Detroit Dialogue November 2019

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Dialogue//Nov. 7, 2019



GRANTS BOOST MUSIC PAGE 17 » Mumford marching band gets instruments

PAGE 6 » Cass Tech orchestra benefits from grant


PAGE 21 » Southeastern choir helps boost program

PAGE 19 » Sanders campaign stops at Cass Tech



PAGE 17 » Mumford

student competes for chance to join U.S. Olympic team DETROIT



PAGE 2 » Godbee takes on challenges ACADEMICS


PAGE 3 » Carson students go to Italy PAGE 15 » MLK students, teachers travel to learn A PUBLICATION OF


PAGE 7 » Wayne State rolls out citywide scholarship plan at CMA ACADEMICS


PAGE 10 » Cristo Rey work-study program affected by UAW strike



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Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School junior Ka’nya Logan and senior Danielle Fisher meet with Chief Ralph Godbee to find out the direction of DPSCD’s police department. With one year behind him as chief of police for the district, one of Godbee’s goals is to improve the relationships between officers and students.

DPSCD police dept. initiates policies to improve safety

King’s journalists sit down with Chief Ralph Godbee

By Danielle Fisher and Ka’nya Logan Crusaders’ Chronicle Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Chief of Police Ralph Godbee are working to ensure students and staff in all Detroit schools and buildings are safe. One measure which began this year is cutting ties with Securitas Security after nearly 10 years. The belief is with more money, benefits, and additional training the security team at the schools will improve and the revolving door of applicants will cease. “We weren’t getting consistency,” Godbee said. “When you

change people that much, you (the department) invest a lot of training and when they leave very shortly after, you don’t get a chance to know the security officer. They don’t get a chance to get familiar with you. Sometimes, the professionalism was not at the level that we expect.” With this being Godbee’s second year with the district, he is making changes that build relationships between the department and students. He acknowledges that many students are facing serious situations in their personal lives. To combat this and offer assistance, the department has implemented techniques like trauma informed policing. “We don’t want to criminalize student behavior,” Godbee said. “As a police department, our job is to protect you, not to make criminals out of you. We want to really invest in restorative practices and what we call trauma informed policing. A lot of our students come from

King very difficult backgrounds and they overcome very difficult circumstances to come to school. We want to be a police department that recognizes those things and be mentors to our students.” This year the district began the “Expect Respect” campaign in all schools which goes handin-hand with the district’s strategic plan to address the “whole child” and transform schools’ cultures. “We’re going to show respect in line with the ‘Expect Respect’ campaign because if we’re asking students to respect each other and staff to respect each other, my expectation is that every police officer and security officer that works for our district, they show you respect,” Godbee said. To further the security, all individuals must have an

identification card to enter any DPSCD school and building. “We were successful in getting a grant from the Michigan State Police last year,” Godbee said. “Staff and vendors have to have a card that helps them get in the doors and out of the doors. We are securing our perimeters because a lot of the things we utilize police for if we had better technology that would help us.” Godbee is working on using “Ok2Say” to allow students to anonymously give information about bullying and unwelcomed situations in the schools. “Ok2Say provides a means for students to give information about bullying and unsafe conditions in the schools and you can do it where you don’t have to be scrutinized by your peers,” said Godbee. “We [parents, students, staff, and public safety] need to work together. Safety is not just a part of the police department’s function but it’s all of our function.”

2019-2020 CRAIN MSU DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS Benjamin Carson School for Science & Medicine Principal Charles Todd Cass Technical High School Principal Lisa Phillips Communication & Media Arts High School Principal Donya Odom

Detroit Cristo Rey High School Principal Kevin Cumming Detroit School of the Arts Principal Lisa Reynolds East English Village Preparatory Academy Principal Larry Gray

Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School Principal Deborah Jenkins

Southeastern High School Principal Maurice El-Amin

Mumford High School Principal Damian Perry

West Side Academy of Information Technology and Cyber Security Principal Lenora Crawford

Renaissance High School Principal Verynda Stroughter

Western International High School Principal Angel Garcia

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Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine | STUDENT LIFE

Students study abroad in Italy By Kenneth Banks The Diagnostic Six Ben Carson High School students traveled to Italy over summer vacation as part of a new study abroad program. The selection process to determine which students would attend

included factors such as grades, behavior, attitudes and character. “The trip was possible because the district received a grant from the Michigan Department of Education, to fund experimental learning through a study abroad program,” said Regina Weiss,


BCHS social studies teacher who helped plan the trip. The trip included 53 students from the Detroit Public School Community District. World Strides organized the trip

Benjamin Carson High School students enjoy the view of a rooftop in Venice.

See ITALY on page 4 »



School hosts 7th annual blood drive By Makayla Slater The Diagnostic Benjamin Carson High School’s Red Cross Club hosted the seventh annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 31. The Red Cross Club is an organization that provides for the community. Students at least 16 years old and faculty participated in the drive in the Physical Training room. Mahbuba Sumiya, secretary of the Red Cross Club, said one pint of blood saves three people’s lives. Some teachers offered extra credit for students that participated.

C-SPAN VISITS CARSON By Syeda Amina and Derrian Dinwiddie The Diagnostic On Sept. 27, Benjamin Carson High School was visited by the nonprofit TV network C-SPAN. The network is known for its dedication on government and political affairs. Ben Carson history teacher Regina Weiss interacted with a few CSPAN employees at a summer event and learned about C-SPAN’s plans of coming to Detroit in October. She got their contact information and reached out to them to guarantee visit the school. Weiss says that she wanted them to come because she “saw the different resources that the C-SPAN bus had about the election and since we are getting closer to the 2020 election, and particularly since our older

students may be able to vote in the election, I thought it would be very helpful to go on the bus and interact with them and learn about the election and the educational resources that C-SPAN offers.” Representatives of C-SPAN gave students information about the channel’s importance and discussed an upcoming scholarship opportunity for local youth. The C-SPAN bus is to “inform students on how they can incorporate the resources in class to handle real life,” C-SPAN representative Irette Lucero said. “The technology on the bus was cool, wasn’t expecting that on a bus,” junior Lanya Cooper said. They informed students on how the network operates and its involvement in political affairs and also provided an interactive set up.



ABOVE: BCHS students listen to a presentation on the C-Span bus. The C-Span bus visited Benjamin Carson High School in September.

Editors: Sarah Kabala, Norwin Islam & Aramis Underwood Adviser: Frank Odeh Crain Mentor: Alexa St. John, Automotive News

See BLOOD on page 4 »


Class of 2020 commits to school year By Amaris Underwood, Saniya Davis and Derrian Dinwiddie The Diagnostic Benjamin Carson High School held its annual Senior Pinning ceremony for the class of 2020 on Sept. 25. The Senior Pinning is a ceremony dedicated to celebrating high school seniors. The pin is used as a symbol of commitment. The students came to the ceremony ready See PINNING on page 4 »

Staff Writers: Bassam Alasri, Zamzam Aljahm, Syeda Amina, Kenneth Banks, M’kya Benson, Lanya Cooper, Saniya Davis, Derrian Dinwiddie, Mirazul Haque, Howard Jackson, Jamiya Jackson, Marrissa Lee, Asif Miah, Remiyah Mitchell, Tahmim Nazim, William Newson, Christian Ogburn, Kyree Parker, Abdur Rahman, Md Rob, Makayla Slater, Garrick Smith, Adon’ai Williams

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Deshanea Terrt and Sarah Kabala at the senior pinning.


Seniors pledge to finish their final year strong FROM PAGE 3


Benjamin Carson High School freshmen explore the University of Michigan campus.

Freshmen visit U-M By Remiyah Mitchell, Marissa Lee and Kyree Parker The Diagnostic Seventy-seven Benjamin Carson High School ninth graders visited the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus on Oct. 15. The class of 2023 visited the campus as a field trip sponsored by BCHS Clinic for Success. Students were able to get a glimpse of college campus life. Students were shown classrooms, libraries and student dining halls. Students also learned about different housing options. This was the third year BCHS

Benjamin Carson has taken ninth graders to U-M. “We take the ninth graders to the University of Michigan to expose them to a college environment early in their high school career so that students know what they’re working towards in their four years at BCHS,” said Sean Henry, BCHS College Transition Advisor. Students were also shown the stone “M” donated by the class of 1955. The tour guide, a U-M junior said, the stone is cursed. Any student who steps on it will

fail their next exam. Students shared their insight and said they enjoyed the opportunity. “Being able to see the dorms was the best part of the trip,” freshman Jay Myers said. Damien Banks said he enjoyed the dorms. “I thought seeing the dorms was cool,” he said. Skyla Mack, on the other hand, enjoyed more than the dorms. “The dorms were nice but I liked the food the best,” she said, referring to the lunch served in the dining hall.

to commit to finishing their senior year strong. Senior Kamryn Devine said the senior pinning felt “unrealistic.” “I thought it was going to be boring at first, but when I got there and I said my pledge to my mom it finally kicked in, I am a senior and I will graduate with a strong and positive mindset,” Devine said. The ceremony began with teachers introducing themselves and describing


Extra credit motivates students to donate FROM PAGE 3

“I can’t lie, the extra credit is why I am giving blood,” BCHS senior William Newson said. Extra credit motivated other students as well.


Destinations included Rome and Venice FROM PAGE 3


Bernard Bradley, Joneel Eely, Taisha Handy-Neely, Daira Lloyd, Kaitlyn Harris and De’shanae Terry train at a gladiator school.

under the leadership of Global Languages Program Supervisor Dr. Viviana Muriel De Bonafede and Joshua Lopez from Renaissance High School. Students traveled to Rome, Sorrento, Florence and Venice. Highlights of the trip included touring the Roman Coliseum where students were training to be Roman Gladiators. “It was fun being trained as a gladiator; learning archery was different,” BCHS senior Deshanae Terry said. The students also were able to

their occupation. The school’s choir then contributed by performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Senior class president Sarah Kabala gave a speech encouraging her peers and highlighting their efforts. “It was nerve-racking, but at the same time, it was exciting,” Kabala said. Soon after, the seniors pledged to finish the last year strong as they received their pins either from a teacher or a parent to show the importance of their hard work. “It was a good way to celebrate our last year,” senior Makayla Slater said. “The extra credit did help motivate me, but I really wanted to help the community,” BCHS senior Bassam Alasri said. “It’s a chance for us to help the community,” said Linda Bradlin, anatomy teacher and head of the blood drive. “The blood drive made me realize the importance of blood in our body,” she said.

“It was fun being trained as a gladiator; learning archery was different.” Deshanae Terry, BCHS senior

visit and tour Vatican City. “We walked around a lot, but it was a great experience,” BCHS senior Kaitlin Harris said. Students also sailed around the Island of Capri and swam in the Mediterranean Sea. Students visited the ruined city of Pompeii, took authentic Italian cooking class, and learned about Italian Dance. The Pompeii visit was “very touching,” BCHS senior Jonnell Ealy said.

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A public forum for the community of Cass Technical High School | DETROIT


Cass Tech, Gucci form partnership


Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the rally at Cass Tech where he pledged a gift to the marching band.

