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Class of 2017

Graduating high school is a major accomplishment. The Class of 2017 is filled with designers, social champions, athletes, and many diverse personalities that are ready to take on the world. As high school ends, it is time for a new journey into adulthood to begin and graduates from around the Seminole Tribe of Florida are preparing for new adventures that lie ahead. Regardless of where these graduates go, what they do and how they choose their claim to fame, there is no doubt they will be successful. Below are some of this year’s graduates. The Class of 2017 is a class to remember and The Seminole Tribune wishes them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Ahnie Jumper
American Heritage High School
Ahnie will attend Florida Gulf Coast University where she will play on the softball team and study early childhood education.Her favorite high school memory was winning the state softball championship three times. In the future, she hopes to run a preschool.

 

Morgan Bert
Florida Christian School
To support her family and remain close to Tribal roots, Morgan plans to study agriculture at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. Her younger siblings inspire her to always learn and to be kind to all whom she encounters.

 

River Osceola
Moore Haven High School
River plans to pursue a music career, already underway, as he looks forward to writing and producing songs. He intends to study business, perhaps at Florida State. River thanks his cousin Yo Osceola for helping keep him out of trouble in high school and credits other friends and family with help along the way.

 

Ditoyyo Billie
Devereux Glenholme School
Washington, Connecticut
Ditoyyo will trade seasons for beaches in college, as he will attend Lynn University in Boca Raton to study hospitality management. His great grandmother valued education, inspiring him to work toward a career in the Tribe’s gaming department.

 

Michelle Garcia
GED
Michelle plans to enter the medical field and study nursing at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. Her mother, who was a single parent raising six children, inspired her to never give up and taught her that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to.

 

Sydnee Cypress
Moore Haven High School
Sydnee wants to study psychiatry and play softball in college, hopefully in Melbourne, with an ultimate goal of coming back to open her own practice and help the Tribe. She attributes her success in academics and athletics to her mother, who taught her to do her best and never give up.

 

Hunter Tiger
John A. Ferguson Senior High School
During high school, Hunter learned that confidence in himself is far more valuable than worrying how others view him. He plans on carrying that mentality to Miami-Dade College to get his associate’s degree in business administration so that he can start his own company.

 

Savannah Redbone Osceola
Anadarko High School
Anadarko, Oklahoma
Savannah’s staying true to her roots, as she will attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University to study psychology. Her younger cousins inspire her to be a role model and she plans to carry that into a career in counseling.

 

Nashoba Gonzalez
Ahfachkee School
Headed to Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, Nashoba plans on studying hospitality management and tourism. Throughout high school, her parents inspired her to never give up and always keep trying. She plans on working in the travel and tourism industry.

 

Trevor Thomas
Okeechobee High School
Trevor plans to attend either Indian River State College or Warner University to focus on an agriculture-related major and hopefully continue playing baseball. His favorite high school memory was a walk off win against Martin County in a district semifinal this year.

 

Randee Osceola
Immokalee High School
Aside from reigning as the 2017-2018 Miss Florida Seminole Princess, Randee plans on attending Barry University in Miami to study psychology, a subject her mother also studied before her. She plans on going far in education to earn her doctorate to better serve the Tribe.

 

Jeremiah Osceola Santiago
The Vanguard School
While taking a break from school, Jeremiah plans to get a job. He is still deciding upon a school and is considering entering the athletics field through sports medicine or a similar field. He knows that life can pass by quickly and he wants to seize every opportunity possible.

 

Alexus Osceola-James
Montverde Academy
To challenge herself, Alexus will move out-of-state and attend the University of Alabama to study political science or communications. She is driven to stay focused and draws inspiration from Assata Shakur’s books. She aspires to be a lawyer.

 

Nicholas Zepeda
Liberty University Online Academy
Hoping to own the next big film studio, Nicholas will attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida to study film. He has made films since he was a child and is inspired by his father’s work ethic, wisdom, leadership and love for God, which he values immensely.

 

Rylee Osceola
American Heritage High School
While Rylee plans to continue her education from an online school, she does not yet have a set career path. She is considering becoming a pediatrician, but regardless of her ultimate decision, she plans on following the good example set forth by her father, Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola Jr.

 

Mason Foret
Lennard High School
After taking time off to travel, Mason plans to enter the management training program at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa where he looks forward to learning the business and helping the Tribe.

 

GraySun Billie
Ahfachkee School
Though undecided where, GraySun plans to attend college to learn video game design and coding. During high school, GraySun became inspired by art, as well as the support and dedication of his teachers, to follow his dreams and trust himself. He hopes to become a video game designer.

 

Ivan Billie Jr.
Neshoba Central High School
Philadelphia, Mississippi
From his parents’ inspirational messages throughout high school, Ivan plans to follow his dreams and study in game art at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

 

Isaac Urbina
GED
Knowing he did not want to continue throughout life without an education, Isaac decided to get his GED. His family inspires him to succeed and continuously encourages him to be better and push farther than he thinks is possible. He plans to go to technical school and become a mechanic.

 

Chloe Smith
Hollywood Hills High School
Chloe plans to attend Florida International University, where she will study social work. The biggest lesson she’s taken from high school is to never procrastinate and her family inspired her to achieve greatness. In the future, she wants to be a social worker so she can better the Tribe and help children.

 

Trevon Marks
American Heritage High School
Entrepreneurship is in Trevon’s future, as he plans to take business management courses online. He said only time will tell exactly what lies ahead, but he is confident that a business background will lead him to success.

 

Rhett Tiger
NSU University School
The Athletics field is calling Rhett’s name, as he plans on attending Queens University of Charlotte to study in sports management. Whether he was playing sports on the field or studying in class during high school, his mother inspired him and he learned no one can take away his education.

Eric Jaden Puente
Moore Haven High School
Although undecided about college, Eric knows he wants to pursue a multimedia major. He already sells figures that he paints, molds and sculpts. Eric’s parents helped make sure he stayed on track with his school work during high school, preparing him for his time in college.

Drayton Billie
Okeechobee High School
After being a standout wrestler for four years and receiving much support from his coach, Drayton plans to tackle an automotive-related career. He hopes to study at Universal Technical Institute with an eventual goal of starting an auto repair business.

Raylon Eagle
Okeechobee High School
Raylon is eying a career as a paramedic, which she will pursue at Valencia College in Orlando. Her inspiration to help people comes from Salina Dorgan, who also helps others and encouraged her throughout high school.

Dennis Gonzales
The Vanguard School
Dennis’ future includes attending Florida SouthWestern State College and studying criminal justice to become a game warden. Basketball played a big part of his high school life, which included many memories, including receiving support on and off the court from his coach.

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