Tuba City High School produces nine 2015 Chief Manuelito Scholars

Nine 2015 Navajo Nation graduates from Tuba City High School earned the prestigious Chief Manuelito Scholarship in July. Pictured: Christian Begody, Shawndeena George, Jazmin Greyeyes, Brianna Henderson, Kristen Henderson, Tate Tsingine and Darshina Yazzie. Not pictured:  Alonzo Wauneka and Kyra Kaya. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

Nine 2015 Navajo Nation graduates from Tuba City High School earned the prestigious Chief Manuelito Scholarship in July. Pictured: Christian Begody, Shawndeena George, Jazmin Greyeyes, Brianna Henderson, Kristen Henderson, Tate Tsingine and Darshina Yazzie. Not pictured: Alonzo Wauneka and Kyra Kaya. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

For the seventh year in a row, Tuba City High School has produced the highest number of graduating Navajo seniors from any reservation high school who qualified for the Navajo Nation's prestigious Chief Manuelito Scholarship.

The Chief Manuelito Scholarship was established in 1980 to provide money to deserving enrolled Navajo Nation high school graduates to help with direct college expenses.

Each scholarship recipient receives $7,000 annually to cover educational expenses while attending the college or university of their choice.

Along with exhibiting high ACT and SAT scores, these scholarship winners also have an overall high final GPA and have completed both Navajo language and Navajo government classes.

The final awards ceremony for all winners took place July 17 at Churchrock State Park in Gallup, New Mexico.

The 2015 Chief Manuelito Scholars from Tuba City High this year are Christian Begody, Shawndeena George, Jazmin Greyeyes, Brianna Henderson, Kristen Henderson, Tate Tsingine, Darshina Yazzie, Alonzo Wauneka and Kyra Kaya.

"On behalf of the TCUSD Governing Board and myself, we are proud to recognize and acknowledge our winning Chief Manuelito Scholars from Tuba City High this year," said Dr. Harold G. Begay. "We want to recognize and thank their parents, their teachers, their TC High Principal who have been able to do exceptionally well with their academic preparation. Congratulations to each of our students and their families for this outstanding honor."

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