“Success through Achievement, Culture & Leadership” was the theme for
the 2013 Native American Student Leadership Conference at Salt Lake
Community College on October 2nd.
Native American students throughout the state of Utah were invited with
thirty four students representing the Sevier School District. Thirty one of
the thirty four students were Richfield Residential Hall students. Along with students
attending the conference were RRH staff Jaime Romero & Sylvia Nielson
as well as RHS staff Ursula Mackay & SSHS staff Sabrina Savage.
The day started out early with the students loading the bus at 5:30 a.m.
Upon arrival at the conference, students had a light continental breakfast.
This was much needed to refresh everyone. After breakfast, they were
greeted by, Dr. Chuck Foster, the Director of Utah Indian Education. A
blessing was given by Mrs. Pristine James and an honor song was sung by
our very own Wyatt Willie. Wyatt is a junior at South Sevier High School.
While Wyatt was singing, you could hear a pin drop; his singing touched
everyone’s heart! We are very proud of the way he represented himself,
our RRH family, and the Sevier School District.
The students were assigned to groups and then were off to attend four
“Success through Health & Wellness” by the Urban Indian Center Team;
“Success through Culture” by Virgil Johnson, Retired Granite School
District teacher; “Success through MESA” by Dr. Paul Ross, Asst. Director
of Educational Equality, Granite School District; and “Your Face of
Success” by Salt Lake Community College Staff & Native Students. The
workshops were amazingly well prepared, students were engaged, and
received some great information! A fun class session was with the Urban
Indian Center Team, the students found out how much exercise you get
from doing the round dance & two-step! It was awesome!
After the workshops, the students listened to keynote speaker Rhonda
Duvall “Honey” who isRecording Artist. She is also a Granite School District
Title 7 Mentor. She talked about dreaming big and believing you can
achieve all your dreams. Students were given one of her CDs. Closing the
conference was Dr. Chuck Foster.