POLACCA, Ariz. - Three Hopi High High students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) during the annual banquet April 22 in the school's cafeteria.
Katrice Puhuhefvaya, Raquel Manuelito and Josh Sidney were the honored inductees. They can aspire to be as successful as some of the NHS seniors who will graduate this year.
Kira Beaudette, president of NHS, won the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship and will major in medical sciences at Dartmouth.
Jennee Lomayaktewa, co-vice president of NHS, will major in pre-public health at the University of Arizona. She will start this summer by attending the New Start program.
Blake Sekaquaptewa, co-vice president of NHS, will major in sports sciences at Pima Community College.
Aeon Albert will major in business and accounting at Seattle University.
While these students are smart, they are much more than that because they have been involved in seven community service projects this school year while meeting the NHS ideals of character, leadership, scholarship and service.
Lavonne Adams, advisor for Hopi High NHS, said the induction banquet is one of the parts of her job that she enjoys.
"These are accomplished young individuals," she said about the inductees.
She noted that they had to meet high academic standards and go through an interview process. The students had to answer seven of 10 questions correctly during the interview. The students were right on nine of 10 questions.
The faculty council includes Rick Baker, Gerald Flud, Lucille Sidney, Laverne Lomakema and Anjanette Sangster.
Puhuhefvaya said being inducted into NHS meant a lot to her because it showed that all her hard work has paid off. She said the induction ceremony was nice.
"It was different from National Junior Honor Society because there were fewer people," she said. "I was happy that Josh and Raquel were able to join me during the induction."
Puhuhefvaya said she looks forward to providing service to the community.
"I was so happy that my mommy was there because she is the main one who pushed me to get good grades," she said.
Alice Collateta is her mom.
Aside from getting good grades, Puhuhefvaya has been active in broadcast radio, cheerleading and gardening.
Adams said the students are role models who must possess the highest character.
During the ceremony, Lomayaktewa spoke about character, Keannah Speen spoke about service, Sekaquaptewa spoke about leadership and Albert spoke about scholarship.
NHS member Ryesa Howato showed a short slide show about the community service that NHS provided this school year including a food drive for the elderly, helping at the chairman's inauguration, Tawaki Run, Special Needs Day, Gift Exchange for Life Skills class and coin drive for Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund.
NHS member Raicardo Jim served as the master of ceremonies.
Adams thanked the parents of the NHS members, but she also thanked her own parents as well as the administration and her husband Randy.