On Thursday, May 28th, the Richfield Residential Hall Class of 2009 was favored with a night of food, friends, fun, and inspiration. It has been a long – standing tradition to honor Richfield Residential Hall graduating seniors and their families with a special Senior Recognition Banquet. This year was exceptional. With a large graduating class, we packed a room at Snow College Richfield for an outstanding meal and program.
Students were privileged to hear an inspirational message from Mr. Kevin Skenandore, Director of the Bureau of Indian Education (and former Director of Richfield Residential Hall). Mr. Skenandore encouraged students to believe in themselves and follow their dreams, and reminded them that this is just the beginning of the journey, and not the end. He also thanked families, RRH staff, and community members for their support of the students of RRH.
RRH Governing Board Members, Denis Tsosie and Bill Cly (both graduates of the RRH program), also shared inspirational messages with students and families. Also in attendance at this wonderful event were all members of the Sevier School District Board of Education, key administrators from Sevier School District, Richfield High School, South Sevier High School, and prominent citizens and supporters from the community. We appreciate all who attended and supported our awesome seniors throughout their educational journey.
We were honored to have our flag ceremony conducted by SSG Glenn Begay (Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and RRH Alumni) and PFC Trevor Benally (Class of 2009). Senior, Ferallynn Begay sang the National Anthem in Navajo, and Senior, Brittney Jim, said the Pledge of Allegiance in Navajo and then led the group in English. Freshman, Reetika Henry and her little sister, Gabriella did a Shawl Dance, and 2006 Graduate, Michael King played his flute for entertainment, while the guests ate an amazing meal catered by San Rafael Works Dutch Oven Catering.
Special thanks to Mr. Denis Tsosie for attending both graduations to confer hard earned diplomas on each of our graduates. Congratulations, Seniors, and best of luck as you embark on the Journey of Life. May you always Walk in Beauty!