Red Cloud Middle School Graduation

posted on May 31, 2012

Red Cloud Indian School celebrated eighth grade commencement with a Mass and graduation ceremony last Thursday, May 24.  

Fr. George Winzenburg, S.J. and Fr. Peter Klink, S.J. celebrated the Mass. As local Lakota drum group “Sons of the Oglala” sang the entrance song, the 18 graduating eighth graders processed into Holy Rosary Church. This was followed by a rite of wazilyapi (traditional Lakota purification with cedar smoke). Students led many parts of the Mass, including the reading and responsory, prayers of the faithful, and procession of the gifts.

After Communion, special medals were blessed by Fr. Peter Klink and given to the graduates. This was following by the awarding of scholarships to the following students:

Albert and Elvina Fruge Memorial Scholarship – Miranda O’Donnell

Calvin Jumping Bull Citizenship Award – Hunter Blacksmith

Cathy Laurence Memorial Scholarship – Jacob Cousin

Father Bill McKenney Academic-Athletic Award – Trista Merrival

Frances Mussatto Memorial Scholarship – Leannah Vitalis

George Stuart Laurence Scholarship – Justin Mesteth

New Horizons Scholarship – Kayla Starr 

Phyllis Fairbanks Memorial Scholarship – Robert Clifford and Shelby Houle

Pine Ridge Scholarship – Troy Janis

Red Cloud Academic Excellence Award – Marlee Kelly

The Roswell Truman Scholarship – Brooke Ghost Bear

Wookiye Woohiye Award – Koty Janis

The graduates then received their diplomas and were sung an honoring song by Sons of the Oglala. The members of the eighth grade graduating class of 2012 are as follows:

Hunter Blacksmith

Robert W. Clifford

Jacob Allen Cousin

Brooke Lynn Ghost Bear

Henry Scott Hawkins

Shelby Houle

Koty Rae Janis

Troy A. Janis

Marlee M. Kelly

Trista Jean Merrival

Justin T. Mesteth

Miranda O’Donnell

Kobey O’Rourke

Destiny Rose Short Bull

Kayla Marie Starr                                                                    

Dylan Dean Tobacco                          

Leannah Raine Vitalis                         

Tyler J. Wright           

Congratulations to all of the graduates, and welcome to high school!

A photo gallery of the graduation ceremony can be viewed HERE.