People in life sometimes struggle to overcome challenges and feel as if life is against them and they will never make it. The story of Detroit native Nicole Farmer shows teens at CMA that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. At just age 13, Nicole Farmer was pregnant and she and her grandmother did not see eye to eye.
On Martin Luther King Jr Day, Communications and Media Arts High School staff, students and other volunteers came together to fix up the communities around the school to create a better and safe environment for not only the residents in the area but for many CMA students who deal with rough conditions on a daily basis. “Helping out during the community project made me feel like a better person because I gave back to the community that I was raised in while helping future residents of the community as well," sophomore Dylan Daniels said. Leadership, communication, and strong morals were demonstrated by the students who participated in the MLK community project.
Top Officials Visit CMA for College Promise By Mason Simpson and Sarah Wright Paying for college is a strenuous task, but it could be getting easier for students in the Detroit Public Community Schools District due to a Detroit College Promise program expansion. The Promise, which previously provided students two-year scholarships to community colleges, will now include four-year colleges and universities.
Hungry college students seek help from food pantries By Miaun McCloud As if balancing the stress of a heavy work load, keeping grades up, and tuition payments aren’t enough, college students all throughout America are in debt and starving. “I would feel like I need to go back to momma and daddy and survive off them," said senior Lapria Junior, who will soon be a college freshman. Universities are accepting more and more low-income students; yet the price of a higher education is steadily rising.
From purple to green: CMA starts recycling By Tarious Porter Newly staffed teacher Ms.Elwood has been the leader of CMA’S recycling initiative. “We had a slow start to begin with,” said Elwood said, adding that by early January everyone is getting in the swing of things. “Over the past few months the amount of paper we been recycling has significantly gone up,” said Ms. Clawson. With 3 billion to 6 billion trees cut down per year every bit counts when it comes to recycling.
Feed the Homeless By Kenyetta Henderson The spirit of Christmas and giving inspired the 6th annual Canned Food Drive together with Gleaners Community Food Bank where many Communication & Media Arts High School students donated thousands of can goods to the homeless. The donations included: canned fruits, ravioli, vegetables and even Vienna sausages.
By Ajanee Kelly and Alaunna Mckeithen Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the U.S., it’s been a very close and emotional election. Throughout the entire election candidates Hillary Clinton and Trump participated in several contemptuous debates. “Bullying is always wrong, it’s very uncomfortable for others going through bullying, especially since the future president is promoting this, it’s as if the president is promoting bullying, which shouldn’t be promoted at all," said Malaysia Townsend, a freshman at Oak Park Freshman Institute. Sometimes you can’t do anything about it, the same with skin.
Senior Pinning Breakfast Ceremony By Amanda Duren The Communication & Media Arts High School senior class hosted its annual Senior Pinning Breakfast ceremony at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Downtown Detroit. The ceremony provided parents, guardians, faculty and staff an opportunity to acknowledge the seniors of 2017 as candidates for graduation; along with their many accomplishments. The class pledged to focus on opportunity, vigilance and success. At the ceremony, parents and guardians pinned their student senior, and then they were given a red rose by Principal Donya Odom. “It was a really good pledge and showed lot of character to our parents and guardians,” said CMA senior Darnell Thaxer. Guest speaker Dr. Donald Bryant Jr.
On Oct. 5, the Detroit Lions' DeAndre Levy partnered with apparel company Detroit Hustles Harder to raise money for untested rape kits. On average 284,000 people are victims of rape each year out of those people only a few of their rape kits are tested according to a 2015 Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey. In Detroit, nine out of 11,000 rape kits remain untested due to lack of funding and ineffective methods of processing evidence. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales go to the “Enough Said” program in Detroit which is dedicated to "raising a private sector funding to test more than 11,000 forgotten rape kits, investigate the crimes and prosecute the resulting cases, thus securing justice and closure for victims and ensuring a safer community for everyone," according to the organization's website. T-shirts are $25 and the sweatshirts are $56.
A teenager sits in a desk in the front of a group of 15 students. The teen’s parents sit next to them, listening to the group’s questions and their child’s answers.
The Communications Media & Arts Lady Pharaohs volleyball team are on a roll this year. "I feel we had the proper coaching this year," said junior Niya Cox. The CMA volleyball coach says his style has not changed, but the girls themselves have changed. “Oh, nothing has changed in the way I coach," he said.
Just when Detroit businesses were being forgotten about, out of the woodwork comes the award-winning entrepreneur Gwen Jimmere.