Hopi radio students dominate AIPA radio awards

Patti Talahongva (Left) and Anita Luera (right) sandwich Natasha Naha and celebrate her winning three awards at state.

Patti Talahongva (Left) and Anita Luera (right) sandwich Natasha Naha and celebrate her winning three awards at state.

POLACCA, Ariz. - For the second time in six months, Hopi High School dominated the radio broadcast awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Contest.

AIPA holds the journalism/radio contest twice a year. Hopi High won nine broadcast radio awards and two journalism awards during this round. Hopi High also won nine radio broadcast awards in April.

Patti Talahongva and Anita Luera presented the awards during a gathering at Hopi High School Sept. 18. Talahongva, who is Hopi, is a freelance journalist. Luera is the outreach director from the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Talahongva and Luera praised the students for their excellence. Hopi Jr/Sr High Superintendent Paul Reynolds and Hopi High Principal Glenn Gilman were also present to praise the students.

Davis Maho, operations assistant at KUYI, also participated in the ceremony. He received credit for recording the statewide winners' work before it was sent to AIPA. Maho said he enjoys working with the students and congratulated them on their honors.

Hopi High's Natasha Naha topped the winners with three awards while Paul Quamahongnewa, Joelle Mansfield and Lindsey Yoyokie won two awards each. LeAnna Leyva and Jackie David won awards in journalism.

Stan Bindell, radio and journalism teacher at Hopi High, praised the students for excelling at their craft.

"We need to put these awards in perspective. Unlike sports, which compete in their same division at state, the small schools and large schools are altogether at AIPA. So, for a small school to win this many awards at state is phenomenal," he said.

The Hopi High radio students produce the Hopi High Teen Show from 1:30-2 p.m. each Thursday. The Hopi High Teen Show is the only live remote Native American teen talk show in the nation. The Hopi High radio students also call in news briefs to KINO in Winslow. The Hopi High radio class also hopes to work with Youth Radio out of Berkeley, Calif., and public radio exchange based in Boston, Mass.

Naha, who is considering majoring in journalism or radio in college, won honorable mention for public service announcements about cancer and the Natwani Coalition. She also took home an honorable mention for a commentary about the problems with drinking.

Quamahongnewa, who wants to major in sports broadcasting in college, won honorable mention for sportscast in baseball and track.

Mansfield, who served as the Hopi High Teen Show's environmental editor last school year, won honorable mention for two environmental pieces. The first was about the endangered Mexican Vole and the second was about the need for more protection for the bald eagle in Arizona.

Yoyokie won honorable mention for a feature story about then Hopi High student Marie Maho and a commentary about the need for more roadblocks to deal with alcoholism on the Hopi Reservation.

In the journalism division, Leyva won an honorable mention for her sports story about "Hopi girls win doubleheader." Leyva is currently serving as editor of the Hopi High Bruin Times.

David, who graduated last year, won an honorable mention for a sports story about "baseball team took third in the 2A North." David also won radio awards last year.

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