CAMPAIGNING AT CASS TECH Sanders rallies in Detroit as he seeks presidency

By Jose Lucero CT Visionary Sen. Bernie Sanders made a special appearance at Cass Technical High School on Oct. 27. Cass Tech was one of the many appearances Sanders made on his visit to Detroit. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib was present to support for Sanders, who hopes to win the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. During the visit, Sanders and Tlaib each pledged a $5,000 gift the Cass Tech marching band. The funds will be used to help the band march in the Memorial Day parade in Washington D.C. Sophomore DaJhai Davis said she was glad she was there at Cass Tech on that rainy


(left to right) Cass tech student Kymmie Chriswell (10th), Tierra Morris (10th), campaign staffer Emily Mello, DeJhai Davis (10th), and Hannah Frassetto, a senior at Royal Oak High School.

afternoon. “I thought it was actually kind of cool because I’ve never

been up close to somebody like a presidential candidate or senator before,” she said.

12 high schools in the U.S. to By Nyja Johnson partner with Gucci. Through CT Visionary this initiative, CT students who For some schools across the nation, Sept. 26 was just a normal sign up for the Change-Makers program will receive a total of day. However, at Cass Technical $80,000 over the course of four High School, Sept. 26 ushered years. Students who take this opin several opportunities and a portunity could receive summer couple of exciting guests: Gucci internships with Gucci. Howevand Detroit Vs. Everybody. er, Change-Makers is more than Gathered in Cass Tech’s a scholarship opportunity in the Grande Theatre, a group of Cass eyes of those who orchestrated Tech students received a prethe program with Phillips. sentation from Tommy Walker, “We are bringing the Gucci owner of Detroit Vs. Everybody. Change-MakThere was “We are bringing ers program also a panel to life by the Gucci Changediscussion with Antoine Makers program to life bringing not only funds, Phillips, vice by bringing not only but also time, president of funds, but also time, energy,and Brand and care to comCultural Enenergy and care to gagement at communities that have munities that have been Gucci; Susan been historically and historically Chokachi, systematically under and systempresident and atically under CEO of Gucci resourced ....” resourced and America; ReCleo Wade, overlooked for nee Tirado, council co-chair of too long,” said head of DiverChange-Makers Cleo Wade, sity, Equity, the council and Inclusion; co-chair of the program. and other major Gucci repreCass Tech counselor Monica sentatives. Their visit was part Jones, who helped bring the of an effort to increase diversity program to Cass, described it awareness. as “... the tip of the iceberg” in It was during this discusregards to Gucci and Cass Tech’s sion that Gucci presented Cass relationship and a “... partnership Tech’s Fashion Design Club that will last over time.” with a $10,000 check. However, On Oct. 7, Gucci began acceptthe check was only the start of ing applications for the ChangeCT’s relationship with Gucci. Makers program. Though all Not even minutes later, Gucci eligible students are welcome announced it would partner to apply, special consideration with Cass Tech as part of its will be given to Cass Tech and 11 new Change-Makers program, other U.S. schools and students headed by Phillips. who are planning to attend a The program promotes incluHistorically Black College or sion and diversity within comUniversity. Applications are due munities across the nation and by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31 at www. within the fashion industry. Cass Tech was the first of


Students learn about E. Michigan By Nyla Carter CT Visionary On Sept. 19, Eastern Michigan University President James M. Smith and Vice President David Turner visited Cass Technical School to have academic discussions with students. While they were at Cass

they took a tour of the school and held a conference about transitioning to higher education. CT students were afforded the opportunity to learn about Eastern Michigan’s many programs and what the school has to offer. Students also got


Editor-in-Chief: Nyla Carter

the opportunity to ask about extracurricular activities and campus life. During the last portion of the conference, students were allowed to break off into groups and ask questions about college readiness. See EMU on page 5 »


CT seniors, and CT administrators pose with President James M. Smith and Vice President David Turner after conference.

Adviser: Jill Thomas

Crain Mentor: Don Loepp, Plastics News

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Seniors Amir Johnson, D’aja Wittfield, and Imani HallJennings stand with President James M. Smith of Easter Michigan.



Goal of visit was to make college transition easier

Sharisse Woods in Mumbai India at the World Chess Championship.


CT chess champion competes in India By Paige Bozeman CT Visionary Cass Tech’s chess champion Sharisse Woods traveled to Mumbai, India, this fall, to be apart of the World Youth Chess Championship. She competed in one of the most competitive chess championships in the world. Sharisse ranks No. in the state for her age. The U.S Chess Federation requires that players have a score

Cass Tech of 1,800 to qualify and Woods had a score of 1917. Woods, 14, is a ninth grader at Cass Tech and a member of the school’s chess club. Bryan Wilson, Cass Tech’s chess coach, described Woods as a “humble and hardworking person.”

Woods is also a part of the girls swim team, and she studies two hours a day for her classes. At age 7, Woods began playing chess, and by the age of 9 she received over $1,000 for winning chess matches. She has traveled to Ohio, Canada, and Greece for Chess tournaments. However, India is more significant because she had the opportunity to be a part of a World Championship. She said

the 15-hour flight was very tiring but she enjoyed her stay in India. Woods said waking up and learning about game strategies was exciting. Woods said she uses specific strategies when she is playing against an opponent, such as making sure each piece is in sync. Woods played one tournament per day in India. She didn’t win the overall competition but said the experience was amazing.

“The goal of their visit was to bridge the gap between Cass Tech students and Eastern Michigan staff to make the transition for incoming freshman easier,” said Cass Tech counselor Monica Jones. According to a report by, 60% of college students feel that they were unprepared for the transition from high school to college. Both the president and vice president discussed admissions requirements. “The visit was very thoughtful and I appreciate the fact that they took the time out of their day for us,” senior Amir Johnson said. “I like the fact that I was able to personally speak to them and get the advice I needed about the school.”


Cass Tech gets grant to support music By Shakyra Adams CT Visionary On Sept. 24, Vans presented Cass Technical High School’s music department with a check for $10,000 and instruments for the orchestra department valued at $10,000. Cass along with five other Detroit Public Schools received money to help subsidize the music curriculum of their respective schools. In the spring of 2019, Cass Tech’s strings teacher Deanna Burrows received an email from Andrew Miguiee, the assistant director of the fine and performing arts in DetroitPublic Schools, urging Burrows to apply for the grant ​Vans Gives a Band​. “So I did,” she said. “I applied for the grant. It was a very

Cass Tech easy process to apply for, then I didn’t think another thing about it.” About two days before school started this year she received an email from Vans saying that she had received the grant. Burrows has been teaching in the district for 26 years. She has about 120 students this year and has taught at all grade levels K-12. She is very committed and passionate about her students. Burrows said the $10,000 grant will be used for travel expenses for the orchestra as well as other educational opportunities that will expand students’ knowledge and overall musical performance that otherwise


Cass Technical High School is among six Detroit schools that received donations from Vans to support their music programs.

would not be possible without the grant. About 75% of students in the advanced orchestra have their own instruments. However, students in the intermediate orchestra don't have their own instruments. “When I heard the news about us receiving instruments

I got excited,” sophomore Ayodule Uhuru said. It is a really big deal because to play an instrument you need to be able to practice at home and at school.” The majority of the new instruments will be divided among Burrows advanced and intermediate classes. Burrows and her students

are extremely grateful to have received this grant. They have worked on planning trips that will further their musical education. Many students are looking at this grant as a way to give them more opportunities that could not be accomplished in the past due to lack of funds and instruments.


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

WAYNE STATE MAKES FREE TUITION PLEDGE AT CMA By Precious Strickland The Communicator On the morning of Oct. 23, students attending Communication & Media Arts High School were the first students in the city to learn about a life-changing opportunity for Detroit youth. The president of Wayne State University, M. Roy Wilson, announced that the college would guarantee free tuition for any graduating senior from Detroit. Wayne State University has named this free tuition pledge “The Heart of Detroit.” The scholarship will cover any tuition and fees at Wayne State for four years that’s not covered by federal financial aid Pell Grants and other scholarships, such as the Detroit Promise, which is limited to students with a 3.0 grade-point average and a 1060 SAT score. “The Heart of Detroit” scholarship has no minimum GPA requirement, just that the student earns a high school diploma. Wilson announced the free tuition guarantee during an allschool assembly with students,


ABOVE: Seniors Davion Stinson, Tyler Parker, Kristianna Montgomery, and Kahliah Baker receive their scholarships to Wayne State University.


ABOVE: Mayor Mike Duggan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and President Roy Wilson show the Wayne State spirit. LEFT: Wayne State University’s cheerleaders and its marching band performed at CMA when the college made its free tuition pledge announcement.

See TUITION on page 9 »



Scholarship fair gives seniors a head-start

Students dress to impress at homecoming By Zaria Newton The Communicator On Oct. 18, Communication & Media Arts High School held its annual homecoming dance at Shriner Silvers Garden. The dance began at 7:30 p.m. The students attended the party dressed to impress. There were many photos being taken and offered as keepsakes. Dj Goodboi continuously played tasteful music to keep the dance floor packed. Along


Senior Jovan Henderson and Terriona McCrary show off their homecoming attire.

with good music, the food was delicious. They sold pizza, candy, and served drinks to keep the students refreshed and full of excitement. The dance


started off very enjoyable but there was more to come, as soon enough, the winners of See DANCE on page 9 »

Editor-in-Chief: Caleb Bailey Adviser: Robbyn Williams Mentor: Chad Livengood, Crain’s Detroit Business

By Joshua Thomas The Communicator On Oct. 10, thousands of seniors from high schools all over Michigan, poured into Shed 3 of the Eastern Market for the Infinite Scholars College-Scholarship fair. Over 40 colleges were in attendance offering on-site admissions and scholarship grants. Some of the colleges there included local community colleges, universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the National Guard.

Since the event lasted four hours, a raffle was also hosted giving away prizes, such as remote control cars, beauty supplies, laptops and gift cards. “Last year, over $11 million in scholarships were given out to eager students, but this year, we want to give away over $20 million in scholarships this time,” City Council President Brenda Jones said. Along with scholarships, many students were receiving on-site admission to colSee FAIR on page 9 »

Co-Editors: Angel McLaurin and Joshua Thomas Staff Writers: Ariel Appling, Jathan Houston, Meloni McNairy, Jaylen Morgan, Zaria Newton, Tyler Parker, Precious Strickland

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Juniors Javier Martinez, Alissa Perry, and Julius Meadows all show their STEM talent as they configure the rollercoaster. Physics teacher Marlis Martin created a lab to show how physics work in real world situations and motivate students to consider current careers.


Lab helps students understand energy

By Caleb Bailey The Communicator “Hanc in motu navitas” is the latin phrase for kinetic energy. The meaning of the scientific term is energy in which a body possesses by virtue of being in motion. At Communication & Media Arts High School students observe the concept a little more closely. Physics teacher Marlis Martin created a lab to show how physics work in real world situations and motivate students to consider careers. Martin has been at CMA

for 12 years and has been teaching science classes since. She said the objective of the lab was to explain how using conservation of energy explain how engineers build roller coasters. Every group had their own coaster design. Despite the loops and turns, the roller coasters vary complexities. Each group had to get a small marble to travel through the tube and understand how the kinetic energy or any form of energy contributed to the marble arriving in a cup. “When working with my group,

Communication & Media Arts it helped show how talented and well rounded we are,” said Jason Smith, a junior. “This lab expressed creativity with a sense of STEM in it.” “The best part of the lab would be learning different types of motion and elaborating what velocity has to do with the roller coasters,” said junior Etheridge Graves.

