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Beatrice Brewster (Northern Paiute)
Highland High School – Salt Lake City, UT

UDIA_Student Spotlight_B. BrewsterBeatrice Brewster, Northern Paiute, is a junior at Highland High school in Salt Lake City. Bea excels in her academic studies, artistic abilities and as an accomplished competitive figure skater.

Bea is currently an officer for National Honor Society at Highland High and maintaining a 3.8 GPA. She enjoys learning and giving back to her community. Bea’s favorite classes include AP Studio Art, AP English Literature and Creative Writing.

In her spare time, you can find Bea on the Ice preparing for a competition, a skating skills or ice dance test, UDIA_Student Spotlight_B. Brewster 2or expressing herself through her love of music and choreography. “It‘s a way to be free and unhinged” she says. Her favorite jump is a double loop. Bea’s mom is amazed every time she watches her skate; “She is so brave to get out there and do the things she does on a blade that is only 5/8” thick. I am so proud of her!” Bea also enjoys playing the guitar, painting, and playing with her black lab Star and her cat Thumbs. Her dream is to be a curator for a Museum of Art. Bea will be graduating early in June of 2015. She plans to attend college in Boston Massachusetts.

Tristan Halona (Navajo)
Provo High School – Provo, UT

Halona, Tristan - Student Spotlight 02.2014Tristan Halona, Navajo, is a sophomore at Provo High School. An amazing athlete and stellar student, Tristan is a great example of the kind of student we at the Utah Division of Indian Affairs love to feature on our website!

He plays on the Provo High Bulldogs Basketball team, and averages 15 points per game. Tristan has a strong comradery with his teammates, whom speak highly of him as an athlete and as a friend.

Halona, Tristan - Student Spotlight 2 02.2014Tristan is a currently maintaining a 3.7 GPA. He enjoys all of his classes, especially American Sign Language. After high school, Tristan would like to attend college to become a sports trainer and physical therapist.

As you can imagine, his parents are beaming with pride over his accomplishments in the classroom as well as on the court. And so are we! Congratulations Tristan!