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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.

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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.

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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.

District 72 Science Fair 80b w insetsBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Their experiments explored the heavens and the earth in the name of science.

Three students were awarded District trophies for Best of Show in Central Consolidated Schools’ 2016 District Science Fair, which was held in three sections (for elementary, middle, and high school) over three days in February at the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

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By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Hard work and a plan to win brought 24 medals for Kirtland Middle School students and four for Tse’ Bit Ai’ Middle School students following intense competition at the New Mexico Science Olympiad, held Feb. 20, 2016, at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

BPA w Inset C 80 by 80 State Wins 2016By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Ten Kirtland Central High School students have qualified to compete in the Business Professionals of America nationals after taking wins at the BPA State Leadership Conference Feb. 15-17, 2016 in Albuquerque. The BPA National Leadership Conference is May 5-9, 2016 in Boston.

Blingual 72 w insets 80 by 80 Elem ShowcaseBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
It was called the District’s Elementary Bilingual Showcase, but it was actually trilingual and multicultural.
Parents who packed the center seats of the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico saw not only students showcasing their work in Navajo, but also some in Spanish through songs, dances, language, and presentations. Further, some Tse’ Bit Ai’ Middle School students followed by four teachers performed Filipino dances in traditional outfits.

Coyote 72 Stories 80 by 80By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

February’s winter felt even warmer.

Children gathered with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other guardians at the District’s Bernice L. Pioche Benally Cultural Heritage Center Feb. 17, 2016 at the District administration in Shiprock, New Mexico.

They sat and listened, contemplating the Navajo Coyote Stories being told. It was week three of the Central Consolidated School District’s Winter After School Navajo Literacy Program.

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All eyes were focused on six Shiprock High School students as they stood before the entire New Mexico House of Representatives on the House floor.

The Shiprock High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC Color Guard—in dress blues—presented the Colors as SHS student Miss Northern Navajo Teen Nicole Keeswood—in a Navajo traditional outfit with her crown—sang the National Anthem in Navajo.

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By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

When did studying and competing in science become cool?

That question was a no brainer for students in five Central Consolidated School District schools who competed—and took wins—in the annual Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Jan. 23, 2016 at Mesa View Middle School in Farmington. Kirtland Middle School took 1st place, in the middle school category, at the competition.