Ryan Black Bear is the son of Kira Black Bear and Eric Gravatt. He was born June 20, 2002 in Yankton, South Dakota. His siblings are Laela (16), Rizon (15), Carmela (8), Seraphine (6), Ezra (2), Creedence (1), Jason (15), Natasha (13), Nathan (9), and David (5). Classes Ryan took this year included Language Arts, Business Math, Human Development II, Chemistry, Government, and Personal Finance. While in high school, he participated in Football. If Ryan could start high school over, he would also participate in Track. In Ryan’s spare time he likes gaming, and the Analysis & Reading of Ludological Storytelling & Unique Narrative Experiences. His favorite childhood memories were running around all day in the summer time. Ryan’s first crush was Anne Hathaway. His greatest strength is his set of skills, while his greatest weakness is trying to portray his thoughts. Ryan’s most interesting aspect is the amount of things he is into and his personality, because it make him who he is. Ryan’s favorite movie is Pulp Fiction, TV show, Twin Peaks, and favorite song and/or musical group is Western Union, Drain Gang. Ryan’s favorite class is Personal Finance and his favorite teacher is Mrs. Knudsen, because she is super friendly and nice. Ryan’s most embarrassing moment at school was when he tried to show off by jumping from the top of the stairs, but ended up tripping & falling down the stairs. When asked what will you miss most about high school, Ryan said the memories that were made. If he could start high school over, the things he would do differently would be to focus more on the work, because he wasn’t giving it his all. Ryan's friends would comment that he tries hard, he is outgoing & talented. If his teachers would describe him, they would say he is talented, but try to put in more effort. Ryan’s friend, Benjamin Reichwald would quote about him, “In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost.” The goals he has for his future is to go to a Tech School and become an Electrician. He plans to achieve his goals by working hard and play even harder.
Congratulations Ryan on your graduation & best wishes!
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