San Juan College student wins essay contest

Farmington Daily Times
Shaneyka Yazzie, a San Juan College student from Shiprock, won Healthy Futures' "Green Dreams" essay contest.

FARMINGTON — A San Juan College student recently won an essay contest hosted by the nonprofit organization Healthy Futures.

Shaneyka Yazzie won the organization's "Green Dreams" essay contest. The Shiprock resident will receive a $250 award for winning the contest.

Students between the ages of 14 and 22 could submit essay no longer than 500 words for the contest.

They were asked to write about how they would make agriculture more sustainable in their Native American communities. Yazzie’s essay was one of 65 submitted for the contest. 

The essay, entitled “Farmland for Everyone” focused on the future of farmlands near Shiprock and the use of the San Juan River.

"My Native American heritage allows me to understand the full nature of food," Yazzie wrote in her essay. "I come from a history of farmers, sheep herders, ranchers, herbalist, and medicine men. My green dream is to educate my people while producing food for my family."