National Honor Society provides community service to Tuba City and Moencopi

Junior and seniors in Tuba City High School involved in the 2016 National Honor Society. Rosanda Suetopka/NHO

Junior and seniors in Tuba City High School involved in the 2016 National Honor Society. Rosanda Suetopka/NHO

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Tuba City High has numerous outstanding students in its midst.

These students are recognized for not just academic achievement but for sports excellence, art and musical talent, local community service and showing high proficiency in speaking their tribal language and knowing their tribal culture.

This year is no different, with a high number of Tuba City High students involved and registered with the National Honor Society (NHS).

National Honor Society is a nationally recognized high school organized in the United States. It was established in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals with four areas of high school student excellence; scholarship, leadership, service and character. These areas of excellence are the goals of NHS membership.

This year’s Tuba City High School NHS teacher sponsor, Effie Hyden, said she is pleased with the number of NHS student participating. A significant number of junior and seniors are starting on their joint community service, a single group project for the Christmas holiday in addition to individual service projects.

This year the juniors and seniors in NHS will complete 40 hours of community service and more than 12 hours of tutoring for Tuba City High and Junior High students. They will also work with elementary level students as needed.

Students chose the Toys for Tots gift drive for their Christmas 2016 group project. The drive helps children in their home community and includes individual service projects, which include collecting cans of food for a trick or treat project or cleaning a variety of public areas around Tuba City and Moencopi or volunteering for unpaid work at a local Tuba City business.

“The NHS members this year wanted to do tutoring as a free service during this first semester and also work with elementary level students. The NHS membership is required to tutor two sessions a week as their goal. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that NHS can have an impact on their lives through service. These students are selected for their achievements in the realm of not just academic scholarship, but also leadership, community service and character,” Hyden said. “They have made individual sacrifices to continue to keep high level of living standards of NHS. NHS helps bring awareness to them about the desire to do well in their classes, to be a leader even if its unpleasant or difficult, helping those who are in need and to take the moral high road regardless of the situation.

Tuba City High School NHS seniors

Ulani Bedonie, Aliceson Begaye, Kristina Blackhair, Tia Folgheraiter, Charles Henderson, Sophia Honahni, Jared Keams, Shayla Naswood, Danisha Nez, Glenice Pesodas, James Roe III, Lottie Saufkie, Gabrial Talahytewa, Kandice Tanner, Tyshon Tracey, Aaron Troglia, Paige Tsosie, Alexis Watchman, Brandon Whiterock, Anthony Wirtz, Rhiannon Worker, Bianca Yazzie, Derrick Yazzie, Summer Yazzie and Shanice Yowytewa.

Tuba City High School NHS juniors

Jordin Babbitt, Zachary Bauer, Justiss Begody, Shyrone Benally, Marison Bilagody, Turnerlyne Blackhair, Autumn Byjoe, Summer Daw, Ty Figueroa, Charlette Flatrock, Maximillian Goldtooth, Marticia Hardy, Chelsea Nez, Shalyn Nockideneh, Gabrial Paddock, Kayleigh Paddock, Alaina Puhuyaoma, Hero Roberts, DeShawn Tallsalt, Kenyon Tanner, Dynnika Tso, Suzette Vasquez, Kalista White and Elijah Whiterock.

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