AZ - Kuwanhoya Tawahongva took first place and five other Hopi High
School students took home ribbons as Hopi High dominated the computer
assisted art category at the Heard Museums Native American
Student Art Show.
Tawahongva won first place with his "Seasons
of Spring." Rolan Torivia placed second with "Midnight
Mesa." Josh Polivema finished third with "Rain Prayer.
Three students from Hopi High took home ribbons for honorable mention:
Stewart Ryan Dukepoo for "Ogre Family," Daryn Melvin for
"Spirit of the Eagle" and Louis Abeita 3rd for "Kachina
Tawahongva, a 16-year-old sophomore, said,
"it was cool to win first." He was also happy because
his artwork was sold through the Heard Museum. "Seasons of
the Spring" shows kachinas, hummingbirds and flowers as it
captures Hopi culture. "It was fun and exciting to do on the
computer," he said. "It was a learning experience and
maybe Ill get into this for a career."
Tawahongva has previously done hand drawings.
He will continue to dabble in hand and computer art. "I like
both. With computer art work you pick different shapes while with
hand drawings you do your own thing," he said. Tawahongva,
who is active in JROTC, hopes to go to college to study computers.
He is the son of Janet and Andrew Casiquito from Kykotsmovi.
Tim Sargent, computer teacher at Hopi
High, said the students computer assisted artwork this year
was fantastic. He is teaching graphic arts this year as part of
Hopi Highs Career in Technical Education (CTE) program. "The
aptitude of Hopi High School students in art is so high. The students
are very artistic," he said. Sargent said the Hopi High students
use either Corel DRAW or Adobe computer assisted art programs.
He said this class recently took a trip
to printing businesses in Flagstaff to learn about careers in graphic
arts. He said graphic arts allows workers to design tee-shirts,
posters and stickers among other products.
He noted that some of the workers were
Native Americans at the Flagstaff businesses, which they visited.
"There are jobs out there for talented
individuals," he said. Sargent said Abeita, who had won an
award for putting together a booklet for Hopi Medical Center, has
already had job offers.