2014 All Native American High School Academic Team

News Release

October 24, 2014

AIGC Names 2014 All Native American High School Academic Team

Ten American Indian and Alaska Native High School Seniors Honored for Academic Achievement, Leadership, and Community Service

Albuquerque, NM – October 24, 2014 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, today congratulated the 2014 honorees of the All Native American High School Academic Team (ANAHSAT). The recognition program, which was founded by AIGC, aims to raise awareness of excellent academic achievement among high school seniors in Indian Country.

“Each year, the ANAHSAT spotlights truly exceptional students in Indian Country,” said AIGC Director, Sam Deloria. “I am inspired and invigorated by these bright young minds and am most excited to recognize this year’s ANAHSAT honorees for being leaders among their peers.”

The 2014 ANAHSAT honorees include:

  1. Shawn Allison (Navajo Nation) – A graduate of Desert Ridge High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Arizona State University.
  2. Amelia Ashley (Crow Creek Tribe) – A graduate of Gretna High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Dartmouth College.
  3. Shanice Britton (Round Valley Indian Tribe) – A graduate of Round Valley High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Davis.
  4. Broke Curleyhair (Navajo Nation) – A graduate of Monument Valley High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in justice studies at Arizona State University.
  5. Aaliyah Dick (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation) – A graduate of Nixyaawii Community School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at Washington State University.
  6. Sarah Ferrell (Cherokee Nation) – A graduate of Tahlequah High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Northeastern State University.
  7. Colin Kerr (Chickasaw Nation) – A graduate of Frontier Academy; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international studies at Fort Lewis College.
  8. D’Aryn Lends His Horse (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) – A graduate of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Black Hills State University.
  9. Ashton Megli (Choctaw Nation) – A graduate of Mansfield Lake Ridge High School; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Yale University.
  10. Mark White Hat-Twiss (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) – A graduate of Proctor Academy; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in information systems and computer sciences at Stanford University.

Established as an annual recognition program in 2005, ANAHSAT is comprised of ten American Indian and Alaska Native high school seniors nationwide who exhibit strong academic performance, honors, awards, leadership and community service. Honorees receive a monetary reward for their achievement.

AIGC, over its lifetime of 45 years, has given more than 16,600 scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who now hold high-ranking positions. The ANAHSAT program was started by AIGC to recognize and encourage high-performing students in high school preparing to make a transition to collegiate life.