TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Tuba City High School's 2013 graduating class theme was "Let the Journey Begin," an appropriate motto for a May 25 commencement day filled with warm summer sunshine and a capacity crowd.
After the processional march, Tuba City's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps provided the presentation of the colors. Mariah Provencial sang the national anthem.
Mistress of Ceremonies and Tuba City Senior Class President Tristan Tsosie introduced fellow senior speakers who delivered invocations in four separate languages. Emerald Byakeddy spoke in Navajo, Adrian Jensen spoke in Hopi, Generie Pesodas spoke in Filipino and Kristen Becenti spoke in English. The crowd responded to their speeches with loud cheers for their bilingual mastery in each language.
Kenard Dillon welcomed the audience followed by a speech from Valedictorian Ryan Moran.
Moran spoke about the importance of a strong work ethic, finding a job after college and "being prepared for anything in life by pursuing higher education."
Salutatorian Stephanie Geneeha gave her commencement address immediately after Moran. She emphasized her appreciation for her family, her teachers, school administration and her community. She mentioned that she was extremely grateful for all the "education, social preparation and constant support" she felt in abundance at Tuba City High School.
Dennis Bowen, who has served as a longtime school counselor for the Tuba City District gave the keynote address. Ralph Navarre, Tuba City High principal, and Henry Henderson, director of the Tuba City Alternative School, presented the entire class of 2013 to the audience.
Tuba City High School Board President Lee Tsinigine accepted the class of 2013. Tuba City School Board members Willie Longreed, Judy Begay, Marie Wheeler and Mary Worker presented diplomas.
Odessa Wauneka directed the changing of the tassles for the class,.Isabella Robbins gave a final thank you address. Imelda Torres gave the benediction.
Class officers for the senior class are Tristan Tsosie, president, Odessa Wauneka, vice president, Ryan Moran, secretary, Adrian Jensen, spirit leader, Charymayne Flatrock, representative. Shelley Johnson is the senior class sponsor and June Birdsong and Bob Tsinnie are the senior class counselors.