Editorial: Let's continue to honor our young Native academic achievers

Happy New Year! Although I'm technically several weeks late, I nonetheless want to take this opportunity to wish everyone within our readership area a happy, productive and prosperous 2008. I hope that most of you (unlike myself) are still keeping up with your resolutions.

Here at the Navajo Hopi Observer, we have made a few "resolutions" for 2008 to reflect our continued growth and dedication to providing coverage of various events throughout the Hopi and Navajo reservations in northeastern Arizona.

One of the areas that we take great pride in is covering the academic achievements of our Native youth, who range in age from precocious pre-schoolers to confident college graduates. Over the past 26 years, the Observer has published many articles related to education from school districts across Hopi and Navajo in addition to student honor rolls from area high schools. However, it wasn't until 2003 when the Observer officially began publishing what have become known as the "Honor Pages," a quarterly listing of middle and high school honor roll students sponsored by local and area businesses.

The publication of the "Honor Pages" each quarter shows the public just how proud we are of these students, and serves as encouragement for them to continue learning as much as they can. It's truly a great way to promote education by honoring the hard work and academic achievements of our hard-working Native students.

With that, we would like to encourage all local and reservation area middle schools and high schools within our readership area to submit their second quarter honor rolls (if available) for publication in the Feb. 6 issue of the Navajo Hopi Observer.

If possible, all submissions should be made in Microsoft Word format with the students' names, grade level (7-12) and the honor roll for which they are being recognized ("A" honor roll, "B" honor roll, Principal's list, etc.). Honor roll listings can be sent to the Observer by e-mailing them to nhoeditorial@navajohopiobserver.com or by faxing them to (928) 226-1115. All honor roll submissions are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 to be considered for publication.

If you should have any questions about submitting your school's honor roll listings, call (928) 226-9696, extension 5 or send an e-mail to nhoeditorial@navajohopiobserver.com.

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