The poem below was selected by Principal Dunn and the EHS administrative team as the winning submission for the Black History Month poetry contest. Me’Ami Dugais, the poem’s author, received a cash prize and was able to share her poem at the academic awards ceremony. To read more of Me’Ami’s poetry or to contact her, check out her poetry blog.

Black Pride


home of the brave

land of the free

but my ancestors would disagree

it’s shown by their bodies that hang onto trees

but we never gave up fighting

we never fleed

we stood our ground with freedom as our lead

we took charge

as kings and queens

to make this land

the land of the free



At today’s school meeting, Principal Dunn confirmed that this year’s seniors will be able to graduate at an in-person ceremony. There will be three separate ceremonies, all held on June 2nd. The first ceremony will be held at 1:00; the second ceremony will be held at 4:00; and the third and final ceremony will be held at 7:00.

Students should look forward to an email this Friday from Principal Dunn with more information. They will also have the opportunity to decide whether or not they wish to attend and to indicate which of the three ceremonies they wish to attend. Students who do attend in person will receive five tickets for friends and family members.

That same week, students will also have the opportunity to attend senior sunset on June 1st and to attend a drive-through ceremony on June 3rd.



James Tilton

Author, teacher, and creator of PickMyYA. Lost a rap battle to Lin-Manuel Miranda once.