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Announcements for 30 July, 2014:

Ford Freedom Award Essay Contest Winners

The Ford Freedom Scholar’s Lecture was held on Wednesday, May 21. Over 1,600 students attended and heard words of inspiration about the power of perseverance from Myrlie Evers-Williams and Kweku Mandela Amuah, grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela. (Read about and see pictures from the event on the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press websites, and check out the May 29 issue of Yak’s Corner.)

Essay contest winners were announced during the event.

First Place
• Christa Buehler, 8th grade, Belmont
Second Place
• Jacijane Lybbert, 6th grade, Bloomfield Hills
• Gabriel Runyon, 5th grade, Westland
Honorable Mentions
• Zach McKibbon, 6th grade, Farmington Hills
• Abigail Bogits, 8th grade, Ypsilanti
• Ciera Collier, 7th grade, Clinton Township
• Mehlam Kadwalwala, 7th grade, Rochester Hills
Click here to see a full list of finalists

2014 Ford Freedom Award Program

The 2014 Ford Freedom Award Program is now available online! This year’s program, titled "The Power of Perseverance," profiles people who have demonstrated the kind of perseverance and tenacity that is at the core of the African American experience and has sustained its greatest leaders. Students will learn about the determination and bravery of Ford Freedom Award honorees Nelson Mandela and Myrlie Evers-Williams, and many more.
This program is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund in partnership with Michigan K.I.D.S.
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