Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Sister duo wins Ypsi Idol

Sisters Princess (left) and Christine Onyebuchi won first place ($300) at Ypsilanti High School's Ypsi Idol Wednesday evening for their original song and dance Photo by Christine Laughren

Sisters Princess (left) and Christine Onyebuchi won first place ($300) at Ypsilanti High School's Ypsi Idol Wednesday evening for their original song and dance "clap your hands." Ypsi Idol was organized to raise money for the YHS cheerleaders.
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Event raises money for YHS cheerleaders

By Christine Laughren
Jan. 15, 2009    ·    2:51 p.m.


While millions of loyal television watching Americans were tuned in to American Idol Wednesday evening, Ypsilanti High School’s cheerleading squad welcomed dozens of community members to the High School auditorium for Ypsi Idol.

Approximately 25 students participated in 18 different performances, but it was sisters Princess and Christine Onyebuchi who took the first place prize, $300, for their original song and dance "clap your hands."

Christine and Princess said as soon as they found out about Ypsi Idol two weeks ago they started practicing their dance moves and writing lyrics. Christine said they practiced almost every day.

“It was a lot of work but it was worth it,” Christine said.

Sabrina Gissendaner won second place, $150, for her solo performance of Etta James’ “At Last” and third place, $50, went to the three-person gospel group Anointed. Winners also received gift baskets filled with items donated from Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College and area businesses.

Ypsi Idol was organized to raise money for the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders. Tickets were $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Varsity cheer coach Stacie Richardson said she hoped to raise at least $300 to buy an array of things for the cheer team.

“Hopefully we can buy some equipment like floor mats, pay for assistants and trainers and maybe buy some food,” Richardson said.

She said Ypsi Idol was a good way to showcase the local talent as well raise money.

“All the students that have participated have really enjoyed themselves and the community has been supportive,” Richardson said. “The basketball coaches really got behind us and made their players come which we really liked.”

The majority of the 18 performers, like James Barmore and Devon Lunch, sang acapellas. However, there was a little variety with original raps by Q’tarus Morgan and Aaron Washington Jr. Marissa Harding also performed an original song.

Judges Tina Walker, Syvia Vick, Leslee Clerkley and Michael Gannon scored performers on their overall presentation, and their ability to engage and keep the focus of the audience.

Gannon, a YHS alumnus, said he had about five performances at the top of his list.

“In the end, I went with the sisters because they had an original score, an original dance, original lyrics and they worked the stage,” he said.

The evening wrapped up around 8:30, after a final performance by all the contestants, giving Ypsi Idol participants enough time to make it home to get another dose of Idol on television.

This is the first year YHS has done Ypsi Idol, but Richardson said she already has plans for next year.



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