KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. - Hopi Junior High promotion exercises will be at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Bruins Stadium.
Hopi Junior High Principal Albert Sinquah will be the master of ceremony. Sinquah is unsure about how many of the 100 eighth grade students will be promoted. He is still working on retention paperwork.
The Hopi Junior High staff took a different approach on preparing for promotion. They asked students to find a keynote speaker and they nominated their social studies teacher Charlene Clark. They also are having the Parrot Tail powwow drum group sing a traditional song rather than having the "Star Spangled Banner." It's more of a Native American recognition.
"The best part about promotion is the celebration." Sinquah said, "It represents that the students are moving up to the next milestone in education, as well as seeing parents and famil celebrate with them."
Sinquah said promotion is important because it reassures students that they can b successful. It also recognizes that they are able to keep moving on and it shows students are ready for high school.
"They are all ready for high school," Sinquah said," because the staff has done an excellent job on having them work hard in class and to receive good grades."
One last remark Sinquah wants to leave with the junior high students is, "Never give up."
(Editor's note: Canicia Weston is a staff member of the Bruin Times.)