Nebo students learn how to write their own script
present and honor your future.
At a young age, Reyes decided that he On Oct. 14, students from each Nebo was not smart enough to excel in school. School District high school were invited Then a teacher in high school noticed his to spend the morning at the district office graffiti art in his notebook and called it to attend Naat’áanii Day, sponsored by art. She told him he should be in an AP the Title VI Indian Education Program. art class; that changed his script. He challenged Students and their counselors listened each person in attendance to work to Dr. Kyle Reyes, assistant professor hard, find what they are passionate about and secondary education and special and remember that they are the owners of assistant to the president for inclusion their scripts. at Utah Valley University. The students It was an inspiring morning for all in also learned about Gear Up, a program attendance. There were 31 ethnicities represented that helps students with their college aspirations. at the presentation ranging from Zylia Lopez, a counselor for Mohawk to Tongan, Bolivian, Swiss, the Gear Up project, shared the benefits Navajo, English and Hopi. The word of joining. Naat’áanii in Navajo means one who
Through stories and experiences, Reyes guides, directs or is looked up to for direction shared the power of owning our personal and growth. scripts. He emphasized taking charge of “Leaders can be adults, children and all how the scripts of our lives can change things living and natural phenomenon. We depending on the choices we make. Reyes can all be leaders in one sense or another; shared three tenets that can change how however, the title must be earned and not we choose: honor your past, honor your self-proclaimed,” said Brenda Beyal.