The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) Title VII Indian Education Program in partnership with school districts celebrated the 15th Annual of the American Indian Leadership Recognition Conference on April 19, 2014.
Students in grades 9-12 were honored for their year-long academic, athletic, community and cultural achievements.
This recognition conference was hosted in four regions of the state to include all the districts with a Title VII American Indian Education program.
Chuck Foster, Ph.D., American Indian Education Specialist at USOE, said dividing the event in to regions allows for a more intimate ceremony for the students, parents and their communities. The school districts that hosted were Iron, San Juan, Duchesne and Granite.
Students are awarded certificates and scholarships for their achievements and community service.
“The hope is to get more parents and the community involved in the education of their students,” Foster said. “It increases the likelihood for the students to continue their education.”