TUBA CITY -- A record number of eighth-grade graduates graduated from Tuba City Junior High School on May 24.
One-hundred-ninety-four young men and women, native and non-native both, gathered in all types of celebratory dress from traditional to contemporary native clothing with added hip-hop style including punk pink hair.
Acting Principal Eddie Tuchawena, a member of the Hopi Tribe, and himself a graduate of TC High in 1966, could not contain his pride, enthusiasm and unrelenting encouragement. He urged his graduating eighth graders to strive for the best educational experience as they now go on to a Tuba City District big sister school, Tuba City High.
"I just want to congratulate and encourage not just our students but our parents and grandparents who provide core home support for our kids," Tuchawena said. "They have a big job and we are hoping they will continue to provide that essential support to help their students do well in school."
Student volunteers for the graduation ceremony activities included, Maria Byers, who is also the TC Junior High Student Council President, as well as Stephanie Curtis, Erica Billy and Shannon George.
Student Speakers were Cornelia Coriz, Valentina Badoni, Augusta Sloan, Skyler Bilagody, Shavie Scott, Stephanie Fowler, Kathy Nez, Kory Nockideneh, Stephanie Curtis and Erica Billy.
Reggie Poleahla gave the Benediction.
Photos from the Media Center of TCHS 2005 Commencement Exercises have been posted on the website at http://www.tcusd.k12.az.us/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=11 . The TCJHS photos will be posted in the next couple of days.
For more information about Tuba City Junior High School, call Acting Principal Tuchawena at 928-283-1055 or the TC District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)