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Ypsilanti New Tech Students Winners In Writing Contest

Apr 1, 2014

Three students from Ypsilanti New Tech High School have been chosen as winners in a writing contest that focused on African American History Month.

Ypsilanti New Tech High School students (l-r) John Castro, Adrienne Lee-Walker and Orodney Jones.
Credit Ypsilanti Community Schools

The contest sponsored by Kroger asked students in 4th through 12th grades to write about how they can make a difference in their communities, or how they were inspired by an African American.

10th grader John Castro was honored for his original poem, "To Change The World, I Change My Attitude".  New Tech sophomore Adrienne Lee-Walker won for an essay she wrote.  And senior Orodney Jones's original poem "A Dream Like No Other" was named a winner in the contest, which offered over $70,000 in cash and prizes.

Ypsilanti New Tech High principal Kelly Mickel was thrilled with the recognition.

"Our teachers work hard to make sure that projects are not only rigorous for the students, but are grounded in relevancy," Mickel said.  "It is clear that they are hitting home for our students."

Project-based learning is the backbone of Ypsilanti New Tech High School's unique learning environment.