Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Thu, Sept. 24

Tuba City Warriors envision bright vistas <br>

McCabe cited her gratitude to the parents and community members in the crowd that day, on giving her the opportunity to work with their children in her classroom.

She stressed that the graduating class must think ahead like the Iroquois Tribe to the next seven generations and how their actions will affect those in the future—that their very actions and decisions in their lifetimes will affect their children, their grandchildren and their grandchildren’s grandchildren.

“Remember that when you go away from here, not only do you represent yourself and your family, but you represent Tuba City,” McCabe said. “I hope that you represent us well.

Tuba City’s graduating class had three very honored seniors this year representing the best of their class— Co-Valedictorian Charmayne Gene, Salutatorian Mildred Smith and Co-Valedictorian Crystal Dugi.

Top Ten Seniors included Natalie Begay, Charmayne Gene, Ronal Hardy, Marisa Husky, Ureseloria Hanuho, Wayne Klug, James Meyers, Maurica Nesmith, Mildred Smith, Heidi Tso and Crystal Dugi.

Chief Manuelito Scholars included Charmayne Gene, Ronelle Hardy, Marc Jackson, James Meyers, Rudy Preston and Mildred Smith.

National Honor Society Seniors were Jaime Begay, Charmayne Gene, Justina Jim, Wayne Klug, Mildred Smith, Jerilynn Yazzie, Crystal Dugi, Marissa Huskie, Urseloria Hanuho, Rudy Preston and Heidi Tso.

“Anything is possible as long as you have determination,” said Co-Valedictorian Gene. “It will really be up to you, how far you can push yourself. First, we must make sure we have the right tools, like a good education and our traditional teachings.

“To learn, to grow, to share, we will always be the class of 2003, from the home of the Warriors. We will grow, we will learn, we will seek, but for now, today, we will pause to celebrate.”

Tuba City High School Vice Principal Eddie Tuchawena formally presented the 2003 class to TC Governing Board President Marsha Griffin and three attending board members, Alvin Harvey, Priscilla Kanaswood and , Clerk of the Board Linda Honahni. These board members were joined by Adair Klopfenstein, senior sponsor and also teacher at TC High and Dr. Hector Tahu, superintendent of Tuba City Unified School District No. 15, to honor the graduating class.

As he introduced President Griffin, Vice Principal Tuchawena said to the seniors,

“Do something good for this generation. This class must work towards bringing peace and world harmony. Remember that you must do something good for the world.”

Upon acceptance of the graduating class of 2003, Griffin who clearly recognizes that Tuba City High has a cross cultural mix of students, said good morning to the crowd in Hopi, Navajo, Spanish and English. Griffin then accepted the formal endorsement by the TC administration to confer upon the class of 2003 the new status of successful completion of a high school education by Arizona state standards.

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