CITY, AZ. - Lok'a'a' Neez Coolie (formerly Shelden Phillips), age
18, a senior at Tuba City High School and son of Rose Coolie, earned
a Naval Academy Preparatory School Scholarship in Newport, RI for
Coolie, of the Lok'a'a' Dine clan, has been one of the top 10
students at Tuba City High school since his freshman year. He is
a full time member of National Honor Society and National Society
of High School Scholars member.
Coolie plans to study mechanical engineering or mathematics
once he gets to the naval academy and after that one year specialized
program, he is planning to attend the four year US Naval Academy
Program in Annapolis immediately after.
Coolie said he credits the accelerated programs offered at the
school, the extremely supportive teaching staff, the Marine Corps
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program and the Career Technical
Education welding classes and Woody Begay for his academic and social
In his spare time, Coolie said he also enjoyed the rigorous
basketball program, track and field and football.
Coolie will finish his senior year with an overall 4.0 grade