SECOND MESA - Twenty-four Hopi High students were honored as October Students of the Month Nov. 16 at the Hopi Cultural Center. The students were taken to lunch to recognize their good deeds.
Laurel Poleyestewa, academic counselor for Hopi High freshman and sophomores, helped implement the program for all high school students after noticing that a similar program at Hopi Junior High was successful.
"It's tailored after the junior high program. We wanted to recognize students for something positive that the teacher recognizes about them," she said.
"Students need to be commended for being good kids." Poleyestewa said too often too much attention goes to the kids who are misbehaving.
There are six criteria for being nominated. First, the student must exhibit good citizenship skills in class and during school hours; second, the student must show respect to teachers, staff and school property; third, the student must be a positive influence in class and on school grounds; fourth, the student needs to be considerate and helpful to fellow students and teachers; fifth, the students must not display any disciplinary difficulties in class or while on school grounds; and sixth, other behavior as deemed appropriate by the teachers.
The 24 honored students were Jasmine James, Clayden Torivio, LaToya Rucker, Gregg Lomakuyvaya, Robyn Kayquaptewa, Joy Tso, Caryn Sakeva, Desiree Torivio, Ceara Namoki, Tevin Norris, Alanna Nevayaktewa, Joshua Povatah, Tarrah Tewanema, Peyton Ben, Tahuska Bowman, Angela Jose, Kenosha Kane, Sarah Duwyenie, Jermaine Selena, Delano Kinale, Randy Lovato, Timerra Mowa, Theodore Beatty and Evan Leyva.