This is the full text of the remarks delivered last week by Newcomb teacher, Guila Curley, during the graduation ceremony for Newcomb’s Class of 2017.
Ya’at’eeh! Shi ei Guila Curley yinishye. Tabaaha nishli, Bilagaana Bashishchiin, Honaghaanii da shichei, Bilagaana da shinali. Tiisndeezhgiizh dee naasha.
I want to extend my greetings to all present here. School Board members, Superintendent Bowman, District Administrators, Building Administrators, Distinguished guests in the audience, parents, grandparents, extended family of the graduates, my own parents, Marjorie and Frank Irwin, my own family, Randy, Deshayne, Niayla and Draven, and of course our Class of 2017.
(Left to right) back row: assistant coach Linda Camerino; front row: American Indian College head coach Deidra Dale, Newcomb students Sheninah George, Jaylyncia John, and Michelle Barber, and head coach Freeland Benally.
Newcomb High School students Sheninah George, Jaylyncia John, and Michelle Barber signed a letter of intent to join the volleyball program and study at SAGU - American Indian College in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sheninah George and Jaylyncia John plan on studying Early Childhood Development. Michelle Barber plans to study elementary education.
Luke Nez, a recent graduate of Kirtland Central High School, graduated with his Associates degree from San Juan College before he received his high school diploma.
That is merely a detail. His dedication makes him stand out.
Like other students, Luke posts pictures on Instagram. He also likes to sculpt and draw in his free time. He says he listens to a variety of music and watches “Parks and Recreation.” He also finds inspiration by reading books about Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keefe. During the summer, he volunteers at Ojo Amarillo Elementary School. The rest of the time, he spends studying.
More than 1,200 students competed in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair, that brings together first place winners from school, district, county, and regional science fairs. Over 2,000 projects representing every energy field of science, medicine, technology, and engineering were on display at this year’s’ event.
Jude Thomas, a fifth grader from Mesa Elementary, earned first place at the Navajo Nation Science Fair and a third place in Environmental Science at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair for his work researching and building wind turbines.
The winning poster was selected from more than 200 entries, from kindergarten to 6th grade students. Posters were submitted to the Arizona Public Service Safety Poster Contest from Nenahnezad Community School and CCSD’s Ojo Amarillo Elementary School.
The winner was Ojo Amarillo student Kiana Tsosie, a composed and eloquent second grader.
The poster consists of a rainbow filled with color-coded safety messages.
As the runners crossed the finish line and made their way up the hill to the San Juan Chapter House, they were greeted by a banner that read: “I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run. I know Ashlynne would do the same for me. Run with Ashlynne in your heart!”
People ran with family members or carrying their children. Some ran with their dogs.
You could find people of all ages and backgrounds running, celebrating Ashlynne Mike’s life, lost tragically almost a year ago.
Update: Shiprock High School got third place in the 4A State Chess Championship. Also, Newcomb High School and Career Prep High School got third place in 1A to 3A State Chess Championship. Congratulations!
For the first time, all Central Schools high schools will be present to represent the district at the NMAA State Team Chess Tournament taking place today and tomorrow in Albuquerque. A group of 29 students and staff left for the tournament earlier today, ready for the mind sport.
Dr. Joseph Chee says that the most rewarding aspect of his profession is learning from his students. Last week, the New Mexico Public Education Department distinguished his dedication and named Dr. Chee as Indian Educator of the Year during their Spring Government-to-Government Summit in Española.
Dr. Chee, a Navajo language teacher at Career Prep High School, said that receiving the award was really rewarding, especially since he feels that he isn’t just teaching, he’s sharing his life experiences with students, and learning from them.
Shiprock High School senior Melanie Secody has signed a letter of intent to play with the Northern New Mexico Eagles. Mandy Montoya, Associate Head Coach for Northern New Mexico College Women’s Basketball was joined by Secody’s mother, Melissa Atcitty, along with students and family members during a signing ceremony at the high school.
Secody says she started playing basketball when she was four years old.
“I knew I was good at basketball. It is a sport that both my parents played. It helps me with stress and I decided to keep going with it,” said Secody.
The Central Consolidated School District hosted a community conversation on computer science this week with the leadership of the Navajo Nation, Teach for America New Mexico and Cultivating Coders. The conversation, which also included Shiprock High School students and staff, provided an update on last summer’s exciting coding boot camp, as well as a discussion on economic development in New Mexico.
A unique opportunity became available to nine Shiprock High School students last summer: an intensive coding boot camp, conducted by Cultivating Coders, an Albuquerque-based technology company that delivers condensed web-development classes.
Kirtland Central High School was celebrating more than student excellence during last week’s 120th Day Count Assembly. The school rewarded student quality by presenting certificates, but it didn’t stop there, it also made sure their hard work was noticed beyond the classroom and celebrated by their peers. And their peers responded with loud noise.
The Math Department selected students who improved their technical writing and challenged themselves, working until problems were solved: Colton Warner (9th grade), Crimson West (10th grade), Jaben Haws (11th grade), and Zachary Burrell (12th grade).
UPDATE: Team Russell won the Skyhawk Remix Game, 37 to 34 (Team rosters below). Also, the audience voted for Hanna Begay and Kaden Nelson as their most valuable players. Great celebration!
Newcomb High School will hold a celebration game between the Newcomb Lady Skyhawks and the Newcomb Skyhawks to congratulate their basketball teams on making the state tournament. The Honorary Officials for the Skyhawk Remix Game are Ben Tensay, CCSD Athletic Director - Head Official, and Videna Silvers - Newcomb Substitute Teacher - Official. The event will include audience voting on the MVP of the Game. During halftime of the game, the state wrestling qualifiers will be honored: match 1, Jawaun Charles vs Tyler Howe, match 2, Shaundale Davis vs Sheridan Staley. Admission is free.
Not only was there a great crowd and perfect weather, there was plenty of local pride. The streets were lined with signs, ribbons, confetti, and the flash of smart phones. Everywhere you looked, people cheered.
That was the scene today during the Parade of Champions, an event organized by the Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) to honor this year's competing scholars and athletes, and their success in local and state competitions.
The floats represented many events, ranging from science fairs to state basketball tournaments.
The Central Consolidated School 2017 District Science Fair was actually three science fairs held over three days: The Elementary Science Fair was Feb. 7; the Middle School Science Fair was Feb. 9; and the High School Science Fair was Feb. 13. All three science fairs were held at the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock.