POLACCA, Ariz. - Seventeen new members were inducted into the Hopi Jr/Sr High School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) April 28 in the school's cafeteria. NJHS is for students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades.
The new members are Shynell Begay, Kaitlin Billy, Terry Honvantewa, Lexie James, Claryn Josytewa, Jennifer Lomayaktewa, Randi Lomayestewa, Mikayla Paul, Alayne Wadsworth, Robert Kayquoptewa, Brandon Barton, Kimberlee Brown, Roy Jackson Jr., Mary Grace Lawrence-Pewewardy, Tisheena Nez, Freddie Tom Jr. and Kyle Yessilth.
The 15 current officers welcomed the new members into NJHS by telling them about the characteristics that NJHS members care about.
President Hayley Keith spoke about NJHS history. Vice President Uintah Polacca spoke about scholarship. Secretary Brooke Namoki addressed service to the community. Treasurer Mariah Nevayaktewa spoke about leadership and member Jasmine Humetewa spoke about the importance of character.
Advisor Rita Keith said the tradition of the NJHS induction ceremony is symbolic and meaningful.
"It includes the lighting of candles as symbols of truth and knowledge. The motto of our organization is 'Light is the symbol of truth.' The lighting of candles also represents the society's torch, the symbol of the eternal light of knowledge. We hope that students' continued membership and participation in NJHS will instill in them a thirst for knowledge and commitment to truth," she said.
Keith added that NJHS had many successful projects this past year and they look forward to the coming year.
Hopi Junior High Principal Albert Sinquah praised NJHS for their achievements and their service to the community.