Naat’áánii Day 2017

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Photos By: Analysa Allison
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Maple Mountain High School Students
Andrew Jackson and Taylor Eddie
Dayla Herder won a BYU shirt
Christy- Representative of Title VI Parent Committee
April- Representative of Urban Indian Center
Centro Hispano Booth
Hope for Utah (Suicide Prevention)
Monica Hullinger- Nebo School District Booth
Sarah Simons- Representative of Outrage
BYU Soar
Shoshana Begay singing in Navajo

On October 13, 2017, we held our third annual Naat’áánii Day at the District Office. The word Naat’áánii means leader in the Navajo language. 

Wow! We had a wonderful turn out. We had diverse students from six high schools in Nebo School District come to the District Office for a speical presentation. Our Title VI team was very moved by the amount of support our faculty and staff in Nebo School District give our diverse students on a daily basis. We are fortunate students in our school district have such wonderful principals, counselors, teachers, and technicians to look up to.

We had seven booths at our Naat’áánii Day this year. We had booths from the following organizations: BYU Soar Program, Centro Hispano of United Way, Outrage from the Utah Health Department, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Hope for Utah, Nebo Social Work Department, and Nebo Title VI Parent Committee. Each of these booths provided information about resources available to multicultural students. A big thank you to these organization for taking time out of their day to join us on our third annual Naat’áánii Day.

Our keynote speaker was Kee Miller of Springville, Utah. Kee is a production designer, set designer, set dresser, property master, and draftsman. Kee is half navajo, and half white. Kee was adopted at a very young age, and was raised by a wonderful family who always supported his goals and aspirations. Kee did a great job presenting his life story to our students. His story was relatable to many students, and his accomplishments are exceptional. Most importantly, Kee stressed the importance that you are in control to change our own story at any time in your life. Thank you Kee for presenting at Naat’áánii Day.

Last, but certainly not least, we had a prize giveaway, and ten lucky students received gifts cards from the following places: Sonic, Chick-fil-A, and Olive Garden. Our grand prize was a $25 gift card was awarded to Ryla Herder. Congrats, Ryla! We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Naat’áánii Day. Thank you to all who participated, and made this day possible.