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Release Date: May 24, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



Twenty-five students graduated from the Chickasaw Nation Head Start program Wednesday, May 17, in Tishomingo. Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby presented each child with a diploma during the 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.”

Chickasaw Princesses Julie Underwood, Keilyn “KeKe” Factor and LaKala Orphan, along with tribal officials and legislators also attended the graduation ceremony.

Front Row (l to r): Paysen Harris, Ara Ross, Kaden Wisinger, Addie Ballard, Aubrey Fugate, BlakeLeigh Yochum, Wyatt Sneed, John Pryor, Andon Schmucker, Lydia Goodin, Izabell Mills, Landri Daniels, Dominque Phillips.

Row 2 (l to r): Jolene Boston, Espyn Rojas, Elizabeth Barnes, Kyah Ratliff, Stevie Petersen, Case Bussey, Jaxxon Kite, Brooklyn Bird, Casen Grinstead, Addison Rhodes, Daniel Nichols, Lainey Smith-Price.

Back Row (l to r): Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Junior Princess Keilyn “KeKe” Factor, Chickasaw Princess Julie Underwood, Little Miss Chickasaw LaKala Orphan, Secretary of Community Services Wayne Scribner, Chickasaw Nation Legislators Steven Woods and Scott Wood, Executive Officer of Education Danny Wells, Director of Early Childhood Robert Pickens and Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel.

Photo contributed by: Mike McKee

Last Updated: 09/16/2016