Pistons, Mahorn host $22.5K scholarship competition

The Detroit News
Jakobi Lundy-Bass from Loyola High school in Detroit gets a high-five from former Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn as the $10,000 scholarship grand prize winner during the Detroit Pistons 10th annual Black History Month program and scholarship competition on Thursday.

Auburn Hills — Eight high school seniors competed Thursday for $22,500 in college scholarships during the 10th annual Pistons Black History Month program at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The event was hosted by the team and former Piston Rick Mahorn, a member of the legendary "Bad Boys" NBA championship squad in 1989. Mahorn now does color commentary on Pistons radio broadcasts.

The theme of this year's program was how the civil rights movement changed America over the past 50 years and continues to do so. Students were asked to make a presentation on that theme in the medium of their choice, such as speech, poetry, dance or rap performance.

DeJanae Moore of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy does a spoken word piece during the program. She won $7,000

The competing students were from Flint's Carman-Ainsworth High School and Cornerstone Schools, Detroit School of Arts, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, Loyola High School, Northwestern High School, University Prep Science & Math High School and University Prep Academy in Detroit.

The grand prize was a $10,000 scholarship grand prize. The second-place winner was to receive a $7,000 scholarship, third place a $3,500 scholarship and fourth place a $2,000 scholarship.