Several graduating students receive achievement awards at the recent Native American Recognition Banquet

This spring marks one of the largest number of Native American students graduating from Rio Rancho Public Schools. To celebrate and honor their achievements, some of them attended the Senior Recognition Banquet with their families recently at the picturesque Sky Room Campus Park. 

After a catered meal, participants listened to motivational words from Monica Jojoba, a member of the Isleta Pueblo and business owner, and then received certificates and goodies. The evening was capped by an inspirational talk from Gary Keene, a visual artist from Acoma Pueblo, who introduced the Eagle Awards, given to one student from each of our four high schools, selected by their administration for their leadership qualities: Rio Rancho Cyber Academy’s Monika Toledo, Rio Rancho High School’s Yanibaa Johnson, Cleveland High School's Natalie B. Nelson, and Independence High School’s Julian Lucero and Quentin Tsosie. The award recipients each received a piece of Keene’s lovely art. RRPS royalty, Miss Indian RRPS Pharrah Clark, Jr. Miss Indian RRPS Yanibaa Johnson and Miss Indian RRPS Ambassador Danielle Delgarito, ensured the event flowed smoothly. 

Photo by RRHS Junior Kyler Claw.