CTEA students singing "Wongobi" at the Christmas Program.
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — The Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (CTEA) Christmas Program was on December 14 where the students performed before family and friends.
The program began with a welcome by CTEA’s Cyd Crue and followed with tribal elder Alene Menta offering a prayer.
Many of the songs were sung in the Shoshone language.
The first performance was a collaborative of all the students singing, “Wongobi.”
The kindergarten class sang “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” The first grade sang “Jingle Bells,” second grade sand “Little Drummer Boy,” third grade sang “A Winter Song,” fourth and fifth grade sang “Stuck in the Smokehole of our Teepee,” and sixth and seventh grade sang “Hutsi’ Got Ran Over by a Deheya’a.”
The final song was the “12 Days of Christmas,” which was once again sung by all students. The audience was able to join in as the words to the song were printed on the back of the program fliers. The song included lyrics like, “On the first day of Christmas Santa gave to us…a Festival CD. One the second day of Christmas Santa gave to us…two cups of donape and a Festival CD. One the third day of Christmas Santa gave to us …three hand drums, two cups of donape and a Festival CD,” just to name a few.
Special guest was Santa and Mrs. Claus, who took the time to visit with students and take pictures.
Students were also recognized for their academic achievements with award certificates and given a special gift.
Kindergarten awards went to Asalique Dixey, Myka Milo-Poog, Reden Kutch, and Carter Covington.
First grade awards for honorable mentions for completing Big Brainz went to Reggie Haggard, Olivia Bordeaux, Taylor Martin, Davey Yupe, Benjamin Garvin, Ben Dann and Marcus Nielson. Academic Leadership went to Reggie Haggard and Arianny Hernandez.
Second grade awards went to Treya Butler, Davontii Randleas and Maurice Nelson.
Third grade awards went to Spiriti Ballard, Damari Buckman, Sonny Deluna, Aalilia Lizarraga, Quill Nelson, Keevin Ponzo, Jace Racehorse, Lola Sanchez, Jaydin Taggart, Zane Tohtsoni and Terran Goodrider Ynostrosa.
Fourth grade awards went to Kotori, Larsen, Victoria, James, Neena and Mason.
Fifth grade honor roll were Juan Sanchez, Aiden St. Clair, Alyssa Vera, Ahmari Cherry and Rochelle Tavo. Outstanding Improvement Awards went to Breezy Appenay, Gabrielle Appenay, Ray Dixey, Skylee Osborne, LaNaya Poog and Udale Tendoy. Chief Awards went to Anaiyah Farmer and Dmitry Tomin.
Sixth and seventh grade awards went to Alyssa Goodvoice, Ava Plentywounds, Daesion Coby, Ceara Vera, Xavier Bolton, Shane Ponzo, Dante Billsie and Quentin Snipe.