As is the case every year, Flagstaff Unified School District graduates over 600 students and we are proud of every one of them. Highlighting only a few is always difficult because we have so many accomplished students but we would like to introduce you to several.
At Coconino High School among the graduates will be Nikaila Glassy, Jarred Kay and Bailey Womble.
Nikaila will be fulfilling her lifelong dream of attending a military academy. After 15 months, an application to each academy, 10 interviews, countless essays, interviews and eventual nominations from Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and Senator John McCain, Nikaila has received her appointment to West Point. She spent her high school years in the Jr. ROTC, served as an officer of the National Honor Society, is a student in the CIT (Coconino Institute of Technology) Program where her senior project was on “The Effects of Wing Shape on Turbulence.” Nikaila “enjoyed high school but cannot wait to see what opportunities lay ahead.”
Bailey is also a very accomplished graduating senior. Three weeks before walking across the stage at CHS she will be receiving her Associates Degree from CCC (Coconino Community College) through the CAVIAT (Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology) Program. Bailey attends the CIT Program while taking her classes at CCC and playing soccer for the CHS Panthers. She will attend one more semester at CCC before entering the Nursing Program at NAU in the spring. Bailey is very proud of her accomplishments “CAVIAT was very good for me, it was nice to interact with college students and the program saved me at least $10,000 in tuition.”
Jared is also an outstanding member of the 2014 graduating class. In addition to serving as a board member of Grand Canyon Youth and National Honor Society he is a student in the CIT program and has been accepted to the University of Arizona School of Pharmacy. Jared “had a lot of fun in high school but I am really looking forward to college.”
Flagstaff High School has hundreds of high achieving students as well and among them are Ivie Mendonca, Adrian Meyer and Marcus Todechine.
Ivie will be attending Grand Canyon University in the fall to study Athletic Training and plans to work for a professional football team after earning her Master’s Degree. Ivie has known what she wants to do since she was seven years old. She chose FHS because of their great Athletic Training Program and the chance to learn from Mr. Lyle. While at FHS she was the treasurer of the Health Occupations Student Association, a team captain on the track and field team, a member of the band and was in the Certified Nurse’s Assistant Program in the CAVIAT Program through which she will receive her CNA certification a few weeks before her high school graduation. In her spare time Ivie can be found singing at events to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
Adrian will attend the University of Arizona’s Honors College and is still deciding what she wants to major in. After receiving her academic letter for all four years at FHS she has received the Wildcat Excellence Scholarship. Adrian was co-captain of the softball team, ran cross country, was a Links Leader, a member of NHS and her freshman year was the Freshman All Region Academic Athlete.
Marcus’s home is three hours outside of Flagstaff and he has attended FHS and lived in the dormitory for four years. He chose to come to FHS as his brothers and sisters did for the “great education and sports”. Marcus will attend ASU to study criminology and upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree would like to attend the police academy and join the Navajo Nation Police Force and serve in his home town of Pinon. While at FHS Marcus was a member of the track and field team, the cross country team and in his sophomore year qualified as the captain of the team and was the “most improved wrestler”. Marcus also took advantage of the CAVIAT Program through their Law Enforcement classes and will graduate high school with forty two transferable college credits.