ALBUQUERQUE – Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation member Tyanna Van Pelt has been named to the All Native American High School Academic Team.
The group is selected by the American Indian Graduate Center and is recognized as a cohort of students who have displayed an outstanding original academic, artistic or leadership endeavor.
“This year’s All Native American High School Academic Team exemplifies a dedication to education, and we are delighted to honor and congratulate them for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom,” said AIGC Executive Director Angelique Albert. “We are committed to empowering our students throughout their entire academic journey. They are the inspiration and motivation for the work that we do and watching them succeed is an indicator of our impact as an organization.”
Van Pelt, who graduated from Nixya’awii Community School in 2020, plans to attain a bachelor’s in chemistry at Oregon State University.
Other selections include Madelyn Buckley (Nome Eskimo Community, Whitworth University; Jackson Caves (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University); Ryan Duncan (Chickasaw Nation, University of Oklahoma); Caroline Dunn (Chickasaw Nation, Vanderbilt University); Bianca Hanly (Chickasaw Nation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Leighanna Jake (Navajo Nation, Humboldt University); Jasmine Kinney (Yurok Tribe of the Yurok Reservation, University of
California Los Angeles); Chelbie Turtle (Cherokee Nation, Northeastern State University); Danyelie Vo (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation, Northern Arizona University).