Tuba City High celebrates 2016 National Honor Society members

Tuba City High School Nation Honor Society students. Back row: Anthony Wirtz, Charles Henderson, James Roe III, Danisha Nez, Tyshon Tracey, Aaron Troglia, Zachary Bauer, DeShawn Tallsalt, Marison Bilagody, Maximilian Goldtooth, Elijah Whiterock, Kyle Nockideneh and Franco Begay. Third row: Kenyon Tanner, Suzette Vasquez, Justiss Begody, Alexis Watchman, Bianca Yazzie, Shanice Yowytewa, Paige Tsosie, Aliceson Begaye, Tia Folgheraiter, Kayleigh Paddock, Autumn Byjoe, Gabriel Paddock, Shyrone Benally and Ulani Bedonie. Second row standing: Summer Daw, Martricia Hardy, Alaina Puhuyaoma, (end of row): Dynnika Tso and Andrus Jim. Front row sitting: Chelsea Nez, Kristina Blackhair, Lottie Saufkie, Sophia Honahni, Glenice Pesodas, Charlette Flatrock, Shalyn Nockideneh and Hero Roberts. Not pictured:  Roland Becenti, Adrianne Begay, Sydney Brown, Kolton Chato, Elise Chee, Aeneas Honahnie, William Jim, Korlyn Kerley, Summer King, Tracee Lomatuway’ma, Shane Moran, Keoni Quinonez, Laurynn Talayumptewa, Saria Yellowhair, Tyler Bahe, Jared Keams, Shayla Naswood, Gabriel Talahytewa, Brandon Whiterock, Kandice Tanner, Rhiannon Worker, Derrick Yazzie, Summer Yazzie, Jordin Babbitt, Turnerlyne Blackhair, Ty Figueroa and Kalista White. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

Tuba City High School Nation Honor Society students. Back row: Anthony Wirtz, Charles Henderson, James Roe III, Danisha Nez, Tyshon Tracey, Aaron Troglia, Zachary Bauer, DeShawn Tallsalt, Marison Bilagody, Maximilian Goldtooth, Elijah Whiterock, Kyle Nockideneh and Franco Begay. Third row: Kenyon Tanner, Suzette Vasquez, Justiss Begody, Alexis Watchman, Bianca Yazzie, Shanice Yowytewa, Paige Tsosie, Aliceson Begaye, Tia Folgheraiter, Kayleigh Paddock, Autumn Byjoe, Gabriel Paddock, Shyrone Benally and Ulani Bedonie. Second row standing: Summer Daw, Martricia Hardy, Alaina Puhuyaoma, (end of row): Dynnika Tso and Andrus Jim. Front row sitting: Chelsea Nez, Kristina Blackhair, Lottie Saufkie, Sophia Honahni, Glenice Pesodas, Charlette Flatrock, Shalyn Nockideneh and Hero Roberts. Not pictured: Roland Becenti, Adrianne Begay, Sydney Brown, Kolton Chato, Elise Chee, Aeneas Honahnie, William Jim, Korlyn Kerley, Summer King, Tracee Lomatuway’ma, Shane Moran, Keoni Quinonez, Laurynn Talayumptewa, Saria Yellowhair, Tyler Bahe, Jared Keams, Shayla Naswood, Gabriel Talahytewa, Brandon Whiterock, Kandice Tanner, Rhiannon Worker, Derrick Yazzie, Summer Yazzie, Jordin Babbitt, Turnerlyne Blackhair, Ty Figueroa and Kalista White. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Twenty-nine students from Tuba City High School were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) March 26. The ceremony recognized their academic and sports achievement, local community service and proficiency in their tribal language and culture.

The National Honor Society is a nationally recognized high school organization established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals with four areas of high school excellence: scholarship, leadership, service and character.

This year's NHS teacher sponsors Dr. Josefina DeJesus and Effie Hyden, were proud and honored to be the sponsors of the Tuba City National Honor Society. Both were pleased with the high number of NHS students in sophomore, junior and senior years who participated.

The 24 sophomores, 25 juniors and 18 seniors spent the past year doing more than 40 hours of community service and more than 12 hours tutoring Tuba City Middle School students and also collected 860 cans of donated food for the local food bank.

Hyden said that because students are selected for their achievements in not just academic scholarship but also leadership, community service and character, the honor society helps bring awareness to them about succeeding on multiple levels.

"We work with the brightest selected students of our high school and it's a wonderful feeling knowing that we can have an impact on their lives through service," Hyden said. "They have made individual sacrifices to continue to keep the high National Honor Society standards. NHS helps bring awareness to them about the desire to do well in their classes, to be a leader even if it's unpleasant or difficult, to help those who are in need and to take the moral high ground regardless of the situation."

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