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CSA students perform for their heroes




Cleveland School of the Arts students honored those who mean the most to them by showcasing their talents at the 6th annual Heroes Breakfast and Seminar.

During a celebration held in the auditorium on the neighboring John Hay Campus, students sang, performed spoken word and danced in front of their personal heroes.

In a fifteen-minute video shown at the event, CSA students Sarai Murdock and Kai’Le Henry recorded classmates around the school answering the question, “Who is your hero?”

Some answered by naming influential figures like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. But others spoke about their fathers, godmothers, and grandmothers and mothers.

“My mother is my hero because she inspires me to do everything, and I just look up to her,” said one student in the video.

Another student talked about his father’s dedication to his family.

“He takes care of a family of 10, and he has been there for me my whole life,” the student said.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, one of the keynote speakers, told students and their guests that they can make an immediate difference in their community.

“Your time is now,” he said.

Bibb also gave some words of encouragement.

“Find your why,” the mayor said. “Always seek out a mentor that can help you and do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.”

Students from the schools located on the John Hay Campus -- Cleveland Early College High School, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine and Cleveland School of Architecture and Design – joined CSA students for the seminar portion of the CSA Heroes Breakfast.