Tuba City High freshman Malerie Tewa wins Arizona Archaeological Society book mark contest

Photo by Byron Poocha/TCUSD

Photo by Byron Poocha/TCUSD

TUBA CITY - Malerie Tewa, Apache/Hopi, a 14-year-old freshman at Tuba City High School (TCHS), won third place in the high school division of the 2008 Arizona Archaeological Society (AAS) Book Mark contest this month.

Tewa's submittal will become one of the official bookmark emblems for the AAS during its annual expo-conference in March. Her design will be printed and distributed for public use during that time.

Her winning design incorporated a Hopi contemporary art theme in a scaled down format to fit the smaller bookmark sized dimensions.

This is the second time TCHS art students have entered this contest and placed at least one of their entries. The contest is open to all high schools in Arizona.

TCHS art teacher Richard Dawavendawa encourages his students to enter juried student competitions so they will get an idea of what a real art career can offer in cash prizes and public recognition for their original artwork designs.

Tewa, a member of the Corn Clan, is a first year art student at TCHS and was surprised at her win, but she plans on continuing design work both at home and at school.

She is the daughter of Joyce and Eric Tewa of Hotevilla.

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