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College is now accessible to all students in Detroit FROM PAGE 7

Wayne State cheerleaders and the university’s marching band playing in CMA’s gym. He was joined by Wayne State University Provost Keith Whitfield, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Wilson said it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for any senior graduating from any school in the Detroit Public School Community District. The free tuition pledge also applies to Detroit students who attend a charter school, private school or school outside of the city, as long as they have a Detroit address. “This pledge is our commitment to make Wayne State University affordable and accessible to anyone willing to work hard, to ask questions, and to explore all that our great university has to offer,” Wilson said. Many students and staff were overjoyed about the news — some were even moved to tears.


Seniors crawl to clench their victory.


On-site admissions and scholarships lift students FROM PAGE 7

leges all over America. Many students were accepted into Oakland University, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan Dearborn, Dillard University, among others. “It was very uplifting” said CMA senior Senior Kaliah Baker, the recipient of a $12,000 scholarship to Wayne State University. “I am thankful for this opportunity and scholarship to Wayne State.” COURTESY OF LAURICE HARRIS

Juniors tug for their victory against seniors during the school’s annual Olympiad during homecoming week.

HOMECOMING BATTLE Students compete during annual Olympiad competition

By Angel McLaurin The Communicator Every year during the beginning of homecoming day, Communication and Media Arts High School hosts its own Olympiad game in the school’s gym. Originating from not having a football team five years ago, Olympiad is CMA’s own outstanding Olympics tournament. Now that CMA has their own football team, students are able to enjoy both the pleasure of having a football game and Olympiad before homecoming. Many of the games in Olympiad requires much

practice and strength. The games included are tug a war, the human tunnel, the obstacle course, the three point shot, and much more. “I liked the basketball game the most because it was intense,” said sophomore Jazlyn Jackson. After all, the three point game did show the talents of many CMA students. Also during this year’s Olympiad, principal Donya Odom gave students the chance to showcase their talents by having a rap battle and a dance off. Noticeably, Olympiad

Communication & Media Arts creates much tension and competitiveness amongst the competitors. “The human tunnel is the best part of the game because it gives you much competition while having fun at the same time,” said senior Nyari Lollie. Not only is Olympiad very exciting it also shows students inner strength making it a very exhilarating event. “I was extremely excited for Olympiad because it’s our

senior year so we played hard and won,” said senior Tatyana Smith. Inspired by Rapper Travis Scott album “Astroworld,” the senior class of 2020 decided to come up with their theme “Senior World.” While all classes competed for the title of “2019-2020 Olympiad Winner” seniors took the win and became the new winners of CMA’s own Olympiad. Altogether, Olympiad is a good way for students to get involved, stay fit, have fun, and compete against each other all at the same time.


Seniors enjoy their last homecoming experience FROM PAGE 7

the homecoming court were announced. First, Sherman Williams and Gia Green were Lord and Lady. Then, Jeremiah Henderson and Nakkia Foreman were crowned Duke and Dutchess. Next, Desmon Bryson and Kamry Hill were named Prince and Princess. Finally, Dyquan Williams and Cameron Wheeler were announced as King and Queen. “It was my last high school homecoming, and I lived every moment to the fullest,” senior Stephanie Jenkins said. CMA students continued to celebrate until the clock hit 11 p.m., getting every moment on camera. “That party was crazy,” sophomore David Falconer said.

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THE HOWLER Detroit Cristo Rey High School |




UAW workers strike outside Flint Assembly. The strike ended Oct. 25.

By Juan Willis The Howler At midnight Sept. 16, more than 46,000 UAW members walked off the job in a national strike against General Motors. The effects of the 40-day walkout rippled through the industry and community, including Detroit Cristo Rey High School. The union strike began while GM and UAW leaders negotiated a four-year labor contract. The two sides bargained over a variety of issues, including pay, healthcare benefits and the proposed closures of four U.S. plants.

The strike, which ended Oct. 25, caused problems for other workers outside of the plants as well, in particular GM’s student workers from Detroit Cristo Rey High School. GM is one of several Detroitarea companies that participate in the school's work-study program. Each student works once a week, and students' salaries from the work-study program (about $7,500 each), help fund the school. On the day the strike began, GM students received a text message noting possible safety concerns for students who

worked at the Warren Tech Center and neighboring Cadillac Tower. That week no students were sent to their work sites at both locations on the authority of the Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program. In the following weeks, students who work inside the GM Global Tech Center weren’t allowed to come to work, but instead stayed at the school’s media center doing homework or helping out with an odd job or two. Despite the strike, some students were still directed to See STRIKE on page 11 »


Club protects water with rain garden By Paula Morales The Howler Now in its second year, Detroit Cristo Rey’s Environmental Justice Club continues making positive changes on the school grounds. Its latest initiative? A Detroit Cristo Rey rain garden. Cristo Rey seniors Crystal Ramirez and Estrella Escutia created the club with Cristo Rey CFO Lori Kuhn. “Environmental issues are grave issues affecting our world today; the need for change and action is prominent,” said Escutia. “We decided that we needed to do something to take action in our best ability, and so Environmental Justice Club rose.” Last year, the club introduced a composting program at lunch. The program involved replacing styrofoam plates with compostable plates at breakfast and lunch. The club is now taking steps to reduce waste and preserve clean water by creating a rain garden. The rain garden will ensure the collected rain water doesn’t go to waste by ending up in the sewer system or mixing with dirty water, which makes it unusable. When water touches the road the water turns

“We decided that we needed to do something to take action in our best ability, and so Environmental Justice Club rose.” Estrella Escutia, Cristo Rey senior COURTESY OF IVAR ARIAS-HERNANDEZ

dirty because the roads are not cleaned. “The rain garden will use the water from rain that would usually go to waste for good,” said Escutia. “The water eventually gives back to the school. We’re using our natural resources to our benefit instead of letting them go to waste.” Now with the rain garden, rain water goes into the plants and soil rather than the sewers. The rain garden is located in the back of the school parking lot where there is enough space to create a reservoir for the rain water, which can be given to the plants as needed. The plants that are picked are specific plants that can store enough water. Next steps for the club in-


Cristo Rey students move soil to create a rain garden to reduce waste and conserve water.

clude recruiting more students and continuing the current projects, and looking for new projects. “I hope to recruit more underclassmen into the Environmental Justice Club as Crystal and I will be graduating this year and we need committed people to continue our work and further,” said Escutia. “As for now, we will continue to enforce our former projects like the composting of trays and the rain garden. We will continue to make school greener throughout the year; for example, to expand the amount of items we compost, enforce the use of reusable bottles, We are open to the ideas of all students as well.”

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Environmental Justice Club co-founder and Cristo Rey senior Crystal Ramirez works on planting in the rain garden.

Staff Writers: Lizbeth Morales, Paula Morales, Liz Sanchez, Juliana Tapia-Preza, Juan Willis

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Students worried time off would affect their future FROM PAGE 10


Sophomore Nick’Kel Bridges, freshman Summer EvansReynolds, freshman Trinity Walker, senior Isabel Lopez, freshman Anyelina de la Cruz, and sophomore Nia Masud at cheer practice.

Cheerleading team grows with freshmen additions By Liz Sanchez and Juliana Tapia-Preza The Howler The Cristo Rey cheerleading team has been putting in long hours of practice to improve their skills and incorporate six new freshmen members. Paris Ritter, Cristo Rey Alumni Success coordinator, said dedication, focus and hard work are required for a strong team. “Sport is a skill to learn,” she said. “If you’re determined to learn it, you will eventually learn it.”


Senior Isabel Lopez, sophomore Nick’Kel Bridges, freshman Anyelina de la Cru z, freshman Summer Evans-Reynolds, and sophomore Nia Masud practice in the Cristo Rey gym.

Detroit Cristo Rey The team meets every Monday and Tuesday and sometimes more if there is a game that week. Ritter said this is frequent enough that students will still get

in the needed practice, but also have time for their school work. “Being a Cristo Rey student, it’s not easy with the long days, work, and homework,” said Ritter. Although the team is open to all grade levels, it is currently

made up of freshmen Summer Evans-Reynolds, Anyelina De La Cruz, Sundeara Moore, Izabella Vasquez, Trinity Walker, and Destini Wilson; and sophomores Nick’Kel Bridges, Zoey Leaks, Nia Masud, Brandi Rochon, and Ariana Suber-Lawson.

work at their job sites that were either moved out of the tech center or were outside of it to begin with. Cristo Rey senior Christopher Alejandre was one of the few student workers who had been allowed to return the following week at his job site outside the tech center. “When I came back I couldn’t enter my old offices so we had to change buildings,” said Alejandre. Students worried the strike would negatively impact them in another way: their futures. The timing of the strike could not have been any worse for a lot of students. Just a few weeks earlier, many of them had begun their new jobs at GM for the year. Cecilia Rodriguez, a senior who has worked at GM job sites all four years of high school and works inside the GTC, was disappointed in the delay of her work study position. “The first few weeks are when your boss or colleagues get impressions of us,” she said. “Previously Cristo Rey students have been recruited after high school [by GM], and I’m nervous I’ve missed my opportunity to leave an impression.” Many students agree with Rodriguez that the strike has negatively affected their relationships with their coworkers and has also caused them to miss out on an important job experience that could help prepare them for a possible future career at GM. The GM strike has complicated the jobs of many student workers by disrupting their normal routines and schedules, creating safety concerns, and diminishing the hope of a GM employment opportunity after graduation.


Volunteers help improve community By Lizbeth Morales The Howler During the second week of September, hundreds of volunteers from General Motors, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV), Ideal Group, and Detroit Cristo Rey gathered for what is known as teamGM Cares Week to improve areas of the city through community service projects. Now in its sixth year, the annual project has General Motors employees from all over the country donate time to community service projects. The projects are led by teamGM, whose mission is to encourage service among employ-

Detroit Cristo Rey ees and improve the community where General Motors employees live and work. This year in Detroit, efforts focused on street clean ups, painting, and landscaping at eight locations such as the Detroit Police Department, Oakwood Heights Community Garden,Cadillac Urban Gardens, and Scarcyny Park. Sponsors made this event a success by providing food, donating materials, and coming out to support. At Detroit Cristo Rey, volunteers cleaned the alley, weeded raised garden beds, and painted

garages. Next door, volunteers created a rain garden and organized the library at Holy Redeemer Grade School. “My experience during GM week was amazing because I got to work with people from different companies and different departments from Ideal Group,” said sophomore Daniel Hernandez, who works at Ideal Group, one of the volunteer partners. “I loved the communication that everyone had, such as teaching me and (sophomore) Eric Perez how to paint the walls, and taking care of each other when providing some help on tasks that were sometimes challenging.”


Cristo Rey sophomores Daniel Hernandez and Eric Perez prepare to paint.

