Maiss Hussein took home the Poetry Out Loud crown in 2023 and 2024.

Get to know Delaware’s 2x poetry queen, Maiss Hussein

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The back-to-back scholastic poetry champion won her most recent crown with a poem she says was way out of her comfort zone, but served as the perfect finale. A proud Palestinian, a powerful performer and a hopeful dentist with blooming curiosity, Hodgson Vo-Tech senior Maiss Hussein’s victory this year in the state Poetry Out Loud competition was just as sweet …

Senior Maiss Hussein is the 2024 Delaware Poetry Out Loud winner.

Hodgson’s Maiss Hussein repeats as Delaware Poetry Out Loud champ

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Maiss Hussein, a senior at Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, is once again Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud winner. She went back-to-back, winning this year’s competition at the Smyrna Opera House Thursday night with her rendition of “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson.  The poem reads: “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in …

Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School broke ground on its new building Friday.

Hodgson Vo-Tech breaks ground on new $217.5 million building

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

School and government leaders broke ground Friday on the new Hodgson Vocational Technical High School. The school is one of four in the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, and its new home has a price tag of $217.5 million, with about 60% funded by the state and the remaining portion paid for by the district via tax dollars. …

The district is hoping to renovate Hodgson High if they receive the needed funding.

NCCVT seeks $11.3 million for Hodgson High projects

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

New Castle County Vocational Technical School District is seeking $11,346,774.30 over the next two years to put towards one of the district’s four schools. In the district’s board meeting Monday night, two certificates of necessity were approved for submission for Hodgson Vocational Technical High School. Certificates of necessity are funding requests by districts, usually for capital projects and deferred maintenance …

Hodsgson’s school resource officer responded to a report of drugs and a gun inside of a student’s vehicle. 

Student arrest for gun, weed shows value of resource officers

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A retired police officer and school resource officer who has decades of experience in law enforcement thinks an arrest at a Newark high school illustrates how important school safety operations are.  Thursday morning, Delaware State Police arrested a 17-year-old male from New Castle for drug and gun offenses at Paul M. Hodgson Vocational Technical High School, part of the New …

Maiss Hussein at the mic. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Hodgson’s Maiss Hussein wins 2023 Poetry Out Loud contest

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Maiss Hussein took home this year’s Delaware Poetry Out Loud crown Thursday night with her recitation of Tarfia Faizullah’s “The Poem You’ve Been Waiting For.” “The most exciting part of this night was seeing how everyone expresses their emotions so differently,” she said. “You can look at the same poem and somebody’s looking at it so differently.” It’s important to …

Judge Maneet Chauhan and competitor as seen on Chopped 2048x1365 1

Delaware chef Reuben Dhanawade wows on Food Network

Pam GeorgeCulture, Headlines

  Reuben Dhanawade had a lot riding on dessert — namely a job offer from chefs Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Chris Santos, the discerning — and often acerbic — judges on the Food Network’s “Desperately Seeking Sous Chef.” The five-part show is a special edition of “Chopped,” which asks chefs to make dishes from a mystery basket of ingredients. A chef …