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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Poleyestewa joins ranks at Hopi Jr./Sr. High, looking to make difference

Laurel Poleyestewa, who will take her seat on the Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) Governing Board in January, said she wants to make sure the school has a curriculum, make sure that the teachers are certified and see how the budget relates to students’ needs.

Hopi High JROTC program helps Keams Canyon students receive Christmas gift

Twenty-five students from Keams Canyon Elementary School received toys for the holidays, thanks to the Hopi High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program.

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Arizona Highways staff speak to Hopi students

Hopi High journalism students tour popular magazine headquarters, visit afterschool media program

At Arizona Highways, the Hopi High students looked up at the editor’s wall where they could see all 60 pages laid out for the next edition.

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Phoenix Suns, Arizona Highways go behind the scenes with Hopi youth

Nine Hopi High media students attended Phoenix Suns Journalism Day, took tours of Spot 127 and Arizona Highways as they learned about sports media, videography, magazine writing and editing.

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Hopi veterans honored for second year by Hopi Jr./Sr. High students

Seventeen Hopi Jr/Sr High School teachers and staff who served as veterans were honored Nov. 10 during a schoolwide assembly hosted by the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

Hopi High journalism students seeking support for national conference

The Hopi High School radio broadcast, news video and journalism clubs are raising money to attend the National Journalism Education Association conference in Seattle, Washington, April 6-9.

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Active shooter drill takes Hopi Jr./Sr. High by storm, receives high marks

Evaluators gave Hopi Jr/Sr High School staff and emergency responders high marks for their actions during an active shooter drill Nov. 2. However, they did say there is room for improvement, which was a reason for the drill.

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Hopi High runners' legacy continues

Boys cross-country team excels at state meet with 27- year winning streak

The Legend continues to grow. Hopi High School Coach Rick Baker has been tagged with the nickname of The Legend after leading the Bruins to a national and state record 26 straight boys championships.

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Hopi High broadcast students take home awards at annual media conference

The Hopi High School broadcast radio program won three awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) Conference Oct. 27 at Arizona State University.

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Hopi Tribe addresses feral dogs on reservation

In April the Hopi Tribal Council passed an ordinance addressing the problem of loose dogs roaming around the Hopi Reservation, an effort that has been underway since 1977.

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Music teacher returns to Hopi High to teach band, guitar and percussion

The music man has returned to Hopi Jr/Sr High School. Music teacher Thomas Irwin has returned because of his love of teaching music to students on the Hopi Reservation.

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College fair offers glimpse into the future for Hopi High’s juniors and seniors

POLACCA, Ariz. — Hopi High School held a college fair Oct. 7 in the school’s gym to let juniors and seniors know about future possibilities for them after they graduate, including starting an application for college.

Standing Rock Sioux gain support in stand against pipeline

POLACCA, Ariz. — Duane Uses Arrow, a former chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, joined a Hopi group that made the trek to Standing Rock to show support for that tribe’s battle against a pipeline that could contaminate the water supply.

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Hopi High celebrates homecoming royalty

Hopi High School’s Lauren Eustace was named homecoming queen and Drew David joined her as homecoming king during the halftime crowning Sept. 30 at Bruin Stadium.

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Student greenhouse and orchard operational at Hopi High after summer break

A greenhouse and orchard at Hopi High School has been resurrected by Arlinda Fannin, botany teacher at Hopi High School.

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Active shooter drill planned for Hopi Jr. High and High School Nov. 2

On Nov. 2, the Hopi Junior and Senior High School Governing Board have voted to have an active shooter simulation drill. The board took action Sept. 13 during its regularly scheduled meeting. In addition to board members and administrators, over a dozen visitors attended the meeting.

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Bruin manifesto aims to boost students’ self-esteem and build school spirit

POLACCA, ARIZ. — Michael Adams, director of psychological services at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, has created a Bruin Manifesto and a Bruin Daily Affirmation to build school spirit and increase students’ self-esteem.

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Hopi Junior High receives school supplies from Chandler non-profit

POLACCA, Ariz. — Around 180 Hopi Junior High students received backpacks filled with supplies thanks to the Chandler non-profit called Make an Investment in Love and Kindness (MILK) Aug. 24.