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THE DSA MIDTOWN TEA Detroit School of the Arts | STUDENT LIFE


Mich. moves to ban flavored vaping products By Chloe Robinson The DSA Midtown Tea When cigarettes became a health issue, causing many cancerrelated illnesses and deaths, people began to stop smoking or search for alternatives to smoking. These alternatives to smoking cigarettes include smoking marijuana and vaping. Vaping was initially marketed as a means to stop smoking. However, vaping became attractive to teens. According to a Monitor the Future survey conducted and reported in USA Today, teens report a “dramatic increase” in their use of vaping devices. The report further states that “teens are clearly attracted to the marketable technology and flavorings seen in vapor devices, however, it is urgent that teens understand the possible effects of vaping.” “If you vape, you are stupid,” junior Alex Keely said. “You are making ill choices for yourself and your health. Don’t be stupid.” In response to the increased use of vaping in teens, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a flavor vape ban on Sept. 4. The ban would block vape and tobacco shops


STRATFORD The DSA Midtown Tea Staff

and online retailers from selling flavored e-cigarettes in the state without penalty of fines and possible jail time. A state judge last month temporarily blocked the ban while a lawsuit challenging it continues. So why the fuss about vaping and adolescents? According to public health officials, vaping provides “a new path to nicotine addiction and could threaten decades of progress with antismoking and tobacco prevention campaigns.” At Detroit School of the Arts, that message apparently is heard loud and clear. “Vaping is not good for your lungs,” said junior Aurianna Tagger. “It causes more damage than cigarettes. Scientists did some research and they stated that vaping has 20 times more nicotine than a regular cigarette.” Nicotine is a highly addictive substance known to constrict blood vessels and contribute to heart disease. In addition to nicotine, ecigarette users inhale heavy metals, other compounds and carcinogens.


See VAPING on page 24 »

DSA students working with some cast members from The Crucible to perform some scenes.

he Stratford trip is an annual trip for all DSA students — with priority given to Theater students. The students usually meet the cast and sometimes get the opportunity and experience to perform a scene.

Students lined up before the start of the play Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.


Will Netflix series bring real justice for Exonerated Five? By Ruth Connor The DSA Midtown Tea Devastated. Sickened. Dumbfounded. Disappointed. These are the only words that truly represents how I felt when the Exonerated Five case was brought to my attention. I had never seen something so horrific and heartbreaking, since the Scottsboro 9 case. After I finished watching the Netflix series about them, “When They See Us,” my soul urged me to dig deeper into the case, and read the transcripts and records. I just wanted to understand why young people, especially young Black and Hispanic males, are such targets in the criminal justice system. There may be more innocent young people being falsely accused of or convicted of a crime they did not commit. “The Exonerated Five” are just one of the few the world has

chosen to acknowledge. Five Black and Latino teenagers from Harlem: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam were probably thinking how much fun they would have in the park. They never would have thought that they would end up in prison. The five were coerced and manipulated by the police, without their parents or any adults. These teens were unaware of their rights; the police abused their power and used their ignorance of the law against them. At the end of the trial, the five young men were convicted and their lives were ruined forever. After suffering in their teen years and more in juvenile and prison, and subsequently being released, they still did not get real justice. Real justice would have been for the police to arrest the real criminals the first time. Real justice


would have been for the police to follow proper procedure and protocol when interrogating young males. Real justice would have been to release these five young males because of lack of evidence. Sadly, real justice has not been served. Although these young men were all freed from prison and received a few million dollars, their lives are forever changed. Money does not take away the pain and trauma held within their hearts. Money does not make up for the years they lost behind bars. Their youth was stripped away from them. They will never be able to experience prom, the desperation to walk across the stage, the stresses of the tests and homework, the joys of pep rallies, or just hanging out with their friends. They never got the chance to just be boys and they never will. What makes my heart ache the

most is that injustices like these continue to happen. Despite the outcry, outrage, and publicity of these injustices, I see no evidence of change. “When They See Us” first came out everyone was #justice for exonerated five. Months later, the fervor and passion seems to have died and no one even talks about them anymore. Injustice does not die and we need to talk about it. Our young black and brown males are targeted and criminalized. This must change. One of the keys to change is love. Love from everyone one as a whole. This isn’t White vs. Black. This is White, Black, Hispanic, Arabic, etc. vs. Racism and Injustice. If everyone would come together to fight injustice, then perhaps some changes could happen in the courts, police departments, and correctional facilities. Maybe

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justice would be applied properly. However, there are challenges to this ideal. Events, news, and other issues are pulling everyone apart. We have been programmed to believe that each race is very different from one another, and that one race is better than another. We have allowed stereotypes to affect our judgment, to distrust, and form opinions and thoughts without knowing the individuals. We need to talk to people and get to know them before we dismiss them. We need to acknowledge the differences and learn how to handle them. We need to understand that our differences make us unique but together these differences can be powerful enough to bring about change that is so needed in this world. So, it is time for us to come together to fight injustice and truly make this world a place of love.

Staff: Ruth Connor, Chloe Robinson

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

East English gets new principal “’s going to be a fun and progressive high school." D R . L A R R Y G R AY, P R I N C I PA L

By Eric Major Voice of the Ville “I feel like I am the glue that holds us together.” Those are the words of East English Village’s new principal, Dr. Larry Gray. Gray is responsible for leading the East English family; his biggest goal is to offer students an optimal education. “I have so much untapped potential. I plan on bringing it out

in the whole school,” said Gray. When asked how he likes the Ville compared to other schools, he said: “I love it, because there’s so much I see in my students. I want them to be ready for college and their future careers.” Gray said he has high hopes for this school. “I feel like my students are capable of doing so much more, and I just want to push them to

be better,” he said. Gray said he is glad to be here; he hopes to make a difference. And he is already proud of his staff. “My teaching staff is important to me. They are as important as my students, so I expect them to be the best teachers they can be,” he said. “I find it exciting to be working at the Ville, because of the potential of the young people


here, and the wonderful teachers and it’s going to be a fun and progressive high school.” When asked what challenges he faces, he said, “In urban education, all the challenges are the same. “I love being a principal. I am the person who is the glue that holds everything together for everyone…I solve problems and improve outcomes for young people.” OPINION

Bring vending machines to the Ville VOICE OF THE VILLE

FAR LEFT: More than 400 students helped bring awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink on Oct. 14. ABOVE: The East English Village lunch room donned their pink for Pink Out Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. LEFT: East English Village principal Dr. Larry Gray, seated, and his administrative staff participated in Pink Out Day on Oct. 14.

PINK OUT DAY East English students, staff support breast cancer awareness By Shai’An Lakey Voice of the Ville Every year, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite great strides in cancer research, many women and some men still die from it. On Oct. 14, East English’s staff and students recognized and supported breast cancer awareness. Hundreds dressed in

pink to support survivors and to honor those who unfortunately lost their battle to the disease. More than 75 staff members including all administrators and cafeteria staff joined students wearing shades of pink. “It felt good to see everyone support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I hope it happens like this every year,” said 9th grade counselor, Marques Blandford.


Breast cancer is one of America’s biggest charities with fundraising exceeding $6 billion in 2018. The Susan G. Komen For the Cure organization raised $420 million for research and medical services in 2018. “It is rare to talk to anyone who has not been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer… it seems everyone knows someone afflicted with this or another form of cancer,”

said teacher Cynthia Roddie. “That’s why we want students to recognize and support those who suffer with the disease.” EEVPA teachers and counselors had dialogue with their students about signs of breast cancer, available medical services and programs for patients and their families.” More than 400 students participated in Pink Out Day.

Co-Editors in Chief: Asianna Franklin, Carolyn Townsel Adviser: Cynthia D. Roddie Staff Support: Gail Elam Mentor: Joy Visconti, Michigan State University School of Journalism

By Keilyn Trawick Voice of the Ville Just about every place you go, there are vending machines: hospitals, churches, barbershops, everywhere. So, why not at East English Village? Students often complain about the quality of food served for lunch. “The food in lunchroom doesn’t even look appealing, and I don’t think it’s always properly prepared; that’s why I only eat salads at school,” senior Anthony Smith said. Many students end up purchasing junk food from nearby gas stations, stores, and fast food restaurants including Big Burger, Wing Snob, Coney Island, Wendy’s and other establishments in lieu of eating school lunches or being hungry after their lunch period. Some students eat lunch at 11:30 a.m. and are in school until 3:30 p.m. That’s a long time to be hungry. While some merchants complain about students being in their shops; they don’t refuse students and their money. But, why should students give their business and money to outside vendors? If students had a variety of food choices to select from in the school, the school would make money from the food sales. Additionally, students would not likely want to leave See VENDING on page 14 »

Staff: Devon Bolton, Desmond Calvin, Asianna Franlin, Elese Gaston, Sheldon Harvey, Nikhah Hudson, Shai’an Lakey, Eric Major, Nathan Minter, Andrenae Rambus, Kirsten Slater, Carolyn Townsel, Keilyn Trawick, Sierra Turner-Williams, Yaliyah Wilson

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History teacher Sirian Woods provokes students to imagine and learn American and world history through visual aids and technology.

A conversation with historian Mr. Woods


Even in DPSCD schools, many students face the challenge of fitting in due to their skin tone.

Colorism equals favoritism By Yaliyah-Zy'Reaire Wilson Voice of the Ville When will we learn colorism damages the self-esteem and the drive of many children? While the practice of discriminating against individuals based on their skin color is not new; it is still a powerful way to be bias, destructive, humiliating and harsh. Even in DPSCD schools, many students face the challenge of fitting in. Skin tone has a lot to do with how children accept or denied classmates. What a sad commentary in the 21st Century. Talking negatively to children, especially elementary students can affect how they see themselves as well as how other children may treat them based solely on their skin color. “I was one of the darker girls, and people talked about me, my nose, my lips, and


Students need more healthy options at school FROM PAGE 13

the building to buy snacks and fast food. Parents would not have to worry about their kids leaving school traveling to restaurants possibly facing street danger or being struck by reckless drivers.

as I got older, the criticism got worse -- things were so bad; I remember how one of my sisters came home from school, and tried to take her life after people told her, she’s too dark for this world,” said Da’Shounieque Wright, a CNA. Mother and grandmother Mattie May Jones said, “Being in this world and giving hate to different shades is terrible. I’ve been living for a long time and it’s not self hate, it’s the parents putting bugs in their children’s ears.” “Males and females get it, the colorism thing; some males get misjudged based on their skin complexion,especially if they are dark skin. They are considered dangerous and a menace to society,” said Colbe

Miles, a senior at Old Redford High School. Shante’ Linear, a mother of two girls, ages 12 and 14, said: “I have been dealing with color issues with my daughters, and when I read negative things about their complexions in their journals, I noticed the comments came from family members and schoolmates. ” And Duane Campbell, a father of eight said, “You have to teach kids to love themselves before sending them out into the world so they won’t spread hatred toward others.” People must not be overlooked and denied educational and career opportunities based on their skin color. Society must strive to cease colorism and not show favoritism. No longer should anyone be crippled in such a manner. We must celebrate the bountiful, beauty of color diversity.

