Preschoolers don first cap and gown during graduation ceremony

Blaze Graham, the top Kumon Honor Student in the United States, receives his diploma from Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend during the 2013 preschool graduation at the Bearskin Fitness Center gymnasium.

Blaze Graham, the top Kumon Honor Student in the United States, receives his diploma from Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend during the 2013 preschool graduation at the Bearskin Fitness Center gymnasium.

The Wyandotte Nation held its 2013 Preschool Graduation Tuesday, May 14 at the Bearskin Fitness Center gymnasium.

Eight tribal citizens and 32 children overall donned their first cap and gown during the evening ceremony in front of a packed house.

“This is my 12th graduation ceremony and we have really enjoyed our new location at the Bearskin Fitness Center Gymnasium. The evening was a great event that showcased the children who attend our program,” said Tammy Charles, Wyandotte Nation Education Director.

The children sang a variety of songs and the ceremony concluded with the students receiving their diplomas from Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend and Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr.

Among the students in the preschool, 22 were Kumon Honor Students, including Blaze Graham of Seneca, Mo., who was the top Kumon Honor Student in the U.S.

“Blaze is a student with a gift for Mathematics,” Charles said. “The Kumon Honor Roll recognizes students in Pre-K that reach the level of 4A200 by December of the school year.

“The Tribal Administration has been very supportive of the Preschool Program and always sets aside time to attend the events, including Thanksgiving, the Pow-Wow and Graduation to recognize and honor the children.”

Students in the program were from communities in Oklahoma and Missouri, including Wyandotte, Miami, Seneca, Neosho, Grove, Fairland and Rocky Comfort.

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Paxton Bruegel, a Wyandotte Nation tribal citizen from Seneca, Mo., makes his way to the stage during the processional.

Paxton Bruegel, a Wyandotte Nation tribal citizen from Seneca, Mo., makes his way to the stage during the processional.

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