The 46th Commencement of our schools took place on Saturday, June 11 with the Tribal community, Vice Chairwoman Sylvia Miller and council members James Rideout, Anna Bean, and Monica Miller along with our School Board and keynote speaker, Native hip-hop artist Sten Joddi.
Our welcome to the commencement was made by our Master of Ceremonies and, secondary principal Jennifer Vasilez, and as part of our tradition, Moses Moody completed the traditional prayer/greeting to kick off the 2022 graduation ceremony. Our Valedictorian was Daffodil Princess Faith Hudson and our Salutatorian was Tu-Quate-Tsa Thomas. Each had to give a speech to their graduating class that signified the end of their high school career. Thomas shared on breaking generational curses, saying, "Even if nobody in your family has done it before, [then] you be the first to do it." Hudson spoke about perseverance and overcoming, asking what perseverance meant and then sharing what it meant to her: "Perservance means to keep going even when I wanted to stop... It's your perseverance that got you here today."
As part of the CLS tradition, we had a special keynote speaker. This year, we had Native hip-hop artist Sten Joddi who talked to our class of 2022 about failure. "I spent a lot of time falling and failing, you guys are going to fail, but [look at] failure as a good thing," Joddi shared. "[Because] those moments of failure are moments to learn."
Other moments of wisdom shared with our graduating class were by Tribal Council member James Rideout, who said, "It's a blessing to see you all achieve your accomplishments... You have the support of your family, your community, your tribe, and all of us." Rideout also discussed how the class of 2022 is "leaving this school better than they found it," touching on the recent accomplishments of our basketball teams making it to state finalists, our track team winning state titles, and possibly reaching the highest graduation rate in the state. Tribal Council member Anna Bean also talked about perservance and said, "[The Class of 2022] has persevered like [their] ancestors did before them."
Our Student Voice Elected Staff Message was from Darren "Scooter" Spencer, one of our Student Success Specialists, who started his own journey at CLS when the class of 2022 was in 6th grade. Scooter congratulated the class of 2022 for all their accomplishments, and commended them for making history. In the senior interview staff member impact question, Scooter was often mentioned as the staff member that impacted these seniors the most.
Our selected scholarship and award recipients are as follows:
We raise our hands to the Chief Leschi Class of 2022! We couldn't be more proud of all your accomplishments and excited about your future.
Photos by Brittany Piger, Communications Manager
Photos by AV Teacher David Derr
Photos by photography student Lizzie Joseph.
Yesterday, we held graduation rehearsal for our seniors. The class of 2022 walked the halls of our elementary school, practiced speeches for today, had their last lunch at school, and were drummed out. We are so excited for the future of our Warriors! We couldn't be more proud! 🎓
Seniors need to be on campus at 10 a.m. Graduation ceremony will start promptly at 1 p.m. See you there!