And, students would make it to their after-lunch classes on time. Having vending machines is a great business marketing strategy. Maybe BPA, Business Professionals of America or the Junior Achievement Program at the Ville could oversee the use and care of the vending machines. “Vending machines should be back in school to give students

an opportunity to take a break and get something they may like or enjoy,” said assistant principal Evege James. Having vending machines will not stop students from receiving in school lunches. They simply offer additional food choices, and who knows, maybe students would stop throwing away school lunches they don’t want. As it is, trash bins in the

East English Village

By Carol Townsel Voice of the Ville He appears calm, quiet and reserved when you meet him, but it doesn’t take long to learn he is a vibrant and passionate historian who has a lot to say. Sirian Woods is a University of South Carolina alumni with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history and a master’s degree in education. He attended Brookland-Cayce High School in South Carolina, where he acquired his passion for history from his favorite teacher, Mr. Bray. Attending this school was tradition; his entire family graduated from Brookland-Cayce, and Woods’ first teaching assignment was there and he got to be like his mentor Bray and help shape the minds of young people. After moving to Detroit, he took a teaching position at Charles

East English Village Kettering High School, and in 2013 at the request of principal Patricia Murray, he came to East English. Woods continues to form bonds with students; he provokes students to imagine and learn American and world history often using visual aids and technology to help students with their learning. A spiritual man, Woods does not only serve students in school, he teaches Sunday School class at Blessed Peace Church in Detroit, and during the summer, he teaches Vacation Bible studies at the church. Last year, Woods married his soulmate, Fallon. Three words Woods uses to describe his classroom are “laughter, high expectations and positivity.”


Students learn money sense in finance class By Asianna Franklin Voice of the Ville According to Annie Nova, a reporter for CNBC, “Only 17 states require high school students to take a course in personal finance.” “Determining and managing your personal financial needs for the future is the core of Personal lunchroom are filled with part or whole lunches, and students are still left hungry. Put nutritious fruit rolls, low sodium, low fat snacks in the vending machines. Even include soup, cereal, energy drinks, bottled water and maybe some chips and cookies. Now, students stop by many gas stations, stores, and restaurants on their way to and from

Finance,” said business management teacher, Juanita Moton. “Personal finance is very important,” said Rosa Goss, 17. “There is always a right and wrong for everything. Managing money should be done correctly.” “As students get older, they’ll See FINANCE on page 24 » school; they load up their backpacks with junk food. So, who’s getting paid? Not our school. “If students are going to pay anybody for snacks, it should be our own school, not a gas station,” senior Asianna Franklin said. Don’t stop school lunches, just offer more choices … get some vending machines in the Ville.

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

9th grade academy gets new assistant principal



New administrator Dennis Veal brings his years of assisting the youth to King’s ninth grade academy.

By Joseph Frazier Crusaders’ Chronicle King welcomes new assistant principal Dennis Veal to the Crusader community. Veal has been in education for about eight years. When his educational journey began, he was a paraprofessional in Detroit. Then, he became a teacher in Georgia and back to Detroit where he taught at Southeastern High School. Now, he is the administrator who oversees the ninth-grade academy. Veal’s plan is to change the way freshmen and

their families view school. “The main goal is to develop them socially, emotionally, and academically,” Veal said. “If we shift the attitudes of students, the community, and their parents then we can shift the scores.” Veal works closely with counselor Anneatra Kaplan to make the transition from middle to high school easier. There is already a positive shift in behavior and grades. “Mr. Veal brings a different set of skills,” Kaplan said. “He’s young, he’s innovative, he can




Students at Al Muntaha School for Girls take part in an experiment on chromatography.

Science teacher educates in UAE By Tianna Davis Crusaders’ Chronicle For the past five years, King’s biology and forensic science teacher Brenda Edwards taught in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Edwards left the states to instruct abroad in 2014. This was her first-time teaching in United Arab Emirates (UAE). She taught science to seventh through ninth graders. “I love to travel and have always wanted to experience Dubai and Abu Dhabi,” said Edwards. “This was definitely an opportunity to go.” See UAE on page 16 »

build relationships with the students. We seem to have a different atmosphere now. He agrees that it doesn’t matter how academically intelligent you are that if your unable mentally and socially to be able to get pass those things your education really means nothing.” Veal comes to King with a history of developing mentoring groups to help young people navigate through real-life situations. At Detroit Butzel Family Center, he started Higher See VEAL on page 24 »

Student overcomes fears, goes to Maine By Ka’nya Logan Crusaders’ Chronicle Senior Ashenna Williams took part in a trip to Maine with the assistance of English teacher Andrew Kemp Williams See MAINE on page 16 »



Students were impressed by the scenery. While traveling to the hotel in Capri, Aleia Shelton snapped this photo.

High school students head to Italy By Aleia Shelton Crusaders’ Chronicle DPSCD sent 53 high school students to a once in a lifetime experience to study abroad in Italy. Students were hand selected by administration for outstand-


ing academics and stewardship. The intentions were to steer students into becoming more cognizant and knowledgeable regarding different cultures. “I do believe it genuinely helped me become more aware,” Adviser: Veronica Hollis Crain Mentor: Amy Steinhauser, Plastics News

said King senior Caron Williams. “I got the chance to experience firsthand the different sceneries, cuisines, lifestyles, and interactions that I wasn’t See ITALY on page 16 »

Senior Imani Ziyad, King alumna Sheretta Butler-Barnes (’95), sophomore Jalisa Brown take time to bond at the retreat.

Students attend Denver retreat By Makyia Whitaker Crusaders’ Chronicle NAF along with the Fund II Foundation sponsored its second See DENVER on page 16 »

Staff Writers: Peny Boone, Tianna Davis, Arielle Drayton, Danielle Fisher, Joseph Frazier, Deja Jenkins-Jones, Destiny Jenkins-Jones, Ka’nya Logan, Jeremiah Miller, Aleia Shelton, Javon Thomas, Makyia Whitaker

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Williams overcame fear of water, learned to swim FROM PAGE 15

and College Transition Advisor Tracy Jones. Kemp introduced this trip to his class and Jones helped find a scholarship to finance it. “Detroit Youth Sailing Foundation reached out to individuals at various Detroit public high schools asking us to support them and encouraging students to apply for the scholarship opportunity where they would spend two weeks in Maine for the summer,” said Jones. “We were fortunate that we had a number of students to apply.” In addition to completing needed paperwork, Jones worked with Williams to see that she was prepared mentally and physically. “We were graded on consistency of effort, skill acquisition, expedition craft, assertiveness, leadership, justice, compassion, physical fitness, and finally courage and resilience. The grading was 0-5, and I was graded a 3+ in every category,” said Williams. “I got over my fear of water and learned to swim and rock


Science teacher Brenda Edwards participates in a desert safari in Abu Dhabi with other teachers.


Teaching methods grew thanks to overseas trip FROM PAGE 15

Her teaching methods have grown with this new experience under her belt. Being that she was there for five years, she believes her teaching style has changed. “I began to focus more on student-centered classrooms, inquiry-based learning, and differentiated learning, and game-based learning,” said Edwards.

To Edwards, this experience wasn’t a hard transition for her. She did a lot of thinking regarding traveling to Dubai and felt that adjusting to the new environment wasn’t going to be difficult. “I had already researched Dubai as a place at the top of my list to visit,” said Edwards. “Therefore, when the offer presented itself to me, I was ecstatic to interview for a teaching position.” Edwards expressed that while settling there, it was very welcoming. They helped navigate her and the other teachers around the

country. “Honestly, it was a very smooth transition because as soon as we landed, they made sure to make us feel as comfortable as possible and assisted us every step of the way,” said Edwards. Edwards enjoyed this experience and now feels like she could possibly do this type of teaching experience again. “If I had the opportunity to travel back there and teach, I would but it would be after I retire and it depends on the type of package they offer,” said Edwards.


At the Lincoln Hills Restoration Retreat, the young ladies work on self-preservation through yoga and other activities.

NAF program improves students’ financial literacy


normally exposed to.” Students were excited for the opportunity to experience such an educational and adventurous trip that would be remembered forever. “The Gondola ride had to be the most memorable event for me, to actually have the chance to explore a city built completely above water is amazing,” said King senior Lauren-Ashlea Macon. “Being able to be not even a foot away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, or even the Pope’s office is something I will eternally remember.” The greatest aim throughout the trip was for students to gain a broader perspective on unorthodox customs and share their experiences and learnings with others, steering everyone to become more sensible worldwide. “Developing that global awareness and global mindset is key,” said world language supervisor and trip director for DPSCD, Viviana Bonafede. “Of course, the kids are the ones that



Global awareness was one goal of the trip



Seniors Yiazman Savage and Aleia Shelton take a break from walking in Venice.

experienced it firsthand but when they came back, they shared their experiences, and everybody learns, and everybody grows.” The amazing experience struck the hearts of not only the students but many chaperones. Most participants wanted to see and learn more over the course of the trip. “My students were amazing,” said King principal and chaperone

Deborah Jenkins. “I was very excited for all 53 DPSCD students to have occasions to interact and collectively explore other cultures. Students also had opportunities to ride every mode of transportation: plane, train, metro subway, city/ charter buses, boats, and of course a great deal of walking. The myriad of experiences and cultural exchanges combined had memorable life impacts for us all.”

climb.” During the visit in Maine, Williams stayed on the boat and had many achievements through handson learning. The people around Williams motivated her to keep going even when she was seasick and wanted to go home. “Some things we learned were tacking, steering, setting up the sail, taking down the sail, rowing, and etc. We had to work together and work on our team bonding and leadership skills,” said Williams. This trip to Maine was Williams’s first time on an airplane and she was the only African American student there. Students sailed Tinker Island, Mount Desert Island, and Hurricane Island. “I’ve never actually been outside the city of Detroit so leaving Michigan to go to another state by myself had a small effect on me,” she said. “Being the only African American at the program was uncomfortable at first because I’m not used to being around other races. “I’ve never been out on the water so sailing the Pacific Ocean and seeing different aquatic animals left a huge impact on me. It gave me a sense of diversity.”

annual Lincoln Hills Restoration Retreat which is normally for black male achievement. But this year, young women were welcomed for the first time since the start of the organization. This program’s focus was financial literacy, entrepreneurism, health and wellness instruction, and mentoring. There were also activities like yoga, dancing, fly-fishing, archery, and horseback riding. Motivational speakers included civil rights activist Andrew Jackson, Rev. Run and wife Justine Simmons, and CNN analyst Angela Rye. This year King’s NAF site coordinator Tracy Jones considered young women who are members of the program and showed interest in this opportunity for a better understanding of what financial stability and personal growth mean. Sophomore Jalisa Brown and senior Imani Ziyad were chosen. Brown and Ziyad showed great interest in the NAF program as well as the opportunity to go away to

Denver, Colorado, to the restoration retreat. “This was a good opportunity,” Brown said. “At first, I didn't want to go. I was so nervous because I wouldn't have any connections with anybody. I'm so happy that I did go because being a part of a program this beneficial was just inspiring and made me realize I’m very fortunate to have been offered the opportunity.” Ziyad said she learned a lot from this experience and now has more tools she can add to her portfolio. “The trip to Denver, Colorado was full of opportunities,” said Ziyad. “I learned so much about communications, and the teachings of financial stability. This trip was enlightening, embracing, and most importantly, it was just a rare experience.” “Students often hear about new opportunities but very few take advantage of those opportunities given,” said Jones. “Here at King High School, we are always looking for ways to help, whether it is shining light on new programs or something as simple as pushing and motivating students to take advantage of the many advanced opportunities afforded to them.”

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MUSTANG VOICE Mumford High School | SPORTS


FOR GOLD Mumford senior might pedal his way onto 2020 U.S. Olympic team


Jackson Capela listens to the official before the start of a race at the Velodrome in downtown Detroit on Oct. 26. He’s been riding competitively for two years. “I use the time to prepare my mental state so I can focus on winning the race,” Capela said. TOP: Capela is boxed in during an elimination race. With no place to go, he risks being eliminated on that lap. “Sometimes I can get myself out by using my muscular build to move someone out of the way. It’s not always safe so I try to hold off,” Jackson said.

