Detroit Collegiate Prep Hosts Inaugural “Motown Madness Spelling Bee and Literacy Night”

Community Event Featured Spelling Bee, Giveaways and Performances

Detroit Collegiate Prep High School (DCPrep) hosted its first annual “Motown Madness Spelling Bee and Literacy Night,” for students, families, and invited guests on March 29, 2012 in the school’s auditorium.

The purpose of the event was to engage local families in literacy programs benefitting students.

The free event included student performances, games, book giveaways, a live City Year Band, a raffle with a large variety of prizes, and recruitment information from Western Michigan University.

Duffield Library provided over 100 books as giveaways. L.A. Fitness donated free gym passes to all guests.

Best Buy, the event partner, provided employee volunteers to help judge the competition and a $1,000 donation. The donation will be used to purchase Amazon Kindle e-readers for the top three winners of the spelling bee.

More than 80 contestants participated. The contest winners were: Simone Brown, 1st Place; Kareem Rashid, 2nd Place; and Brittany Garlington, 3rd Place.

Intermissions included a “Parent Bee” where parents were asked to spell words. Judges included DCP English teacher Jada Frank, Social Studies teacher Mathew Golusin, and two Best Buy representatives.

“Words have an innate power. This event will share the magic of language with our students and the greater community,” said Liz Rilley, the event organizer from City Year.

English teacher Jada Frank echoed this sentiment saying, “This event is an opportunity to showcase the talent and focus of the students here at Detroit Collegiate Prep.”

About Detroit Collegiate Prep High School

Launched in the fall of 2011 with funding from Michigan Future Schools, DCPrep is an application high school founded on the innovative Diplomas Now collaborative of Johns Hopkins University, City Year Detroit, and Communities in Schools. Located in its own wing (known as “The East Wing”) on the campus of Northwestern High School at 2200 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit Collegiate Prep is now accepting applications for 9th and 10th graders for the 2012-2013 school year through April 16. For more information, visit or or call 313-899-7370.

About City Year, Inc.

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus; Denver; Detroit; Little Rock/North Little Rock; Los Angeles; Louisiana; Miami; Milwaukee; New Hampshire; New York; Greater Philadelphia; Rhode Island; San Antonio; San Jose/Silicon Valley; Seattle/King County; Washington, D.C.; and international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps. For more information, please visit To learn more about City Year Detroit, contact Allison McElroy at (313) 258-6079 or email

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