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    Onondaga Nation School Holds Graduation Ceremony
    Seven eighth-graders go to LaFayette with well-wishes from 250 family and

    Thursday, June 30, 2005
    By Ngoc Huynh
    Staff writer
    More than 250 family members, friends, and staff attended the Onondaga Nation
    School's eighth-grade graduation ceremony last week.
    The graduates are Derek Bennett, Amanda Burk, Suellen Edwards, Krystal Hill,
    Isaac Hopper, Kacey Printup and Alisa Silkworth.
    Pupils in the lower grades at the school performed songs, dances, and poetry
    to recognize the graduates.
    The Onondaga Nation School serves about 82 pupils in kindergarten through
    eighth grade.
    Unlike other schools, it is among three American Indian schools entirely
    supported by the state, as federal land treaties require.
    The other two schools are St. Regis Elementary School at the Mohawk Nation,
    and Tuscarora Elementary School at the Tuscarora Nation.
    During the June 22 ceremony, the graduates opened the program by first giving
    thanks to the creator. As they stood on the stage in their traditional
    outfits that they sewed themselves, family members took many photos.
    Edwards said she and her classmates selected the fabric and design for their
    outfits since the beginning of the school year.
    "I had to start over three times because I didn't cut things right," Edwards
    said. "It was too short or too long."
    Edwards, 14, wore a purple and white dress with a Haudenosaunee wapum belt.
    She said the belt represents the five nations - Cayuga, Mohawk, Onondaga,
    Oneida and Seneca.
    Before the students received their diplomas from Principal Carol Erb, they
    presented appreciation scrolls to their family members. They also gave their
    parents wooden benches that they made from technology class.
    When Edwards called her father to the stage and handed him an appreciation
    scroll, he gave her a big hug.
    Jake Edwards said he is very proud of his daughter. He said he hopes his
    daughter will always remember one thing when she heads to LaFayette
    Junior-Senior High School.
    "That she knows her way home and that she never forgets who she is," he said
    When the pupils at the high school this fall, Danielle Rourke will be among
    staff members who will guide and support them through the changes.
    Rourke is the high school's Native American liaison and school counselor.
    Rourke, who is Mohawk, said 24 percent of pupils at the high school are American
    "From what I understand, there is a need to have a person identify with the
    kids so that they would feel comfortable to come for help," Rourke said.
    In May, high school Principal Paula Cowling said there was an eighth-grade
    orientation day.
    Those students were paired with ninth-graders for the day. She said the event
    was successful and pupils went to lunch, study hall and classes together.
    One of the major changes for students who leave the Nation School is the
    larger class sizes at the high school. Rourke said the students will be in a
    classroom of 20 instead of 10.
    "They have to learn to be independent and confident to maintain good grades,"
    Rourke said.
    Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear... just sing, sing a song.sigpic

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