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Detroit PAL, area students celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day By Rhyane Banks RHS Stentor The 33rd annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, which was started in 1987 by the Women’s Sports Foundation, was celebrated Feb. 6. This year’s theme is “Lead Her Forward,” to honor the many ways that sports push girls and women to achieve excellence and realize their boundless potential. On March 2, Detroit Police Athletic League, or PAL, an organization building character in young people, celebrated the day by giving out pens, pencil and bags, and by giving girls the chance to share their love for sports through writing. Paige Solomon, a seventh grader at Crescent Academy, said she likes playing sports because it helps her become more active and fit. Aryana Martinez, a volleyball player at University Prep Academy said, “My favorite part of being an athlete is we work hard and we are pushed to do our best and we are competitive.” Brandi Seaborn, a sophomore at Cass Tech said, “My favorite part of being an athlete is meeting new people, the experiences, the love and support the coaches give, and I get to be myself.” When talking about why it was important to put this event on Ramona Cox, associate athletic director at Detroit PAL, said, “I think it is important to provide girls the opportunity to participate in sports and this event allowed us to highlight that.” Cox said she has known about this celebration for many years and since she’s been with PAL and has worked directly with girls in sports have incorporated it as a celebration.


Members of the University Prep Academy volleyball team with pencils. RIGHT: Girls from the Eagles Volleyball teams holding up the bags they received. TOP: A pencils, pen, paper and bag given out at the event.

“...It is important to provide girls the opportunity to participate in sports and this event allowed us to highlight that.” Ramona Cox, associate athletic director at Detroit PAL

2018-2019 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

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Henry Ford High School Michael Mokdad

Renaissance High School Principal Verynda Stroughter

Detroit School of the Arts Principal Lisa Reynolds

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Principal Deborah Jenkins

Southeastern High School Principal Maurice El-Amin

East English Village Preparatory Academy Principal Charlene Mallory Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men Principal Willie White

Mumford High School Principal Damian Perry

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Economic Club welcomes students By A’ryssa Cotton The Diagnostic Earlier this year a group of selected Ben Carson seniors and juniors where invited to a Detroit Economic Club Meeting. They were there to discuss the $35 million given to seven Detroit Neighborhoods to renovate and renew the areas. The meeting “was a great learning experience meeting business professionals. It made me happy seeing how they are renovating my city,” senior Andrew Reed said. Students experienced a private panel with Alicia George, owner of the Motor City Java


House and Gary Torgow, chairman of Chemical Bank and founder of Partners Detroit. Students learned things such as the struggles George faced as a black woman trying to start her business. Torgow talked about his process to get where he is today. “Going to the meeting was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” senior Mustafizur Rahman said. “Hearing how our community leaders are doing this much for the future of Detroit’s scholars has inspired me to first reach my goals and to become successful so I may give back to my community.” This January meeting was not

only a learning experience, but an experience for connections and opportunity. Rahman took the chance and spoke personally with Torgow. He later was contacted by one of Torgow’s representatives and received a summer internship at Chemical Bank. “Hearing Gary Torgow’s and Alicia George’s commitment to improving Detroit was inspirational,” English Teacher Kristen Maher said. “Alicia George’s story sent an important message to students about the power of perseverance in following your dreams and the positive impact individuals can have on their community.”


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks at the Detroit Economic Club. A select group of Ben Carson seniors and juniors were invited to attend the meeting.


Are teens misjudged? By Sarah Kabala and Mohammed Rafi The Diagnostic We believe teenagers are being misunderstood unfairly by people they interact with. Teens are a whole ball of emotions and sometimes they do not think about what might happen next. Most of them live in the moment. When their peers or adults do or say something they do not agree with they seem to let all their emotions right there. I believe it is a new day and age with new ideas. Misconceptions and stereotypes are only a part of a story. We believe that if we all take time to carefully listen to each other, we will be able to overcome all these misconceptions and misunderstandings. According to Grace Walter, an English teacher at BCHS, there are stereotypes that teenagers are selfish or that they do not care about things in the world. Teenagers also are known to be lazy, unaware, disrespectful, and do not have as much passion for certain things. Fatima Cisse, a student at BCHS, teenagers are unaware and not as open-minded but that cannot be said about all teenagers. In the world there are all kinds of people just like them, teenagers are all different. “I do care about education See TEENS on page 7 »


Emran Ali takes a turn as boxing legend Muhammed Ali. Angela Flounory’s Leadership Development recently hosted a wax museum.


By Diamond Pigram and Sherron Walker The Diagnostic During the week of Feb. 25, Ben Carson High hosted a Wax Museum of African American leaders of the past. The goal of the museum was to learn more about African American leaders who made a major contribution to our society.


The museum showcased the work of Angela Flounory’s Leadership Development course. Students were able to conduct research and reenact the people they studied. “I used the project in the past and it felt the students were teaching the adults,” said Flounory. “It was fun. I love boxing, so

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it was a great learning experience. It kept me motivated,” said junior Emran Ali, who researched boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Other historical figures represented included Malcolm X, Bill Withers, Nina Simone and Booker T. Washington. “I was able to learn that Booker T. Washington was a

great teacher to Native Americans,” junior Jamari Childs said. “He was a like a father to over 50 of them. It was a fun project, I would definitely do it again.” The students were given an opportunity to present their figure to other students. “I was excited to share my

See HISTORY on page 7 »

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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING A public forum for the community of Cass Technical High School | ctvisionary.com STUDENT LIFE

Women set to take over class of ’21 By Ama Russell CT Visionary The time has come for the class of 2021 to pick their class officers and the candidates leading the race are all black females. The century for women in politics has arrived and the sophomores at

Cass Tech have joined the wave. A record-breaking number of women ran for office in 2018 — 256 women won House and Senate primaries, which was an increasing new record. Dozens of Black female Democrats put their hats in the ring for a

political office like Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic primary in Georgia. The former House minority leader was looking to become the first black woman elected governor in the nation. We can’t forget the woman who started it all, Shirley Chisholm,

who became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and represented New York’s 12th congressional district for seven terms. Chisholm was also the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. These young ladies would make


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JUNIOR JUGGLES LIFE AS PERFORMER, STUDENT By Calyn La’Shay CT Visionary Throughout high school, we spent most of our years trying to figure out what we want to do in life and who we want to be. The process is long, arduous and often leaves us in a constant state of wonder, as we scramble to pick up the pieces and figure it out. A lot of people don’t figure it out until after graduation, but for 16-year-old Cass Tech junior E’Nya Bailey, she already has one foot in the door. E’Nya is rapper, singer, dancer and actor who goes by “Nya Kasan.” She is the oldest child of three. She has been performing since she was 8 and looks to performing as a way to express her individuality and share her story. She is a part of Cass Tech Performing Arts Guild, and has also been featured on Lifetime’s “The Rap Game” Season 5. This may sound like a dream come true, but it is not without complications. E’Nya spends 30-plus hours a week practicing music, on top of school work, and recording in the studio. “It’s difficult since I’m in the best schools in Detroit, the pressure is overwhelming which causes me to overthink a lot,” she said. E’Nya is in the process of making more music to put out. “I plan on living life to the fullest and inspiring people everywhere,” she said. Her dream school is Clark Atlanta, where she wants to study business. She doesn’t plan on stopping her career, but is looking to further it. E’Nya may be young, but she is ready to tackle whatever the world has for her. Without the support of her friends, family, and her church, she doesn’t think that she would’ve gotten this far.

their predecessors proud, so let’s meet these courageous candidates. Jayla Blanding is the front runner for president. She is a 3.9 student and an aspiring surgeon. Blanding works with her mom,


E’Nya Bailey, who goes by the stage name Nya Kasan, ventures on the next step of her career by being featured on Lifetimes “The Rap Game.”



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Co-op program builds stronger work ethic By Guadalupe Avalos CT Visionary Cooperative education,also known as Co-op, is a program that allows students to work in different businesses during school hours as a grade or school credit. Although some schools have this program available for all students, only business students have the opportunity to engage in co-op at Cass Technical High School. Most students interviewed about the topic of co-op education thought that it would be helpful and beneficial if all students could apply to co-op. Sophomore Wisdom Andino said, “Teenagers should work during high school because during this time we are learning independence.” Student Andres Morataya said that a co-op program would be helpful by “supporting their students and giving them a way to grow and learn as they become adults.” Working has its pros and cons. Two working students that work 20 to 25 hours a week gave their opinion on the topic. Student Elnora Brown says that “working helps people provide for their own stuff,” while another working student, Jayla Bracy, says that it would be a good idea for students “if you can multitask.” They also mention that dealing with homework is a disadvantage of working while in school. What if the work was a part of school? Freshman, Getsemani Gonzales from Cristo Rey High School in Southwest Detroit, tells us about the co-op program for students in her school. Gonzales works at Xalt energy company. She said, “It’s

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“Having a job forces you out of your comfort zone to learn how to communicate with others, and you learn more of what you’re going to be doing in the future while you work.” Getsemani Gonzales, Cristo Rey High School freshman

like I’m going on a field trip on my work day, but instead I’m alone and doing work.” Gonzales said there are both advantages and disadvantages to having to work once a week. “At my job, I get to learn things that would or wouldn’t benefit me when I have a future job,” she said. “A disadvantage is that I have to miss a day at school,” she said. “... Also, working in a new environment by yourself is pretty hard to do, because you don’t have many people supporting you or helping you learn to do the job in the process.” Gonzales said: “Having a job forces you out of your comfort zone to learn how to communicate with others, and you learn more of what you’re going to be doing in the future while you work. Having a job is not that hard, it just qualifies you to have the ability to be responsible for your own doings, and the maturity and patience to get the job done.” Although co-op might not be available to all students, most people agree that taking advantage of any job opportunities is a great experience to learn from.

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It’s getting a little too hot in here … Earth, that is By Arianna Mckinstry CT Visionary Earth is in a crisis, and it is our duty to help. Humans are the primary cause in the downfall of earth’s health. We spend each day tearing our home apart; littering, burning coal and fossil fuels increased use of greenhouse gases due to deforestation, etc. Although social media challenges such as the #10YearChallenge and new Netflix shows that are entertaining, we as humans should be focused on the viability of our planet. At the rate we’re going earth isn’t going to last very long with all of the harmful treatment we have been giving to it. With the climate changing for the worst and not better, we

Cass Tech will be experiencing long term effects very soon if society doesn’t change its ways. Long term effects may consist of even more severe droughts and extreme winter weather, the large increase in ocean water temperatures endangering wildlife. Marine wildlife aren’t the only ones that are in trouble but animals that walk the land that we live on are too, many wild animals are experiencing the loss of habitat due to the recent amount of wildfires happening in forests that shelter thousands of animals. With the increase of droughts and See CLIMATE on page 9 »


‘Bird Box challenge’ can be taken too far

By Courtney Mack CT Visionary Do you follow social media trends/challenges? Are these challenges dangerous? Social media makes it look so fun and entertaining. Unfortunately, social media challenges have become darker lately. They are now life threatening. Of course no one can see that people are being harmed by it because they’re too busy having fun doing it. It starts with one person coming up with something they believe is “fun” but is actually not fully thought out and could start up mischief. What makes challenges and dares online so irresistible to everyone? With the advancement of social media, people were given the ability to showcase the popular tradition of daring friends to a variety of activities like these challenges. Social media rewards crazy behavior. The more crazy, the bigger bragging rights. It affects people’s ability to think through their actions and pos-


One hundred people at Cass Tech between the ages of 14-18 have taken a survey entitled “Are you legally able to consent.” This survey was open to 50 boys and 50 girls going into depth on what they knew about consent.


Cass Tech senior Courtney Whitaker covers her eyes to imitate the actors in the movie “Bird Box.”

