This is the full text of the remarks delivered last week by Newcomb teacher, Guila Curley, during the graduation ceremony for Newcomb’s Class of 2017.
Ya’at’eeh! Shi ei Guila Curley yinishye. Tabaaha nishli, Bilagaana Bashishchiin, Honaghaanii da shichei, Bilagaana da shinali. Tiisndeezhgiizh dee naasha.
I want to extend my greetings to all present here. School Board members, Superintendent Bowman, District Administrators, Building Administrators, Distinguished guests in the audience, parents, grandparents, extended family of the graduates, my own parents, Marjorie and Frank Irwin, my own family, Randy, Deshayne, Niayla and Draven, and of course our Class of 2017.
(Left to right) back row: assistant coach Linda Camerino; front row: American Indian College head coach Deidra Dale, Newcomb students Sheninah George, Jaylyncia John, and Michelle Barber, and head coach Freeland Benally.
Newcomb High School students Sheninah George, Jaylyncia John, and Michelle Barber signed a letter of intent to join the volleyball program and study at SAGU - American Indian College in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sheninah George and Jaylyncia John plan on studying Early Childhood Development. Michelle Barber plans to study elementary education.
Luke Nez, a recent graduate of Kirtland Central High School, graduated with his Associates degree from San Juan College before he received his high school diploma.
That is merely a detail. His dedication makes him stand out.
Like other students, Luke posts pictures on Instagram. He also likes to sculpt and draw in his free time. He says he listens to a variety of music and watches “Parks and Recreation.” He also finds inspiration by reading books about Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keefe. During the summer, he volunteers at Ojo Amarillo Elementary School. The rest of the time, he spends studying.
More than 1,200 students competed in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, that brings together first place winners from school, district, county, and regional science fairs. Over 2,000 projects representing every energy field of science, medicine, technology, and engineering were on display at this year’s’ event.
Jude Thomas, a fifth grader from Mesa Elementary, earned first place at the Navajo Nation Science Fair and a third place in Environmental Science at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair for his work researching and building wind turbines.
The winning poster was selected from more than 200 entries, from kindergarten to 6th grade students. Posters were submitted to the Arizona Public Service Safety Poster Contest from Nenahnezad Community School and CCSD’s Ojo Amarillo Elementary School.
The winner was Ojo Amarillo student Kiana Tsosie, a composed and eloquent second grader.
The poster consists of a rainbow filled with color-coded safety messages.
As the runners crossed the finish line and made their way up the hill to the San Juan Chapter House, they were greeted by a banner that read: “I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run. I know Ashlynne would do the same for me. Run with Ashlynne in your heart!”
People ran with family members or carrying their children. Some ran with their dogs.
You could find people of all ages and backgrounds running, celebrating Ashlynne Mike’s life, lost tragically almost a year ago.