In a packed room sheltered from the flurry of outside snow, over 20 students from the 2017 graduating class at Vista Grande High School received their hard-earned and well-deserved diplomas Friday (May 19) at the Taos Country Club.
Following an invocation from governing members of Taos Pueblo, Salutatorian Marisol Duran and Valedictorian Cherokee Billie addressed their fellow classmates in short speeches of congratulations. Former Vista Grande High teacher Kaila Pavelka Dickey also gave a speech to students, encouraging them to follow through with their instincts and wished them luck on their new journey through life.
"You are all capable of accomplishing great things, but to do so you must learn to let go of fear," Dickey said. "Make every day a quest for what you set your mind to."
VGHS also had a special presentation unique among the many graduation ceremonies in the country. Graduate Terrance Gomez received an official bilingual seal of excellence in Tiwa and English, a first for the school and the first in the state of New Mexico.
For the full story, see the next edition of The Taos News on Thursday, May 25.