Cass Tech sible consequences. Is this why no one cares about challenges hurting them? A new Netflix film called “Bird Box” has stirred up a new internet challenge that’s encouraging people to blindfold themselves and then perform different stunts in public. The movie is about when a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming See BIRD BOX on page 24 »


Why do students turn to technology to cheat? By Keanna Godley CT Visionary Technological devices are everywhere around us, there’s no escaping it. Technology happens to be one of the easiest gadgets students use to cheat today according to the NYU dispatch a

Cass Tech publishing platform for student pieces. Apps such as “Photomath” See CHEAT on page 21 »

Survey asks students about consent laws

Results should lead to better education

By Amari’a Mckinney CT Visionary Recently on social media there has been an uproar of concerns


Suicide glamorized in media By Jourdin Robinson CT Visionary “Sooner or later the truth will come out. Welcome to Liberty High.” The binge-worthy show that almost every teen in America has viewed, “13 Reasons Why.” The most-tweeted show of 2017. Influential or damaging? I can think of 13 reasons this show causes more damage than good today. Teen suicide being the second leading cause of death for

Cass Tech about the documentary that aired on lifetime “Surviving R. Kelly.” The documentary tells the stories of many underage women claiming to be sexual assaulted by the famous R&B singer Robert

Kelly who is commonly known as “R. Kelly.” There have been many fingers pointed at who is wrong in the film but what the people should really be asking is what have you taught your children about

See CONSENT on page 9 »

NEED HELP? If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273TALK (8255) any time, or chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Cass Tech teens over 5,000 kids attempt it everyday in America. Have producers Jay Asher and Selena Gomez glamorized the thought of suicide? Yes. Media being most used source in today’s teens can have a positive and negative effect. Mostly negative. Creating the copycat effectyou see, you do. “13 Reasons Why” does a heck of a job, show-

ing suicide as the easy way out.” Just as many of shows, “13 Reasons Why” directs its attention on to suicide and gives teens the wrong outlook on it. The show portrayed step by step events leading into suicide instead of showing ways to prevent it. The show was based on a teenage girl, Hannah Baker in high school going through numerous events that lead to her death. See SUICIDE on page 23 »

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A public forum for the students and community of Communication and Media Arts High School | cmacommunicator.com OPINION

How to be OK with the nay Christian Johnson CMA Communicator

Many college admissions decisions are coming out, with regular decision rounds closing up. It is leaving many students anticipated with the answer from their respected colleges. Many fear the dreaded rejection letter because when received, many feel the need to give up. However, although it will feel like the end of the world, it will not be. “It was depressing getting rejected

from a college, and although I reapplied, it also led me to explore my options which is a positive,” senior Kayla Cummings. Rejection hurts no matter the cause of it, but there are always other opportunities. Thousands of students though, get rejected every year. As prestigious colleges, Stanford University and Harvard University deny 95 percent of their

applicants. Although, some may think so, rejection does not tell you are a bad student, simply that there are too many applicants for a limited space. “When students realize that decisions are based predominantly on numbers during a particularly competitive year, and not necessarily on the merits See ADMISSIONS on page 7 »



Netflix raises prices By Amaris Hampton CMA Communicator Netflix is increasing prices as of Jan. 15, 2019. According to the Verge, subscription prices are heightened due to Netflix spending money on TV shows and licensing. Funds are specifically going towards streaming the TV show “Friends,” which other online services such as Hulu and Amazon Prime don’t offer. The 4K plan will increase from $14 to $16. HD plans are raised from $11 to $13. The regular plan will increase from $8 to $9. The price will affect incoming customers promptly and current See NETFLIX on page 7 »


Self love in the black community


Jahnae Collins scores a big win for CMA volleyball this season.

Collins leads volleyball team to first regional championship By Aaron Butler CMA Communicator Jahnae Collins is a member of CMA high school’s volleyball team. This is her fourth year with the program and she is the only senior on the varsity level. “It was a bittersweet experience because I knew my high school career was going to come to an end,”

said Collins. Collins had high expectations for her final year. “I knew I had one job to do and that was to take my team all the way,” she said. Collins did just that, leading the Lady Pharaohs to a record-setting 12-2 season. To follow that, Collins and her teammates went on to win


the district championship. They also made history winning the first regional championship in the school’s 25-year history. “She turned into a monster” is what Principal Donya Odom had to say about Collins’ stellar performance during the regional championship game. Collins had the full support

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from her teammates. “She was a very hardworking and determined player, she helped our team out a lot with her wonderful playing skills, especially her hitting and I enjoyed playing with her this season,” junior Jade Jones said. Collins’ volleyball career isn’t over. She plans to play in college.

Black History Month is the time of year that we celebrate our history. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X Terrel or even recent Hicks heroes like Colin CMA Kaepernick are Communicator recognized. Additionally, people’s participation in the Black Lives Matter Movement is highlighted, but there is still a problem in our community — hatred of ourselves. Several decades ago we were taught to hate ourselves because of the color of our skin, the size of our lips and nose, and even our hair, which is still prevalent in present day America. As people of color we are degraded to this day. It’s still presented in media (Instagram, Facebook, News, clothing stores, etc.) like recently with the Gucci scandal. Gucci made a sweater that is all black and covers the mouth. The mouth is a See LOVE on page 7 »

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‘New year, new me’: But is it true? Mark Hardy II CMA Communicator

Every December, on the 31st, people tell their peers or post on social media, “New Year, New Me.” But is this true? Why do people say in the new year they will be different? Why post that you will be a new you? First, the majority of these individuals are placing unreal goals in their head to help console themselves. In an post on psycholo-

gytoday.com, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said, “You can’t change the actual events (of the past) themselves, but perhaps you can look at them differently.” Interpreting this she means that the past is unchangeable, but you can still learn from it and work on your future. I mention this because the

Communication & Media Arts quote “New Year, New Me” seems to forget about the old you. So now you’re becoming something you’re not the next day which doesn’t make sense. The intellectual way would be to accept your past, learn from it and focus on improving it in

the following year. Additionally, a lot of people have different ways of looking at goals. For example, if someone says I wish to get fit before the summer I can wish luck to you, agree with you and respect you for that goal. On the other hand, you can say that you want to be fit but where is the work put in to accomplish this goal? There’s a saying, “actions

speak louder than words.” This means that the words in your mouth are strong but the actions you do to match your words can be even stronger. Nothing in life is free. No one is going to hand you a pass or any shortcuts to get to your goals. When you put goals in your head they have to mean something to you. Setting a goal that you will never be diligent to acquire is meaningless.





customers are affected within three months. Compared with other online services, Netflix prices are respectively similar. Hulu is $7.99 per month. Amazon Prime is $12.99 per month. Streaming services such as Crackle and Tubi TV are free but don’t offer the variety that Netflix and other subscription networks do. Feedback has been conflicting. “I don’t think it will have a big impact,” said senior Tiaira Rouse when asked how she felt about the price hike. However others are concerned with how it factors into other payments. “It will add to other expenses,” said senior Kayla Cummings. Twenty students were surveyed and the results were favorable toward Netflix.

whom has her own business and participates in enrichment classes outside of school for SAT prep. Blanding’s campaign is geared towards making sure all of her peers have the resources they need to go to college. Whether that being exposure to college campuses or getting familiar with the workload, Blanding is a girl with a goal, that wants to see all of her classmates succeed. Kennedy Johnson, who is running for vice president, is on the track and cross-country team, a member of Doctors of Tomorrow Rising and a Girl Scout. She is excited to be second in command and is always willing to help her president. What’s on Johnson’s agenda is lowering senior dues and making sure everyone enjoys their last two years at Cass Tech. The candidate running for secretary is Jennifer James. James is a member of Cass Tech’s club For Girls Only, an officer in the club Curl Talk and a Wolverine Pathways Scholar. James is on a mission to bring the class of 2021 together by planning bonding activities that unify sophomores as a family. Ama Russell is the lead candidate in the race for treasurer. Russell is a member of Doctors of Tomorrow Rising, a Cass Tech Great Debater, corresponding Secretary of Jack and Jill of America, and a member of Girls in Politics. She is also treasurer of the Co-Ette Club Inc., her platform is set on making senior year as fabulous and affordable for everyone. She plans on doing this by hosting fund-raisers that showcase the class of 2021 talents like poetry slams, talent shows, and much more to make senior dues as low as possibly. Cydnee Harris running for Historian is a member of Brown Girls Read for over three years and is on the Cass Tech softball team. She is passionate about making sure every one of her peers memories are accounted for. Cydnee, if elected will make it her duty to capture everyone’s memories.

Price increase has mixed reaction among students


People of color must embrace who they are FROM PAGE 6

red oval like the lips they drew on non-African American people for laughs on TV shows and plays in the 20th century. Self-love needs to become a new hope for the community. Embrace who you are and what you are, without feeling bad about it. In the words of King: “I’m black and I’m proud of it. I’m black and beautiful.” This should be the forefront of the black community. People of color know what it’s like to feel degraded and we need to teach ourselves to love ourselves. If they don’t love us, we definitely will. “I feel like self love is important in our communities, because there would be a decrease in black on black crime,” said sophomore Demear Anderson. Senior Nathaniel Hooper said, “It’s important because if we come together we can be united, other than hating and tearing each other down.”

Candidates for CT Class of ‘21 are all black females


Wax museum shared history, information FROM PAGE 3

project with other students, it makes it real,” said junior Nahid Goni. During the week, students from other grade levels were able to visit the museum. They were able to interact with the presenters. “The Wax Museum was a success because a lot of information was shared,” Flounary said.


Some kids need to be understood FROM PAGE 3

and there are plenty of teens who care about education and plenty of teens who want to go to college,” Tafsia Tonmi said. “I believe it should only be right that all teenagers are not lumped in one unpleasantly titled group because like everyone else all teenagers are different.”


Angela Flounory’s Leadership Development recently hosted a wax museum. ABOVE: Jonnell Ealy plays the guitar like Bill Withers.

“Teens should not only be seen and not heard,” said Angela Flounory, a substitute at BCHS. “There is so much to teenagers other than what meets the eye. Some people think that teens are disrespectful when they are just trying to advocate for themselves.” Everyone has their own perspective of teens, as they were one themselves. Some are misunderstood, however, some need to be understood.


Rejection is tough but there are lots of options for students FROM PAGE 6

of the application, it depersonalizes the decision, which helps them feel better,” said Pat Rambo, former college and career counselor at Springfield High School via The College Board. While 47,450 students submitted an application to Stanford for the Fall 2018 term, only 2,040 students were admitted. Rejection is tough, but there are not 5,300 colleges in America for no reason. There are many colleges that are the right fit for you.

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THE HOWLER Detroit Cristo Rey High School | cristoreyhowler.com ACADEMICS

Seniors prepare for college Dual enrollment programs help students earn college credit By Yoceline Magdaleno The Howler Since 2015, many Detroit Cristo Rey seniors spend their last semester at the school boarding a bus each afternoon and travelling to a college or university to attend dual enrollment.

This year’s seniors have the opportunity to study at the University of Detroit Mercy, which arranges specific classes for Cristo Rey students only. This year, 50 seniors are taking dual enrollment class. Each student has two college classes they attend after they take their other five required classes at Cristo Rey in the morning. While the students have only been attending dual enrollment for a few weeks, they are already becoming more comfortable with

the college setting. “One of the biggest pros about dual enrollment is that you get to have insight of what college will be like, as in the work and projects that you will most likely get when you start your freshman year,” said Guadalupe Irineo, a senior currently taking a political science class. “It helps you build up different characteristics that you probably didn’t have in high school, like perseverance, time management, patience, etc. ...” Marco Marquez, a senior who

is taking a CAD class added: “I gain an understanding on what it means to be an adult within the workforce. For example, If I’m having problems on a specific assignment then I need to figure out how to fix it.” Seniors have noticed, however, that there are stressors that come with dual enrollment. Irineo said, “A con can be having to balance both high school work and the college work given at dual enrollment, having to take out some activities from our daily

lives to be able to complete the responsibility we have as a high school student but also as a college students.” While the additional responsibilities can be intense, Cristo Rey staff and administration want to help and guide seniors into a college mindset and believe dual enrollment is a part of this. “Classes taken in dual enrollment could lead students to a See DUAL on page 15 »



A lesson in Internet culture, going viral


Members of Detroit Cristo Rey’s debate team and journalism club heard Michelle Obama speak at Little Caesars Arena Dec. 11 for her “Becoming” book tour. Pictured (left to right): Jennifer Penaloza, Teacher and Debate Coach R.C. Thorsby, Yulisa Hermosillo, Crystal Ramirez, Tamia Willis, Sierra Dawson, Esmeralda Hermosillo, Isabel Lopez, Nicolas Perales, Omar Angeles, Estrella Escutia, and Debate Coach Katja Molinaro.

