NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
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Media Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4542, 313-212-5636

113 DPS High School students recently participated in the 2008 Heroes Don’t Quit Essay Competition. Students were asked to write an essay about a person in their lives whom they believe to be a hero because they have encountered roadblocks, rigors and resistance, yet they have overcome. The only limitation being that the hero they wrote about had to attend their school.

Out of the 113 students who entered the contest, 29 winners were selected and invited to attend a luncheon at Sweet Georgia Brown Restaurant in honor of their win. Every DPS High School is represented with this year’s winners. While at the luncheon students received praise from General Superintendent Dr. Connie Calloway, Mr. Tarence Wheeler from the Derrick Coleman Foundation, and Mr. Henry McClendon, Director of Education with New Detroit, Inc. In addition to the special luncheon, the heroes will be paired with an adult mentor who will serve as a guide in their lives helping to ensure success. The mentors are from an Advisory Panel comprised of area business leaders, DPS graduates, and other successful adults. The mentors additionally will help students with counseling services, summer employment, and financial awards. The winning essayist will also have the opportunity to participate in various events throughout the school year.

This is the 2nd year for Heroes Don’t Quit. It was introduced last school year to students by Dr. Calloway after she saw the need to recognize students who face obstacles and challenges, yet overcome. It has become a much anticipated contest within Detroit Public Schools and serves as an additional way to reward students who are striving to achieve academically and contribute to their community.

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