POLACCA --Andrew Salazar, one of the six students in the Hopi High radio class, said he enjoys going on the air and working with the stations of KUYI in Hotevilla and KINO in Winslow.
Salazar said that the students talk about current events during the "Hopi High Teen Show" on KUYI, which airs from 1:30-2 p.m. on most Thursdays.
He said the Hopi High Teen Show is a good idea because the teens get to interview people around the school to learn what they are about.
The Hopi High radio students also read news briefs about the high school and community weekly on KINO in Winslow.
Salazar said that he likes reading the briefs especially reading about the football team at Hopi High School.
The radio class is also sending taped interviews to National Youth Radio, a part of National Public Radio.
During radio class, the students prepare what they're going to say ahead of time. They have learned how to talk to their audience.
Before they go on air, the radio students prepare by clearing their voices, taking gum out, sitting up straight and letting the words flow out.
While in radio class, the students have had an opportunity to work with Lisa Youvella, the station manager at KUYI, and Loy Engelhardt, owner and stationmanager at KINO.
Salazar is the only boy in the class. The other radio students are Traci Talahytewa, Terra Morgan, Annabell Honie, Marlene Numkena and Robyn Koruh. Salazar said he enjoys being the only boy in the class.
"I feel very blessed. I get to hear what girls talk about, and just sit there and laugh" he said.
Salazar adds the radio class is important because everybody listens to it, and it allows the public to see what is happening around the community. He also likes listening to his favorite music.
Salazar is a senior at Hopi High School, and is from the village of Hotevilla.
The radio class is raising funds with the intent of going to the National Youth Radio Conference in Oregon in April. Donations of up to $300 per couple are taxdeductible. Donations can be sent to Hopi High School Radio Club, P.O. Box 337, Keams Canyon, Arizona,86034.
(Lindsey Namingha writes for the Hopi High School Bruin Times newspaper.)