Get to Know Some of Our 2016 Red Cloud High School Graduates

posted May 20, 2016 

We sat down with a few of our 2016 graduates after finals were complete to learn a bit more about their plans for the future. Meet Dylan, Matagi, John, Brianna, Terrell and Jazzlyn for a glimpse of what each of their futures hold!

Dylan Tobacco

Hometown: Wakpámni District/Calico
Best Part of Red Cloud: “The opportunities and the Jesuit education.”
Extracurriculars: Parish Council, Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Wrestling
Accomplishments: State for cross country and track, Won LNI 2 years in a row for wrestling, Red Cloud Presidential Award
Post-Secondary Education: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Dream: To come back and help the reservation in its sovereignty and move toward an environmental way of thinking with green energy

Matagi I’atala

Hometown: Pine Ridge
Best Part of Red Cloud: “The people. I really like Anne Grass, who teaches  AP English, and Garrett Gundlach, who teaches Spiritual Formation. They’re fun and awesome!” 
Extracurriculars: Student Council, Cheerleading, Volleyball and Track
Post-Secondary Education: Fort Lewis College
Major: Kinesiology or Biomedical Science
Dream: To possibly be a veterinarian one day

John Conroy

Hometown: Batesland, SD
Best Part of Red Cloud: “When I first came to Red Cloud I didn’t know anyone and so getting to know people — getting to experience certain things and having memories with them all — was the best part.” 
Extracurriculars: Basketball, Cross Country and Track
Accomplishments: Confirmation and Haŋbléčhya, Crazy Horse Award, LNI Highest Award in Lakota Language
Post-Secondary Education: Western Dakota Tech or United Tribes
Major: Electrical Degree or Auto-Mechanics 
Dream: Become an auto-mechanic. “My grandpa went into the service as an auto-mechanic and that’s what inspired me.”

Brianna Beard

Hometown: Porcupine, SD
Best Part of Red Cloud: “The education I have received over the last four years, the friendly people I’ve encountered on a daily basis, and how helpful the teachers are — especially the art teacher, Brittany.” 
Extracurriculars: Archery, Volunteering for the Lakota Language Camp, Wrestling, Drama Club
Accomplishments: 4th place in the State Archery Competition
Post-Secondary Plan: Military
Branch: Marines
Dream: Attending college after military service to become a teacher

Terrell Pulliam

Hometown: Pine Ridge
Best Part of Red Cloud: “Meeting new people. The community we have here is really together and it was something to experience.”
Extracurriculars: Football, Basketball, Service Hours
Post-Secondary Education: Haskell Indian Nations University
Major: Exercise Science
Dream: To help athletes through serious injury and assist them to healthy recovery

Jazzlyn Weston

Hometown: Porcupine, SD
Best Part of Red Cloud: “The community. I love how everyone comes together.”
Awards: Academic Acheivement Award for Anatomy
Post-Secondary Education: University of South Dakota
Major: Addiction Studies or Dentistry 
Dream: To work in the field of study she chooses. "We need people who know how to help with addiction and we need dentists."

The 2016 High School Graduation is Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10AM on Red Cloud Indian School's campus in the Paul "Dizzy" Trout Memorial Fieldhouse. Follow us on twitter for live updates of #GraduationDay @RedCloudSchool


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