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An evening for Hollywood grads

HOLLYWOOD — A dinner was held June 18 to honor the Seminole Tribe’s 2019 high school graduates from the Hollywood Reservation and elsewhere in Broward County.

Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola hosted the event at Seminole Estates.

After the meal, the graduates heard inspirational stories from two recent Hollywood graduates who have gone on to achieve impressive accomplishments.

Nova Southeastern University basketball player Skyla Osceola talked about how her determination to overcome serious injuries in high school and college has helped make her a better person.

Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola looking on, 2019 graduate Adakai Robbins addresses the audience at Seminole Estates. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Above, 2019 graduate Sheldon Osceola gives a few comments at the dinner. (Kevin Johnson)

2018-19 Miss Florida Seminole and Miss Indian World Cheyenne Kippenberger discussed the struggles she endured during her high school years and how she persevered through tough times and eventually reached new heights in her life.

Each graduate received gifts and addressed the audience. Most of the students gave thanks to their families and the Tribe’s Center for Student Success and Services for the support they received on their way to earning diplomas.

Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball player Skyla Osceola, of the Hollywood Reservation, discusses her battle and determination to overcome injuries during her career at a dinner for Hollywood’s Class of 2019 on June 18 at Seminole Estates. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
Lee Zepeda, excutive director of Administration, addresses the 2019 graduates. (Kevin Johnson)


Tampa graduates honored at dinner

Tampa’s high school graduating seniors were honored June 25 at a dinner celebrating their accomplishments. The students were presented with gifts to help them begin their postsecondary journeys and words of wisdom were spoken by all leadership who attended. As summarized by leadership: our young people have the foundation, resources and ability to make a positive contribution to the world and to now inspire the next generation. From left, Brighton Board Rep. Helene Buster, Tampa Reservation Administrator Richard Henry, graduate James Williams Jr., Brighton Councilman Larry Howard, graduate Deven Osceola (graduate) and President Mitchell Cypress. (Courtesy Photo)