POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi High School won 12 awards for radio broadcast and three for print journalism from the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association.
Hopi High was up against all the schools in the state that have broadcast programs including TV and radio. The Hopi High radio students perform the Hopi High Teen Show, the only live remote Native American Teen Talk Show in the nation. The shows are performed on KUYI, the Hopi community radio station, found at 88.1 FM or streaming at KUYI.net
Darin Johnson, an advanced radio student, won three awards with one excellent (second place) and two honorable mentions (third place).
Johnson said he was ecstatic about winning the awards.
"It shows that hard work paid off. KUYI staff motivated me to work hard and the recordings turned out pretty good," he said.
Johnson, a senior, said winning 12 radio awards is good for the school's image.
"Winning 12 state awards is a good number," he said. "I'm happy that my classmates won. They could have done more, but it was a pretty good job and I'm delighted for them."
Johnson plans to major in environmental science at Northern Arizona University but will use radio as his "fallback." He said radio has taught him to communicate better, especially with people he has never met previously. He added that radio kept him busy because he enjoyed the production and marketing side with the help of KUYI staff.
He said his friends and parents have kept him motivated to work with radio and were proud of his awards. He added that students who aren't considering radio should take it because it helps students learn communication skills.
Johnson serves on the editorial board of Public Radio Exchange (prx.org), which means that he critiques other students' audio pieces and gets paid for it.
Maureen "Mo" Lomakema, a beginning radio class student, won two awards with one for second place and another for third place.
Lomakema, a senior, said she was happy and excited to win these awards because it was the first time she won awards "that was bigger than the school."
Lomakema said she was happy that her classmates were also able to win something from outside the school. She said she might major in radio in college and work with KUYI and other radio stations in the future.
Her older brother Quince told her that winning the award was cool and she needs to keep it up.
"I'm very happy with the award and I want to see what I can make of radio in the future," she said.
Talik Namoki, a journalism student, won an honorable mention for her sportswriting.
"I felt honored. This was a big surprise," she said. "I felt happy that my classmates won. It shows that we do work hard."
Namoki, a junior, is considering majoring in nursing, journalism or becoming a reading teacher.
Her relatives and friends told her they were proud of her award.
The winners in radio -
Darin Johnson received an excellent for a commercial on "Work reinvestment;" honorable mention for newscast on "Hopi Constitution" in the news category; and honorable mention in the commercial category for "Cellular 1."
Donna Brooks took home an honorable mention for "Hopi High Homecoming" in the feature category; and an honorable mention for "Language is vibrant" in the feature category;
Arissa Oso: honorable mention for "Mutz is multi-talented" in the profile category; and honorable mention for "Volleyball High Hopes" in the sports category;
Jewel Kagenveama earned an excellent for her profile of "Andrews plays the flute";
Katie Honawa received an honorable mention for her public service announcement about problems with drinking.
Dion Sahneyah took home an honorable mention for precautions that should be taken when driving in bad weather in the public service announcement category.
Maureen "Mo" Lomakema earned an excellent for "Hopi High boys win 21st state title" in the sports category; and honorable mention for "Kaye will lead PAC" in the newscast section.
The winners in journalism -
Stacie Naha won an honorable mention for "Nance leaves legacy" in the news category.
Talik Namoki won an honorable mention award for "Boys take second at state in basketball" in the sports category.
Mary Grace Pewewardy won an honorable mention for "Bullying prevention" in the editorial category.