DCR DEBATE TEAM MEMBERS INSPIRED BY MICHELLE OBAMA By Esmeralda Hermosillo and Crystal Ramirez The Howler Flashing lights sparkled from Little Caesars Arena on the evening of Dec. 11, as crowds waited outside in the endless line to get at least a glimpse of Michelle Obama. It was cold, but it didn’t matter. Ten members of the Detroit Cristo Rey debate team, along with three chaperones, were among the crowd excited to see Obama on her “Becoming” book tour. Inside the arena, voices got quiet as the lights dimmed. After an energetic introduction by comedian, writer, and actress Phoebe Robinson, Obama rose as

a phoenix would and walked on stage with the song “Girl on Fire” blasting from the audio system, almost as powerful as the cheers of the crowd. Robinson, who is known for the HBO special “2 Dope Queens,” was the perfect host for the evening. The interview was natural as if they were just two best friends having a conversation on a porch on a Sunday evening. Such a fluid conversation was due to Robinson’s charisma, but also to Obama’s vulnerability of being open about her journey. Obama was not afraid of unapologetically expressing her truth. She mentioned more personal and sometimes taboo topics,


such as therapy. She was easily relatable as she talked about not only her personal experience in the White House, but about family, marriage, miscarriages, and about being a minority in a toptier university. At the same time, she made the White House feel less intimidating as she talked about raising her children there. Obama quickly transformed from her illusion of a distant and unachievable persona to someone bravely vulnerable and real. Isabel Lopez, a junior at Detroit Cristo Rey, said she was inspired by the evening. “It was amazing to hear See OBAMA on page 9 »

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By Juan Willis The Howler Late last year Netflix released the film “Bird Box,” which saw immediate success, as well as an immediate wave of memes. This sudden influx of memes into the online hub -- coupled with the suspicion that many of those who posted “Bird Box” memes were not very active on the site and had very few followers - led many to believe that the whole viral nature and sudden emergence of “Bird Box” memes was all just a marketing strategy fronted by multiple Netflixcreated accounts to infect the internet. Of course, like most theories, these claims lacked evidence and even many of the accused “bot” accounts came forward denying their alleged involvement with Netflix. Whether or not Netflix was behind these memes, there is something unique about them. The “Bird Box” memes seemingly skipped the origin in small internet communities and went viral instantly due to users sharing a common experience or event (watching the same movie). What resulted were low quality, easy to access memes that may have burned hot for awhile, but will ultimately were forgotten in a week’s time. Unlike “Bird Box” memes, memes created organically in smaller pockets of the internet tend to last longer. However, they may still suffer the same fate of their counterparts in the end with only a few memes gaining everlasting meme

status and cementing their place on the internet, though they are few are far between. This event brings up an interesting aspect of meme culture: what makes something memeable? The “Bird Box” memes are similar to other viral memes in their extreme ease of accessibility and mainstream popularity. Twitter, one of the most mainstream of social media platforms, is the perfect site for memes to either become widely popular or to even be fabricated as seen with the “Bird Box” situation. A more divisive, yet very important, part of meme culture is the hierarchy of memers and their role in a meme’s life cycle. Generally memes originate from smaller, more closely knit platforms such as Reddit, 4chan, and even iFunny. The memes at this point are relatively unknown and often are classified as “dank” or “fresh.” This is a critical part in a meme’s long term effect, as generally these smaller communities make higher quality memes. However, as time goes on and word is spread of a new meme, the mainstream platforms like Instagram and Twitter begin to pick up on the phenomenon and join in on the joke because, after all, a meme is just a repeated joke often varying in its presentation. The creators and original enjoyers of a meme brand the mainstream audience negatively as, “normies” and often believe that a meme is perceived to be dead once the mainstream audience gets a hold of it and crushes a memes comedic value.

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Pursue your life’s passions One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is never be scared to do what you want to do. Live the Jessica life you want Gutierrez to live and be The the person Howler you want to become. Life has many obstacles that you feel you can’t achieve, but anything can be possible. I’ve learned this lesson while making the decision to be an art major in college. Being an art major is difficult in various ways for individual people. I’ve been through ups and downs with my career interest. I am constantly surrounded with creativity, but I’ve had trouble realizing that no matter where you go, what you say, or do is something you can make into art. The beginning of my freshman year was when I began to realize this passion for art. Art can be any shape or form: the way someone speaks, writings, drawings, designs, music, cultures — everything around the world is art, but no one takes a step back to realize that. For me, the way I express my ways of art is through poetry, writing, and photography. I may need a little push to keep going from time to time. I truly do see what I can do and what I am capable of, and I was surprised. I had to take a step back with awe and realize what I am doing. I take a deep breath and admire my


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wildfires occurring simultaneously, forests are not able to recover properly and restore its’ natural structure. If you have ever watched a science fiction movie, “Into the Storm or Day after Tomorrow,” where suddenly a major tsunami, snowstorm or hurricanes hit a city and the main characters had to fight for survival trying to look for shelter and safety, you should know that it could be us any day. With the rise in earth’s overall temperature natural phenomena is bound to happen any day now. It is time for us to lend a helping rather than unhelpful hand to the earth. One solution may be to end climate denial (the denial that climate change/global warming exists), which seems

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Never be afraid of what you are interested in. If you have a passion for something then you should never give up on it; hard work does pay off. work because I did that. You can do the same. Take a step back at your work and be proud of how far you have come. Be proud you had the strength to begin something you worked hard for and be proud to finish it. Never be afraid of what you are interested in. If you have a passion for something then you should never give up on it; hard work does pay off. No matter how badly people bring you down about who you are, that should not stop you. You are in control of your life and you take control of your actions. You need to believe in yourself first. I may not be good enough for other individuals, but that doesn’t matter. It’s more important to be proud of myself, and I am. I’ve grown so much through these past four years of high school. I’ve seen, spoken, and done things that have helped me become someone better for myself. These experiences have helped me to grow and become the person I am today. Life is a work in progress. to be a largely held idea of those who own wealthy oil companies. These companies claim that fossil fuels don’t have an impact on the health of our planet, indeed which they absolutely do and has been proven by several renowned scientists who work with NASA. Major companies don’t only hold this responsibility for restoring the Earth’s well-being, anyone can help and everyone makes a difference. The simple act of cleaning up litter in the streets and recycling would make a huge positive impact. Other ways to establish a more ecological friendly footprint is to travel less by car, reduce the amount of energy you use on a daily basis, and conserve water. The next time you happen to watch a science fiction movie that involves a natural disaster, consider how you help the planet.


Review: Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ highlights interesting characters By Giovanna Gomez The Howler “Glass” is the third installment of the “Unbreakable” series directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It’s about three men who believe they have superhuman abilities. All three films star Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy. In the first movie, “Unbreakable,” we are introduced to David Dunn (Willis) and Elijah Price (Jackson). David Dunn has superhuman strength and the ability to see people’s sins or wrongdoings. Elijah Price, or Mr. Glass, is very intelligent. In the second movie we are introduced to Kevin Wendell Crumb, who has multiple personality disorder. One of his personalities is the “Beast,” it inhabited an animal’s abilities at the zoo. He has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, pain suppression, and wall-crawling. In the final movie all these characters are brought together to fight against each other. Kevin, or the Beast, kidnaps four cheerleaders and one of the personalities is telling them all about the beast and what he can do. Now


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a woman come from a place like mine,” said Lopez. “It’s so inspirational because through hard work she made something of herself.” “Becoming” Offers Even More of Michelle Obama Obama’s appearance at LCA was full of revealing moments and


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consent? Have you equipped them enough for the real world, when it comes to sexual activity and consent? One hundred people at Cass Tech between the ages of 14-18 have taken a survey entitled “Are you legally able to consent.” This survey was open to 50 boys and 50 girls going into depth on what they knew about consent. Seventy-eight percent of the students answered yes to dating someone older than their age leaving the other 22 percent with a no. The tables then turned when being asked dating someone younger with 56 percent of the students answered yes and 44 percent no. Going more into depth there

David wants to find the Beast to save the girls. One afternoon, David goes to an area with warehouses and runs into Hedwig, one of Kevin’s personalities and sees a vision of him talking to the missing girls. He goes to one of the warehouses and frees the missing girls only for the Beast to show up. They have a fight, they end up outside to find Dr. Ellie, from a mental institution to take them away. She runs a series of test on them to get a clear image of what their brain looks like. Elijah plans an escape for all three of them. They make it outside where the Beast and David have another battle. Joseph (David’s son) tells the Beast what happened to Kevin’s father. Elijah had done something to the train, same train Kevin’s father and David were in, that caused the train to crash. David sees a symbol on Dr. Ellie’s arm and finds out she works for a secret organization. All three of them are killed. At the end of movie, we see that Elijah

was recording the whole thing and sent it to his mother, Joseph, and Cassie. The three of them released the video so the other people like Elijah, Kevin, and David can see it and come out. “Glass” isn’t like your typical superhero movie. While your typical superhero has their powers given to them, the characters in this movie are sick and gain their powers that way. They use their sickness to their advantage. Elijah had bad bones so he relied on his brain. Kevin went through a traumatic childhood and attained other personalities; one of them being the Beast. David never got sick or injured and realized that his superhuman stamina was what was helping him. Shyamalan did a great job of creating characters with an interesting background. He took his own twist on your classic superhero movie. He created heroes or villains who you wouldn’t usually expect to be one. He concluded the series in an interesting way. He found a way to bring all the characters together and didn’t leave any big details out.

inspiring stories, but it was only the Spark Notes version of her life. Her book “Becoming” creates a much more intimate relationship between her and the reader. The book centers around her life from growing up in Chicago to life after the White House. Not many people know Obama’s determination developed early in childhood. Even before she started kindergarten, Obama had a love of reading. Once in kindergarten, her reading ability placed her at the top

of her class. Ambition drove her to go beyond her standing and her mindset was set on improvement, whether it was learning the piano, or studying in school. This passion to be better and to improve led Obama from a community in Chicago — that doesn’t seem that different than Detroit — to success. By sharing her story in both the book and the tour, Obama sends the message that there is no excuse to not succeed, as long as you have passion.

was some interesting discoveries about our adolescents. Sixty-eight percent of people voted that they have engaged in sexual activity with someone who was older than them. Michigan’s legal age of consent is 16 years although 81 percent of the students said the right answer which is 16, but 15 percent said that 17 is the age of consent and 5 percent said that the age of consent in Michigan was 13. When asking if a 15 year old could consent to a 17 year old in sexual activity, 37 percent of people voted yes. Which is really contradicting due to the fact that only 20 percent of the students got the age of consent wrong. How can a 15 year old consent to a 17 year old if Michigan’s legal age of consent is 16? The students were given a scenario: “You’re 17 years old. You’re dating someone who happens to be 25. Your in love with him/her and age doesn’t matter to either of you.

You’re parents happen to find out, now they are trying to press charges. Can they do that if you consented? Why or why not?” One response stood out the most, “No, because as long as you’re at the age of consent or older you should be able to consent to any age” given by a 16 year old female.” After reviewing this survey there is a clear understanding that some of our population of adolescents don’t quite know much about the law of consent. This situation should open the eyes of parents and adolescents everywhere. There are some things that schools don’t teach kids thoroughly that the parents must take responsibility to teach themselves. Consent is a big criteria that kids should be taught earlier than sexual contact. Before they learn about sexual activity they need to learn about when your able to say “yes.”

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THE DSA MIDTOWN TEA Detroit School of the Arts | dsamidtowntea.com OPINION


Ignorance isn’t an excuse!


Mr. Holden is inspiring, empowering, and educating future engineers to take part in a club that could change technology forever.

Teachers pitch in to keep robotics team at DSA

By Subria Burkhalter The DSA Midtown Tea In 2014, Detroit School of the Arts was at risk of losing its Robotics Team due to its coach retiring. To continue the team needed someone to fill in as coach, a Detroit Public Schools employee was the team’s only option. Mr. Holden, the former robotics team coach himself, wanted Detroit School of Arts to maintain their team. He asked all the math and science teachers if they would be willing to coach the team. After being turned down Dr. Reynolds, Detroit School of Arts suggested Lemmons. Lemmons later agreed to be the coach and Holden would assist her. Thus began the Detroit School of Arts new coaching team, “HoldenLemmons.”

Knowing that robotics is expensive and that Detroit School of Arts had little to no funds to support robotics, Holden started selling drinks to help raise what was needed, with the assistance of Lemmons. They started little, selling only drinks in a small space. However, Holden added more items including chips, fruit snacks, etc, using a larger space to accommodate everything. The funds raised from selling drinks and snacks has and continues to buy robotics supplies and tools. Holden’s way of recruiting students for the D-Tech family was in the morning while greeting students and checking their bookbags. His technique of recruitment is checking them out to see if they are robotics material. Once Holden is


convinced that they have what it takes, he talks to them about potentially joining the robotics family. Holden never took “No” for an answer. When students give him excuses about their performances or their major, he reminds them of a instrumental student, also the captain of the robotics team, awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship. He tells them of other students who were admitted to colleges and universities and received scholarships because of their involvement with robotics. When students say they don’t know anything about robotics, Mr. Holden tells them he will teach them. Holden is extremely dedicated to the robotics team, empowering and inspiring youth, teaching them the skills

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they need to build, program, and drive the robots. Mr. Holden believes that students can be successful in robotics. Whether the student drilled holes, wired the board, installed the program, each student experienced success in the building and operating of the robot. Holden has inspired, empowered, and educated the DSA robotics family. He is a change agent and he helps students become change agents too. Changing the students’ mindset from “I can’t” to “I can.” By changing their mindset, students change their attitudes and their behaviors. I can speak for the entire D-Techs family when we say that we are honored and grateful to have Holden as our mentor because he is truly one of a kind.

