GLENDALE, Ariz. - Hopi High School radio students won nine broadcast awards April 24 during the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) convention at Arizona State University West.
Jackie David, a senior, won superior in the commentary division for a piece about Martin Luther King Jr.
Superior is the highest rating a student could get in any category and this essentially gave her the state championship in the broadcast commentary category. There was only one superior winner in each category.
The judges wrote that David's commentary was interesting, well-researched, informative and that she did a good job of relating Dr. King's struggles with her own life.
Hopi High radio students Povi Lomayaoma, Austin Coochyamptewa and Paul Quamahongnewa received excellent ratings, which is the second highest rating given by the judges.
Lomayaoma, a senior who is going to major in journalism at Ft. Lewis College, won the excellent rating in the newscast division for a story remembering Rydell Namoki, a Hopi High School cross country runner who died during the past school year.
The judges gave Lomayaoma high marks for good coverage of a difficult subject. One judge said it was a good eulogy and tribute. Two of the judges praised her delivery.
Coochyamptewa, a senior, won the excellent rating in the public service announcement area for an announcement about parenting classes.
The judges said Coochyamptewa had a smooth delivery and sounded professional.
Quamahongnewa, a junior who hopes to major in sports broadcasting, received the excellent rating in the sports broadcasting area for play-by-play basketball coverage.
The judges praised Quamahongnewa for having a good radio voice and doing a good job for something that is hard to do live. He was also praised for doing an excellent job of pronouncing names.
The five honorable mentions went to Hopi High radio students Natasha Naha, Traci Talahytewa, Fran Sisto, Fawn Marie Lomakema and Jackie David.
Naha won in the newscast division for a story about Tommy Canyon getting elected to the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board.
The judges praised Naha for good facts, good reporting and good delivery.
Talahytewa won in the feature division for a story about a student of the month award.
The judges said Talahytewa read the script well and did a good job reporting.
Sisto, who plans to major in elementary education, won in the commentary division for a piece about life on the reservation.
The judges praised Sisto for giving information that others wouldn't know.
Lomakema won in the public service area for a piece about Northland Pioneer College.
The judges praised Lomakema for being short and to the point with good information.
David, who plans to major in elementary education in college, grabbed the award in the feature category for a story about the Hopi High cooking class students who made gingerbread houses.
The judges praised this piece as well-rounded including the use of good quotes. One judge wrote: "Well read, good information."