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'How you sound should not determine your character'

In my life I have encountered many situations where how I spoke made people think that I were smarter or “better” than them. Because I enunciated my words and spoke in full sentences, I was told I spoke “like a white girl.” As a young teen, I enjoyed reading, which might be where I developed my speech pattern of speaking in complete sentences.






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She's our prince!

Renaissance High School junior Jamaria Johnson ran for homecoming prince -- and won. Traditionally, males run for duke, lord, prince, or king, while females run for dutchess, lady, princess or queen.






After the final stop on their college tour enjoyed some time in Virginia Beach.
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Varsity chorus tours HBCUs

After 13 hours and a long bus ride, members from the Renaissance Varsity Chorus arrived at Morgan State University for the first stop of their annual college tour. “This is the first year in four years that we were able to go on tour and I’m really excited by the way it turned out,” said choral music instructor, Patrice DeBose.


Foreign Language Immersion student Anaya Smith completes her Japanese homework at the kitchen table.
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Opinion: DPS Leaves Behind a Legacy of Uncertainty in 2016

It would have been nearly impossible for any student in DPS to ignore the turmoil taking place in Detroit schools over the past few months; budget problems, sick out protests, and bills that seem more ‘reluctant appeasement plan’ than long term solutions. As a senior, the first reaction to these issues is an eye roll and and a shrug.


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Renaissance seniors tackle attendance

After rumors that graduation would be postponed and seniors would be required to serve extra days due to their low attendance rate, seniors at Renaissance came together to resolve this. Seniors typically plan a skip day to celebrate how far they’ve come, but this year some seniors decided to speak against it, going against the popular decision in favor of logic. “Why is there a skip day if no one comes to school in the first place,” asked senior Krishauna Fisher.


Sophomore Anthony Womack shows support for the water crisis in Flint by helping with bottled water donations. Renaissance students collected more than 100 cases of bottled water.
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Renaissance collects water for Flint

Renaissance High School is lending a helping hand to Flint. “It makes me proud to see my school give to those who aren't able to give back to us. Renaissance is more than what we seem,” said junior Tiaunna Bradley. Flint has been declared a federal emergency due to lead contamination in the water.



Renaissance German and mathematics teacher Zachary Sweet is a popular teacher who runs his class effectively and fairly. Students were surprised he was sued by Detroit Public Schools over recent sick-outs in the district.
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Renaissance teacher slammed with unexplained injunction

Following the sick-out and teacher-organized protests that occurred in late January, the Renaissance community was shocked to learn that one of their teachers, Math instructor Zachary Sweet, was targeted by an injunction to appear in court leveled by the Detroit Public School district. “When I received the notice of the injunction, I was confused as to why there was no official reason given for it,” Sweet said.


Renaissance students stood in agreement with their teachers on Jan. 25 as they skipped school to protest outside the school for two hours.
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​Renaissance responds to the crisis in DPS

Renaissance students stood in agreement with their teachers on Jan. 25 as they protested the poor quality materials, learning environment conditions and lack of funding in Detroit Public Schools. DPS teachers have held protests throughout the school year demanding that they receive better working conditions, as well as better pay and health care benefits.


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