By Taylor Kaigler The DSA Midtown Tea Kaitlyn Moore, vice president of Student Council and Thespian Society, said: “White people are very desensitized towards other cultures, races, and religions. Nobody teaches you about real life situations. You have to get out and learn them on your own. “Since people aren’t put into a particular situation where they have to learn it, they don’t think that they should have to, because it’s not their ancestry or lifestyle. They don’t have to live in poverty or get stopped by the police, because of the color of their skin, living in fear of their sons dying at an early age or going to jail. “Young black women live in fear every day that they will not succeed. You only understand what you’re accustomed to and if you’ve grown up around privilege then that’s all you’ll know unless you put yourself in a situation to learn.” Ignorance is not only one’s lack of knowledge on a matter, but the failure to understand it even after realizing the fault at hand. One who does not understand a topic is not exempt from gaining knowledge on the issue. What was once irrelevant could become a major issue in a matter of seconds, because of the difference in opinion. Many people in today’s society are not aware of issues such as cultural appropriation, colorism, racism, etc, because it isn’t targeted towards them. Such belief would be like thinking slavery is irrelevant to every other race, because it did not happen to them. History class can only teach us so much before we are exposed to different issues in life that we are ignorant to, but doesn’t become a problem until one is stuck in their own ways on a issue they know little to anything about. In a blog post on psychologytoday.com, Dr. Jennifer L. Kunst wrote: “As we grow and become more independent, we must develop an adult mind of our own. Ignorance is bliss on the one hand; curiosity and the thirst See IGNORANCE on page 22 »

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Senior class adviser Janie Hubbard said, “Knowing that I helped somebody is the best part of my job.”


Seniors honor ‘Ms. Janie’ By Van’Naisa Cook Voice of the Ville East English Village is proud to have Janie Hubbard, affectionately called “Ms. Janie,” as the senior advisor and much more. Since 2012, Hubbard has been responsible for distributing school uniform shirts, running the concession stand during and after school, organizing senior activities including the homecoming dance, pinning ceremony, senior luncheon, athletic night, college and careers events, and hosting senior-parent meetings.

Additionally, she serves as a liaison for community and school initiatives. “I saw how hard Coach Oden and the ELA teachers were working to help students, so I wanted to help,” Hubbard said. Hubbard said she saw the opportunity to help students and she took it. “Knowing that I helped somebody is the best part of my job,” she said. She is well known; staff and students appreciate all the hard work she does at the Ville.

“Don’t cross the red line,” Hubbard says, as students line up to get their school shirts. She truly motivates students to dream big and urges them to make a difference. She emails and texts students, constantly. Students are urged to read the online Senior Bulletin which makes her job easier. One thing she said she struggles with when doing her job is dealing with combative people, who make her job difficult. Hubbard is a very hard-work-

ing woman, who cares more about helping people than about getting a paycheck. “It’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot tougher to make a difference,” one of her favorite quotes, which describes her perfectly. She really makes a positive impact at EEVPA, and just think, she doesn’t get “paid.” Although her job is stressful, she is compassionate about it. Hubbard said she feels that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something; so, she’s just doing her part.


Program drives student success By Tashaylah Homesly Voice of Ville Teachers and students have been using a new learning program this school year called Achieve 3000. It’s designed to help teachers incorporate instructional practices to elevate student learning through customized online instructions. At the Ville, students are completing assignments on Achieve 3000 several days a week. They are assigned activities in English and social studies classes, and for many, their reading level scores are increasing. Achieve 3000 is a useful learning tool that can help increase reading comprehension skills and prepare juniors for SAT and ACT Tests. Many seniors are improving reading skills through Achieve 3000, and some will provide prospective colleges assessment reports that showcase their progress. Doing this may even increase seniors’ chances of being admitted to the college of their choice. Senior Deshawn Durr said, “The program is an easy, organized way to do assignments, and you can monitor your own progress.” Achieve 3000 also recognizes students for their efforts, and it will send congratulatory emails to administrators, teachers and the students who excel. Senior Ivy Ellington received special honors for earning the highest Achieve 3000 score in Michigan on Jan. 14.



The St. John Clinic is open daily and located in D Wing on the first floor of the school. The clinic is a part of St. John Providence Community Health Initiative, which is committed to improving services to promote good quality life for the communities they serve.

NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION? St. John Clinic is open for business at the Ville

By Jordan’ Burkes Voice of the Ville At the Ville, the St. John Clinic is open daily. Not every high school can boast of having its own clinic, so students at East English are glad to be the exception. The clinic is actually a doctor’s office located in D Wing on the first floor of the school. The medical staff is pleasant and very familiar with students. Often, they will participate in school activities; they enjoy supporting the students and staff at the Ville.

Just recently, students participated in a school-wide GYT (Get Yourself Tested) event sponsored by the clinic. Hundreds of students were tested for sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and AIDS. The clinic is a part of St. John Providence Community Health Initiative, which is committed to improving services to promote good quality life for the communities they serve. At the school, the clinic’s mission is to provide comprehensive health care and

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education for students, and to promote a healthy future of communities by addressing the physical and emotional needs of children. According to St. John Providence Hospital, there are multiple school-based health centers in public schools, including Garvey Academy, Nolan Elementary Middle School, Cornerstone Schools and Clintondale Community Schools. St. John Providence SchoolBased Health Centers assert healthy children miss fewer school days. Moreover, they are

better equipped to peacefully settle verbally and physical disagreements. “By providing easy access to health care, our clinics are helping to ensure improved health, better well-being and success of youth; our programs nurture the body, mind and spirit through traditional physical care as well as mental and spiritual support,” said nurse Michelle at the Ville’s clinic. “We also provide health and educational programs for See CLINIC on page 15 »

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CARMAKERS VIE FOR ATTENTION AT AUTO SHOW Automakers unveil new models at Detroit event


By Jorge Reyna The Howler he 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opened to the press Jan. 14. Excitement filled downtown Detroit as news stations, print publications, and all kinds of journalists wanted to be the first to spread the word about what was to be unveiled. The press visitors were entertained with the many simulators, an adult-sized jungle gym, and of course, being able to see the newest 2019 models of cars and trucks. The Ram 1500 was a big attraction at the 2018 show, and it didn’t hesitate to amaze everyone once again being awarded 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The truck was unveiled to be carrying a nearly 20 foot trophy in the bed of the truck. Ram also unveiled more of the half ton, 3/4 quarter ton, and 1 ton trucks. Strength being a big factor for the Ram trucks as the 1 ton trucks are able to haul up to 35,100 pounds. The Ram 1500 still being able to haul an impressive 12,700 pounds. As the half ton trucks are the number one volume sold vehicle in the United States it was big competition for Ram. Nick Cappen, media relations for Ram, states all the new features of the 1500, ¨puts them ahead of the competition. In terms of new we have a four corner air suspension system, we have a mild hybrid technology, we have an interior with a twelve inch screen, and the ride quality. Everything about this Truck puts us ahead which says for itself by taking awards like the Truck of Texas, the Motor Trend Truck of the Year, and most recently the North American Truck of the Year. Dodge also made an impact to the viewing eyes of all different journalists, especially in the 2019 dodge challenger “red eye.” The car carries 797 horsepower, a wide body challenger that is 3 inches more than the regular challenger, and with an affordable price point. Mike Trostle, FCA head of design for Dodge, was focused on bringing back the “hayday” muscle car as it was back in the 70’s he says.



Student journalists from the Crain MSU Detroit High School Journalism Program attended the Press Preview of the North American International Auto Show. The students worked side-by-side with the international press. ABOVE: Detroit Cristo Rey student journalist Jorge Reyna with the Ram 1500 pickup.

¨The Challenger has been around since 2008 and we compare it to the Jeep Wrangler and how its a timeless design. The only thing is we continue to apply powertrain upgrades, new technology to modernize it, and being able to evolve the esthetique to make it look good. With Dodge we are considered America’s performance brand, everything we do in the design side of things is to make the cars look emotional as possible to give our customers goosebumps. Our cars aren’t subtle and thats great because that’s what our customers want. Chevrolet didn’t shy away to getting some big attention also. One of the most famous hometown brands caught the eyes by unveiling vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The off-road Colorado ZR2 also hit big attention for Chevy in terms of technology with 3.6L V6 engine


The Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 a popular exhibit at the North American International Auto Show.

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The introduction of the RAM Power Wagon drew lots of attention at the January show.

Ram stampedes into 2019 with pickups RHS STENTOR

Hyundai CEO WIlliam Lee tells of his experience working with Hyundai and why he loves his job.

The auto show was an experience By Francois Benson RHS Stentor Student journalists from various Detroit high schools were granted two-day press passes to attend the auto show, Jan. 14-15, to attend press conferences with journalists and reporters from around the world. The North American International Auto Show held annually in Detroit at the Cobo Center. NAIAS usually occurs in January, with big automotive companies displaying vehicles that will debut in summer, as a way to get people excited for their cars. Day 1: Meet the Press Representatives from the world’s biggest automobile players gathered together Jan. 14, including companies such as Ford, Ram, Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, GAC, Lexus, and Subaru. Perhaps most notable was Ford’s conference, due to its creative interaction with the audience. Ford’s executive vice president, Hau Thai-Tang, greeted the audience and explained how working with Ford has impacted his life, and how the company takes pride in bringing safe vehicles to an industry that benefits society in a myriad of ways.


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Thai-Tang ended his speech by inviting members of the audience to wear VR headsets located under their seats. Audience members became Ford drivers using VR headsets, driving virtually inside Ford’s new Explorer ST at its reveal. After the end of Ford’s press conference, other companies in the motor industry were given the chance to show their conference Following the countdown for Hyundai’s press conference, a montage of achievements greeted attendees, then a glimpse of its plans for 2019. Consumers shared

their experiences, with resounding support for the brand. Hyundai then revealed the latest edition of its previous awardwinning vehicles, the Hyundai Genesis G70 and the Hyundai Kona. William Lee told the audience he did not think the company would make innovative new editions of the two models, but it surprisingly created the Genesis and Kona 2018 models. Genesis competed against the Honda See EVENTS on page 14 »

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After challenged to beat another person’s score, RHS student journalist DuRon Grant takes a try at the game.

By Ja’Lynn Jones The Diagnostic Senior Isaac Whitfield and I attended the 2019 North American International Auto Show Preview Press Conference held in January at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Attending conferences for several companies such as: Dodge Ram, Chevrolet, Jeep, Toyota and more. One company’s conference stood out the most: Dodge Ram. Introducing three newly designed trucks: The Ram 2500 Laramie Black, The Ram Heavy Duty 3500, and The Power Wagon. Each one holding a different capability from the next. The Heavy Duty 3500 has a groundbreaking torque of 1000

with a 6.7 liter cummins turbo diesel engine. Along with the torque and diesel engine, it has a 6.4 liter Hemi VA and an eight speed transmission. The Ram 2500 Laramie Black has coil link suspension, optional rear suspension, and supplemental air suspension. The Power Wagon offers front and rear locking, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, a two inch lift and extensive under body armor. Ram is the only company to offer a “mobile office” with adaptive cruise control, swift stopping, and full speed forward collision warning with auto emergency braking on both the truck and towing trailers.

Auto show brings out inner child By Tammie Clark CMA Communicator This year’s North American International Auto Show was my first. I was able to attend on behalf of my school’s newspaper. It was by far the greatest experience I have ever had. I was able to talk to many people about cars and how they function. I had no understanding of what it all meant, but I was living in the moment. I also learned a lot by sitting in conferences. Though my favorite car is a Ford F-150, I fell in love with RAM. RAM released three new trucks: RAM 3500, RAM 2500 Laramie Black, and RAM Power Wagon. RAM had the highest sells of 2018, ranking number two in heavy duty pickups. CEO of RAM Reid Bigland had a lot to say about each individual truck.” This is a truck that is destined to make an impression,” Bigland said, referring to the 3500 Heavy Duty. He also showed enthusiasm for the new products when belted out, “How about a RAM


CMA Communicator’s Tammie Clark is interviewed by Duron Grant from the RHS Stentor.

POWER WAGON.” Aside from talking to people and sitting in conferences, I was able to let out my inner kid and just have fun. I was able to walk around and sit in different cars and trucks picturing myself owning one in the future. I also ran into staff from other schools. I was able to see Duron Grant from the RHS Stentor. I met Duron during the summer at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association summer workshop and hadn’t seen him since then. I was really happy to see him, just to catch up and talk about the auto show itself and several cars that were showcased.

