FLINT TWP. — Cameron Edwards, a senior at Carman-Ainsworth High School, won a $5,000 scholarship in the 8th annual Detroit Pistons Black History Month scholarship competition.
Edwards was one of eight finalists selected from entries from high school students statewide who were invited by Pistons Legend Rick Mahorn to vie for $20,000 in scholarships.
Each contestant was given two minutes to give a themed presentation in the medium of their choice – word, song, essay, etc. to a panel of judges including Mahorn, Ray Scott, Pistons leg- end; Glenda Lewis, WXYZ-TV-7 anchor; Dr. Darrius, HOT 107.5 radio personality; Anqunette Jamison, WJBK-TV Fox 2 anchor; Sharon McClendon, WMYDTV Channel 20 director of Community Affairs; Portia Roberson, Senior White House staffer; Naomi Patton, senior director of Public Relations, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Gennifer Jeffries, Humana community relations manager.
Edwards had only one week to prepare his winning video and speech for the competition themed “Dream Big Detroit,” said Dave Swierpel, CAHS Director of Professional Learning and Community Services.
Edwards highly-praised speech was good enough to earn first-runner up status and the $5,000 scholarship to apply toward his future plans to attend the University of Michigan-Flint to study Communications.