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Kaitlin Honahni named Student of the Year at Nizhoni Accelerated

| June 21, 2017
Kaitlin Honahni named Student of the Year at Nizhoni Accelerated

Katilin Honahni, 20, was named “Student of the Year” by Nizhoni Accelerated Academy (NAA) staff May 20 during the Tuba City Warrior graduation. NAA is the alternative high school for the Tuba City District.

Honahni spoke to nearly 5,000 people during the graduation ceremony, citing extreme support, understanding and attention “to doing the absolute best that one can” from NAA to help her realize her upcoming dream to continue to college to become a preschool teacher in the early childhood education field.

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Tuba City grads take flight. See more education stories here

| June 14, 2017
Tuba City grads take flight. See more education stories here

It was a day of sunshine celebration.

Graduates, parents, grandparents, close family, friends and well-wishers packed the Warrior Pavilion, which can hold up to 5,000 visitors and did May 20 during the Tuba City High School graduation ceremony.

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Winslow Elks Club presents academic awards to students. See more education stories here

| June 7, 2017
Winslow Elks Club presents academic awards to students. See more education stories here

Academic awards were presented to Winslow High School students in early May at a banquet held by the Winslow Elks Club.

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Tuba City Junior High’s keynote speaker a former Warrior. See more education stories here

| May 31, 2017
Tuba City Junior High’s keynote speaker a former Warrior. See more education stories here

Her heartfelt message to the Tuba City Junior high graduates this year was clear and direct.

Dr. Vanessa Jensen, a former Tuba City Warrior, was the keynote speaker at the Tuba City Junior High graduation ceremony this year held May 19 at the Warrior Pavilion.

Jensen, who graduated from Tuba City High in 1983, went from Tuba City High School to become a noted surgeon, who now has come back home to her Tuba City home.

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Native students win National Energy Education Development award. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| May 17, 2017
Native students win National Energy Education Development award. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Seven Native American seniors were selected as winners of Arizona School of the Year and National Special Project of the Year for their energy education project by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project.

The NEED project will present students’ awards at a conference in late June in Washington D.C. The students are: Courtney Ben, Shayla Naswood, Misty Humeyestewa, Shania Atene, Rachel Yazzie, Kylie Dixon and Aleesha Begay. Their advisor is Vicki Anderson. Their mentors are: Theresa Boone-Schuler, Desi Yazzie, Davilene Yazzie and Adam Clark.

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Tuba City High names 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| May 10, 2017
Tuba City High names 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City High School (TCHS) is a rich melting pot of ethnic cultures, including tribal and non-tribal members who support and encourage one another.

Teachers and staff are committed to helping build student confidence and high self-esteem as well as understanding and appreciating all cultures while working to succeed in a rigorous and challenging academic program.

This year at Tuba City High, James Roe III, 17, was named 2017 Valedictorian for his graduating class along with his classmate Charles Henderson, 18, who was named Salutatorian.

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Annual NATIVE Skills 2017 competition brings Tuba City High student career success. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| May 3, 2017
Annual NATIVE Skills 2017 competition brings Tuba City High student career success. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Preparation for students who compete in the NATIVE Skills competition, held in Chinle, Arizona this year, starts before the contest even begins with each student submitting a cover letter and job application with a formal resume.

The NATIVE Skills is the Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education’s annual contest that brings the best students from seven high schools, including Tuba City High School, Chinle High School, Ganado High School, Kayenta High School, Red Mesa High School, Sanders High School and Window Rock High School.

The prizes for doing well in the competition include scholarship money, opportunities to get into a trade institution with full tuition or other prizes.

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Tuba City seniors take home top honors at skills competition. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| April 26, 2017
Tuba City seniors take home top honors at skills competition. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Woody Begay beamed with pride as his students took top honors for welding, digital photography, carpentry and job skills at the annual Native skills competition held in Chinle.

Two of the students are under the direct mentorship of Maria Goatcher, director of the Tuba City High School ‘s dual enrollment program partnership with Coconino Community College in Flagstaff, Arizona, for early childhood development.

Two of Goatcher’s advanced ECE students, Glenice Pesodas and Kristina Blackhair, both seniors at Tuba City High School, took first place in the job skills— demonstration category.

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PowerSchool app for Tuba City School District. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| April 19, 2017
PowerSchool app for Tuba City School District. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

A new, free district wide cell phone application is available in Tuba Unified School District (TCUSD) so parents can find out information about student’s attendance, homework, daily bulletins, course schedules and more.

Parents and guardians of a student at any of the six schools within the TCUSD in Tuba City, the Hopi villages at upper and lower Moencopi, and even the offsite schools in Cameron, the Gap and Nizhoni Academy, can access the information.

The PowerSchool app can be accessed daily from anywhere to find out information. The app is easy to use, and allows parents or guardians to get school information and personal information about their student.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High taking action to meet new special ed ruling. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| April 11, 2017
Hopi Jr/Sr High taking action to meet new special ed ruling. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 22 schools must provide a free and appropriate public education to special education students that has rigor and provides more than a minimum standard.

Hopi Junior/Senior High School Interim Superintendent Alban Naha said the court had placed all schools, public or private, on notice that their special education programs must meet more than minimal standards.

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