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Nissan Motor Co. was the first automaker to put an all electric model into mass production since 2011.

Nissan unveils electric concept By Aja Gaines CT Visionary Every year Michiganders gather to visit the Detroit International Auto Show to view new car models and get a taste of the luxurious comfort. This year we may witness a hint of the future. On Jan. 14, Nissan unveiled the IMs concept EV at the Detroit Auto Show. Nissan Motor Co. was the first automaker to put an all electric model into mass production since 2011. The new Nissan IMs is an electric futuristic ride that is put between a crossover and a sedan. The IMs embodies

suicide doors on the rear. It also contains two electric motors on each axle, 483 horsepower and 590 lbs-feet- of instant torque. There is a 115 kWh battery that holds a range of 380 miles. The Nissan IMs is allegedly known as an aerial sports sedan that takes advantage of the powertrain technology developed through Nissan intelligent mobility. Le Vot, the Chairman of Nissan North America said that the electric car platform used for the IMs concept will not come to market further on 2022 when the current five year plan is complete.


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Insight and Volvo S60/V60, and the Kona bested the Acura RDX and Jaguar I-Pace and won the top 2 awards at the auto-show. Lee said that the company will “cherish this award and continue to push out greatness for its valued customers.” Day 2: Explore Jan. 15 saw no scheduled conference. Cars rolled in and found positions where the places where the previous conferences had taken place. People could enter vehicles to get a feel of what they offered. In addition, auto show attendees could experience racing simulators and VR all-star baseball, offered by Chevy and Hyundai. Simulators and games were accompanied by a complimentary charging station, for guests to take a break from walking and share thoughts. People seated watched others take a shot at the experiences. A Hyundai company representative stood by the race simulator to a brief history of the simulation and its purpose. In light of the game and simulators offered you were also given the chance to communicate with others and witness news reporters capture their stories while you were given the chance to explore the cars.

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One of the most anticipated models revealed at the Detroit auto show was Ford’s Cop SUV, the Ford interceptor. Ford gave its new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor SUV a flashy appeal reveal that left everyone speechless. Attendees of the conference became subjects for the reporters as well. Attendee James said he believes that Ford hosted the most promising conference this year. “Ford overall has wowed me the most, especially with their new GTA 500 vehicle, it feels so smooth.” The 2019 North American auto-show was impressed others as well. “We kind of followed up after the conference was over, and picked up from there, we were still amazed by the overall presentation of the Auto-show,” attendee Eric said.


Ford’s exhibit at the North American International Auto Show always draws media attention.


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with best-in-class horsepower, hard-core gear and segmentexclusive components. Monte Doran, Chevrolet spokesperson, was very focused on the performance on all cars/ trucks. As the wide range of different models certainly attracts more customers to wanting to own a Chevy car or truck. “As far as performance we have a performance car for whatever you would like. If you live on the fast side the ZR1 will go to 0-60 in 2.85 with 755 horsepower and that’s just an example of what Chevrolet has to offer. We have a broad range for enthusiast, different brands offer and publicize one car, that is why Chevrolet I think is more connected with our customers because of our range of models and prices.” No matter what you what to see the auto show had it. If you wanted to know about the technology of the newest car models, the auto show told you. If you wanted to go see your dream car, the auto show had it. It’s no doubt that it was another successful year in Downtown Detroit at the Cobo Center


Those attending the auto show saw “dream cars” everywhere, including this Chevrolet Corvette.

despite of the cold weather. Although the show was successful it will not return again in the winter as it was recently announced that the North American International Auto Show will be taken place in the summer of

2020 on the week of June 8. Although it is moved to a different season of the year, Downtown Detroit will still bound to be packed by enthusiast that wants the see the latest model of their favorite car.

The scene at the show … By Kandi Alexander The DSA Midtown Tea Two Detroit School of Arts students had the attended the iconic North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. were people from all over the world that travel hours just to see cars ranging from self-driven to cars dedicated for one person. There were even cars that could detect your personal appearance. What better place to have an auto show other than Motor City?

We were able to get many different perspectives on the car show not only from interviews, but behind camera conversations. However, as much as we would like to speak about the cars. We really wanted our focus to stay on the process and time it took to set up in the Cobo Hall building and build the small sceneries that each company used to help make their car stand out. One employee told us that they start setting up the show three days before the event starts.

From food to props everything has to be planned in advance in order to make sure there are minimal mistakes once the doors open. Each company on display were invited to this intriguing event and benefit from the tickets bought at the auto show. Many people come and go from different cities and states. A lot of effort during and after the auto show is put into the image given while cars are presented and making sure that it stands out from the rest.

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Assistant principal by day, entrepreneur at night By Jalicia Smith Voice of the Ville Assistant principal Nadonya Muslim’s mission at the Ville is to inspire young women to be who and what they aspire to be in life. She models what she preaches. Muslim launched a second career in the beauty industry with her cosmetic line called Tauntus Cosmetics. On Jan. 5, 2017, her business hit the market. What makes Tauntus special is there are no paid employees, just great friends and family who volunteer. Tauntus Cosmetics include lip gloss, lip liners, lip sticks, sugar

East English Village lip scrubs (for men and women), T-shirts, mirrors, and soon to come are tote bags. Muslim advertises her business on Facebook, Instagram, flyers and by word of mouth. Muslim participates in tons of business events, especially bazaars. Now, Tauntus Cosmetics can be found in Macy’s at Twelve Oaks in Novi, Michigan, and Lenox Mall in Atlanta. Soon it will to be in Los Angeles. Her product is also sold in the Bahamas.

Tauntus is manufactured in America and can be purchased online at tauntuscosmetics.com. As an entrepreneur, Muslim pays special attention to laws and contracts associated with her business to prevent lawsuits and unethical practices. A lot of her success derives from her personally promoting her products in the community and on social media. Muslim’s company also helps the community, and soon she will speak at an event hosted by the Department of Children’s Services. This event is to teach women how to start a company


A Tauntus Cosmetics model Starrambrosia shows the company’s products. Assistant Principal Nadonya Muslim launched the company in 2017.

without any funds. “In five years, I see myself as an assistant principal and a millionaire,” said Muslim. Muslim said she hopes to

continue working as an educator so she can make a positive impact on many young people’s lives and shares her story of making her dreams come true.




Senior Destinee Taggart’s “I Love Detroit” captures city landmarks.


Students ‘dream Detroit’ for Pistons art contest

Lady Bulldogs leading scorers are (left to right), shooting guard Alexis Thompson, point guard Kendal Taylor, and center and reigning Miss Basketball Jayla Smith.

EYES ON THE LADY BULLDOGS By Zy’Keius Williams Voice of The Ville The varsity Lady Bulldogs are having a great basketball season, with a 12-1 record. And, with their momentum, more wins are expected. The team, led by the Big 3, seniors Alexis Thompson, shooting guard, Jayla Smith, small forward and Kendall Taylor, point guard is very talented and dedicated. Alexis “Ace” recently said, “Our team’s goal is to win PSL


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career goal,” said principal Kevin Cumming. “Many students participate in the program to feel comfortable about future decisions made in college.” Faculty from University of

and the City championship.” There is a lot of hype about the Lady Bulldogs. “Being an ‘unselfish’ team is a big factor in their success,” said senior Donyele Valentine. “Another reason they are successful is the whole team is on the same page. They want to win. They are committed and work hard,” added Donyele. Ace is quick to point out

her frame of mind for every game, “I want to embarrass my opponents, especially ranked players that feel like we are underdogs.” Their last two games were spectacular. In a game against Denby’s Tars, the Lady Bulldogs pulled off a 60-39 win with Ace scoring 26 points. Then, in the following game, Feb. 5 against Central’s Trailblazers, the Ville’s score board was blazing with the final score of 64-16.

Detroit Mercy also believe in the benefits of dual enrollment. “Students get away from high school and into a different environment.” said Robert Berg, political science professor at Detroit Mercy. “You get a college experience before enrolled, receiving credits allowing, flexibility in electives.” Despite the additional stress, students also see the benefits.

“I feel that dual enrollment will help prepare me for college because it’s basically a little insight on how a college class will be like,” Irineo said. “The professor will treat you as a college student, not as a high school student. Getting work handed to me in dual enrollment and having deadlines is going to help my mindset change from a highschool one to a college one.”

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By VanNaisa Cook Voice of the Ville Senior Destinee Taggart is taking part in The Detroit Pistons Foundation Art Scholarship Contest. Forty students from Detroit Public Schools will participate in this event, but only four will walk away with prizes; first place winner will receive a $15,000 scholarship for their outstanding poster on the theme, “I Dream Detroit.” Taggart created a collage poster of city landmarks. On it, she put a black and white photo of herself, which adds to the character of the poster. “It symbolizes my integrity and shows how I want to stand out in front of beautiful and colorful places in my city,” she said. This month, her artwork is


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youths.” To acquire any services at the school clinic, students under the age of 18, must have a signed consent form by parent. Some of the services provided

East English Village featured at the DIA for all to view. There, the public may vote for the students’ posters. When asked what inspired the idea for her poster, Destinee said, “Detroit is full of beautiful, colorful landmarks, and I wanted people to them as I see them.” Ms. Morman, Destinee’s art teacher said, “Destinee is a great student and a creative artist.” She encouraged her to enter the contest. When asked what she will do with the scholarship if she wins, Taggart said: “I am attending Harris-Stowe State University next fall, so, the scholarship will help with my college expenses.” at the clinic include immunizations, gynecological exams, pap smears, laboratory and diagnostic testing, dental, visions and hearing screening. The clinic offers sports physicals and pregnancy tests. They even have individual, group and family counseling. For students who need substance abuse and behavioral modification services, St John Clinic has special programs.

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




As a part of the living museum, Juniors Antonio Hatcher, Caron Williams and sophomore Shareontay Burrell depict slaves and owner.

MLK EVENT EXPANDS TO 2 DAYS By Shakyra Blackburn Crusaders’ Chronicle What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day without King High School’s annual event? The 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Awards and March turned into a two-day celebration themed “The Audacity to

Believe…The Dream Lives!” It is a time when the community comes together to witness representations of King’s beliefs for all people. Different groups, clubs, and organizations like the United Automobile Workers extend their support to make this successful.

“Each year the theme set the tone and our message to support Dr. King’s legacy. It was important it related to Dr. King’s words, vision, and drive his legacy to the masses,” said UAW International Representative See MLK on page 18 »

By Taylin Ford Crusders’ Chronicle The King’s boys varsity basketball team led by coach George Ward won their second Division 1, District Championship. They had wins over Cass, Melvindale, and Western. On Monday, Feb. 25, the team knocked out Cass in double overtime with a score of 55-51 at Western High School. “Any time you have a close basketball game it comes down to possession for possession. We practice everyday working on winning possessions. We had a great game plan,” said Ward. “Cass had some wonderful players. I think ultimately our ability to defend and execute on the offensive end is what allowed us to prevail.” By the third quarter, the Crusaders were down 10 points. Freshman point guard Chauncey Willis Jr. and sophomore shooting guard Davin Walker had their share of 3-pointers. Senior and point guard Jordan Whitford played a pivotal role in winning the game adding 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, which helped to propel King to a win. “I knew my season was almost over. I knew I had to step up and make shots for us to win so that’s what I did,” said Whitford. Another victory took place when King out shot Melvindale and won, 63-33. Even though Marcus Riley had 13 points for Melvindale, the team could not stop Willis with 12 points, senior and shooting guard Keith Tate Jr. with 11 points, and sophomore shooting guard


Senior and point guard Jordan Whitford celebrates King’s Division 1 win.

Gelil Ward with 10 points. On March 1, the Crusaders continued their quest to the top by defeating Western, 62-39. Senior and shooting guard Tate led the Crusaders with 13 points. “I’m actually feeling really good about it because as long as we stay focused and stay mentally ready, I think we’re going to make it all the way,” said Tate. “We’re prepared so whenever you’re prepared to do something success usually follows,” said athletic director and assistant principal Barry Cannon.


