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Release Date: May 24, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



Fifteen students graduated from the Chickasaw Nation Head Start program Friday, May 19, in Sulphur. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby presented each child with a diploma during the ceremony. Chickasaw Princesses Julie Underwood, Keilyn “KeKe” Factor and LaKala Orphan, along with tribal officials also attended the graduation ceremony.

Gov. Anoatubby said early childhood education is one of the most important early stepping stones for student success.

“Early Childhood education is one of the best investments we can make in the future success of our children. It helps provide the positive early experiences that deeply affect future cognitive, emotional and social development,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “This learning environment offers the tools students need and helps engage the entire family in the educational experience.”

Front Row (l to r): Chickasaw Nation Legislator Steven Woods, Governor Bill Anoatubby, Bentley Thompson, Jenny Ruiz, Pepyr Null, Delilah Hibbs, Eli Wright, Joshua Reynolds, Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel and Justice Cheri Bellefeuille-Gordon.

Row 2 (l to r): Secretary of Community Services Wayne Scribner, Gavin Miller, Kaisen McDonald, Kallel Nolan, Konrad Richards, Greyson Mills and Undersecretary of Community Services Tom John.

Row 3 (l to r): Nathan Drake, Zeth Beaney, Kaybree Little, Ryan Mendoza and Executive Officer of Education Danny Wells.

Back Row (l to r): Chickasaw Junior Princess Keilyn “KeKe” Factor, Little Miss Chickasaw LaKala Orphan and Chickasaw Princess Julie Underwood.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016