Dear Mr. Chairman Clement Frost and all supporters,
My name is Trae Seibel, the son of Shane and Melanie Seibel.
On May 2nd, 2015 I had the opportunity to graduate from Fort Lewis College located in Durango, Colorado with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management.
Prior to receiving my degree, I had experienced tough trials and tribulations, but among the difficulty, I was exposed to strong support and love. Preceding my graduation date, I specially took note of the individuals that offered support and powerful insight during my professional tenure at Fort Lewis College, who I believe deserve special recognition: my wife Jennifer Seibel, my parents Shane and Melanie, my in-laws Tom and Susie Ruybal, my grandparents Eddie and Betty Box and Harold and Lillian Seibel, Education Director Latitia Taylor, Education Past Employees Walter Howe, Louise Wilson and Luana Herrera, SunUte Fitness Manager Robin Duffy-Wirth, SunUte Director Josh Batchelor, Councilwoman Amy Barry, Ignacio High School Present and Past Employees Melanie Taylor, Rocco Fuschetto, Beverly Lyons, Barbara Fjerstad, Chris DeKay, Mark Zaharko, Juvie Jones, Danny Jacques, Mr. and Mrs. Briggs, and Christopher Dolan.
On the morning of my graduation, I walked into Whalen Gymnasium, listening to the traditional graduation commencement song, and as I took my seat, I looked to my right and I seen our Tribal Chairman standing in honor. I felt greatly appreciative and humble that he took his time out of his Saturday morning to come and show his support. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will continue to show my undoubted support for your views and beliefs as our leader, Mr. Chairman.
To all of our tribal youth, I strongly urge you to take advantage of the opportunities that we have as tribal members. With open minds and receptive hearts, we can accomplish the strenuous feat of receiving a college education. With help from the devoted Education Staff, we can contribute to the cause of making our reservation and surrounding community a better place. Thank you to our past leadership for providing us with the opportunity to receive a college scholarship, and I hope to one day help this reservation and community in a positive and effective manner. Thank you.
Trae Lucas Seibel