Defensive back awarded ‘Skip’ Willis scholarship By Apryl Long Senior Rayshawn Williams, a star defensive back, received the Byron ‘Skip’ Willis Scholarship. The family of the late Byron “Skip” Willis, a 1970 King alumnus, gives a scholarship annually to a King athlete who shows true leadership, academic success, and active community service. The legacy of Willis continues through his family in honor of him by giving back to his community. Senior student counselor Denise Barnes who


encouraged Williams to apply believes he has the necessary traits to be chosen for the scholarship. “People didn’t recognize him for what he’s worth and I saw that potential in him and asked him to apply for the scholarship. He had the leadership qualities on and off the field. He’s like a quiet storm,” said Barnes. Barnes noticed the qualities Williams has as a studentathlete and acknowledged the scholarship would benefit him as he prepares for college. Adviser: Veronica Hollis Crain Mentors: Mike Wayland & Melissa Burden

Barnes saw that he was underestimated and knew that he was valuable to the community as well as his team. Williams “Candidates had to have a 3.0 or better and some community service,” said Barnes. “Ray did help out in his neighborhood where he started a little league baseball team, and he has better than a 3.0.” His achievements on and off

the field also led to an athletic scholarship to Howard University for football. “I will be attending Howard University and majoring in supply chain management this upcoming fall,” said Williams. “I felt extremely excited when I was awarded with the scholarship.” Williams has a motivation to make his family and coaches proud. Also, he wants to be a role model for his younger siblings and do better for them. “My siblings and family motivate me on and off the

field. Having this opportunity has motivated me even more to grind in and out of school,” said Williams. Willis passed away April 7, 2016. The scholarship was initiated in June 2016 by his family to continue his belief in young people. He held steadfast to the idea that hard work pays off. “This scholarship fund was established to honor him, to continue his legacy and to encourage and inspire others to contribute to this most worthy cause,” Willis’ sister Sylvia Walker added.

Staff Writers: Shakyra Blackburn, Damyah Bowers, Taylin Ford, Apryl Long, Elizabeth Trice, Ashenna Williams

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The difficulty of being a female rap artist Rap/hip-hop is one of the biggest genres of music the world has to offer, giving generations tons of subgenres to choose Taylin from. Coke La Ford Rock and Dj Kool Crusaders’ Herc being the Chronicle founding fathers of the category, rap didn’t come into fruition until 1973. It brought a new flow of music to the 70’s. A female rep for the genre didn’t step onto the scene until the late 80’s: MC Lyte breaking that male mold. Ever since then, rap has been a genre anyone can participate in. Though it’s mainly a male dominated category, we still have many iconic female artists that killed the rap game such as Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Eve, Da-Brat, Salt-N-Pepa, Nicki Minaj and more

King recently Cardi B. But unlike their male counterparts, female rap artists combat additional criticisms especially when there’s more than one. The most recent example being Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. Nicki Minaj is a veteran in the industry, debuting with “Starships” on her Pink Friday album. The song going 6x platinum and breaking Billboard 100 history. Minaj has been a staple not only in the rap industry but the female rap industry overall. So, in a genre that isn’t known for ‘sticking’ female talent, when Cardi B planted her feet in the industry with “Bodak Yellow” going 7x platinum, the world was hostile. We saw one of two things as a result, complete love for the artist or overwhelming hate, but why? See RAP on page 24 »


Tyrone Spencer never expected to be the head coach for King’s varsity football team but when a tragedy happened, he stepped up. Under his leadership, King’s players and team have won numerous championships and awards.

FROM STUDENT-ATHLETE TO VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH By Ashenna Williams Crusaders’ Chronicle Tyrone Spencer has roots at King. He played football for four years and graduated in 2003. His mother and uncles attended Eastern High School, which became Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School. To see all of Spencer’s accomplishments, awards, and acknowledgements as head varsity football coach for King, one may find it hard to believe coaching football was never on his radar. “I never desired to be a head coach. I just wanted to come back to my school (King) and help out,” Spencer said. “Coach Harvel before he passed asked me to come help out. He gave me a bigger role than I expected. I wasn’t looking to coach. I was looking to give back to kids from my high school. It just worked out. God had other things intended.” Spencer holds respect for coach Dale Harvel, who died in 2016. This is when Spencer went from assistant to head coach. “He really tutored me and guided me. Everything I’ve learned from football has been from him,” said Spencer.

King Aside from Harvel, coach James Reynolds had an impact on Spencer’s skills on the field. Reynolds was his coach at King from 1999-2002. “When coach Reynolds came and Harvel came in the ‘80’s, they laid a foundation of hard work, effort, mental toughness, and we kept that going,” said Spencer. “We are three different coaches, three different personalities, but we went about our work the same way.” After high school, Spencer attended Grand Rapids Community College, where he continued to have a mediocre state of mind regarding academics. He eventually obtained an athletic scholarship in 2004 to attend Wayne State University, where he played under coach Paul Winters. “I decided to come to Wayne State and that was really good for me,” Spencer said. “Coach Winters always taught me things like set my watch five minutes fast because on time is late.” Spencer is driven by a deci-

sion to give his players what he didn’t get in high school. He tries to give his players a positive mindset. “I underachieved in high school and I don’t want these kids to be the same way. I wish someone mentored me and told me come here son and do this and you’re going to get here,” said Spencer. Spencer went on to mentor other minority educators. He coached Little League flag football and for WSU for a short period. Under Spencer’s assistance and leadership, King won the state championships in 2015, 2016, and 2018; the Detroit Public School championship in 2017. He is the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association 2016, 2018 Coach of the Year; the 2016 MLive Detroit Coach of the Year; and the 2017 Detroit News Coach of the Year. On Feb. 6, 16 varsity football players signed with colleges and universities, and there will be an additional five players to sign by the end of this school year. “Sometimes effort can erase mistakes if you really grind it out,” said Spencer.


Representatives from General Motors and Weber Shandwick Detroit meet with students from King and CMA to develop skills in public relations.

King, CMA students learn about public relations By Damyah Bowers Crusaders’ Chronicle King and Communication & Media Arts high schools were selected this school year to work with General Motors (GM) and Weber Shandwick Detroit Public Relations Academy. This is the first year Detroit schools will participate in the academy to teach students skills in public relations by working on an actual ad campaign. This program will serve as a feeder into Michigan State University’s public relations program. “I did a lot of public relations before I started working as a teacher,” said King’s public relations adviser Monique Guest. “We were really interested, so I thought this would be great for students.” Students from the high schools are learning the goals and steps of creating a full campaign from

King writing video scripts and press releases to developing social content. They’re forming a social circle and as the students come together their campaign will continue to develop. “I used to work with high school journalists throughout Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Free Press,” said Emiliana Sandoval, chief copy editor at GM. “I think it’s really fun to show the next generation how they can make their voice heard and enter this exciting field.” For students, this is a learning opportunity because it gives them a chance to work with people who are in the public relations field. “I feel like the program is good because it teaches us what people do on social media and how the See PR on page 24 »

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RIGHT: Math teacher Sivena Taylor educates on the lifestyle of African Americans before being forced into slavery. SECOND ROW: The exhibit in the picture is called “The Wall.” This is a depiction of young graduates ridiculed for independence, free thinking, and liberty by a group filled with stereotypical and hateful views forcefully chanting for them to go back where they came from.


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THIRD ROW, LEFT: Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Chapter assists in getting individuals registered to vote. THIRD ROW, RIGHT: Despite cold temperatures, many participated in the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy March. BOTTOM ROW, LEFT: On June 17, 2015, nine African American parishioners were murdered during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This display reminds onlookers that the same racist mentality is still prevalent. BOTTOM ROW, RIGHT: Parent William Howard-Muhammad explains to his children the significance of slaves working for the country.

Michael Joseph. “The Audacity to Believe reflected Dr. King and our country being daring to believe in living in a world of love, peace, and justice.” In prior years, the activities were showcased in one day. The community observed skits, presentations, living museum, awards program, and participated in the March. The organizers decided one day is not enough time to adequately represent the message. Principal Deborah Jenkins suggested the two-day change. “It has always been a very difficult challenge to give each segment the focus it deserved due to time constraints. We were very grateful to see such strong attendance for both days,” said Joseph. None of the activities would have been successful without the hands-on involvement of King’s students. Aside from preparing through the night, they had an opportunity to continue learning because of the exhibits. “It was a very good experience. I got to learn a lot of things I didn’t know about black history,” said junior Treasure Gales. The awards ceremony honored radio icons like Mildred Gaddis, Frankie Darcell, and the late Cliff Russell. “These legendary media giants have been ‘telling it on the mountain’ about our civil and human rights struggle as well as being very involved in the community making a difference. They not only ‘talked the talk’ on the radio but they ‘walked the walk’ in the community,” said Joseph. William “Bill” Lucy, president emeritus of the Coalition of the Black Trade Unionists, the largest labor organization for people of color with members around the world, was recognized for his work with Dr. King and Nelson Mandela. “Dr. King came to Memphis to assist the sanitation workers because Mr. Lucy invited him. Mr. Lucy and Dr. King were friends and colleagues. Mr. Lucy was on stage with Dr. King when he gave his final public speech, “I Have Seen the Promised Land” (“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”),” said Joseph. “The Mandela family invited Mr. Lucy to speak at his funeral,” said Joseph.


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Mumford High School | mumfordmustangvoice.com DETROIT

State senator sworn in at Mumford By Robert Alexander and Shanea Dinwiddie Mustang Voice Marshall Bullock, Mumford High School class of 1985, still calls the Mumford neighborhood home, and now he’s representing us in the State Senate in Lansing. On Jan. 14, Bullock was sworn in as state senator for the fourth district in the Mumford auditorium before an audience of friends, family, supporters and students. “Most of my character was built on the grounds here at 17525 Wyoming,” Bullock said. Because Mumford was and is important to him, everyone he invited to be on the stage, except for three local elected officials, was a Mustang.


“Everyone who spoke on my behalf was a graduate of Mumford except my daughter, Maya, who is a current student,” Bullock said. “I just wanted the students to know that we are from the same neighborhood. We walked the same streets, we caught the same buses. We just want you all to be greater than us.” Brett Woodley brought his civics classes to witness the ceremony. He also wanted students to see Mumford grads who are role models. I think it’s important for students to understand how the government and representatives have an effect on them, and if they learn how the system works and see positive role models from their

community, it might inspire them to want to do something along the same route,” Woodley said. According to his website, Bullock’s focus as a state Senator will include “providing kids with a world-class education, making common-sense reforms to auto insurance, and fighting for accessible, affordable health care and mental health programs.” Mumford sophomore Maya Bullock was the last speaker before her father took the oath of office. “I felt proud that my dad was doing something that’s going to change peoples’ lives. And he is going to be great at it because that’s who he is as a person — a leader!”


State Sen. Marshall Bullock, who graduated from Mumford in 1985, poses with his family after his swearing in ceremony at the school Jan. 14. Daughter Maya (far left) is a sophomore at Mumford.


Mumford debaters are new but fierce By Raechel Davis and DeAndra Welch Mumford Voice “I joined the debate team because I like to yell at people,” said senior Gilbert Jones. “My teacher just put me in debate,” freshman Kevin Adkins said. “I didn’t really know about it, but I was interested. It may seem hard, but you get the hang of it quick.” Debate is a discussion in which arguments are put forward on one issue chosen for the season. Debaters are given a book of evidence to prepare arguments for both sides of the issue. In tournaments, individuals or two-person teams face opponents from another school. They don’t know until the last minute which side they’ll have to debate. “There’s nothing to be scared of,” Jones said. “They give you the information that you need. You just have to make your argument sound convincing.” “Debate is mainly about facts,” Adkins said. “Defend yourself and your facts, and never drop an argument.” Mumford debate coach Nicole See DEBATE on page 24 »



Visitor Wilson Chang helps junior Shalanda O’Bryant write the character for her Chinese zodiac sign at Mumford on Jan 27. ”It was a good experience,” O’Bryant said.

Chemistry classes welcome year of pig By Yoder Faulkner Mumford Voice Mumford chemistry teacher Roger Chang was raised in New York and moved to Detroit in 2016. As the year of the rooster approached, he noticed that no one was planning anything. ”In New York the Chinese New Year was widely celebrated, but when I came to Detroit there seemed to be no one celebrating the holiday,” Chang said. Adviser: Sara Hennes

Because of this Chang decided to celebrate the holiday with his chemistry students. The students learned about how the Chinese zodiac signs work and what each sign means. They were also taught how to calculate someone’s age based on their sign and they practiced writing Chinese characters. “I didn’t know about any of this, so the whole thing was a plus,” said junior Alan Gee.

Some of the festivities during the New Year celebration included the giving of a traditional gift called a “Hong Bao” and eating foods such as fish snacks, coconut pieces, and Chinese fruit snacks. Students also enjoyed Chinese beverages such as yogurt soda and aloe vera water. “The food that we tried stood out the most for me,” Gee said. Junior Jataya Benson had Chang’s class last year. This year

she skipped her English class to attend again this year because she heard Chang’s uncle and dad, Wilson and Steven Chang, were here. They both came during the sixth and seventh period classes to help teach the students and participate in the activities. “Dr. Chang’s dad and uncle are just like him. So energetic,” Benson said. “We learned a lot about Dr. Chang’s childhood from them.”

