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2018 Young Citizen nominee
Extracurriculars: coordinates and participates in mentoring program for middle school and younger high school students; gives presentations to middle school students about how to succeed in high school; leadership roles on teams for three sports; dual-enrolled at Washtenaw Community College and advocates for more challenging courses at his high school; junior class president; president of Black Student Union; member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Drama Club and Youth Advisory Club, which educates peers on safe sex and other health issues; participant in Wolverine Pathways program; member of National Society for Black Engineers Jr.; gave presentations on local murals through school's Teen Art Committee; helped organize 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in Ypsilanti; and volunteers with Food Gathers, Habitat for Humanity and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Nominated by: Ted Mero, teacher
"Emerson is a shining example for young people," Mero said.
Wilson said growing up in poverty, spending time in homeless shelters and lacking a father figure motivated him to want to be a positive role model and provide support for other students facing various challenges.
"I wanted to act as a leader and a big brother to replace that father figure and guide young children into a more successful future," he said. "Instead of just telling them one thing is key, like 'playing sports is key,' I just try to advocate that education is actually where it's at. I try to help everyone come together and have a more successful future."
NSBE Jr. Chapter wins
At the national conference in Pittsburgh PA, the team wins first place in the Ten80 race car challenge for endurance. The judges were impressed with their first-time work. NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) a pre-college Initiative program at the high school.
Choir students have earned their way to the Washington DC tour! The tour will take place April 25-29. They will miss 3 full days of school. They will compete in Alexandria, VA and perform in Gettysburg National Military Park in PA. They will also tour DC and all the monuments (including a possible White House tour!), take a cruise and see a live musical (Newsies).