May 24, 2015 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterSt. Stephen's Indian High School handed out 13 diplomas May 17.
The graduating seniors were Alannah Amos, Nataya Bell, Dustin Blackburn, Feather Blackburn, Uri-ah Brannan, Alana Brown, Brandon C'Hair, Keenan Groesbeck, Sholina Noseep, Darcy Paige Shoyo, Tianna Wagon, Camille Whiteman and Kristen Williams.
Only six students graduated in 2014.
Guest speaker Perriann Witt told the graduates to prepare for the next step in their lives, adding she was thankful to know them closely. She shared some of her own experiences and said each student would find their true self throughout their journey into adulthood.
"It's taken me a long time to be the person that I want to be," Witt said. "It's a tough world out there; nothing will be handed to you."
Each student has family or friends who believe in them, she added. Student speaker Camille Whiteman addressed her classmates and said there will be obstacles for them to overcome in the future.
"No matter where you end up you will have many great experiences to come," she said. "We all know and believe that you will all succeed."
She advised the group to trust their families and be confident.
"Maybe some of you might be a little shy," Whiteman said. "And my advice is don't be."
The other student speaker was Tianna Wagon.
The master of ceremonies was high school principal Cheryl Meyers, and prayers were provided by William C'Hair and Arlen Shoyo. The Arapaho Nation Drum Group played the flag song, and the American Legion Post No. 84 was the color guard on duty.
Central Wyoming College granted scholarships to Groesbeck, Dustin Blackburn, Noseep, Addison and Amos. Senior sponsors were Laurie Abbatello, Witt and Nichole Wood.
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