Staff Writers: Raechel Davis, Yoder Faulkner, Tiana Law, Remi League, Ji’Air Levngston, Ayrionna Robinson, Daija Thomas

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A public forum for the students and community of Renaissance High School | rhsstentor.com STUDENT LIFE

RHS REMEMBERS DANIYAH By Rhyane Banks RHS Stentor On the morning of Jan. 14, friends confronted each other as they mourned the death of DaNiyah Woolfolk, a sophomore at Renaissance High School known for her bright spirit and her talent in dance. A’mya Cole described her friend in one word: funny. Whenever Cole was mad or irritated about grades, Woolfolk would say something funny to make Cole feel better. Keenan More said DaNiyah

was creative. “She could always brighten up my day.” More said one of his favorite memories with Woolfolk is when the two were in the hallway rapping and dancing, when a substitute teacher caught them. As the day went on, DaNiyah’s locker began to fill with sticky notes expressing love and memories shared. Some notes read: “You will truly be missed and I’ll miss your smile.” “Hey Niyah, I love you with everything in me. You’ll forever be

my little head.” “I love you, you light our lives up and I know you’ll always gone be with us.” A few days after her death, the hallways filled with blue, as students honored DaNiyah wearing her favorite color. Woolfolk’s locker continued to be filled with love, and her friends filled her locker with some of her favorite things: teddy bears, Sour Patch Kids candy, pictures of her and friends, and lashes. Above her locker #Forever15, as she will be remembered.


The outside and the inside of DaNiyah’s locker with sticky notes and pictures.




Other Candidates 8.4% Combined

Kamala Harris 10.2%

Andrew Yang

Elizabeth Warren 6.6%

Cory Booker

Amy Klobuchar

Kirsten Gillebrand

Bernie Sanders 74.7%

John Delaney Julian Castro Marianne Williamson

Students think ahead to 2020 RHS STENTOR

The “Report in” for the JROTC Armed Exhibition drill routine at Renaissance.


FOR BRIGADE By Antonio Green RHS Stentor RHS Cougar Battalion prepared for a March 2 competition against many other schools, including Chandler Park, Cass Tech and Wayne Memorial, as well as its Brigade for competition in Kentucky Feb. 8-10. It was the seventh annual Brigade for the Cougar Battalion. RHS Armed Commander Cox said, “We have been practicing since October, I know we will be ready for competition and brigade.” Cougar Battalion has previ-


ously placed in the top five when attending brigade, even placing top three when going to local competition. RHS second year armed exhibition team member, Jeru Cossom, said, “This routine is looking better and sharper than last year.” The Cougar battalion places faith in new additional first year armed exhibition members, Antonio Green and Lashaun Grier, as the team lost Talmage Turner, who left Renaissance. Referring to the state of the exhibition team, head of the

Adviser: Kyle Goodall Crain Mentor: Omari Gardner

armed team and instructor Sargent Varner said, “we have a very strong unit this year, we won’t be going to show up, we are going to win!” RHS second year armed team member Ayress Goss said, “Talmage was a very important piece to our routine, but I feel the people that we have added will soon be on the level of Talmage, if not, even better.” Even with the loss of Talmage, RHS cougar battalion JROTC unit said they will try their best to win this year’s seventh annual brigade in Kentucky.

By Imani Jackson RHS Stentor With the Democratic nomination process under way for the 2020 presidential election, RHS students consider social issues that matter to them and whom they’d support.. RHS Stentor polled 166 students about their top issues and preferred candidates in the 2020 election. Three-quarters of survey

respondents selected Sen. Bernie Sanders as the most preferred candidate, in a survey of 164. He was followed by Kamala Harris with 10 percent and Elizabeth Warren with 7 percent. As the issue that mattered most to students at Renaissance, racial justice led with 141 votes, followed by education with 126 votes, and Civil Rights with 114 votes.


Abortion Animal Rights Veterans Service Civil Rights Death Penalty Education Gun Issues Health Care Immigration Child Support Gay Rights Med. Marijuana Voting Rights Climate Change Racial Justice


87 (50.9%) 60 (35.1%) 38 (22.2%) 114 (66.7%) 32 (18.7%) 126 (73.7%) 105 (61.4%) 103 (60.2%) 74 (43.3%) 68 (39.8%) 79 (46.2%) 46 (26.9%) 93 (54.4%) 71 (41.5%) 141 (85.5%)






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Renaissance alum seeks to inspire By Kynnedee Cowles RHS Stentor Alton Kirksey, a junior at Michigan State, seeks to uplift and inspire with his company, Black Excellence. His brand targets African American high school students and aims to undermine all of society’s racial stereotypes about African American success, by merely, defining his own path.

Kirksey manages to do that, by networking with folks who look like him. He also uses the trending hashtag #BlackExcellence. Not only does Kirksey’s social media platform promote, but so does the merchandise he advertises and sells. Alton’s products are used as a way to express to communities what it means to be Black and excellent. Kirksey’s mom, a DPSCD

Renaissance teacher, said her son shows “how outstanding African American men and women can be.” Thus, spreading self-awareness is what he likes to do. He strives to reach out to people like customer Erica C, who said, “young Black men and women should no longer be portrayed in

a negative light.” Kirksey, a former alumnus of Renaissance High School said, “Rising above social limits, is indeed the Phoenix way.” So, “seeing young people achieve so much is inspiring,” he said. He said his work is “not (simply) important, but imperative, to remind African Americans that we are, indeed, equally capable,


SENIORITIS: REAL? OR JUST AN EXCUSE? By Morgan Boynton and Chelsea Smith RHS Stentor “Senioritis” is considered a common affiliation that senior contract toward the end of the year. Some teachers and students believe that this mental process is contrived. Others view the lack of motivation toward school as a real affliction. According to the Northwood Omniscient study, 78 percent of students suffer from senioritis. Many teachers have witnessed their students experience it, and some even empathize. Math educator Dr. Karen Harvel said: “Not every student suffers from senioritis, yet teachers should listen and be considerate by pausing your energy that are preparing for the real world that need guidance from us teachers to keep them motivated to succeed.” Senior and athlete Edward Brown said he has senioritis. “Those who are going through it may suffer from their grades slipping or feeling as if school is unnecessary,” he said. His advice: “Stick it through… if you can finish out strong, then you can finish college strong.” Senior Jalen Dunham said, “Staying organized, motivated

Renaissance and looking forward to the end goal” will help students survive senioritis. Recognizing the consequences may also be important. Along with missing school, those with senioritis face other challenges. “Just chilling” jeopardizes one’s GPA, you can also lose relationships and friendships, for example. “I believe you can honestly have senioritis and still manage your grades and relationships. You just need a balance,” said Brown. Some teachers say seniors are responsible for balancing their work and life. “You should never let your grades get below a C. If you do miss a lot of school, always make sure you get your work excused or make sure that you make it up if you can,” said Charlene Highsaw, RHS social studies teacher. “Students usually end up having their lowest GPA their last semester of high school, which can lead to a recession letter, which is very frightening,” said Kerry Williams, RHS senior anatomy and physiology teacher.

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Renaissance students Edward Brown (left) and Jalen Dunham (right) are trying to survive senioritis.


Students have mixed views on technology FROM PAGE 5




RHS Stentor staffers share their opinions on screen time, lockdown drills and music.

RHS Stentor’s Jayla Ford explores Black Beauty and Black Excellence.

RHS Stentor’s Destiny Gilbert looks at Black History Month presentation boards.

and “Slader” are available to help students in math when it comes to cheating. Gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, computers and calculators aid students in taking shortcuts instead of gathering the material mentally. While some students feel as if using technology to cheat is OK, sophomore Kalimah Woodson feels the contrary. “I feel that using technology

to cheat is taking away from the value of learning, and making students mentally lazy,” she said. Cheating on exams isn’t a new phenomenon but the use of technology recently appeared on the scene. CollegeXpress reports that most of the time students who cheat are those with a great grade point average trying to maintain that academic average. Most students cheat just to get the job done. “I do not feel as if cheating is OK as long as you get the job done, because cheating doesn’t teach you anything,” Skylar Griffin said. “If the question were to pop up anywhere else you would

and withhold talents that entitle us to rise above.” When youth look at his brand, Kirksey not only wants them to think happiness and positivity but know how to strive to “be excellent,” even if in the process of becoming excellent, means failing sometimes. His advice to young people is: “you will fail, and that’s OK, get back up and try again.”


Does Cardi B deserve a Grammy? By Isaiah Thomas RHS Stentor Social media was in uproar after Cardi B grabbed a controversial win for best rap album at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Fans were split over the decision: Some said Cardi B doesn’t deserve the Grammy, others defended her award. Most people are happy for Cardi. Celebrities took to twitter to congratulate her. Rappers Lil Kim and Remy Ma tweeted But hip hop fans were upset at Cardi’s win. They claimed that Cardi B isn’t as talented a rapper as other nominees, that she only won the Grammy because of her popularity. Commenters criticized Cardi for her win. Many people ran to social media to debate whether or not Cardi deserved the win. Renaissance was also abuzz. Renaissance junior Darrielle Johnson said Cardi B’s album was a “masterpiece.” “Cardi B worked hard on the album, so she should’ve won. All her songs were good. The Grammys wouldn’t have chosen her if they felt she didn’t deserve it.” But some RHS students suggested Cardi B should not have been up for an award at all. Jaylah Walton, Renaissance junior, said Nicki’s album “is clearly better... if she was nominated, she would’ve won.” not know how to answer it, because you cheated and did not retain any information.” In the long run a student who repeatedly cheats could possibly be affected in the future. If students have adopted a serious attitude then in the future they will not be serious in important and knowledge based offenses. In the long run you start to think if cheating is even worth it? Cheating leads to nothing but future mistakes in life, and you may not understanding the material, a dishonest life, a life of wrongfully manipulating, and dishonest behavior.

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HEAR THE ROAR Southeastern High School | SEHearTheRoar.com ACADEMICS




Admitted onsite are Jada Brewer and Destiny Grey.

U-M TAKES 7 DURING ON-SITE SESSION By Kris’Tia Maxwell Hear the Roar Seven is a magical number. That’s the number of Southeastern High School seniors who were accepted by the University of Michigan during a recent on-site admissions visit. “Being accepted to a prestigious university like the University of Michigan-Flint allows students to see that hard work pays off,” said Allan Washington, assistant principal at Southeastern. “And underclassmen can see their peers succeeding and that hopefully motivates them to want to succeed.” After listening to a compre-

New principal fields questions from students Staff Report Hear the Roar The journalism class selected as their Semester 1 final exam to interview the new principal, Maurice El-Amin, an assistant principal at Cass Technical High School. He succeeds Damian Perry, the new principal at Mumford High School. El-Amin answered questions from all nine students: Lazavier Cole, Deanna Dawson, DeAsia Freeman, Diamond Grey, Dominique Martin, Kris’Tia Maxwell, Malaya Reed, Christopher Robinson and Treyvon Simpson. Following are highlights from the hour-long session. Freeman: How did you feel about coming to Southeastern when you were first told? El-Amin: It happened so quickly. I found out just before you. I was nervous because I can see the love that you have for Mr. Perry, but I was also excited to have this new challenge in my life. Freeman: How do you feel now after you’ve been here? El-Amin: I feel blessed to be here. I love how the students interact with one another and


See U-M on page 23 »


Southeastern High School Principal Maurice El-Amin with journalism students in a roundtable interview. El-Amin replaced Damian Perry, who was named principal at Mumford High School.

how the teachers care about the students. Simpson: What steps you are willing to take to involve parents with the school? El-Amin: (Two days after arriving) was my first day meeting with parents. I have an open-door policy. If a parent has a problem, then the parent or guardian can come to meet with me, so we can work to solve the problem. Cole: What do you like about SE? El-Amin: I love the fact that the students and teachers have a bond, and the family like atmosphere. I am jealous that Editor-in-chief: Malaya Reed Adviser: Jacqueline Mitchell Robinson Crain Mentor: David Muller

everyone knows everyone else’s name. Cole: What do you dislike about SE? El-Amin: I dislike that it has a negative reputation. We have to change the mindset. . People think about the old Southeastern and are now aware of all the great things about the new Southeastern. Too many people on the outside don’t know that. Martin: What have you experienced in the time that you have been here? El-Amin: A lot of friendly faces and an organized school. Martin: What do you mean by organized?

