TCJ Student Announces Cover Art and Film Contest Winners

Krista Yellowhorse Goodluck and Chauncey HopkinsTCJ Student has announced that Krista Yellowhorse Goodluck, a student at Navajo Technical University (NTU), has won this year’s cover art contest with her painting Spiritual Harmony and that Chauncey Hopkins, who is enrolled at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC), is the winner of the film contest with his film Wokiksuya.

Krista Yellowhorse Goodluck is from the Folded Arms People clan, born for the Towering House clan. Her maternal grandfather is Yucca Fruit Strung Out clan, and her paternal grandfather is One Who Walks Around clan. She is from Rock Point, Arizona, and is currently enrolled at NTU. She will be graduating with her Bachelor of Applied Science degree in IT next fall. Krista has a passion for creating art and loves to depict the beauty of Native women and her way of life in the Native American Church.

“We had the privilege to view so many great artworks during the AIHEC student conference in Minneapolis—it was difficult to select just one piece as the winner of our cover art contest,” said Bradley Shreve, the editor of Tribal College Journal. “But Krista’s painting, Spiritual Harmony, was particularly eye-catching and it was a favorite of the entire AIHEC staff. We’re looking forward to showcasing it on the cover of the 2024 edition of TCJ Student.”

Chauncey Hopkins is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at UTTC. His tribal affiliations include the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), Spirit Lake Dakota, and Standing Rock Lakota. He loves to tell stories to encourage his tribal people. He went back to school to learn how to run nonprofit organizations and businesses. He wants to see his people thrive and their potential to be unleashed. Chauncey is a self-taught media artist. He sings; performs spoken word, narration, and poetry; and makes, edits, records, and directs videos.

“The Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival is excited to welcome Chauncey Hopkins to screen his film Wokiksuya at our 2024 Festival,” stated Bradby Brown, director of the Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival. “Congratulations Chauncey!”

As the winner of the TCJ Student film contest, Chauncey will have the opportunity to attend this year’s Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival in Richmond, Virginia. This year’s edition of TCJ Student will feature Krista’s painting on the cover and will also include the writing contest winners’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

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