Rising Stars and Inspiration through the roof at Free Press Banquet
The Detroit Free Press held their annual Journalism Accomplishment Banquet and award ceremony Wednesday night at the Ford World Headquarters building. The event was packed with inspirational keynote speakers, important figures in the world of Journalism and students being honored for exceptional achievements.
The banquet opened with introductions from student emcees and those who supported the high school Journalism program from the very beginning, including Joy Visconti and journalism professor Jeremy Steele of MSU, who along with Ford motor company is the largest sponsor of the program.
Participants were assured that the program would continue far into the future and continue to improve.
“We’re confident as we move forward with the high school journalism programs,” said Visconti. “The future looks increasingly bright. MSU has been a wonderful sponsor, and we’re always looking for ways to improve.”
After an introduction from Renaissance’s own Desmond Johnson, journalism superstar and sports broadcaster Al Martin rose to the podium and spoke words of encouragement and support for the crowds of wide eyed students and proud advisors in attendance.
“I don’t know what I would have done without my high school journalism program. It opened my eyes to the world of journalism. I wouldn’t be here, successful the way I am, without it.”
The ceremony concluded with the Rising Star awards and the tearful presentation of the Free Press scholarship to Cass Tech senior Kayla Cockrel, worth 24,000 dollars.
“I’m a Detroit native, and I think that the high school program is one of the most important functions of the Free Press,” said Free Press president and Editor Joyce Jenereaux. “It affords opportunities to those bright student that we hope come back to the city, and out into the world to make a difference. I’m proud of them and I wish them the best.”