By Logen Merritt Mustang Voice Mumford senior Jackson Capela started competitive cycling as a hobby, but it has become much more serious. Capela does most of his riding at the Lexus Velodrome in downtown Detroit, but he was one of 50 athletes chosen for the finalist phase of “Milk Life presents, The Next Olympic Hopeful,” at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His event will be featured on NBC on Dec. 29 when six winners will be invited to join national team camps to prepare for the opportunity to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Mustang Voice: How did you start bike riding? Capela: I got started with my mom being a cyclist and she was at a cycling meeting one day for her club, and this lady that ran a nonprofit youth program came into the meeting and told my mom about the Velodrome. My mom took me even though at the time, the Velodrome was an hour away. Around 10th grade I started taking it more seriously, and it grew from there. MV: How long do you plan on cycling? Capela: Forever, but probably not competitively. MV: How does it feel See PEDAL on page 24 »


Mighty Marching Mustangs start year with new gear By Daveion Huby Mustang Voice “I really couldn’t believe it. It’s something you usually just see on TV,“ said Jessica Robins. As Mumford’s instrumental and vocal music director, Robins had filled out a short application

last year without much hope of winning. So she was surprised and excited when she got the email saying she won the $20,000 “Vans Gives a Band” award. According to the Vans website, the same place you’d go to buy shoes, “Vans Gives a Band!” was


created to “inspire and empower students to embrace their creativity through music.” “Vans believes everyone should be empowered to express themselves creatively and should be given the tools to do so.” “It’s so great,” Robins said.

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“Students have been doing a phenomenal job making due with the instruments that we have, but this opportunity will allow us to take our music to the next level.” Though she was notified by email, the award was announced at an assembly on Sept. 24 in

Mumford’s auditorium. The program will receive $10,000 for instruments and another $10,000 to fund the program. Senior Ka’Maria Jones, who plays on the drum line with the

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Staff Writers: Jackson Capela, Anthony Coopwood, Raechel Davis, Jalen Emerson-Neal, Daveion Huby, Raven Hutchinson, Aaliyah Johnson, Ka’Maria Jones, Logen Merritt, Ayrionna Robinson, Darcell Smith, Daija Thomas, Aniyjah Uddin, Daysha Wilkins

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Exchange students find fun, friendships

Downsized event too small for this year’s homecoming crowd



By Raechel Davis and Daija Thomas Mustang Voice America is not quite what German exchange student Til Bartens expected. But he said he’s not disappointed. “I thought it would be like the movies; like ‘High School Musical’,” Barten said. “But it’s amazing here. People are very nice.” Mumford High School has two foreign exchange students this year, and it’s the first time in many years. Bartens’ host parents, Justin and Tiera Schaaf, said they wanted to give somebody the opportunity to learn about American culture. “It’s one thing to see it on television, but when you actually come here and live it and see it every single day it’s different,” Tiera Schaaf said. The Schaafs were interested because one of their friends has hosted exchange students. They followed International Cultural Exchange Services on Facebook and saw profiles of interested students including a list of their interests. “When we saw Til’s profile we were like ‘wow this would almost be our kid if we had a kid.’ Everything he liked we liked.” Schaaf said. “When they saw us commenting and going back and forth, they were like you guys should go ahead, and we were like alright I guess we’re doing it.” Mumford’s other exchange student is Suphakit (Frank) Saengsawan from Thailand. He called Mumford “awesome” and “wonderful” and said all his teachers and

By Raven Hutchinson Mustang Voice Many Mumford students spent the evening of Oct. 5 at home instead of at Mumford’s homecoming at the Southfield Marriott. Junior Leah Denmark was one of many students who wanted to attend but couldn’t get a ticket. “The tickets sold out too fast,” Denmark said. Parent liaison Luanna McVay, one of the event coordinators, said students blamed staff for not printing enough tickets, but it wasn’t a printing error. “It wasn’t about tickets; we sold out when we reached capacity. Fewer students went last year so we picked a smaller venue this year,” McVay said. Registrar Talisa Edwards said homecoming decisions are based off the previous year’s sales. Because only 120 people showed up for 200 slots last year, they chose a ballroom at the Marriott with a capacity of only 162. It turned out that more students wanted to buy tickets this year, and many were disappointed. “To get a bigger venue the ticket prices would have gone up,” Edwards said. “At the Marriott, we could have sold more tickets, but we would have had to give up the dance floor.” Since more people bought tickets this year and more


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German exchange student Til Bartens laughs at a classmate’s presentation at Mumford on Oct. 23. Bartens is one of two foreign exchange students this year.

friends support him, but he finds school in the U.S. very different from how it is in Thailand. “In the USA we have more opportunities to do what we want. If you want to do basketball, you do basketball; if you want to do football, you do football,” Saengsawan said. Saengsawan wanted to be on the student council, and now he’s on the

student council. Despite the language barrier, Saengsawan has no difficulty passing his English class. His grammar is “awesome” his English teacher Katie Palonis said. “Sometimes when he’s talking I have to listen really closely,” Palonis said. “But when it comes to writing and doing his work, no problem.”

Mighty Marching Mustangs, said she feels like the band is in a better place now. “It’s amazing that we even have a marching band. Most of the instruments we have are broken or

pieced together,” Jones said. ”I’m very excited as far as how our season looks now that there’s money for equipment and repairs.” The Mighty Marching Mustangs get around. Last Tuesday

they performed at the Parade Co. depot, last year for Delta Airlines, and every year at Greater Grace Temple. And, of course, they play at Mumford events. Robins said Mumford was one


Sophomores Imani Peterson and Javier Hicks pose for a photo on their way to Mumford’s homecoming dance on Oct. 5. Peterson and Hicks were able to get tickets despite the limited supply.

would have, chances are that next year they’ll plan for more space. Several people had suggestions for next year’s homecoming so nobody would be left out. Junior Reggie Cole said, “If we had it here at school in the gym it would be cheaper and more people could go.” About 31 people were asked how they felt about having homecoming in the gym. A little over half said they would considering the size of the gym. “It’s bunz because us as seniors couldn’t all experience our last homecoming,” said senior Italiana Jinks. of five DPSCD schools that won the award. “At the end of the school year we’re planning a giant concert with all of us and the things that we won,” Robins said.



By Aaliyah Johnson Mustang Voice “We don’t get these kinds of services every day, so why now?” That’s what a student said to guidance counselor Kason Dickerson about Mumford’s mental health resources after a student’s suicide last spring. He said after that traumatic event, Mumford’s atmosphere turned gloomy. That’s when counselors, teachers and social workers at the school started plans to make sure students would get their mental

health needs met. “I see a lot of trauma and a lot of post-traumatic stress,” Dickerson said. “And I think sometimes we don’t know that’s what we’re dealing with. I think that a lot of traumatic experiences seem to be the norm in African American communities.” According to a study in The Journal of Community Health, between 2001 and 2017, suicide rates amongst African American boys ages 13-19 have risen 60% and rates have doubled for Afri-

Mumford can American girls in the same age range. The study includes lack of access to mental health care as a contributing factor. Mumford staff have made plans to provide students with more mental health services and therapeutic activities to combat the stigma of mental illness in the black community. The aim is to make it a regular thing so it will be easy for students to ask for help.

Dickerson said, “That’s kinda what we’re working on. We’re working on doing some group therapy with students in their lunch hour, and just providing more counseling in general.” School social worker Kayla Pacic said although many students are receptive to getting help, she knows many others are resistant. “So I still see that even getting help or feeling vulnerable, people still see that as a sign of weakness,” Pacic said. “I see a lot of the, you know, ‘I shouldn’t be doing this.’”

In addition to the programs staff are starting, Mumford has announced a partnership with Development Centers, which is part of the School-Based Mental Health Initiative funded by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. The Development Centers will provide an on-site clinical therapist and workshops on many behavioral health topics including anger and emotion management, coping skills, and signs and symptoms of mental health issues.


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


Homecoming parade canceled due to rain By Reel’l Barren RHS Stentor Renaissance High School’s homecoming parade on Oct. 11, the first in 17 years, was canceled due to rainy weather. Some students were grateful for the sudden change in weather. The rain seemed to have relieved quite a few of them. “I’m glad that it was cancelled,” said Shinell Buchanon, a junior at Renaissance. “I was supposed to perform, but I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.” Buchanon said she was expecting to see a small crowd at the parade anyway. She said many people seemed “less interested” in the parade and football game than the actual homecoming dance. On the other hand, there were students who were unhappy about the sudden cancellation


Instagram influencer Big Tae hosted the Renaissance High School homecoming Pep Rally on Oct. 11. RIGHT: Firettes posing before their pep rally performance.

of the parade. Brandon Bell, another junior at RHS, took the news with a grain of salt. “I have friends who worked really hard on their floats for the parade,” Bell said. “It’s one thing that they canceled the parade, but they didn’t acknowledge any of the students who helped prepare for it.” RHS assistant principal Lewis Grady said what aided in making the decision to cancel the parade. “Well, we knew there was going to be about a 30% chance of rain,” Grady said. When asked if there was going to be another attempt at holding the parade, Grady said the school may try again the spring. “Renaissance’s administration plans to try holding another parade in the spring, when the sun is out for at least 10 days in a row,” said Grady.


RALLYING SPIRIT Pep rally a success in the eyes of many students

By Joelle Wimberley RHS Stentor Renaissance High School held a pep rally Oct. 11 in order to encourage their football players for the big homecoming game. The annual pep rally began around 1 p.m. with a special senior entrance. The senior class of 2020 danced into the gymnasium to a mix of music. As they were seated, Big Tae, an Instagram influencer, was introduced as a special guest host. “I can’t believe they got Big Tae to host the pep rally! Renaissance really came through this year,” Sydney Hall said. Big Tae introduced the cheerleading team who cheered, danced and flipped to the enthusiastic cheers of the audience. Each grade had cheerleaders perform different routines to support their class. “My favorite part of the whole pep rally had to have been when the cheerleaders performed,” Amadou Diallo

said. “This might have been the best performance I’ve seen from them. This year there was much more flipping which really impressed me.” The cheerleaders stood in two lines as the football team was introduced by their coach. They high-fived each player as their name was called. “Yeah, I felt encouraged from the pep rally,” defensive end Derrick Warren said. “When the school cheered for me I knew they were behind me supporting me.” The band and majorette team performed next. The band played their instruments while marching and dancing, and the majorettes danced to their music. “We have a bunch of ‘newbies’ this year, but they did really well for this to have been their first time performing at all,” the band’s conductor Nya Lusk said. Dance Workshop was introduced and they performed to a variety of popular R&B and


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rap music. Like the cheerleaders, a member from each grade performed solos for their class. They showcased a variety of their skills including jumps, splits and leaps. There were also activities such as a dance competition between classes and a basketball contest. It was announced that there would be special guests. No one was sure who the guests were, although there had been rumors going around. Detroit rappers Drego and Beno along with East Warren Buck came out to everyone’s surprise. As they performed, many students encircle them. The rappers excited the football team by telling them they could beat Mumford. “Drego and Beno are literally my favorite,” Kourtni McDaniel said. “I was star-struck when I saw them and I got a video with them! This has been the best pep rally I’ve been to. This whole week has been a success for Renni.”


