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Resolve • Character • Commitment

The Spirit of Leona Award honors one graduating senior from each high school who has overcome personal adversity and persevered to attain a solid educational foundation. These students represent the truest measure of Leona's success.


Despite individual challenges, these young adults have done what it takes to pave a positive life path. Admiration for their accomplishments is shared by all.

Meet the 2023 Spirit of Leona Awardees

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Ta'Naja Jones

Academy for Business & Technology

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Erick Vega - Marroquin

César Chávez Academy High School

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Carlos Hunter

Hope of Detroit Academy High School

Eliza Stuck

Eliza Stuck

Wildwood Environmental Academy

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Saniyha Boswell

Achieve Career Preparatory Academy

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Ealyshia Manica

Detroit Public Safety Academy

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Briana Paez

Pontiac Academy for Excellence

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