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Jonathan Pierce - Spanish Fork High School

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Jonathan Pierce is a senior at Spanish Fork High School.  He has split his time this year between there and ALC in Springville.  Where ever he is, people describe him as someone who can light up the place with his smile, sense of humor and kindness.  He  loves to go hiking and running. His favorite show is an anime called “Fairy Tail.”

 Jonathan puts honey on everything. He loves the color combination of black and gold.  He also likes to play soccer when he has time. He is very creative and loves 3D animation. His favorite memory from highschool was winning a trophy at the knowledge bowl.  He would like to go to the University of Utah after getting his associates at Utah Valley University.

 He likes to make everyone he meets smile and his favorite quotes is “Stories don't just happen for you, they are meant to be shared with others,” and, “The game is already over, but we will be friends forever.”  -Chad Lewis. Jonathan is very proud of his Native American ancestry and breaks the stereotype of what a “native,” should look like. We are proud of him and his hard work.  His zest for life and his will to finish what he starts will take him far in life.

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Callie John - Spanish Fork High School

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Callie is a senior at Spanish Fork High School.  She is Alakan Native/Dine’.  People would describe Callie as an adventurer and having wanderlust in her veins, she is always searching for her next adventure. And, she is willing to work long hours to finance her next escapade. She loves the show Criminal Minds and food in general, she especially loves the two together.

 Callie’s favorite colors are Black and silver.  She loves to paddle board and be on the water and in the water. Her favorite classes are Math and Science, she even ate Mcdonald’s in her math class.  After high school Callie wants to travel or go to the University of San Francisco and maybe fulfill her bucket list of free diving in the Maldives.

 Her favorite quote is “We all come from the sea but are not all of the sea, those of us who are, we children of the tides must return to it again and again until we don’t come back. Leaving only that which was touched along the way.” Callie has many new places to see, people to meet and things to do. Good luck and happy adventuring. 

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Kimber Beyal- Maple Mountain High School

Kimber Beyal is a senior at Maple Mountain High School.  She is very organized and likes to get things done quickly.  She likes to check things off her list and doesn’t like to be late to anything, especially volleyball activities.  Kimber’s friends and family describe her as nice, funny and sarcastic.  She loves her family and cousins very much. In her free time she like to watch Netflix. Psych is one of her all time favorite series to watch.  One of her “go to” movies is, “Italian Job.”  Kimber also likes to “mess,” around with beauty things.  Makeup, hair and nails are just a few of her interests. Her cousins love that they have their own private makeup artist. When it comes to food, Kimber loves any pasta, yummy fruit smoothies and pebble ice.  Her favorite color is mint green and her favorite class is U.S. Government.  Her favorite sport is volleyball and her most memorable moments are playing for the Maple Mountain Eagles as their setter.  She is still grappling with what her future holds, however would to go to Bora Bora or the Bahamas one day and bask in the sun.  We know that whatever Kimber decides to do, she will have the support of family and friends, and, she will accomplish her goals.  Her favorite quote is, "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind" -Bernard M. Baruch.  Congratulations Kimber, you are on the brink of new adventures.  

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Tinisha Rose Quintana

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Tinisha Rose Quintana is the daughter of Richard and Eileen Quintana.  She is Navajo/Ute and is a senior at Maple Mountain High School. Her friends describe her as crazy, “savage,” funny and friendly.  In her free time she likes to do art, play strategy games and sports.  Her favorite sports are soccer and lacrosse.  And her favorite subject in school is Art. Jethro Gillespie has been an awesome art mentor for her.  She was able to show a piece in the High School Art Show at the Springville Museum of Art this past winter.

When asked about shows she enjoys, she quickly said, Straight Outta Compton and Teen Wolf.  Foods that Tinisha would choose as her favorites are pizza, tres leches and cookies.  Her favorite color is turquoise.  

A memorable time in high school was when she was able to go to New York.  One thing on her bucket list is to travel, especially out of the country.  Maybe her art gift will help her reach this goal.  She plans on going to college at Utah Valley University.  Her favorite quote is, “Real eyes, realize, real lies.” Tinisha has a bright future in front of her with a firm support system in place.  Go get ‘em Tinisha.

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Raven Sky Billie - Maple Mountain High School

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!  

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Chelsea Thompson - Maple Mountain High School

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Chelsea Thompson

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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American Indian Leadership Conference

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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.   

Junior and Senior Scholarship Workshop

Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships!

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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