RHS seniors Tyrese Anderson and Topaz Johnson dressed as senior-citizens for Family Day during Spirit Week 2019.

Spirit week allows students to express themselves By Malaan Moses RHS Stentor Renaissance High School students got the chance to express themselves by dressing up for Spirit Week. The week-long event was Oct. 7-11 and included meme/character day, twin day, family day, throwback day, and rep your class day as themes for the week. “I dressed up for everyday of the week,” Freshman Chy’Ah Smith said. “Dressing up gave us

things to talk about and costumes we’ll never forget.” Students felt that family day was one of the most memorable days. “Family Day was the funniest day because the seniors dressed up as senior-citizens,” Smith said. Some students noted that Spirit week hasn’t changed much over the years. “Everything has been the same See SPIRIT on page 24 »

Staff Writers: Joelle Wimberley, Reel’l Barren, India Stubbs, Malaan Moses, Tianna Hamilton

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Seniors have last homecoming dance


Renaissance By Tianna Hamilton RHS Stentor On Oct. 18, the Renaissance High School student body attended their homecoming dance at the Ford Center in Dearborn. This year’s theme for homecoming was “An Evening in Paris.” After an exciting Pep-Rally RHS students were excited for this year’s homecoming dance. Because this was be the seniors’ last homecoming dance, they were especially excited. “I am very excited for homecoming, especially it being my last one in high school,” RHS Senior Amber Crawford said. Crawford said she believes that this homecoming has to be a “night to remember” since it’s her last. Some seniors had never been to a homecoming dance before and used their senior year to get a taste of the event. “I’ve personally never went to a homecoming because something always stopped me,” RHS senior Sonjai Taylor said. Taylor also mentioned she will definitely be attending this year and she will for sure go out with a bang. Some seniors had been looking forward to this event since September. “With this being my last year, I have put a lot of thought and time


Tyrese Anderson and Tyra Clark were named King and Queen at this year’s homecoming dance.

into my look for homecoming,” Senior Kaela Funches said. “The best part about this is it’s our last year to have a genuinely fun time as a class at homecoming, so we have to make memorable.” Funches believed the 2020 class

should all come out and make the most of this night. Mostly all the senior class came out and participated in “An Evening in Paris” and they believed it was as fun as they anticipated it would be.

By JeRon Lawrence RHS Stentor Many champions were crowned at the Detroit Public School League Cross Country Championship on Oct. 9 at Belle Isle. For parents, athletes, and coaches, this was a meet to remember. Renaissance won the overall championship on the boys and girls side. Denise Bryson, parent and fan for Renaissance, said she was shocked after she found not only the girls won the meet, but the boys as well. “I’m actually at a loss of words right now,” Bryson said. “Not only did the girls win, but the boys were able to come out and make a statement as well. I’m proud of the Phoenix coaches and athletes for their accomplishments today.” Many personal and season record times were broken from runners for all schools. “The plan was to just get out and stay in front of the pack,” said Rasean Lewis, boys champion from Frederick Douglass. “I knew if I held the early advantage, then there would be no one that could beat me.” Frederick Douglass coach Pierre Brooks was astonished with Lewis’s outcome, stating his effort was simply amazing. Brooks was filled completely with joy for Lewis and had nothing but positivity to say about his run.


“Not only did the girls win, but the boys were able to come out and make a statement as well.” Denise Bryson, parent

“Rasean has always been an excellent runner and it was all about him coming out here and showing it today,” Brooks said. “Which indeed he did and I couldn’t be any prouder of him, than I am at this moment.” Meet directors Darnell and Karen Hall said they were pleased with the flow of the meet and jokingly, thanked Mother Nature for the excellent weather. Past championship meets were either freezing cold or contained nonstop raining. “Funny to say, this is the first time in a long time, that the championship race was not freezing or raining,” Karen Hall said. “Today went by smoothly, nice weather, started on time, and no complaints,” Darnell Hall said. “Today was a test of effort, teamwork, and dedication, and that's exactly what the team showed today,” Bryson said. Overall, “I am super proud to be apart of the Phoenix organization and I can honestly say this was a meet to remember.”


Trip teaches students about Mexican culture


“Cruz Familia” was the name of an Ofrenda displayed at the DIA exhibit commemorating loved ones who passed away.

By India Stubbs RHS Stentor Renaissance High School’s Spanish Department hosted a field trip to learn about Mexican culture on Oct. 9. Spanish teacher Natalia Merino-Boyle and some of her colleagues within the department hosted the field trip and choose select classes to attend. During the trip students visited La Gloria Bakery, Mexicantown, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. At each place the students enhanced their learning about Mexican culture. “It was a great opportunity for them to get to know about different types of Spanish restaurants and bakeries and I thought it was a good idea,” said Merino-Boyle. “In the trip we planned to go to the DIA there was an exhibition linked to the Mexican festivity that all

Renaissance tied in.” First, the Spanish students went to La Gloria Bakery. They had an opportunity to order authentic Mexican pastries and sweets. Students enjoyed the wide range of sweets to choose from and were able to purchase them at a cheap price. “At the bakery, the food was like real cheap and set up real nice,” said Luke Graham, sophomore at RHS. Next, they made a stop at Mexicantown to eat. The group ate genuine Mexican food such as tacos with chicken and rice. The food was much different compared to what they usually eat. “The taste of the food was unusual, but I love to try new things.”

said Nia Trueheart, student at RHS. Lastly, the group of students went to the Detroit Institute of Arts to view the “Ofrendas.” Students were learning about the Day of the Dead and Ofrendas are rituals within the holiday. At the DIA, students were able to explore the different ofrendas and the stories associated with it. “The DIA was intriguing and when viewing the Ofrendas I noticed a 1 year old died after being separated from her parents,” said Trueheart. Each place the students visited impacted their outside learning experience. Everyone shared an unforgettable moment they will not forget. “This is a moment I will cherish and was glad I could experience this field trip,” Nia Trueheart said.


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Southeastern High School | ACADEMICS

SE wins Vans music grant By Ramon Craig-Kirksey and Nikia Gunter Hear the Roar Southeastern High School’s choir is back and better than ever after a three-year absence. In just one year of restarting, one of Southeastern’s newest staff members, Benjamin Piper, has done many great things for

the choir he directs, known as The Detroit Pipes. Thanks to Piper, SE was one of five Detroit schools to receive Vans Gives a Band grant. The school received $10,000 worth of instruments and an additional $10,000 to use to build the program. Vans also distributed Vans book bags and water bottles to


students. “I think it was a wonderful thing that they did,” said Sophomore and choir member Trinity Moton. Students also appreciate having a choir again. Students are now able to participate in school See VANS on page 24 »


Benjamin Piper accepts check and instruments from the Vans after receiving a grant.



Camren May, Kevin Hobson and Harmony Smith earned All-City honors: May and Hobson for football, and Smith for volleyball.

SE ATHLETES EARN ALL-CITY HONORS By Ashley Williams Hear the Roar As fall comes to an end, so do the fall sports schools enjoy. For Southeastern High School, it ended with four students earning the honor of being All-City players. It is reserved for players who have showed teamwork,responsibility and other key terms that make a great team member. This is not to say that other players aren’t as valuable as the ones mentioned, but these players shine a little brighter than others. The football honorees are Camren May, Damontez BordenJones, Kevin Hobson. Another SE player, Leron Rosebero, who does not attend SE but plays on the team as part of a partnership with Davis Aerospace High School. Girls Volleyball team member Harmony Smith was also honored. “All four of them truly deserve


May, Damontez Borden-Jones and Leron Rosebero earned AllCity honors for football.

this honor,” said SE Athletic Director Anthony Paciero. “Going back to the off-season, all of them put in the work and embodied what it means to be a solid athlete.” The players are proud. Smith, an outside hitter, said, “I feel that I have really improved since the start of the season.” “This is a very big accomplishment for me, this is only the beginning,” said Borden-Jones, who is a wide receiver/defensive back.


As part of a partnership, Fiat Chrylser Automoblies will launch a program to engage SE students with technology and machinery used in the auto industry.

Fiat Chrysler invests in SE community By Amyre Spears Hear the Roar The Southeastern High School back-to-school bash was like no other. That’s because this year’s host was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), an automaker that is expanding its facilities on the eastside of Detroit with a new plant on Mack Avenue, just a block from the school. And it is investing $900 million to modernize the North Jefferson assembly plant. It’s investment isn’t only in the facility but in SE and the community. This past summer, some Southeastern students completed summer internships with FCA, and there will be more opportunities in the future for SE students to benefit from the FCA expansion. As part of that partnership, FCA will launch a program to engage SE students with technology and machinery used in the auto industry. “This is a great opportunity

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Southeastern students enjoy the FCA Back-to-School Bash.

to build a true partnership with the school and community,” said Allan Washington, SE’s assistant principal. At the bash, FCA distributed SE shirts, school supplies, backpacks and food. Job applications were available for students age 18 and older. “I thought it was a great expe-

rience for students and parents,” said SE Senior Renetta Jones, senior. “It helped with some supplies and book bags; and they had activities, like taking pictures that we could keep.” Freshman Caleb Murphy said the entire event “left a good impression” about FCA and its support of the community.

Staff: Ramon Craig-Kirksey, Nikia Gunter, KrisTia Maxwell-Gray, Malaya Reed, Treyvon Simpson, Amyre Spears, Ashley Williams

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A public forum for the students and community of West Side Academy of Information Technology and Cyber Security | ACADEMICS




Kenya Johnson, Shantel Morrow, Mar’Tya Remson and Victor Williams work on SAT prep in Ms. Johnson’s class.

Scholarship opportunities are out there By Johnnie Hornsby West Side Times According to Forbes, “Student loan debt in 2019 is the highest ever.” The amount of money owed by recent graduates is in the trillions in the U.S. alone. Students all deserve the same opportunities as everyone else, and it doesn’t always have to be followed with years of debt to pay off. Students may have the GPA and the SAT score, but they could be left wondering whether they are going to have enough funding to get to the college of their dreams. Students may not have the scores for a full ride, but they are eligible to attend college, and with a little research they can find a plethora of scholarship opportunities to help. The Detroit Promise Scholarship is one of the options for Detroit students. Students must receive a score of 1060 or higher on the SAT and have a grade point average of 3.0 by Feb. 1 of senior year. They must have been a student in Detroit for all four years of high school. If students are planning to stay on campus, they may also need funding to cover housing, meals and extra expenses. Women of Tomorrow is a mentorship program for young women. According to its website, it has awarded over $6.4 million in scholarships. One of its main requirements is that students attend all of its meetings during their senior year. It takes some time and effort, but there are plenty of organizations who are more than willing to reward those who put in the work and show they are actively trying to strive towards a successful posthigh school career.

West Side Times Staff n Oct. 18, West Side Academy held its annual homecoming pep rally prior to the homecoming dance. Staff and students participated in various events including a basketball shooting contest, tug-of-war, cheers and a dance routine. Although the school does not have a football team, the students came out to represent their classes and support the other fall teams.

WSA’s cheer and dance teams showed off their skills and performed for the crowd.

