CITY, AZ Kamia Yazzie, a senior at Tuba City High School,
won the United Dairymen of Arizona's All American High School award
Yazzie, the daughter of Shirley Bighorse and Marvin Yazzie,
from the Manygoats and Mexican clans, has been a high academic achiever
since her freshman year. She combined her scholastic skills along
with outstanding volleyball talent to win the Dairymen Association's
Yazzie demonstrated volleyball prowess throughout her senior
year and is the Navajo Times' Player of the Year, a First Team Volleyball
All Star, and AIA Division III First Team Player. She also received
the Arizona Coaches Association (ACA) Volleyball All Star Award
Yazzie maintains a 3.8 GPA and will attend Northern Arizona
University this fall to pursue a nursing degree.
Yazzie credits her high school science teacher Effie Hyden for
motivating her, inspiring her interest in science and for mentoring
her with daily gentle discipline for serious academic study.
Yazzie also credits her parents, who did not have the opportunity
to go to college, but who have supported their daughter's desire
to go on to a secondary school and want her to achieve a university
degree, which they hope will give her more opportunities and skills
in her life.
Yazzie will be the first of her siblings to go to college, which
makes her want to succeed even more.
"I'm the youngest in my family and it's a bit scary to be the
one to lead the way to college, but I am up to the challenge and
feel all the love and support of my parents and my community behind
me," Yazzie said.
Harlan Barlow, Tuba City High's girls volleyball head coach
said Yazzie deserves this award and her hard work exemplifies the
definition of All American.
"Her leadership, her love and passion of volleyball has proven
to earn her such an award," he said. "Since her freshman year, she
has worked hard and never looked back. But she takes that even further
by applying her hard work on the court to her hard work in the classroom
and through her community service. She's an exceptional student
role model student athlete from Tuba City High School. I am so very
proud of her, there are no words to describe how excited I am for
her college plans and academic career."
Yazzie, who was born and raised in Tuba City, hopes to finish
her nursing degree and come back home to work and live in her home
reservation community in the Western Navajo agency.
Yazzie received the All American award at a luncheon that took
place at Scottsdale Community College Jan. 25.