The Gila River Indian Community Held Its Annual Chief Azul Scholar and Citizenship Awards

Posted by Communications on 5/2/2018

The Gila River Indian Community held its Annual Chief Azul Scholar and Citizenship Awards on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Vee Quiva Casino Entertainment Center. GRIC K-12 Student advisor Lorraine Dosela and other staff nominated four Betty Fairfax students for their achievements which include academics, attendance, and participation in extracurricular activities as well as other qualities.  Rachael Whempner was the winner of the Gila River Chief Azul Award for the 10th grade category.  Freshman Sophia Moreno, sophomore Tafv Dillon, and senior Alyssa Sandoval won honorable mention for their grade group.  Sandoval was also selected for the Chief Azul Citizenship Ward.  She will be one of 15 students travelling to Washington, D.C., with the Gila River Tribal Education Department this summer.  Dosela’ daughter Lehua Lani, who attends Cesar Chavez, won overall for the senior grade group, and was also selected for the Citizenship Award and will join the trip to D.C.