ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
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Most 16-year-old boys are focused on girls, homework, getting a driver’s license and goofing off with friends. Detroit Country Day sophomore, Michael Jonna is no different. Except, he is also focused on revolutionizing the online tutoring world.
Ruru is a name for the Tasmanian spotted owl. It’s also the name of a creative, new tutoring app created by the budding entrepreneur.
The idea of a traveling musician conjures images of gaily-clad troubadours or fedora-wearing itinerant bluesmen, not 16-year-old piano prodigies. Enter Michael Najor, a sophomore at Bloomfield Hills High School.
Michael, who trains at Axis Music Academy in Birmingham, in April played a surprise birthday mini-concert at a local nursing home for 95-year-old WWII veteran Hal, a celebration arranged by his daughter Teresa Price. Hal’s “concert” featured such tunes as “Moonlight Sonata in D-Minor” and “Gymnopedie in D-Minor.”
Maryam Ramzi recently turned 14. She’s nearing the end of her seventh grade school year, is the eldest of three siblings, adores her two younger brothers, and loves reading mystery books. She’s invested in her hobbies and is excited about meeting and making new friends. From the looks of it, it seems as though Ramzi is an ordinary teenager. She is an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary story, and extraordinary abilities.
As soon as she was elected the 49th Governor of the State of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer hit the ground running as she transitioned her campaign stump speech to her first year in office tour to “Fix the Damn Roads.”
Along the way, she made a stop at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield to address the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.
Written by first generation Assyrian-American sisters Josephine Attisha and Mary Zomayah, “Before There Were Borders” is a “coming of age” story about Sara Georges, a young Assyrian-American woman who shares her story of growing up in Iraq with her American-born granddaughter. Sara tells her granddaughter about how she dealt with Iraq’s culture, patriarchy, and limitations. Unaware of the harsh truths of her grandmother’s homeland, Sara’s stories are eye-opening for her granddaughter.
Local orthodontist Dr. Brandon Shoukri is considered a real go-getter! But, he’s also a self-proclaimed “go- giver”. These two valuable traits, he says, he learned from growing up in a Chaldean home.
Dr. Shoukri is a Board-Certified Orthodontist who graduated first in his class with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is active in the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Michigan Dental Association.