DPS poetry winners

DPS held a poetry contest that was sponsored by the Detroit Native Sun Newspaper Group LLC, DPS Interim Superintendent Dr. John Telford, and Team for Justice.

The first place winner received $100, runner-up $50 and third place $20. Along with their awards, the winners were invited to read their poems on The John Telford Show on WCHB NewsTalk1200, along with two honorable mention poets.

The winners were announced January 30 and went as followed:

  • First place: Rachel Banks, Detroit School of Arts, for her poem “In the Dark”
  • Runner-Up: LeQuin Robinson, Cody Academy of Public Leadership, for his poem “So-Called Miranda Rights”
  • Third place: Cassandra Coleman, Finney High School, for her poem “The Girl from Your Dream”
  • Third place: Keith Cole-Wofford, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, for his poem “I thought of You”
  • Honorable Mention: Clayton Malone, Cody High School for Medicine and Community Health, for his poem “Egypt” and Damien Willis, Osborn Prep, for his poem “What it’s Like to be Black and Intelligent”

All of the above named students will also receive autographed copies of Interim Superintendent Telford’s latest book, “Creative Insubordination: 40 Successful Strategies.”

Other DPS high school writers of notable poems for this contest include:

  • Q’lante Nance
  • Michael Shelton
  • Brehonia Reese
  • Lakisha Hatton
  • Sakila Islam
  • Micah McClinton
  • Adam Johnson
  • Brittany Hawkins
  • De’Allen Jones
  • Javion Henderson
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