Hopi High midterm graduation

Hopi High School midterm graduates (Photo by Stan Bindell).

Hopi High School midterm graduates (Photo by Stan Bindell).

POLACCA-Nine students were midterm graduates at Hopi High School on Dec. 20.

The nine midterm graduates were Garrick Koinva, Jody Timms, Tyson Begay, Donovan David, Patrick Fred, Kerwin Holmes, Jaron Coochwikva, Marlene Pacheco and Marshall Masayesva.

Family and friends attended the ceremony as the midterm graduates were honored with punch and cake.

Paul Reynolds, superintendent of Hopi Jr/Sr High School, said the midterm graduates reached a plateau that will open doors for them.

Dushon Monongye, academic counselor for the seniors and juniors, said these students took some time to get their degrees, but they got it done.

"It doesn't end here," she said. "You can't make a living off a high school diploma so you need to continue. Make sure you make the right choices."

Monongye warned the students that sometimes they will fall down, but they need to get back up.

Monongye also invited the midterm graduates to return in May to join their classmates for the end of the school year graduation.

Hopi High Principal Glenn Gilman praised the midterm graduates. He told them that although they had to do the work that teachers, counselors and other staff made their graduation possible.

Principal Gilman urged them to have a life plan whether it involves college, military or technical school.

"This is the beginning of your life about how you will support your family and whatever you will do to get to the next level," he said.

Principal Gilman told the students that they should use the school for recommendations and resources.

Teacher Dirk Wirth said he was proud of each graduate.

"Each has a different story about how they got to this point and where they are going from here," he said.

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