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Nine earn diplomas at St. Stephen's commencement

May 26, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

St. Stephen's Indian High School celebrated the accomplishments and next steps in life for its nine graduates May 18 at the class of 2013's commencement ceremony.

Graduates Franklin Patrick Antelope III, Salvador Marclo Brown, Wyatt James Tyrone Fletcher, Shayni R. Fontenelle, Cole B. Littleshield, Ruben Jose Roman, Dovonne T. Sharp, Solana Sisneros and Samuel A. Teran walked the stage to accept their diplomas and receive recognition for their hard work throughout the year.

"We have made it strong through these four years, and we have encouraged each other," student speaker Roman said. "Everybody is smart and has the ability to graduate from college."

Student of the year Fontenelle told her classmates to never forget about the good times and the bad times and remember those who helped along the way.

"Look to the horizon and reach your goals, do what you know is right and follow through; if you can imagine it, you can achieve it," she said.

Fontenelle and Antelope received scholarships on behalf of the school from high school principal Susan Kinneman and superintendent Mike Hejtmanek.

Mark Harris, the Upward Bound academic coach at Central Wyoming College, was a guest speaker at the ceremony. He praised the students for their perseverance and encouraged them to continue learning throughout their lives.

"It would be appropriate for us to honor you as warriors: You didn't quit, you stuck with it and you got to this day," Harris told the graduates. "I had all those chances because of the choices I made, and that's what I hope you take -- your choices will determine your chances."

He directed the graduates to look out at the Wind River mountains and observe the beauty in them and keep in mind who it was that placed that beauty there because, Harris said, it was the same hand that put that beauty in each of them.

"I really appreciate the work that they did not only for the school but for their community as well," Hejtmanek said.

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