POLACCA -- Four Hopi High School students were honored Dec. 20 during a mid-term graduation ceremony at the school.
Alverna Kinale, Ian Nuvamsa, Tenisha Yoiwyma and Paulette Puhuyesva graduated at mid-term.
The students were honored with words of praise, pizza, cake and ice cream. Of course, the graduating students also received their diplomas.
Hopi High Principal Glenn Gilman said this is "their day," referring to the graduates, but added that their success would not have been possible without the help they received from the high school staff.
Principal Gilman praised the students for completing their high school education.
"You followed through," he said.
Dushon Monongye, head academic counselor at Hopi High School, praised the mid-term graduates for doing a good job.
"You got it done," she said. "It doesn't end here.
Further your education. You have to venture out and see what's available. Keep pursuing it."
Monongye told the students that they may "have our jobs one day."
Sally Olsen, transition teacher at Hopi High School, wished the students best of luck and urged them to follow their heart.
Kinale and Yoiwyma are both interested in going into nursing. Nuvamsa plans on going into art.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)