It's what every parent wishes for their child at high school graduation.
A well disciplined and high achieving academic record that will ensure the most varied choice in long-term careers resulting in personal and financial success.
This year Tuba City District is proud to announce its Top 10 Seniors.
Randall Nez, son of Albert and Sally Nez from the Tl'izilani Clan, plans on going to University of Arizona. He has not declared a major yet but participated in National Honor Society and showed a strong interest in sports by refereeing both soccer and foosball.
Jennifer Justice, daughter of Larry and Diane Justice, graduated early, this past December and had already started working during the past spring. Justice was the President of her graduating class, has traveled extensively this past winter for educational purposes to Israel, Egypt and Jordan with her mother and to Greece and Italy with her dad.
Justice plans to go to Mesa Community College for her freshman year. She was a member of National Honor Society, played volleyball her freshman year, did much community service work for St. Jude's Soup Kitchen in Tuba City as well as in her own church, assisting with both quilting and baking for the elderly.
Jessica Tsingine, daughter of Minnie and Ray Tsingine from the Totsohnii Clan, plans to go to University of Arizona. Tsingine was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club, played basketball, participated in cross country, Student Council and was a member of the Warrior Club.
Lindsey Dugi, daughter of Cynthia and Jimmy Dugi from the Ta'neeszahnii Clan, was a member of the National Honor Society.
Lachelle Kaya, daughter of Lynn and Spencer Kaya, Kin yaa'aanii Clan, plans to go to Arizona State University and is extremely interested in criminology-criminal justice as a long term career goal. She participated in National Honor Society, Spanish Club and served as a teacher's aide and library assistant in the high school library.
Pharah Morgan, daughter of Evelyn and Faron Morgan, Turquoise Clan, was a member of National Honor Society, a student selectee at Johns Hopkins University who is planning on going to college.
Kayli Nockideneh, daughter of Louise and Jeff Nockideneh, from the Tachii'nii Clan, a member of National Honor Society.
Faronson Begay, son of Evelyn and Francis Begay, from the Kin yaa' aanii Clan, was a member of National Honor Society.
Tami Dugi, daughter of Eloise and Jeffrey Dugi, was this year's valedictorian graduating with a final GPA of 4.42 and will attend University of Arizona. Dugi was a member of National Honor Society, National Honor Society President, Spanish Club member, Educational Talent Search Selectee, and won awards for Algebra and Chemistry and was the recipient of both the Who's Who in American High School students and the President Award for Excellence.
Jamie L. Wilson, daughter of Jimmie and Effie Wilson, was this year's salutatorian. Wilson had a final GPA of 4.22 and was a member of the National Honor Society, major fund-raiser for both prom and Spanish Club, tutored peers at the high school and junior high level, volunteered for the Salvation Army and the St. Jude's Soup Kitchen, participated in both volleyball and track team.
All of these students have received scholarship offers and each will pursue higher secondary education.
For more information about these students, call Debbie Yellowman, TC High School counselor at 928-283-1143 or Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)