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Judy Nelson Retires w05272016Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
Four generations of students believed her because she believed in them.
Secretary Judy Nelson has a commanding presence with her smile, confidence, and maturity that gave the messageno matter the problem, everything would be OK.
Judy Nelson retired June 6, 2016 as secretary of Grace B. Wilson Elementary School (renamed Judy Nelson Elementary) in Kirtland, after reaching 50 years in that position in the same school.

NHS Grad 80 by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Newcomb High School held its 2016 Graduation May 19 in the Skyhawks’ gymnasium. Thirty-nine students—witnessed by approximately 1,500 family, friends, and community members—received their diplomas.

SHS 1966 Grad 2016 GradBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Shiprock High School Class of 1966 alumni were among the guests who witnessed the school’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, held May 20, 2016 in the Pit gymnasium.

The Class of 2016 marked the school’s 50th year of graduates. The Class of 1966, who sat on the Pit floor behind the graduates, stood up and waved as they were recognized by Chasitty Todacheenie. Alumni from other years, who were in the audience, also stood up as they were recognized.

KCHS Grad 80 b by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Several thousand family members, friends, and community members filled the Bronco stadium for Kirtland Central High’s May 21, 2016 graduation.

CP Grad 80 by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Career Prep High School graduated 16 seniors in a May 18, 2016 commencement at the Central Consolidated School District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico. Parents, family members, guardians, friends, community members, and staff filled the auditorium.

The Class of 2016 graduates listed in the program were Nicole Atcitty, Cody Dedman, Mikaela Francis, Shaine Thomas George, Tanya Shenada Johnson, Montana Lakota Johnson, Brandie Lee, Orlando Julius Martin, Brandina Leah Navaho, Daryn Joseph Pinto, Carlyn Redhouse, Danielle Roy, Jacob Sandoval, Jaron Thomas, Travisson Tye Wrangler, and Freddrick J. Yazzie.

Ojo Amarillo at MarathonStory and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
When they heard “go” the Ojo Amarillo Elementary runners took off.
They were given the honor of being the first wave of runners to begin the Shiprock Kids Marathon, held after school May 6, 2016 at the Shiprock Youth Complex. It was the first event of the annual two-day Shiprock Marathon.

Chee 72 b w insert 80 by 80By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Students from as far away as Cuba, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; Montezuma Creek, Utah, and the San Juan School District in Blanding, Utah, and as close as Aztec High joined Central Consolidated School District students in CCSD’s 21st Annual Middle and High School Navajo Knowledge Bowl, held March 31, 2016 at the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Approximately 150 students from 13 schools participated in one or more events, which were Navajo language, writing and speaking; Navajo reading; Navajo singing; a Navajo spelling bee, and the Navajo Knowledge Quiz Bowl. The Navajo Knowledge Bowl was sponsored by CCSD's Heritage Education Center and the Johnson O’Malley Program.

By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Opening night for an artwork exhibition—all student work—at the Artifacts Gallery was filled with intrigue, excitement, and class.

The artwork of Kirtland Central High and Shiprock High students, along with several other schools in San Juan County, filled the building’s massive main room and adjoining exhibit rooms.

Navajo Nation 72e Spelling Bee w inset e Winner 80 by 80By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

It took 39 rounds to win.

Newcomb Middle School student Hannah Pengosro took 1st place in the Navajo Nation Spelling Bee (which is in English) March 17, 2016 at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Pengosro, a Central Consolidated School District student, will now compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 25 – 27, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland just outside of Washington D.C.

FCCLA 72 e2 w inset 80 byBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Kirtland Central High seniors Mariah Rhoades, Patricia Camacho, and Faith Lee—as well as Kirtland Middle School’s Shakira Davis—took 1st place medals at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America's State Leadership Conference, held March 3 – 5, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.