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Native American Singer and Actor Visit Salt River Schools

Singer Khaliya Kimberlie, of NBC's The Voice fame, poses with SRES students Rhianna Tate and Octayvea Martinez.

Students at Salt River Elementary School got a special visit recently that many would consider “magnificent.”

Actor Martin Sensmeier (Koyukon-Athabascan/Tlingit) and singer Khaliya Kimberlie (Mescalero Apache) met with a group of elementary students and staff members on November 10.

Singer Khaliya Kimberlie and actor Martin Sensmeier speak with SRES students. SRES students ask singer Khaliya Kimberlie and actor Martin Sensmeier questions.
Sensmeier recently starred in the summer hit film The Magnificent Seven, and Kimberlie appeared on NBC’s The Voice and has a single, “Dibs,” available for digital download. Both were in Scottsdale for an American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona event at Talking Stick Resort and Casino. The two met with students before heading over to the resort.

About 50 students from the SRES after-school program and a couple dozen parents and school staff members attended the roughly 60-minute event, which was full of fun questions and answers, like “What’s your favorite sport to play?”

Trista Burke and Duryus Burke pose for a photo with Native American actor Martin Sensmeier.
Kimberlie, who was a contestant on The Voice and was recently eliminated from the popular show, sang a song for the students. Afterward, students received autographed photos from both guests and posed for selfies.