"A Moment of Joy" – Five Red Cloud Indian School Seniors Earn the 2016 Gates Millennium Scholarship
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION – Spring is a time of new beginnings at Red Cloud Indian School. The hallways are filled with talk of the future—of starting college, exploring careers, and dreaming of new possibilities. After a year consumed with the challenges of college and scholarship applications, members of Red Cloud’s senior class are preparing to begin a new phase of their lives. And for five hardworking Red Cloud students, that next step involves taking on a new title: 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar.
“When I went home, I opened my bedroom door, and there was a pretty big envelope there,” said Justin Mesteth, recounting how he learned he was a Gates Scholar. “It was a moment I won’t forget. There was a lot of relief—it was a moment of joy.”