St. Peter Indian Mission School Celebrates students success
June 2, 2023
Gila River Indian News
On June 1, St. Peter Indian Mission School held their eighth-grade promotion at the Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis Church in the Ak-Chin Indian Community starting at 11:00 a.m. The gathering included a Catholic mass to commemorate the celebration of the nineteen graduates whose next adventure will lead them into high school.
Parents, friends, and family members of students at St. Peter Indian Mission School gathered to witness their loved ones move on to the next level of their education.
The services began with students singing a traditional O’otham song as they entered the church. Friar Peter Teresa then conducted traditional Catholic Mass services for everyone present.
“We are gathered here today for a great and beautiful and joyous celebration to recognize and to congratulate the eighth-grade class of 2023 at St. Peter Indian Mission Church and School,” said Friar Peter Teresa in his speech at the mass services. “We are proud that you have made it, we are proud that you have persevered… and I want you to be proud of yourself as well… and as you move on to the next season of your life, remember that St. Peters will always be your home.”
Catholic Mass services continued into the presentation of diplomas given by Sister Pam, Sister Martha, and Fr. Peter Teresa.
Following the mass and diploma presentation, eighth-grade students formed a line outside the church where all attendees, family members, and loved ones greeted and congratulated them.
Student Kayedon Nish, from District 2, says he looks forward to learning Mandarin Chinese in high school and plans to attend college. 2023-24 Jr. Miss Gila River’s second attendant, Kalyne Josephine Miguel, was among the students that graduated. Miguel said she felt slightly emotional over this significant moment. “This school has been a part of me for six years, it’s hard to let go, but I’ll get there,” said Miguel.