Miss Central Teen earns prestigious scholarship

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., April 11, 2013

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M iss Central Navajo Teen, Aliah Hicks, has accepted an offer of admission to the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., as an incoming freshman.

Stevenson School is a prestigious college preparatory school located along the central coast of California and boasts an enrollment of 520 students.

Stevenson has a rigorous academic load and diverse student body.

In recognition of Hicks' accomplishments, she has been named the Glenn and Lavina Stinson Scholar for the coming school year, a scholarship created in 2000 by the Stinsons to give deserving students the opportunity to attend Stevenson. Hicks has been offered a $50,100 scholarship to attend Stevenson for 2013.

Hicks was crowned as Miss Central Navajo Teen last August. She is Ta'neeszahnii Clan, born for the Tábaahá Clan. Her maternal grandparents are of the Kinlichii'nii Clan and her paternal grandparents are of the Deeshchii'nii Clan.

Hicks is 14 years old and is from Burnt Corn Valley, Ariz. Her parents are Raquel Chee and Arno Hicks. Her maternal grandparents are John and Phyllis Casuse and her paternal grandparents are Cleo and Arnold Hicks.

Hicks currently attends Tse'hootsooi Dine' Bi'olta'.

Miss Central Navajo Teen is available for appearances. For booking information, email her at misscentralnavajoteen@gmail.com or "like" her page on Facebook.

Aneth students surpass reading goal

ANETH, Utah – Aneth Community School students celebrated the 2013 "March is Reading Month" on Friday, March 29th.

The students were put to the challenge four weeks ago by Mrs. Whitehorse, principal, and Mr. Walbecq, education specialist, to read all month.

The students surpassed their goal and read for a grand total of 2,561 books. Students kept reading logs and them in every day.

Because the student surpassed their goal, Mr. Walbecq pranced around the school in a wedding dress and ate a worm sundae. The students also were awarded with a movie and popcorn in the gym and heard from their special guest, Isaiah Bob, an award-winning Fancy Dancer.

The month-long reading challenge included many spirited activities including celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, Buddy Reads, Pastries with Parents, Tea with Grandparents, and even a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast to encourage the students to read during the month.

The idea behind "March is Reading Month" at Aneth Community School is to promote a love of reading and increase student involvement in their learning and help to inspire that love for reading. It is also to bridge the connection between home and school as parents and grandparents are encouraged to read with their child at home and to come in to school and read.

Red Ink magazine released

TUCSON - The editorial staff of Red Ink Magazine, the oldest Native run student publication in the nation, devised to celebrate and amplify Native voices and indigenous issues is proud to announce the release of the latest volume, according to a Red Ink news release.

Red Ink Volume 16.2/ 17.1 (double issue) will be hot off the presses in the coming week. Established in 1989 at the University of Arizona, Red Ink has published the creative writing, scholarly research, art and photography of well-known and up-and-coming individuals throughout the Americas. The work of noted writers like Vine Deloria Jr., Rigoberta Menchu, Lora Tohe, Sherwin Bitsui, Simon Ortiz and a host of others has graced the historical pages of the magazine.

"It is an energizing time. The magazine is definitely on an exciting new path," said Joe Quintana, the current editor in chief of Red Ink. "We are not only back on track, we're ready to soar into a new era."

In recent months the publication has faced numerous challenges such as social and financial challenges.

"We are proud of the end product for this issue which is packed with some of the best literary and visual artistry in Indian country," said Sheila Rocha, publicist.

The latest issue of Red Ink is available online at Lulu http://www.lulu.com/shop/red-ink/red-ink-vol-162171/ebook.

A release party to celebrate the new edition is in the planning stages in Tucson.

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