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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 23, 2002 - Issue 55


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"Upward Bound" At Hopi

by Stan Bindell Navajo-Hopi Observer

Upward Bound photoPOLACCA, AZ – Hopi High School students and their parents came together during a recent dinner to praise the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs that serves these students. Jineane Horace, a freshman, said based on what she learned in Upward Bound she hopes to become a surgical technologist.

Sunnirae Suqnevahya, a freshman, said Upward Bound teaches that there is life after high school, so students should learn how to take responsibility and communicate. She is considering several fields including social work, speech therapy or elementary school teacher. "Schools on Hopi need more teachers," she said.

Roberta Sequi, a freshman, said she wants to attend Arizona State University, but doesn't know which career she'll enter. "Whatever I do, I'll make you proud," she told her mom.

Aaron Wadsworth, a junior, said Diana Betoney from Talent Search taught him pointers about jobs and how they suit each person differently.

He plans to major in architecture at Northern Arizona University and play in a band on the side.

Dottie Johnson, a senior, plans to study nursing or pediatrics at Arizona State University. "The good part about college is that you can get away from your parents," she joked.

Donald Povatah, director of the Talent Search program based out of Hopi High School, said students can succeed if they put their mind to it. "It's too easy to watch TV, but it's hard to have motivation," he said.

Elliott Schipper, project coordinator at the Upward Bound program at Hopi High, noted that Upward Bound offers a five-week summer program at NAU. Fifty-five students from five high schools, including Hopi High, will be selected to attend. He said this summer program, which allows students to live on the NAU campus, makes it easier for the students to transition into the college life.

Schipper said Upward Bound has added a portfolio program to its lineup. This program is designed to aid students with preparing for college. Students must take the Upward Bound high school course or the Upward Bound summer program before they can join the portfolio program.

Upward Bound awards $40 stipends to each student after they complete their portfolio project each month. Andrea Hunt, instructional specialist for Upward Bound at Hopi High, said the turnout for the dinner was better than expected. "It was great," she said.

During the evening, Stephanie Sivak, the Upward Bound teacher at Hopi High, received many complements from the students. "She's my inspiration," said Stephanie Povatah. Sivak said she thanks the support the parents provide to their children in helping these young people reach for their career goals and dreams.

"These families understand the necessity to support their kids, particularly in understanding that they need to leave home for a period of time in order to better their lives," she also said.

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