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Trail preschoolers don caps and gowns for graduation

Trail Preschool Graduation02TRAIL — The graduating class of prekindergartners at the Miccosukee Indian School seemed ready to burst, their energy level impossible to contain.

Dressed in caps and gowns, the children could hardly wait for their cue to head down the aisle May 1.

Seminole children Chanel Baez, Nahdea Osceola and Violet Osceola joined Miccosukee students on the stage as they proudly received their diplomas from Miccosukee Chairman Colley Billie.

Graduation from preschool is more of a send-off than an ending. With that in mind, Chairman Billie informed the young students that they are at the start of a never-ending journey.

“No matter how long you live, you can never complete your knowledge,” he said. “There is so much to learn, and that is what makes life beautiful.”


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