El-Amin: The way you come into the building. It is very systematic and the culture in the building is warm and friendly. Robinson: What changes are you planning to make during the duration of the school year? El-Amin: Getting all the lights on in and outside of school; I noticed that they are very dim. Robinson: What will you do to draw kids to attend southeastern? El-Amin: Find ways of adding additional classes such as academic games and more AP classes. Dawson: How do you plan to

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Students spend week in Canada By Lazavier Cole Hear the Roar This is has been a busy season for Detroit Goes Global mentorship program. I never imagined the experiences I would encounter when I signed up last fall for Detroit Goes Global, a mentorship program for Detroit ninth graders that prepares See CANADA on page 23 »

Staff: Lazavier Cole, DeAnna Dawson, DeAsia Freeman, Diamond Gray, KrisTia Maxwell, Dominique Martin, Malaya Reed, Christopher Robinson

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connect with the students, especially seniors? El-Amin: I plan to talk to students more, going to their like class, like this and talk to them. I will ask seniors about future plans and encourage students to come talk to me in my office or in the hallway and speak when I see students. Dawson: Do you feel like you are connecting now with the students since you have been here? El-Amin: I feel like I am. I just wish that it was faster. I want to learn all your names. Reed: Is being the principal challenging for you? El-Amin: Yes, getting to know the students and how things work has been a challenge. And it is challenging going into a situation that is already working and finding my place. Reed: What are some challenges you have overcome? El-Amin: The opportunity to meet everyone and getting comfortable with everyone. What made it a big challenge was that everyone loved Mr. Perry so much. Maxwell: Is there anything that you did at Cass that you want to do here? El-Amin: Yes, academic games. I have been involved for 21 years. You learn beyond the classroom and you meet other students outside the state. It is a great opportunity to travel. Academic games take it to the next level. Maxwell: Truthfully will academic games be beneficial to the students at Southeastern? El-Amin: Yes, academic games will bring higher test scores and grades. Also, it will give students a stronger thinking process. Gray: What is your idea of a good principal? El-Amin: A good principal is someone who listens to staff and student needs, a problem-solver, a leader who sets an example, makes sure the building is safe, brings in programs, and new opportunities.

participants for college and careers. This issue I am sharing about the global immersion trip to Canada and the Skillman Foundation competition. For example, I am learning a lot about etiquette, such as how to eat at a table; body language, and business attire. With body language, I have learned that if someone is standing with their arms folded that they aren’t approachable. And with business attire, I am expanding my knowledge on how to dress for success. Earlier this year, Goes Global students spent a week in Canada travelling to Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls. It was a great opportunity to see a different environment and culture, and that is preparing us for travelling outside of the U.S.

New principal says his new job is challenging

Trip helped broaden students’ world view


Goes Global 9th Graders in Toronto, Canada.

GOES GLOBAL REVIEW SERIES “It changed my perspective about our community and environment, and inspired me to change my, surroundings and the way I interact with people,” said Abbriel W., a ninth grader Goes Global participant.



for knowledge on the other. Like so much in life, it is good to have a balance.” For every disagreement there is room for understanding. Ask them why they think the way they do and give reasoning behind why you agree or disagree. Doing so gives insight on both point of views and avoids limited understanding. Being right or wrong only limits the amount of space for additional knowledge on the matter.


Some teens avoid “13 Reasons Why” FROM PAGE 5


Detroit School of the Arts Taylor Kaigler and Ms. Lemmons both show off Kaigler’s first-ever poetry book, “Wallflower in a Pot,” available on Amazon for $6.50. “Wallflower in a Pot” is a collection of poems based on Kaigler’s self-love journey. She started writing in 2016. Kaigler is also the creator of Thrifting Love, vice president of the broadcast team and editor of DSA Midtown Tea at Detroit School of Arts.


Disagreements should lead to an understanding

“The trip allowed me to have a brighter and larger view of the world,” said Asia B, another ninth grade Goes Global participant. In February, Goes Global participated in a competition to pitch our organization to the Skillman Foundation and share information at a community expo. We competed with 20 other organizations to win $50,000


On-site admissions boost students’ confidence FROM PAGE 22

hensive presentation from U of M-Flint about their campus, programs, and admission process, students submitted their portfolios for consideration. Within minutes the following students received word of acceptance: Jada Brewer, Destiny Grey, Deanna Dawson, Dominique Martin and Tiara Oliver, Joi Morgan and Lauren Reed. Morgan said this boosts her

Not only did the producers make sure you understood every reason she did it, they also graphical showed us her death. Showing things like this can easily put more thoughts into a teen head who was already considering death, believing it’s the only way out. Suicide was depicted through the show as leading to things such as attention, love, to be loved, to be wanted, to be seen, to be popular and more. Things of that matter hits close to home for many teens. Suicide was not taken serious enough through the series. From Hannah living after she took her life to the tapes itself. “I choose not to watch ‘13 Reasons Why’ due to the fact I heard it was graphic and the issues weren’t handled well and I didn’t believe it was good for my mental health,” says Jacqueline Giessler, a senior at Marion High School. “I believe media has a large impact on

and competed for an additional $5,000 in the community voting competition. We earned the most community votes and won the $5,000; that was exciting. Now we are planning for our June trip to Jamaica and preparing for a new cohort of ninth graders. My final review and reflection will appear in the next issue. depression and suicide through teens, many media outlets don’t realize how such a small thing can cause such a huge impact in someone’s life.” Students felt so strongly about how the show demonstrated handling suicide and decided to come up with their own showing the positive way to handle suicide. A group of students at Oxford High School, after seeing “13 Reason Why” decided to start “13 Reasons Why Not” for 13 school days. According to the school’s website, one student a day shares over the speaker his or her experience/struggle that had some of them considering suicide but then ends by thanking those who gave hope and helped them get through their tough times. Many media outlets and TV producers don’t really understand the effect and risk of taking such a serious and well known topic such as depression and suicide and trying to glamorize it can have a huge impact on a teen. Suicide is like a virus, once someone catches it, it can spread rapidly. Media is like the bacteria and not the vaccine.

“...Underclassmen can see their peers succeeding and that hopefully motivates them to want to succeed.” Allan Washington, Southeastern assistant principal

confidence. “The college acceptance letters have been slow,” Morgan said. “So this acceptance letter makes me feel better about the college process.”


Admitted to U-M Flint were Lauren Reed, Tiara Oliver, Joi Morgan and Domonique Martin.

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Schools need to teach us to be adults


Junior Aiyonna Wilson annotates a monologue on March 4. Wilson thinks students need to learn life skills in high school.

By Jakyra Wilkerson Mustang Voice Junior Aiyonna Wilson thinks high school doesn’t teach students enough about the real world. “We need to know how to live as adults,” Wilson said. “We need to know how to file taxes, buy a house, make down payments, register to vote, and we need sexual education.” Wilson isn’t alone. Many students and teachers talk about the kinds of skills students should have before they graduate.

Mumford Business management teacher Brenda Nimocks wants students to be prepared for what life is going to bring them so she fits life skills into her classes. “They need to know about how to purchase cars and put payments on the house,” Nimocks said. Nimocks recently taught students how to fill out applications with actual online job applications

and some students were hired. “We had these classes when I attended school, so I don’t understand why it’s not in the schools now. They really need to bring them back.” Mumford principal Damian Perry said classes that are set in place are negotiated before school is in session through the Michigan Department of Education, but he agrees that financial literacy for students and other practical classes should be included in the curriculum.



DEPRESSION RISING AMONG TEENAGERS By Daija Thomas Mustang Voice The depression started when she moved to Texas. “It was fun at first, but then I became the target of a group of girls who called me out my name, shoved me into lockers and threw food at me,” said the student, who has since returned to Michigan and now attends Mumford. Mustang Voice is not identifying her to protect her privacy. “I never thought in a million years that I’d be depressed, but then it hit me right in the forehead,” she said. She’s not alone. According to an article on johnshopkinshealthreview.com, experts have seen a rise in clinical depression and anxiety among adolescents ages 12 to 17. Clinical therapist Derrick Jackson said depression is basically like having a chronic sense of a low mood. Over time your body just starts to be in a low mood as a normal state. “Depression can come from sexual trauma, abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, and not being satisfied with who you are as a person and how you view yourself,” Jackson said. “And


Most people watched because their friends did FROM PAGE 5

face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded. This challenge started by one person who thought they could do dangerous activities while blind-

Lack of diversity hurts the female rap game FROM PAGE 17

Mumford isolation is a big problem. Like for instance, when a person doesn’t have enough support around, it can create a sense of loneliness or withdrawal from everyone around them.” Some teens aren’t completely comfortable sharing their personal feelings with people, especially their parents. Jackson said teens sometimes don’t ask for help because they feel misunderstood, and adults aren’t always good at opening up a door for dialogue with kids to talk about serious things. “Teens refrain from saying stuff because they don’t wanna be judged for it. They don’t want to be an outcast. They don’t want to be labeled as depressed because of what comes along with that,” Jackson said. “I am not comfortable with sharing my feelings with my parents,” said another student who didn’t want to be named. “They would be super-worried and constantly ask if I’m gonna hurt myself or if I need I need therapy. I don’t need all of that.” folded. Kids, teens, and adults are all involved in this. A video went viral, a man put blindfolds on his two toddlers and himself to run around the house while holding their hands. He believed it was just a little challenge that could be fun for him and his kids. One of his toddlers ran into the wall while he ran in the hallway and with recorder and laughed while the baby could’ve been terribly hurt. Others saw this video and thought that their remake would be much better. A man decided to go to the extreme, he decided to go on a railroad blindfolded just to do this challenge. Now he’s being investigated by the police because they believe it was a cry for help

“The minute students graduate they should know about credit cards, bank accounts, and basic investing,” Perry said. “There are a lot of pieces as teachers, as principals that we want students to have.” He said funding and resources are lacking and keep schools from offering everything they want. “So often we’re trying to figure out how to rob Peter to pay Paul to make sure you guys have the things you need to be successful,” Perry said.


Junior Zoey Moore follows along as her teammate, junior Dylan Haskins, argues their side during a debate tournament at Mumford High School on Jan. 19.


Experience gives students confidence FROM PAGE 19

Brabson said for most of her team, this is their first year debating. After finding some success in their first actual team debate they have gained the courage to stay on the team. Sophomores Tenia Mims and Kayla Wardlaw are firstyear debaters and have won eight rounds this year. They said they wanted to experience how it feels to debate properly. “I am really proud of the team,” Brabson said. “I’m proud and he could’ve been suicidal. The challenge is being called a problem for the visually-impaired community, they claim it’s mockery towards them because they have to use every other sense they have besides their vision, just to live. This challenge has been taken too far. People on social media are following challenges just because other people are doing it. Most people just watched the movie because they saw their peers posting about it. So they see people having fun with this challenge and decide to put themselves in harm’s way just for followers. The people who were brutally hurt by doing this challenge have received double the followers

of their courage for actually going in and debating kids who have been debating for at least one or two years.” Mumford took home first place in the junior varsity finals at the Detroit Urban Debate League at Wayne State on March 2. What motivates senior Imani Sharp to win is the idea of her opponents underestimating her. “They don’t expect Mumford girls to be able to read so well and to understand what they’re reading and to be able to argue it well without being hot tempered,” Sharp said. “Being able to prove that Black girl magic is a thing motivates me the most.” and views. People enjoy watching other people get hurt. Some may just watch the challenges and not participate in it, but they are still helping people get views. Netflix made a Twitter post stating “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.” Even YouTube banned dangerous and distressing pranks following ‘Bird Box Challenge’ as a warning. Why aren’t people listening to these warnings?

We’d think in such a ‘feminist’ era the rap-loving community would be open to two females crushing the game, but that’s the opposite of what is happening. The Complex article “Why Can There Be Only One Dominant Woman in Rap,” published on April 15,by Kiana Fitzgerald, talks about the reasons behind this, the biggest thing being gender. The world doesn’t see many joke female rappers, the last respected getting recognition being CupcakKe in 2015. We’ve seen so many male joke rappers come to the scene like Ugly God, Lil Pump or Lil Dicky, meme culture being the reason for the high ranking, that are respected. The world is much quicker to accept male rappers, most of them now being found through social platforms. We lack diversity in female rap. I feel like this “one can only be better” mentality is something that needs to be obliterated all together. Especially seeing how much love male artists show for each other, and we rarely see fans sparking beef between them. We see these male artists doing features with each other, tours, and performances; the things we don’t see from females. Instead the world has made it a dog eats dog industry for women.


Students learn writing, presentation skills FROM PAGE 17

people promote their businesses to others,” said King senior Daja Collins. Weber Shandwick Detroit believes the academy will not only help students learn more about careers in public relations, but it will also assist students with writing skills and presentations. “We will be presenting at every session from now until the end of the year, so we’ll help students learn how to write, how to present themselves to a client, and create a campaign,” Sandoval said.

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Vol. IV, No. 3 of Detroit Dialogue, the student voice of Detroit's high schools.

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Vol. IV, No. 3 of Detroit Dialogue, the student voice of Detroit's high schools.