Diplomas presented at high school graduations
Diplomas are set to be presented to 190 graduates of the San Juan School District at graduation ceremonies throughout the county this week.
In addition to services at the five high schools, commencement services will also be held at elementary and middle schools.
Photos of the graduates are printed in this issue of the paper. Monument Valley graduates are on page 5, Monticello High graduates on page 9, Navajo Mountain graduates on page 10, and Whitehorse graduates on page 16.
Photos of San Juan High graduates are printed in the May 15 paper.
Graduation at Monticello High School will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 in the high school auditorium. 45 students are set to graduate, led by valedictorians AnnSheri Reay and Aspen English and salutatorian Ellise Thayn.
Reed Anderson, an MHS graduate who returned this year to be a physics teacher and football coach at the school, is the guest speaker.
Approximately 66 graduates will receive diplomas at the San Juan High School graduation, which begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the high school auditorium. Renowned fifth grade science teacher Robert Turk is the featured guest speaker.
Five students are summa cum laude graduates, including Kyler Johnson, K’Shai Dyer, Bodell Nielson, Landen Pemberton, and Alton Pugh.
Monument Valley High School will present diplomas to 33 graduates in ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 24.
The valedictorian is Jeremiah Yazzie and salutatorian is Jasmine Stanley. The guest speaker is Dr. Spintz Harrison, a San Juan School District graduate who teaches American Indian Studies at Kansas State University.
Whitehorse High School will present diplomas to 41 graduates at ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 in the gymnasium. The valedictorian and salutatorian had not been named as of the press deadline.
The school colors are gold, black, and white, the class flowers are sunflower and white daisies, and the class quote is: “Live every day like it is your last.”
The graduating class at Navajo Mountain High School includes five graduates. They will receive their diplomas at ceremonies beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24 in the school gymnasium.
The valedictorian is Nahada Smith. The featured speaker is Garrick Yazzie, a Navajo Mountain High School graduate who earned degrees from Ashford University and Arizona State University. He is the first member of his family to earn a degree.
The San Juan School District operates 12 schools and serves nearly 3,100 students in locations spread across San Juan County.