Isaiah Brady competes in a shooting contest against the seniors. A senior sponsor, Nadirah Muhammad, poses with students Promise Morris, Keyione Marr and Shamiya Taylor before the pep rally.

WSA’s senior class officers proudly represent the class of 2020. Left to right: Keliah Taylor, Daveona McCloud, Darius Gaiter, Erin Smith, Johnnie Hornsby and Shannon Howard.


You can learn a lot from YouTube By Diamond McDonald West Side Times YouTube is a place where people can be themselves. Beauty hacks, gaming, artwork, and music are only a few of the options you can surf through on the site, and it’s easy to lose track of time once you go from video to video. Those who start channels may be doing it just for fun, or they may have valuable infor-


mation they want to share with the world. Ralif Campbell, a West Side Academy senior, recently started a channel on YouTube. His primary goal for creating the channel was to have fun and hopefully make people feel better in the meantime. “I wanted to show people how much video games can change you in a good way as a person,” said Campbell. Currently, Campbell as 1,077 subscribers as his channel builds up.

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“It’s an exciting feeling when you see your number of subscribers go up,” said Campbell. No matter what reasons users have for watching, they get the chance to break away from reality for a bit and fall into the world of endless videos. With all of the stress that students face today, we need a way to recharge our brains, and many of us find that going on YouTube helps to be happier overall.

Staff Writers: Trina Causey, Chinise Douglas, Miracle Durr, Darius Gaiter, Shannon Howard, Beatrice Jackson, Kenya Johnson, Akeya Lawson, Diamond McDonald, Shantel Morrow, Kenya Ogletree, Kentravion Pugh, Erin Smith

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THE WESTERN EXPRESS Western International High School | OPINION



LEFT: A Western student waits tables at a southwest Detroit restaurant. RIGHT: A Western student grills meat at a southwest Detroit restaurant.


Western players Marcell Cutright, Arnez Polk, Hezekiah Green and Donovan Cole.

Should students be working? Season in review: By Denise Vazquez The Western Express “Stop being lazy!” “Go out and do something!” “Why don’t you work?” These are just some of the statements many teens hear, but the true question is: Should a teen work? I am 18 years old, and I go to school and work on weekends. Yes, it’s a little stressful, it helps a lot if parents are tight on money, and it will help them out a lot when you can buy your own things. Most of the working teens I interviewed spend half their free time working a part-time job. They said they usually

use their money to purchase things for themselves. Out of 26 teens I surveyed on the subject of teens and work, 16 said teens should make their own money, and 10 said that teens should make school their No. 1 priority. Sixteen students also said that working a part-time job would help them become responsible with money, while 10 students disagreed. Almost half of the students interviewed said that working would not give them more freedom, because a teen who works is always at work or at school.

Will young people be able to live on their own making the hourly minimum wage, which is $9.45 in Michigan? “No,” said one student. “It will be very challenging and if you would like to go to college you wouldn’t make ends meet.” Two expenses most teens don’t have are car and health insurance. When a teenager buys a car that’s a huge expense, but it is more than likely their parents will put the car under their insurance. If a teen doesn’t have the option of putting the car under their parents’ insurance it will be very expensive.


Student pursues his love of art By Analisa Gomez The Western Express At the age of 3, Western junior Victor Meza started to draw. He gets inspiration from TV shows, his little sister, video games and movies. He likes to draw humans as cartoons or in his style, which is mostly cartoonish but does have a tad of realism. In fact, his first drawing was on the movie “Monster House,” the scene where the kids approach the house in trash cans. Meza says he likes to draw in the afternoon or nighttime because when he sits back to think about what he wants to draw he thinks about his day. For Meza drawing is a way to release stress and calm down. The media he typically uses is colored pencils but at the moment is using water- based


Student artist Victor Meza and an example of his art, above.

markers. Meza says he is proud of his art skills. “I’ve come so far as an artist and I can truly be happy with 99% of what I put out


now, whereas before I would constantly hate my art and never want to show it off,” he said. “So, See ART on page 24 »

Cowboys football By Bryce Gates The Western Express The Western High School varsity football team kicked of their season on Aug. 29 against Hamtramck High School. The boys’ varsity team beat Hamtramck, 56-0, and it was an amazing game. The whole team played very well and fought together all the way through the game. Western had a couple injured players on the field but it turned out that the injuries were not too bad. Western still finished the game strong and the boys played their hearts out. Western battled hard in the second game against DEPSA. Western was expected to come out fighting but let it turn into a dog fight from the start. Western scored the first touchdown by Western kick returner Alontae Williams who raced into the end zone for the first touchdown. The Pioneers battled back, but could not overcome the powerful Cowboys, who beat the Pioneers, 36-28. Star Western receiver Lamont Parks scored a touchdown off a punt return, boosting the Cowboys to a 2-0 record. Although the Cowboys dropped a game against Cass Tech High School, they kept pushing through the season with a 2-1 record. The next game the Cowboys knocked off the Cody Comets with 21-6 victory, bringing their

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Western football players Bryce Gates, Derrick McCain and Brandan Gates.

record to 3-1. Western coach Andre Harlan said: “I really loved the way my boys played. We played with discipline and we were dedicated to get that victory because we are trying to advance to the state championship, and our goal is to make sure that we make it to Ford Field and we will make it there.” The King Crusaders gave the Cowboys their second loss of the season, but the Cowboys knew they could play better, Harlan said. “The team practiced very hard the whole week as they got ready to play East English Village High School,” Harlan said. The Cowboys did play aggressively and won that game, 39-0. Western’s final game was Nov. 1 against Fordson High School. The Cowboys lost, 34-16.

Staff Writers: Bryce Gates, Denise Vasquez, Cecilia Jimenez, Analisa Gomez

24 Nov. 7, 2019 STUDENT LIFE

Teachers inspire storytelling


Jackson Capela pulls up after being in the front of the race on Oct. 26. “I try to save as much energy as possible so I can sprint at the end of the race,” Capela said.


having your little brother as competition? Capela: It’s fun because you don’t see a lot of African Americans racing, so it’s good having him out there. MV: Do you have any rivals?

Capela: I only see myself as a serious rival. MV: What can you tell us about the tryouts that will be on TV in December? Capela: For like four days I stayed at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. They have great facilities and people there to teach you technique and strategies for your sport. If I get invited to the national team camp, it’ll be announced on the show on the 29th.





Furthermore, e-cigarettes and vaporizers introduce safety risks unrelated to inhalation as well. For example, vaping liquids are known to trigger adverse health effects when they are touched. According to the CDC, numerous children have required emergency medical attention after accidentally absorbing these liquids through their kin, and adult users are warned to exercise a high degree of caution when handling or disposing of products and attachments that contain them. In addition, health officials in several states and with the CDC reported a severe lung illness caused by vaping had sickened 450 people in 33 states. The New York Times recently reported a vaping related death.

since I’ve been at Renaissance,” senior Michelle Oliver said. “Twin day is always on a Tuesday, throwback day is always on a Thursday and the pep rally is always on a Friday. The only days that have changed are Meme Day and Family Day.” The day that students enjoyed the most was Friday: the homecoming pep rally. “The best day was Friday because we had special guests. I got the chance to rep my class while preparing for our senior entrance,” Oliver said. Some students believe that school wouldn’t be the same without Spirit Week. “It brings out our school spirit and brings us together as a whole which gives us something to look forward to,” Bullock said.


I saw the beautiful auditorium, the beautiful choir room, so I thought I had to bring the music back,” Piper said. Students agreed that having the choir expands their horizon. The choir also creates new friendships and bonds through music. Sophomore Shamiah Woods said, “I feel like this has given many students an opportunity to try something new.”

Mumford senior trains at Olympic center FROM PAGE 17

Health risks too great for students who vape

Piper brought choir back to Southeastern last year FROM PAGE 21

concerts, shows, and field trips dedicated to their singing and song-writing talents. Piper has made it his duty to create a fun and safe space for students to let their creativity thrive and to let their voices be heard.

By Cecilia Jimenez The Western Express I write stories because I like to expand my imagination. When I write my stories, I think about what I want to be in the future. For example, I wrote a story about girls in which one of the girls murders her father and mother. The second girl is in love with the first and helps her. The story is called “Snowmen.” To better understand how other people write, I did two interviews with my teachers, who also write. They gave me a different opinions and offered advice on writing stories. Magda Vela, a Spanish teacher, explained how her point of view is important in her stories. She talked about inspiration and gave me some tips to continue writing. One of them was to always carry a

Western International notebook so as to be able to write down all my ideas. I had never thought about that, and now I am sure it will help me a lot. Rosimar Rodriguez is teaches English and math and writes fantasy stories, different from Vela’s style of writing. I was surprised at all the different ways that people can write. Rodriguez made me think a lot about what I really wanted to do in my future because I really like writing. I don’t want to give up and let my dreams die. The two books that inspire me to write are “The Maze Runner” and “Mariana.” Those two books opened my imagination to create scenarios and characters.



What I most desire in the future is the same as my two teachers: to publish a book. Suspense and terror is my favorite genre. That is what I really like to write. I would like to be able to live off my writing, but it is very difficult for writers today because people no longer read many books. Also, as my two teachers said, our dreams must be fulfilled; we must never give up on things we want to be. For me, that is writing stories.


EEVPA teaches students how to manage money FROM PAGE 14

School comes together during themed week


New administrator Dennis Veal brings his years of assisting the youth to King’s ninth grade academy.


First time admin will lead new program at King FROM PAGE 15

Heights to equip youth with financial literacy. In Georgia, he started The Brotherhood which focused on racial awareness. On Nov. 15, Veal will begin a new program at King to target student achievement through self-awareness, The Crusader Culture Community Class. “This is a class specifically aimed at trying to plant some character traits and some


Western student Meza shows off his artwork FROM PAGE 23

positive behaviors in our children. So that, when we say I graduated from King, we already know what comes with that,” said Veal. Veal feels no pressure coming in as a first-time administrator. He believes the position is perfect for him because of his work with young people. “What I want to bring and what King already is known for is just a perfect marriage,” said Veal. “I would say I am intrinsically motivated. I’m driven. I would say, I’m charged with it. I didn’t choose education, it chose me.” I am more confident in general.” He was not in an art contest, but he did have his art displayed in the hallway, and on the poster he put a couple of his original characters and some

need to learn how to take care of themselves; they won’t always be able to depend on their parents,” senior Yaliyah Wilson said. “I know I can’t always depend on my guardian for money, so being taught personal finances will be really helpful,” said student Alexis Dunbar. High school is supposed to prepare students for the real world. Learning ways to save and manage money is key. “Money sense is right along with common sense,” Remy Mitchell said. “Yes, we should to teach young and upcoming adults how to handle money, so we’ll be ready for the real world,” said class president Rachel Latham. “I get it that our parents can teach us some things about finances but having Ms. Moton’s class, teaches us a lot of things about money management that even our parents don’t know,” Xavier Peterson said. Unmanaged money may result in no money for routine expenses like rent, car note, medical bills, insurance, gas, etc. Students need to know what to expect for their personal finances as adults. All high schools should a personal finance or business management class. “It might be too late for us this year’s seniors to have a finance classes, but think about the underclassmen as well as future generations. Having these classes would really help out,” said senior Devin Crittenden. characters from a game he liked. He put those up because they were his best, and he really wanted people to see that he could create original characters.