Multi-colored flags and vibrant flowers filled the hallways at Detroit Cristo Rey High School to celebrate the school’s first Latino/a heritage week.
When I was a little girl, I always dreamed of the day I would be able to vote. I still remember the mock elections my elementary school had, and how we all went to the gym just to watch the speeches of President Barack Obama.
Dressed in white togas and laurel crowns, students in Detroit Cristo Rey’s Latin III class performed a Kardashian-mocking skit called “Keeping up with Julian's” that won them second place at the University of Michigan’s second annual Copley Latin Day. But, the trip wasn’t just about who could release their inner Meryl Streep or Johnny Depp the best, the primary purpose of Latin Day is to get students from the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas involved in Latin and Roman civilization. Students “get to experience the language in a different way,” said Nick Bolig, a Detroit Cristo Rey Latin teacher.
One school. One hundred percent. Every time. Detroit Cristo Rey has done it again. On Jan.
Detroit Cristo Rey High School formed its robotics team only a year ago, but as the team starts its second season, some students say that their experience with robotics has inspired them to make engineering their life’s work.
In the late afternoon of Feb. 4, Gabriela Gonzales stood in front of the mirror, exhaling. Her fingers diving, one in front of the other, creating one long braid down her back. Aside from her, Le’Reatha Burrell paced back and forth as gospel singer Smokie Norful rang through her ears.