Welcome to the Unsilenced Voices of CMSD, a blog for reporting, musings and other creative work by high school students with Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Interested in signing your student up, or have questions about the content? Contact project coordinator Conor Morris, email@example.com.
How the Cleveland Mock Trial Competition helped students prepare for a career in law
May 29, 2023 - Chardon Black
In a district filled with civics trips, culinary artists, philanthropic entrepreneurs, and dedicated athletes, one recent extracurricular activity brought back from COVID took students from across Cleveland and put them in a grand competition: a mock trial.
How my parents' positive influence shaped my life
May 29, 2023 - Henry Hodge
Maya Angelou once said, “It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Although she spoke about race, I feel this quote extends to all aspects of the human experience. Throughout my life, my parents have taught me the value of the role I play in society.
How I encouraged students to lead at the Youth & Government conference
May 28, 2023 - Chardon Black
Just recently, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the YMCA’s Ohio Youth and Government conference in Columbus, Ohio as a delegate from my school. Throughout the three-day conference, I fostered deep connections, gave passionate speeches, and found myself feeling like a true politician.
A poem to prepare you for summer
May 28, 2023 - Kayden Ferris
My name is Kayden and I wrote this poem about summer to get everyone excited for it! Summer has always been a personal favorite season because of all the joy, and I want people to feel that as they read my poem.
Should students use ChatGPT, and should teachers be concerned?
April 23, 2023 - Chardon Black
Recent advancements in artificial intelligence have brought us Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer or, ChatGPT. This AI has the unique capacity to not only recall previous knowledge from events in the world but also create new, distinctive works of writing from the user’s input.
Family reunions, and why they matter
April 23, 2023 - Elijah Reeves
Family reunions for me are a special time. Every year on the last weekend of February, the first week of summer break, and on thanksgiving we have our family reunion.
Why I'm exploring a career as an international marketing manager
April 23, 2023 - Aaliyah Abdul-Basit
I’ve always loved traveling and going to different places. I want to travel the world one day but I know it would be hard to keep a steady job doing that, so why not have a job where I could work and help others and travel? Being an international marketing manager would allow me to do so.
Why College Credit Plus classes are good for CMSD students
April 23, 2023 - Henry Hodge
College Credit Plus allows Ohio high school students like me to earn college and high school credits simultaneously by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. If you want to finish high school earlier and help prepare for college, I think CCP is very helpful.
The problem with 3D-printed guns, and what CMSD students hope to do about it
April 11, 2023 - Abdullatif Rudolph
3D printing has become increasingly common in recent years, used to create art pieces, toys, and even tools. However, 3D printing could also be used to make potentially harmful items--guns
How Campus International students are getting civically engaged
April 11, 2023 - Neela Narine-Williams
Early in February the Civics 2.0 group at the Campus International High School met to discuss their action plan for the school year.
What I think would make school more exciting
April 11, 2023 - Elijah McWilliams
School is boring and doesn't attract many kids because the work isn’t interesting. We don't really get to do fun projects, and most of the work is assigned as homework. These are some things that I think would make school more engaging.
Why I'd like to go into the publishing industry after college
March 30, 2023 - Neela Narine-Williams
After high school, I plan to prepare for college and the list of things that I need. I also plan to celebrate my 18th birthday this summer with my family, as well as a couple of other family events this summer.
The importance of staying fit and eating right
March 30, 2023 - Abdullatif Rudolph
Lack of fitness and diminishing health are two problems currently plaguing the US. In recent times, fast food can be within reach by means of a click or simply a phone call
An interview with Cleveland Councilman Kevin Bishop
March 30, 2023 - Elijah McWilliams and Henry Hodge
Two-term Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Bishop says he is working to improve the community and city.
What Civics 2.0 is like at Garret Morgan High School
March 16, 2023 - Kayden Ferris
Today, we will be interviewing a new Civics 2.0 member at Garrett Morgan - Marshawn Bailey, an 11th grader - to learn about the effects of the program. The portions in bold are Kayden's questions and the portions not in bold are student responses.