Tuba City District yields highest number of Manuelito Scholars

Top nine TC High Seniors take prestigious tribal education award

TUBA CITY-Of 13 local Navajo Nation high schools and 15 other high schools as far away as Ashburnham, Mass., nine of 72 final winners for the prestigious Chief Manuelito Scholarship awards came from Tuba City High School.

The nine selected students makes Tuba City High School the top school to produce such academic superstars. Each student will be given a final cash award of $7,000 per year at their chosen university or college for four years.

The nine Tuba City High recipients (and their respective schools of choice) are: Nicolas Attikai (Northern Arizona University), McKenzie Butler (Brigham Young University), Lee Ann DeJolie (Northern Arizona University), Terrance Geneeha (Neumont University), Sean Gishi (University of Arizona), Mia Henderson (University of Arizona), Kirsten Nelson (University of Arizona), Lakota Scott (Dartmouth College) and Julyn Yazzie (Arizona State University).

Head counselor Karen Garcia was thrilled with the final count of Tuba City High nominated candidates and was equally overjoyed with the final list that put Tuba City High at the top.

Following TC High were Kirtland Central High School and Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, each with six Manuelito scholarship recipients; St. Michaels High and Shiprock High School had five scholarship recipients apiece and Window Rock High School had four recipients. The scholarship recipients were honored at a recent Navajo Nation tribal ceremony in Farmington, N.M. for their outstanding academic excellence.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to continue to receive the Manuelito scholarship from the Navajo Nation.

For more information about the rigorous, high-achieving academic programs at Tuba City High School, contact the Office of Public Relations at (928) 283-1185.

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