Nizhónígo Nee Ado’ááł (Have a beautiful day)

Meet Raven Billie, a senior at Maple Mountain High School.  Raven is Navajo/Caucasian.  She is the daughter of Natalie and Monte Billie.  Her friends describe her as funny, shy and athletic. She loves to play soccer and is very good at it.  Soccer is her favorite sport.  She hopes to go into the medical field, maybe that's why her favorite TV show is Grey's Anatomy.  Raven likes all kinds of foods but sushi.  Her color of choice is sea foam green.

Raven can't wait to graduate and begin college at Utah Valley University.  Her favorite part of high school was lunch when she could visit with friends and have fun.  One item on her bucket list is she wants to be in a street race.  (Wear your seat belt Raven and don't forget your helmet!)  Her favorite quote is, "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be". by Yogi Berra.  We wish Raven lots of good times, great opprotunites and many more memories. We are proud of you!  

Chelsea will soon be graduating from Maple Mountain High School.  She is 3/4 Navajo and 1/4 Caucasian. Her parents are Darrick and Christy Thompson. Those who know her would say she is helpful, energetic, chill and random.   She likes to draw, listen to music and spend time with family and friends. She also loves watching movies and playing video games.  Some of her favorite TV shows are: The 70's Show, Spongebob, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Regular Show, and Chopped.  She is also a big fan of watching movies that star Jake Gyllenhaal.  

Her favorite question so far is the question about food.  Chelsea loves food.  Her favs?  Sub-sandwiches, Cafe Rio, Betos, Chinese food, Navajo burgers, pizza, salads, and pretty much anything sweet.  Yum!  Her favorite color is any shade of blue but mostly turquoise.  She likes to play all kinds of sports but her favorite is volleyball.  Her memorable moments in High School surround playing volleyball for the Eagles.  She has fond memories of playing with an awesome group of girls.  

Her favorite classes are psychology, math and art.  Her plans include going to UVU for a year, then serving an LDS mission and then continuing her education.  Eventually she would like to get married and have children. When Chelsea was asked about her bucket list, she said she would like to go skydiving someday.  Her favorite quote is, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  We wish Chelsea all the best life has to offer. We have great confidence in her and the great impact she will make in the world. 

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Last Thursday evening, our students participated in the Title VII American Indian Leadership Conference held at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah.  The theme for the conference was, “Voices of the Future.”  The keynote address by Dr. Orrenzo Snyder M.D., Navajo-Dine’ gave timeless advice and encouragement to all in attendance as he spoke about lending a powerful voice to the future.

Dr. Synder reflected on his childhood on the Navajo Reservation with his grandmother.  Her influence and teachings kept him from giving up on the pursuit of education. “Who would have thought that a Navajo boy whose first language was Navajo, living in a home without running water and electricity could become a doctor of urology?” Dr. Synder mused.  When he asked his grandmother what he should do after graduating from Whitehorse High school, she simply said, “Go to school.”  And so he did. Dr. Synder told those in attendance; find a support system whether it be family or friends, do what you have to do to get where you want to be and dream big.  His advice to all those in attendance was to share, share, share, and leave competing with one another behind.  “We need to be united to make progress,” he said.

The evening culminated with high school students across the Wasatch Front receiving recognition for their achievement in academics, performing arts, service, cultural arts and leadership.  Each student was given a few moments to voice what their plans were for the future. Our students did a beautiful job giving powerful voice their future plans.  We are proud of them.  It was a wonderful evening for all.   

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Calling all Juniors, Seniors and their parents!  Come to the scholarship workshop on Wednesday, March 9th at Larsen Elementary to receive invaluable information on how to pay for your college education.  Michelle Sanchez will be presenting on how to find, plan, prepare and obtain scholarships.  She has vast knowledge and expertise on how to present yourself in an application and will give detailed information on how to navigate the scholarship race.  You will leave with greater confidence in yourself and in your chances of receiving help with your education.  Opportunities await those who seek!   

Wednesday March 9, 2016 ***Larsen Elementary 1175 E. Flonette Ave *** 4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.***Come

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Eileen Quintana wrote on her Facebook Page, "I hear the roar of First Thunder here in Utah Valley sha'alchini! Stretch your bodies like you do early in the morning when you are waking up, soon the bears, snakes and spiders will awake too.  It is the end of winter and spring is on the way?"

This reminds me of my mother and Grandparents who said similar things to me. Shi ma would say, "Go outside and stretch your bodies; the bears are stirring in their caves, rolling around, rubbing their eyes, disturbed from their winter’s nap.  They have heard the thunder that has awaken them from their winter sleep, calling them out of their caves."  

So out we went to stretch our bodies, mimicking the bear's awakening, rolling and even doing somersaults. We would reach for the sky, slowing awakening our bodies too.  Then enthused that spring is on its way we would roll on the ground and then do somersaults and end with exuberant running, mostly in circles.

I didn’t hear my First Thunder this past week, but when I do, I will instruct my daughter to go out and stretch and wake her body to spring, celebrating earth’s call to the creatures.  Join us for this wonderful tradition.      

We are planning a field trip to the State Capital for American Indian Caucus Day.  Attached is the Consent Form required to attend.