Chemawa junior sets sights on college as the first Native Lakhani scholar

Kayla Monte — a junior this coming year at Chemawa Indian School in Salem — has dreams of becoming an architect. To get there, she has her sights set on Harvard, Yale or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With the help of an encouraging teacher, Monte completed her application for the Lakhani Scholars. She was selected as one of three winners across the country and became the first Native American recipient in the program’s history.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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