Students win national essay, oration contests
Two Madras High School students from Warm Springs, freshman Lana Shike, and junior Delvina Heath, recently took first place in national contests.
Shike won first place in an oration contest at the 43rd Annual National Indian Education Association Conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Eight MHS students attended the conference and participated in the oration contest. Accompanying them were Superintendent Rick Molitor, 509-J Board Chairwoman Laurie Danzuka, Lana Leonard, MHS principal Sarah Braman-Smith, and Jefferson County Middle School principal Simon White .
Heath was one of three finalists in an essay contest sponsored by Native Women and Youth in Agriculture.
The essay topic was to write about their involvement in agriculture, and what it would take to keep them involved as adults.
She and her mother Lucinda Heath traveled to accept her award at the Intertribal Agricultural Council Conference, Dec. 10-13, in Las Vegas, Nev.
The three finalists will read their essays, and serve as Native youth agriculture ambassadors for 2012-13.