Hopi JROTC planing second cultural exchange trip to Hawaii

Tasha LaBahe is one of 30 Hopi High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets going to Honolulu, Hawaii, from Jan. 18-24. LaBahe's rank is S-4, which means Supply 4.

The other cadets are Percelia Batala, Patrese Honie, Brianna Puhuyesva, Erick Poneoma, Leandra Calnimptewa, Clayden Torivio, Ryan Carl, Angelo Dixon, Saniel Honyaktewa, Marlana Talayumptewa, Dominique Halwood, Humewysie Sockyma, Raelyn Harvey, Waukere Joe, Holly Jim-LaRance, Truman Nez, Wendy Koinva, Neilsa Cisco, Marty Adams, Terissa Josytewa, Raylene Dashner, Amber Naha, Stacie Naha, Katherine Honawa, J'Mal Lomakema, Robyn Wadsworth, Samantha Manycows, Carrie Jones and Samuel Acevedo.

These cadets were selected to attend the trip to Hawaii based on four activities. They were selected based on their grades, whether they went to JROTC practice, and whether they donated and participated in JROTC fundraisers.

"This trip is important because it allows the cadets to exchange cultures with other races. Hawaiians get to learn about the Hopi culture and the cadets get to learn the Hawaiian culture. Last year, as a show of appreciation, the cadets performed a Buffalo Dance for their hosts and hostesses. This year the cadets will march in Hawaii's annual Martin Luther King Day Parade." LaBahe said.

This trip came about last year when Major Phillip Taylor and his cadets were requested to march in Hawaii's Martin Luther King Day Parade. The trip costs about $3,000. The school paid half of the cost and the JROTC program raised the last $1,500.

Chaperone Noelle Wells said, "What I hope to learn from this trip is how the cadets will manage each other."

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