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BC preschool grads show scholarly spirit

BC Preschool Graduation03BIG CYPRESS — Thirteen tiny tots in cheerful yellow caps and gowns were a sight to behold May 20 at the Big Cypress Preschool graduation.

The kids set a new bar for adorable as they performed a full-blown show – complete with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Mikasuki, skits and songs – before walking down the aisle to receive their diplomas. The graduates did their best to restrain themselves from waving and calling out to their parents while performing to a standing-room only crowd, but some found it hard to resist a shoutout from the stage.

During the community helpers presentation, students dressed as doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, pilots, postal workers and other professions.

“They are all excited to go on to the big school,” said Preschool Center Director Thommy Doud. “We’re all very proud of them.”

The Big Cypress Preschool graduates are Camille Li Billie, Kylie Billie, Kylan Layton Bowers-Tiger, Ada Jo Bruised Head, Kalina Alice Cavazos, Orlando Chance Covarrubias, Chanel Karen Cypress, Jasmine Skye Cypress, Cody Jack Motlow Jr., Audrina Osceola-Turtle, Jeremiah Sharrod Robbins, Kaleb Drake Sanders and Little Tigertail Jumper-Garcia.

Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at