Generation NEXT…Ciara Sing fights for equity for African-American students

Ciara Sing was recently elected as president of the Black Student Union at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, the first sophomore to hold the position. (Photo by Jacqueline McDonald)
Ciara Sing was recently elected as president of the Black Student Union at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, the first sophomore to hold the position. (Photo by Jacqueline McDonald)

Most likely, you will not find your average 10th-grader with the interest in and a working knowledge of gentrification as a threat to inner-city communities—especially not enough to write a full-length, award-winning play about it.
But Ciara Sing, 15, is not average. Not only did she write this play, “The Lord’s Prayer,” she was one of only three high school division winners in City Theatre’s 2015 Young Playwrights Festival. As the author of the play, Ciara was included in every aspect of its production at City Theatre, including casting, auditions and involvement in rehearsals. She was always consulted by the theater production staff on any changes they wanted to make.
The Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 student is extraordinarily intelligent, and she operates and speaks with a level of maturity that far exceeds her years. Ciara’s outstanding accomplishments are too numerous to list.
“In the 10 years Ciara has been in school, she has gotten nothing but A’s and received one B, and we watched her determination to change that,” says her father, Samuel Sing.

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