KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. - Hopi High School graduation begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bruin Stadium.
There are 108 students that will be graduating this year. Seventeen of them graduated midterm, but all the students will be walking on graduation day. The keynote speaker will be Hopi High 2007 graduate Jose Acevedo who is working on his Master's Degree of landscape architecture at ASU.
Hopi High Principal Glenn Gilman said that right now it's hard to choose who the valedictorian and salutatorian will be. Gilman said that it depends on what the students get on their final grade.
The three top students right now are Tishena Nez, Brooke Namoki and Hailey Keith. Tishena Nez and Kyle Yoyokie received the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
The graduation this year will be in the evening. During the presentation of roses, they will have a huge fireworks show. This year Hopi Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa will be presenting the Valedictorian Award and Vice Chairman Herman Honahnie will be presenting the Salutatorian Award.
Gilman will remember that the students were highly motivated individuals with clear goals for their future. The graduation ceremony to Gilman means that it's a day to see them grow from young children to adults. It's a sense of accomplishment that made themselves proud and their parents for what they have done to meet their goals.
Gilman's message to the graduating seniors is that "life begins now and your future begins now." High school graduation is a stepping stone. Gilman's advice to incoming seniors is to take senior year seriously, work hard and be successful.
(Editor's note: Janine "Rabbit" Shula is a staff member of the Bruin Times.)