can expect out of senior year. This cloud is college and scholarship applications. Everyone talks about how great an experience college is, but nobody talks about the application process. It is absolutely the worst and I have grown to loathe every aspect of it. It is exhausting having to gather so many different recommendations for each different application, to having to type in your extracurriculars and awards over and over, and even having to write a meaningful essay for each application.  I didn’t sleep for three days

trying to get my early decision applications in so I would be considered higher on the list. The worst part is when all these teenagers get together and brag about how many colleges they’ve been accepted to and think it gives them the authority to look down on you based upon your choices. The scorn and rivalry between colleges you don’t even attend yet is absurd. This huge deal that is the overpriced higher education centers create so you can get another piece of paper is nuts. Now don’t get me wrong. I fully plan on attending one: Morehouse. It’s among my top choices but the fanfare and stresses that come with the application process really make me contemplate if it’s worth it.  Scholarship applications are just as bad basically being a smaller college application, but still asking for just as much time. Overall, the good that supposedly comes from the college experience may balance it out, but at this point only having applied it seems overdone.  Hopefully, the greatest years of my life aren’t stunted by applications piling over my head.


Are school uniforms worth the hassle? By Tania Eaton West Side Times School uniforms can go either way in both students and teachers’ minds. There are both good and bad feelings for both parties, and it’s best to consider both sides when deciding on whether uniforms should be in place. In terms of having a uniform policy, the first thing a student my age thinks is, “ I’m going to look like everyone else.” Students should be able to express themselves the best way they know how, through their clothing choices. What asked of his opinion on school uniforms, junior Will Manning said, “I believe we shouldn’t have uniforms at all,” Many of the other students agree that there should be some guidelines when it comes to what they wear, but completely regulating what they wear is not only hurting them, but their parents as well.


Students expressing themselves with colorful clothing on a free dress day.

They now have to go out and buy nearly a new wardrobe for their kids when I’m sure they worked hard on the first one. There are also teachers who disagree with the uniform policy. See UNIFORMS on page 22 »

Staff Writers: Brittney Blue, Carre’ Burks, Bria Coleman, Ashlee Diamond, Davontea Fast, Lashaunta Hornsby-Oliver, Ruben Jasso, Nia Kelley, Christian Kinsey, David Little, Samantha Patton, Andre Riley, Brandon Rogers, Trinity Warren

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West Side students turn trash into treasure


Junior Will Manning shows the appropriate dress code style for WSA. 


The debate continues for and against uniforms FROM PAGE 23

Social Studies teacher, Curtis Lee said, “ I don’t believe in school uniforms because there is no empirical evidence that the uniforms will improve test scores or intelligences. Students should be able to express themselves through their individual styles and personality.” It’s very easy for a teen to show that they have a unique style, but what good is having that unique trait if it isn’t seen by the people who doubt that you have it? Even though having your own style is good, there are going to be times when it’s not professional. When a person of business comes into the school, they aren’t going to want to see shirts that says, “School is a hobby, sleep is a priority.” Students do not need to be advertising billboards either. Uniforms are preparing students for what will be expected in the world of business. When a student comes to school, they have a job to do and they are expected to do it looking like they are ready to walk into the business world. Other teachers believe that uniforms actually help students. Science teacher Arzell Jones said, “ I believe that school uniforms are good for students, it gets them familiar with dress codes, since that’s what most jobs & careers require.” Telling a student that it’s okay to come as you are is like telling them that if work at McDonald’s or Wendy’s, that they don’t have to represent them correctly. Uniforms can help provide a sense of organization to a company or school. No matter which side you are on, the uniform debate will probably never come to an end. As long as teenagers continue to be expressive, there will always be an argument against taking that expressiveness away through cookie cutter clothing choices.

By Tahj Christian West Side Times West Side Academy of Information Technology and Cyber Security has started creating Sleep Mats for the homeless as part of their High School Capstone project through the DPSCD Go Green Challenge. This year, the entire school came together to create parns from recycled plastic bags, which the Green Panthers (the WSA Green Team) will crochet into sleep mats that people can use to keep their bedding dry when sleeping outdoors. The bags need to be cut, linked together and rolled up into “plarn” balls before they can be crocheted. The plarn balls require a lot

of hands on work, so in order to incorporate school wide involvement.

West Side Senior Tahj Christian said: “It took us more than a week to crochet the blankets together. The hardest part was trying to crochet the bags without them ripping in half.” West Side created a competition to see which class could create the longest chain of plastic bag links. The competition was a success, and Ms. Danyelle Logan’s home room even created a chain that was able to wrap around the entire school twice! Senior Shaylan Harden


LEFT: WSA students created blankets out of donated grocery bags. RIGHT: Seniors Shaylan Harden and Taja Evans work meticulously to create their blanket. 

said, “It feels good to be able to give back to those who are less fortunate.” Senior Taja Evans shared his

sentiments. “You can reuse just about anything to help other people in need.”


​Future Project hosts workshops on dating violence By Iyana Hardy Voice of the Ville Healthy relationship consists of several factors: trust, respect, communication, and honesty. If any of these factors are absent, an unhealthy cycle starts and the down spiral of a relationship begins. Too often particularly, teens are involved in unhealthy relationship which often result in dating violence. Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional and/or sexual. East English Village’s Future Project hosted a series of dating violence prevention workshops for both young men and women. These workshops consisted of guest speakers and focused on reducing risk factors and fostering protective factors within teen dating violence. Some panelists were former students, such as Diamond Mason, Alaysia Means, Dominique Mathews, as well as current EEVPA Teacher, Sirian Woods and Youth

Mentor, Ray Winans. “It is important to create spaces like school communities, where the behavioral norm is not tolerant of abuse in dating relationship”, said Sirian Woods.

East English VIllage Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when teens are empowered through family, friends and other role models to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships. “The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted”, Woods adds.  Teen dating violence is a widespread issue that has serious effects. Feeling safe in a relationship is crucial. Healthy dating relationships require responsibility and mutual respect.


Students listen to panelist discuss methods of teen dating violence prevention.

THESE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR HELP: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7266) Emergency Help: 911

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FOREST ROCHON JR. By Imani Harris | RHS Stentor Forest Rochon Jr. was more than a hashtag, and he meant more to people than they could ever put into words. His remembrance candle-light vigil epitomized the damage of gun violence as well as the community it fosters. Members of the community gave support to each other after his murder. These photos speak to the resilience of a community, the life of a local legend, and the love that a community needs to heal itself.


LEFT: Many attended the memorial vigil. BELOW: Mikiah Kener, the young woman who prayed for Forest’s spirit and his family, comforts a member of Forest’s family as she grieves her lost.



TOP: Forest’s girlfriend, J’Niya, speaks while family and friends listen in support. BOTTOM: Forest’s former teacher speaks about the impact Forest had on her. All eyes are on her as she eloquently urges students to love on each other and steer away from hate.

LEFT: Green balloons were released to represent Forest’s spirit. Green was his favorite color. Forest’s family and friends brought green balloons to his candlelight ceremony, and wrote R.I.P Fo (Forest’s nickname), to pay homage to his life.

May 2017  

Vol. 2, No. 4 of Detroit Dialogue, the student voice of Detroit's high schools.

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