Southern Ute Education Department: Student of the Season

Chris Hayes Ignacio Elementary | Fifth Grade
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum

Southern Ute tribal member Chris Hayes has been nominated as the Southern Ute Student of the Season for the Winter of 2019. Hayes currently attends the fifth grade at Ignacio Elementary School. His parents are Wyatt Hayes and Tonya Baker.


“Christopher is a wonderful student. He is always role modeling the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  I admire his passion for learning, his willingness to help others, and his caring attitude toward his peers, teachers, and other school staff.  He was the clear choice for Southern Ute Student of the Season for winter,” Southern Ute Intermediate Teacher, Dorian Romero expressed. “Christopher, keep up the good work!”



ML: Why do you think you have been nominated to be student of the season?


CH: Mmm, I don’t know.


ML: What do you like most about school?


CH: Recess, because you don’t have to learn and you get to talk around with friends.


ML: What is your favorite subject in school?


CH: Math and ELA, because in ELA you just have to write and in math you just have to look up at the board.


ML: Do you have any role models in your life?


CH: Caden, my friend.


ML: Yeah, why is he your role model?


CH: Because he’s always positive.


ML: Do you think you’re a role model to others?


CH: (Shrugs his shoulders) Yeah.


ML: Are you excited for high school?


CH: A little.


ML: I hear you’re an ambassador at school, what does that mean?


CH: I get to help people at school.


ML: Do you play any sports?


CH: Yes, baseball and wrestling.


ML: Are you proud of yourself for being student of the season?


CH: No


ML: Oh, why not?


CH: Because I didn’t know I was going to be.



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