Tuba City High School National Honor Society students travel to Colorado for cultural exchange opportunity

Tuba City NHS students: Bottom (L-R) Briana Huskon, Amber Williams, Kirsten Nelson, and Shawn Gishie; Middle (L-R) TCHS NHS Adviser Ira Mexicano, GHS Senior Seminar Advisor Mike Mendoza, Jordan Begay, Chris Holve, Lakota Scott, McKenzie Butler, and Sheridan Charley; Top (L-R) Lance Dawavendawa, and Kellen Bennett. Not Pictured are Loveina Begaye and Ashley Manygoats (Courtesy photo).

Tuba City NHS students: Bottom (L-R) Briana Huskon, Amber Williams, Kirsten Nelson, and Shawn Gishie; Middle (L-R) TCHS NHS Adviser Ira Mexicano, GHS Senior Seminar Advisor Mike Mendoza, Jordan Begay, Chris Holve, Lakota Scott, McKenzie Butler, and Sheridan Charley; Top (L-R) Lance Dawavendawa, and Kellen Bennett. Not Pictured are Loveina Begaye and Ashley Manygoats (Courtesy photo).

Thirteen Tuba City High School (TCHS) National Honor Society members and advisor Ira Mexicano made a trip to Golden, Colo. April 4-6 to experience a cultural exchange opportunity and shadow students of Golden High School. Each year it has been a school tradition for Golden High School to send 15-20 students to Tuba City High School for a cultural exchange and shadow opportunity.

John Goatcher, now TCHS Native American Studies teacher, had a supervising teacher from Golden High in the spring of 1974, Dewayne Wood, who today is the founder of the Golden High Senior seminar group.

Goatcher recalls opening up the gym for a stay in the early 1990s to the Golden High senior seminar students, and they have been coming back every since.

But this year members of the Tuba City High National Honor Society made a commitment to return the opportunity. Students who went on the trip enjoyed the bus ride, opportunity to get acquainted with students of Golden High School, and the experience they received. The Tuba City National Honor Society would like to send a great "Thank You" to the bus drivers who made their trip possible. The bus drivers were Nolan Dempsey and Arnold Begay of the TCUSD No. 15 Transportation Department. The GHS Senior Seminar visited Tuba City High school for two days, April 11, 12, and also shadowed students.

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