Glenice Pesodas and Kristina Blackhair
Tuba City High School seniors Glenice Pesodas and Kristina Blackhair won first place in the job skills category at the Native Skills competition held in Chinle, Arizona. Rosanda Suetopka/NHO

Tuba City seniors take home top honors at skills competition

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Tuba City High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Woody Begay beamed with pride as his students took top honors for welding, digital photography, carpentry and job skills at the annual Native skills competition held in Chinle.

Two of the students are under the direct mentorship of Maria Goatcher, director of the Tuba City High School ‘s dual enrollment program partnership with Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona, for early childhood development.

Two of Goatcher’s advanced ECE students, Glenice Pesodas and Kristina Blackhair, both seniors at Tuba City High School, took first place in the job skills— demonstration category.

Pesodas and Blackhair had to prepare and present job applications, resumes, cover letters, present themselves in a mock interview and demonstrate job skills in front of a three-judge panel.

The ECE competition was based on promoting Native culture, Native language and diversity at the pre-school level.

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