Students excel at Tuba City High School
Students were acknowledged for making the Top Senior list at Tuba City High School Back row, from left: : Paige Tsosie, Brandon Whiterock, Charles Henderson, James Roe III, Aaron Troglia, Naismith Butler. Front row: Tia Folgheraiter, Danish Nez, Kandice Tanner and Jared Keams. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

Students excel at Tuba City High School

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — It is not easy getting to the top of the academic heap at a competitive and large high school like Tuba City High School (TCHS), but 10 students achieved the Top Senior list.

They are Brandon Whiterock, Tia Folgheraiter, Denisha Nez, Aaron Troglia, Paige Tsosie, Kandice Tanner, Naismith Butler, Jared Keams, Charles Henderson —salutatorian and James Roe III — valedictorian.

TCHS senior level counselor Cheryl Onsae, who has had both the honor and complex task of working closely the students, said it was a pleasure to work with them and see them grow for the past three years.

“I’ve seen them grow and mature into wonderful young adults,” she said. “I just wish them all the best as they march into their next phase of life. My heartfelt congratulations to the class of 2017.”

Brandon Whiterock, 18, son of the late Lori Piestewa and father Bill Whiterock, also named his grandparents, Percy and Terry Piestewa as support for his academic success. He attended Tuba City High School throughout his high school career and has been accepted into Coconino Community College and hopes to get a degree in physical therapy. He also said his high school teachers, John Goatcher, Native Studies, and Effie Hyden, science teacher, as his favorite mentors…

Read more on Navajo-Hopi Observer