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Collinsville Cherokee Youth
4 Students Selected For 10-day Tour
April 1, 2005
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Retracing Cherokee Footsteps Through Tennessee - Georgia - North Carolina

Phillip McMullen, Davie Henry, Nicole Graham, and Alyssa Fields of Collinsville have been selected to attend a 10-day traveling history tour in June 2005. These Collinsville students will join other Cherokee youth in "Retracing Cherokee Footsteps through Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina". Students will be exploring historic sites in the original Cherokee homeland. The program (CWY: JOM Youth Leadership Institute) is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation Johnson O'Malley Program.

The mobile learning experience will combine on-the-bus instruction, museum tours, outdoor attractions, and community field trips designed to provide an appreciation of past and present Cherokee culture. There will be 12 teams participating in the program. Each team is composed of 4 students and an adult sponsor. Alice Wilder will be the sponsor for the Collinsville team. They will participate in four Cherokee Language Orientation sessions in April and May before the trip.

The trip begins June 8th and completes on June 18th, 2005. The tentative schedule includes stops at Memphis (TN), Chattanooga (TN), Cartersville (GA), Franklin (NC), Cherokee (NC), Vonote (TN), Cleveland (TN), Rome (GA), Calhoun (GA), Chatsworth (GA) and Tahlequah (OK). The longest stop is in Cherokee, North Carolina, for 2 days with stickball demo, archeology, Cherokee Festival, stomp dance, "Unto These Hill Drama" as just a sample of activities there. Their trip will also include the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.

Two CHS Seniors (Nichole Phelps and Davie Henry) will be honored at the annual "Students of Excellence" luncheon ceremony April 21, 2005 in Tulsa. The Tulsa Chapter of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma will be honoring these outstanding Collinsville students along other local students.
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