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Changing the world by empowering kindness

By Carolyn Marnon – “You can’t let bad things that happen to you define you.  You have the power to change how you look at things and can make a positive difference for others,” declares Emma Socia, the 11-year old CEO of Empower Kindness.  Empower is Emma’s...

Books for Benefits

Hoover Elementary School students were thrilled to welcome visitors from Books for Benefits. BFB is a student-led organization through University of Michigan. In its first year, their goal is to promote literacy to at-risk students. Their mission is books, bags and bookmarks....

Distinguished Young Women awarded next month

By Carolyn Marnon – Twelve to fourteen young women from Wayne and Westland are preparing for the annual Distinguished Young Women awards on December 4.  Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full,...

Wayne boy’s cross country on a learning curve

By Dave Merchant – The Zebra cross country team always has a tough league to run in and this season was no different. Two of the top three teams in the state are in their conference. The number two team is Northville and the number three team is Novi. Boys’ cross country...

English teacher named to 30 under 30 list

By Carolyn Marnon – Kevin English, 25, is an innovative young leader fighting illiteracy in Michigan.  The Wayne Memorial High School English teacher was named to the International Literacy Association (ILA)’s first 30 under 30 list.  This global list included nonprofit...

First Sgt. LaHaine honored by U.S. Army

  By Carolyn Marnon – The U.S. Army has honored Wayne Memorial High School’s JROTC instructor, First Sgt. Steven LaHaine. He has earned the Gold Instructor Award and the Senior Army Instructor of the Year Award. LaHaine’s commitment to excellence has motivated his...

Climbing the ladder to success

By Sarah Shurge – They were ordered to fall into formation. They marched around the building and are now standing at ease. It’s a mildly hot day. However, the undershirt, collared shirt, tie and jacket of their uniforms make for no room for air flow. He stands with his legs...

Bright Futures for WMHS Grads

By Sarah Shurge – The Class of 2015 from Wayne Memorial High School has promising futures thanks to hard work and perseverance. The class has earned $5 million in scholarships so far and has 17 valedictorians. Ashlyn Barnes is the daughter of Rhonda Jones and Michael Barnes...

From big things at WMHS to even bigger at Harvard

By Sarah Shurge – Swat! The small yellowish-green ball is ricocheted perfectly off the tennis racquet with such precise accuracy it lands just on the white line, unable to be hit by her opponent. The heat is radiating off the court. She pulls her black Nike visor down and...

Wayne Memorial graduate builds his own Empire

By Kimberly Mortson – If you talk to Antoine McKay for even five minutes there’s no question he’s a great actor. Why? Because his genuine “nice guy” personality overpowers the fictionalized “thug” persona he’s portrayed in two of his most recent acting roles including the...