LAPS Native American Parent Advisory Council Hosts Class Of 2020 Native American Sash Ceremony Via Zoom Sunday

Members of the Class of 2020 receiving sashes Sunday include top left, Leah Mountain, Awan Ellenwood, Stanlee Platero, Nichelle Aguilar, Justin Pena, Riley Fullbright, Colleen Gurule and Zachery Moquino. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Native American Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC) will host the Second Annual Native American Sash Ceremony, Sunday, May 24 for members of the Class of 2020.

The public is invited to watch the live stream beginning at 4 p.m. The link may be found at

Seniors will be presented with these sashes that are woven in the customary form of a traditional pueblo belt. Woven by Cris Velarde, Santa Clara Pueblo and Jicarilla Apache, these sashes represent the journey each student has taken to reach this milestone.

“On behalf of the NAPAC, it has been a privilege to work with Superintendent Steinhaus, the School Board and the High School Administration in making this special event happen this year,” NAPAC Chair James R. Mountain said. “This marks an incredible achievement by our students and makes this year so much more significant in light of the current state of affairs. Our school district has been fully committed to and supportive of our Native students and their heritage; thus, ensuring every possible opportunity for success. Thank you LAPS!”

Members of the Class of 2020 receiving sashes Sunday include:

  • Leah Mountain;
  • Awan Ellenwood;
  • Stanlee Platero;
  • Nichelle Aguilar;
  • Justin Pena;
  • Riley Fullbright;
  • Colleen Gurule; and
  • Zachery Moquino.

For more information, contact Julie Dare, Los Alamos Public Schools Native American Liaison, at

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