First Hill Climbed, St. Michaels Head Start Promoted

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
St. Michaels Head Start graduate Nikolett Wilson wears her cap with “pretty as a princess” written on it Friday at the Fort Defiance Chapter House.

Published May 21, 2017

FORT DEFIANCE – Their first hill, perhaps one out of many more, is out of the way.

Twenty young students waited for their promotion ceremony to begin, seemingly unaware of what they had completed Friday afternoon at the Fort Defiance Chapter in front of smiling parents and family.

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Mason Clark, 5, from St. Michaels, Arizona, holds his certificate of promotion Friday at the St. Michaels Head Start promotion ceremony at Fort Defiance Chapter House. Clark and 19 of his classmates were promoted.

One of those students was Mason Clark, 5, from St. Michaels, whose mom, Latisha Clark, was taking pictures and screaming in celebration whenever his name was called.

“I hope he finishes school, graduates and goes on to college,” Clark said of her son.

Twenty young students waited for their promotion ceremony to begin, seemingly unaware of what they had completed Friday afternoon at the Fort Defiance Chapter in front of smiling parents and family.Their first hill, perhaps one out of many more, is out of the way.

One of those students was Mason Clark, 5, from St. Michaels, whose mom, Latisha Clark, was taking pictures and screaming in celebration whenever his name was called.

“I hope he finishes school, graduates and goes on to college,” Clark said of her son.

Clark said she didn’t get a chance to go to college but wanted all three of her children not to stop after high school and to keep going.

“I wanted to go to school, but I put a stop to it to take care of my kids,” said the stay-at-home mom. “He makes me smile everyday.”

In addition to his promotion certificate, Mason also received an award for perfect attendance.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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