POLACCA, Ariz. - Rick Baker, the legendary Hopi High boys cross country coach, will be the keynote speaker at Hopi High's graduation at 4 p.m. May 27.
Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., National Honor Society sponsor Carrie Joseph and Kimberly Secklestewa from special education will also be speaking.
Joseph will be giving out awards to the National Honor Society members, Chairman Shingoitewa will be recognizing the class valedictorian, Secklestewa will be giving out the Cathy Steele Memorial Scholarship award and President Shirley will be recognizing the class salutatorian. This years valedictorian is Samantha Clah and the salutatorian is LeAnna Leyva.
Principal Glenn Gilman said 115 seniors will be graduating. Gilman said the difference between this year and the previous years is many seniors have plans to go off to college or vocational training, adding that the class of 2010 made Adequate Yearly Progress for five years in a row and the cross country team made their 20th consecutive cross country state championship.
"Graduation is important because it signifies a point in life, a sense of accomplishment. The students become adults and need to make good decisions and it's a stepping stone for life," Gilman said.
Gilman's hopes for the graduating seniors is that Hopi High prepared them for life after high school. He said Hopi High is still waiting for the seniors' test results.
"Seniors did an excellent job this year," he said.