FIRST PLACE: Jake May, The Flint Journal
A good father
Dei'on Wright was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a form of kidney cancer, at five months old. Doctors completed an emergency three-hour surgery to remove the tumor and his left kidney to catch the cancer before it killed him. His father Maurice "Moe" Wright has solely raised him after his mother left early amidst his disease. Moe stopped pedaling drugs, and sold his car even, living cheap to be able to provide everything for Dei'on, and give him a future. Dei'on has taken to basketball, putting most of his effort into the sport. So much so, that he has found a spot on a summer league with the area's number one team in the city for his age group. So, for Dei'on basketball is life, and for Moe, life is Dei'on.