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Three Honored at GED Recognition Luncheon

Andrew Barrios, Darron Davis and Irwin Santo stand with their instructor Tony Trujillo after the Human Resources GED Recognition Luncheon.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Human Resources Department held its fourth annual GED Recognition Program at Casino Arizona’s Eagles Buffet on September 23. Three graduates, Irwin Santo, Derron Davis and Andrew Barrios, received their certificates.

GED instructor Tony Trujillo welcomed everyone who attended the ceremony: a small crowd of family members, classmates, staff and SRPMIC Council members. Trujillo gave a brief overview what the program entailed.

During 2014, the GED test became computer based, he said, which forced the students to learn how to type and become familiar with the computer. Now the tests feature a curriculum to prepare students for career and college readiness, with more focus on critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, life skills and career development.

Irwin Santo (l) proudly shows off his GED certificate during the luncheon, with him are GED Instructor Tony Trujillo, SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier, Council Members Michael Dallas, Sr, David Antone and Jenelle Howard.
“This can make it more difficult for students to pass who have been out of high school for a number of years; however, when I work with my students, I encourage them to do their best. I instill in them [the importance of coming] to class with a good attitude—do the work, prepare yourself and study—then they will succeed,” said Trujillo.

SRPMIC President Delbert Ray and Vice President Martin Harvier both offered congratulatory remarks during the luncheon.

“I would like to congratulate the graduates. Sometimes it doesn’t happen overnight, but once you are there, no one can take it away from you. [Education] does open doors and build bridges for you,” said President Ray to the three on their achievement.

“Sometimes life takes us in different directions—sometimes we have to get off on the shoulder or we get stuck in certain places. The accomplishment you achieved, to many it’s very difficult to go back and try to finish something. Today we want to recognize your determination,” said Harvier.

In addition to Trujillo, Ray and Harvier, those participating in the recognition ceremony included staff of the Human Resources Department LaVella Deer, Monica Martinez, and Council Members David Antone, Jenelle Howard and Michael Dallas, Sr. Closing remarks were offered by Human Resources Director Robin Enos, who also congratulated the GED recipients on their hard work.