60 Examples of Detroit Genius: 41-50
Detroit youth possess genius. Their talent comes in all forms: academics, arts, sports, service to the community, and more.
To celebrate Detroit genius, we asked the community-at-large to let us know of young people who astonish and inspire.
Here, we highlight honorees 41 through 50.
Genius: Community Journalist
Laila has been published in the Detroit Free Press and online blog sites and is the first student at her school to be accepted to Harvard University.
Genius: Chess Champion
Since second grade, Mariah has won many trophies and accolades, including a sixth-place finish in the 2020 Queen City Chess Tournament in Ohio.
Genius: Public Safety Leader
A three-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, Matthew also mentors young men through the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Summer Youth Program.
Ms. DeWolf’s 4th Grade Class at Nichols Elementary/Middle School
Genius: Rockstar Readers
Olivia Rasheed Duncan
Genius: Professional Artist
At only 16 years old, Olivia has sold over 30 original pieces of art.
Genius: Super Scholar
Ridgeley has been accepted to over 45 colleges and has been offered more than $2 million in scholarships.
Genius: Multidisciplinary Artist
Sabella’s many artistic endeavors include teaching yoga, turning books into performance pieces, building sculptures from found materials, and making sight words videos.
Genius: Published Author
Sizwe wrote a sci-fi thriller that creates suspense and wonder in the reader.
Genius: Classical Musician
A talented pianist and vocalist, Talmage has completed 32 consecutive sessions with the Wayne State School of Music, placed third in the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition, and was honored to be the guest performer for Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church’s first annual recital, among other accolades.
Genius: Community Leader
In memory of a community member who was killed at age 16, Pierre led a neighborhood beautification project and deters gang violence through his work with DLIVE.
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