This has been a difficult year for those graduating; excited to move on to their next life endeavor. The current pandemic has altered the summer’s get-togethers and ceremonies that are used to highlight academic achievements and connect with family members and friends. Education is the foundation on which all of life’s accomplishments are built and that is why Nation leadership has made educational programming a priority for Members. Education will help ensure our Members will have the skills, training and knowledge necessary to build on our collective success for future generations.

These students listed below utilized the Oneida Indian Nation’s scholarship and incentive programs to further their education. You all will soon reap the rewards made possible by your hard work and dedication. The entire Nation community congratulates you on your achievements!

High School

Olivia Bigtree (Turtle Clan), pictured above
Manlius Pebble Hill

*Olivia will be heading to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore this fall. Read about her senior year at MPH

Anessa Hill (Turtle Clan)
Tallwood High School

Ayla Hill (Turtle Clan), pictured above
Henninger High School

Haylee Mohawk-Patterson (Wolf Clan)
Silver Creek Central

Marshall Patterson (Wolf Clan), pictured above
Salamanca High School

Trevir Relyea (Wolf Clan), pictured above
Vernon Verona Sherrill

*Trevir is excited to start classes at Mohawk Valley Community College this fall. Read about his future plans and why he wants to be a teacher

Jasmine Rood (Turtle Clan)
Cicero-North Syracuse

Casey Stepien (Turtle Clan), pictured above
Louisa County School

Yenastanunha Thompson (Turtle Clan)
Salmon River Central School

Connor VanPatten (Turtle Clan)
Chittenango

Vocational Certificate

Amanda Benson (Wolf Clan)
Welding,
Pickens Technical College

College (Bachelor’s Degree)

Elizabeth Welch (Bear Clan)
Dual – Music and Music Education,
Syracuse University (expected August 2020)

College (Master’s Degree)

Taylor Jayson (Turtle Clan)
Mental Health Counseling,
SUNY Oswego

Robin Patterson (Wolf Clan)
Business Administration,
St. Bonaventure University