“Meet the Pros” night
The annual “Meet the Pros” night sponsored by the Winslow Title IX program saw over 100 Native American students from the Winslow Dormitory come out to meet an impressive collection of Native Americans working in a variety of professions. The event took place in the dormitory cafeteria on Wednesday.
Among the professions represented were law enforcement, education, medicine, military and fine arts. The children moved from one station to another to speak with the various professionals who came out to share their knowledge and encourage the youth to pursue their own professional careers.
Former dormitory counselor Kay Lowa was well received as she returned after having been away for advanced studies in psychology and elementary education. She graduates in April and has most recently been doing her internship at Keams Canyon.
The medical and health services professionals seemed to attract considerable attention. Medical professionals in attendance included Director of Public Health Nursing Sally Pete, Radiologist Kenny Tso and Public Health Nurse Miriam Stacey from the Indian Health Services facility.
The law enforcement exhibitors included Winslow Police Officer Marty Lee and Navajo County Probation Officer Beverly Wilson and Winslow Police Officer Chuck Hodge. Hodge is not Native American, but was kind enough to help with the exhibit. All of these participants brought equipment and visual aids.
A significant number of educators were in attendance. They included Lowe, Winslow High School Counselors Connie Gover and Hope Duncan, second grade teacher Toni Villanueva, Navajo language instructor Danny Blackgoat, boys’ counselor Ed Curtis, girls’ counselor Edna Poolheco, boys’ aide Ree Setalla and girls’ aide Lo Ann Benslow.
Darlene McCauley was present to represent Arizona Child Protective Services. Gene Williams represented the military. Gene is a disabled veteran. Jack Gene represented the fine arts. He is one of many distinguished Native American artists who reside in the Winslow area.
Title IX Director Sister Michael Wilson organized the event and said at its inception that the purpose of the program was for the students to see and meet other Native Americans who were professionals. The students took advantage of the opportunity and asked numerous questions as they took in the exhibits and became acquainted with the participants. Title IX Coordinator Gloria Alcott was present and provided valuable assistance toward the success of the program.
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