TUBA CITY ----It was standing room only at Warrior Pavilion on the morning of May 27 for the 2006 Tuba City High School graduation ceremony.
In a precisely timed one-hour event, 169 students heard keynote speakers, listened to both the salutatorian and valedictorian student addresses, participated in the presentation of diplomas, changing of tassels and introduction of special guests.
The national award-winning TC High Marine Corps Junior ROTC led the processional and presented the colors. Leah Dempsey, Nicole Curley, Kristy Dallas, and Tyler Saganitso led the pledge of allegiance. Harold Smiley gave the invocation, with Adriana Orman, Samantha Roe, Messha Pavinyama, Crystal Tsinnijinnie giving welcome address. Alyssia Hoover recognized special guests.
Special Guests included Hopi Tribe Chief of Staff Harold Joseph, Vice President of the Navajo Nation Frank Dayish, members of the Tuba City Governing Board -- President Marsha Griffin, Clerk Linda Honahni, Alvin Harvey and Priscilla Kanaswood ----and TCUSD Superintendent Dr. Hector Tahu.
Two teachers received special recognition -- Teresa Orman, Spanish teacher, for her continued support of TCHS students; and keynote speaker, Kalen Smith who is a science teacher.
Meghan Magee, 17, the 2006 Class Valedictorian is of British/German descent and the daughter of Kathryn and Joseph Magee. She plans to attend Santa Clara University.
Michelle Thomas, 18, the 2006 Class Salutatorian, is from the Kiyaa'aani Clan, and the daughter of Elouise and LaVor Thomas. She plans to attend the University of Arizona.
The 2006 Tuba City High Top Ten Seniors are: Meghan Magee; Michelle Thomas; Kaylyn Jackson, 17, daughter of Louise and Joe Jackson, Bitterwater Clan; Stacie Tsingine, 17, daughter of Beverly and Willard Tsingine, Bitterwater/Tobacco Clans; Kevin O'Connor, 17, son of Ann and Patrick O'Connor; Nikki DuPuy, daughter of Charlene Zahne and Nuel Dupuy II, Tachii'ii Clan; Annette Keams, 18, daughter of Olinda and Daniel Keams, Naadaa'algaiiDinei-Nazht'eezhi Clans, Sharee Jackson, 18, daughter of Jennifer and Marty Jackson, Kiyaa'aani-Coyote Clans; Ian Allison,17, son of Regina and Jonathan Allison; Angela Mata, 18, daughter of Renee and Leo Mata, Manygoats Clan; Andrea Slim, 18, daughter of Danielle and David Slim, Water Flows Together Clan.
Elisha Roamhorse introduced the 2006 Salutatorian Michelle Thomas and Adriana Orman introduced Valedictorian Meghan Magee.
Berta Goh, Amy Dejolie, Harry Yazzie, Doran Tauchin executed the changing of tassels while Nikki DuPuy gave the final benediction.
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)