Abigail Massong

Abigail demonstrates responsibility and diligence in all she does, whether it be course work, horsemanship, cleaning stalls, attending enrichment activities, or church attendance. She is careful not to enter into conversations that will not edify herself or others. She chooses personal friends that enrich her life and chooses to do the same for them. She participates in a rigorous school curriculum that is rich and varied.

  • Home Town Chugiak
  • School District Yukon-Koyukuk School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Ana Hokenson

When middle school students were informed about the overhaul happening in their schools, Ana Hokenson decided it was time for action.  Together students created a gofundme account in an effort to afford a trip to Juneau to advocate for middle school education. By October, they had enough miles and money to commit to a trip to go to Juneau during the 2018 legislative session

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Phoenix, Role Model

Angela Stewart

In December 2017, Angela was diagnosed with FASD. This Anchorage FASD Diagnostic Team thought that she would be an excellent spokesperson and financially supported her to attend an international conference in Canada. After the May 2018 week-long conference, she returned to Alaska as its State Ambassador for FASD youth.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Phoenix

Ashley Perry

Ashley was born with a rare genetic disorder called Turner Syndrome, and has had over 20 surgeries and infusions every three weeks because she cant fight bacterial infections. To bring awareness to something that affects her, she reached out to the Governor of Alaska and the Mayor of Anchorage to get a proclamation signed to have Turner Syndrome added to rare disease day and declare February as Turner Syndrome Awareness month.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Visionary

Carlee Rizzo

Carlee created and established the Nikiski Children’s Fund, which is now expanding to become the Peninsula Children’s Fund. She has fundraised thousands of dollars, all of which goes into a pool of money that Nikiski North Star Elementary and Nikiski Middle/High School teachers and staff can tap into whenever they see that a child or family has a need.

  • Home Town Kenai
  • School District Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Lifesaver

Chance Shank

Chance graduated from high school this year with two associates degrees, Associate of Science and Associate of Arts General Program with Cum Laude Honors. He also applied and received a grant to start a dance group in his village.

  • Home Town Dot Lake
  • School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Charlie Menke

Charlie has been a volunteer coach every Sunday afternoon for the youngest hockey players of the Homer Hockey Association for four years. He is also a strong leader of Homer High School’s Student Council and Peer Mentor Program.

  • Home Town Homer
  • School District Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Darius Mina

Darius has participated in numerous Alaska Geographic, Chugach Children’s Forest, and Student Conservation Association conservation projects. He has acted as a steward to public lands and encourages others to get outside, be healthy, and take action to enjoy and preserve public spaces.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District

Eve Downing

The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Youth Salmon Fellows (YSFs) are a group of young Alaskans who worked on the issue of salmon habitat in their communities. Eve Downing spent her fellowship canvassing alongside the Cook Inlet Keeper, from door knocking to street canvassing. She worked a number of big events like Wild Alaska Salmon Day and Progress Days in Soldotna, and SalmonFest on the Kenai Peninsula.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Innovator

Gabby Nayokpuk

The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Youth Salmon Fellows (YSFs) are a group of young Alaskans who worked on the issue of salmon habitat in their communities. Gabby Nayokpuk collected a dozen photos and quotes from Shishmaref community members about why salmon is important to them and why we should protect them. She also wrote a piece from her perspective as a subsistence and traditional fisher that was published nationally by the League of Conservation Voters.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Bering Strait School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Innovator

Gillian Brinker

Gillian Brinker is actively involved in our local FFA group. She participates in competitions at both a state and national level in FFA. Gillian also volunteers at The Learning Farm in Anchorage and cares for the animals in addition to teaching local children about the animals. She is an active student in the FOCUS Homeschool program, regularly attends events, and has given presentations to younger students to teach and share her knowledge and passion.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Chugach School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Grace Eldridge

When Grace Eldridge moved to Colony High School, she volunteered to take over as choreographer for the Colony MS Drama. This position includes lots of summer work to design the choreograph with the director and music director, along with researching many of the shows she has designed. She has even taken extra classes at local dance studio and also traveling to Broadway (to work with Rachel Rake from New York City) to improve her skills.

  • Home Town Palmer
  • School District Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Grace Lili’i

Grace helps problem solve on a daily basis through leadership and leading by example. She arrives to class early, is happy to assist with set-up and take-down, and participates fully in any class activities we perform. She goes above and beyond by including others in class activities, encouraging their participation, and helping them execute class assignments.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Role Model

Innoko River School Middle and Secondary Students

The Innoko River School middle and secondary students worked together with adults to find a young girl who was missing. This act of heroism and bravery epitomizes a tradition that we have in our village: to never leave anyone behind. Our older youth help look after the safety and well-being of our younger kids in our community.

  • Home Town Shageluk
  • School District Iditarod Area School District
  • Award Category Lifesaver, Role Model

Jakira Starks

When middle school students were informed about the overhaul happening in their schools, Jakira Starks decided it was time for action.  Together students created a gofundme account in an effort to afford a trip to Juneau to advocate for middle school education. By October, they had enough miles and money to commit to a trip to go to Juneau during the 2018 legislative session

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Phoenix, Role Model

Jared Heaston & Matt Davis

Matt Davis and Jared Heaston saw a woman get hit by a vehicle and her body was projected six feet. They rushed to help her, performed CPR and all life saving efforts prior to the arrival of the paramedics. The female driver did not make it and died at the scene. They have shared their story with students and the community and they advocate for safe driving and helping those in need.

  • Home Town Chugiak
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Lifesaver

Jennifer McCumber

The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Youth Salmon Fellows (YSFs) are a group of young Alaskans who worked on the issue of salmon habitat in their communities. Jennifer McCumber focused on collecting stories, hosting events, and canvassing in both Utqiagvik and around the state. Over the summer, Jennifer tabled at the Inuit Circumpolar Council and spoke to prominent arctic leaders about the importance of salmon. Jennifer ended her fellowship by hosting a salmon-making art party for the kids in Utqiagvik.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District The North Slope Borough School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Innovator

Jiabao Leaf

Despite physical challenges, Jiabao is one of the key leaders in a summer soccer program that reaches underprivileged native youth. He’s also been involved in the Alaska Republican Party, being a guest speaker at the Alaska Republican Party State Convention back in March.

  • Home Town Kenai
  • School District Private
  • Award Category Role Model

Jordan Julich

Jordan runs her own non-profit organization called Jordan’s Junk for Joy. Her organization helps raise money for Special Santa and helps bring Christmas to over 300,000 families in need. Last year she raised over $800 and was awarded the spirit of Christmas award.

  • Home Town wasilla
  • School District Matsu
  • Award Category Dreamer, Role Model

Jordyn Cleveland

Jordyn has been a youth leader for a Bully Prevention Project at Stone Soup Group. Her work includes talking with Partner Clubs throughout Anchorage to learn about the challenges students face, create an understanding of bullying and help teachers support students with disabilities. She engaged students and talked with them, helped guide the project, and now she is on the video project team through Alaska Teen Media.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage
  • Award Category Dreamer, Role Model

Julia Scully

The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) Youth Salmon Fellows (YSFs) are a group of young Alaskans who worked on the issue of salmon habitat in their communities. Julia Scully hosted a successful stream clean-up at Eklutna and capped her fellowship with an open mic, where Alaskans were invited to share why they believe salmon is important to them using anything from song to speech. She also wrote an op-ed, canvassed businesses for support, and canvassed Palmer residents about ballot measure 1.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Innovator

Maddie James

Maddie continues to lead boating safety education community outreach events. Alaska has one of the highest recreational boating fatality rates in the nation and the outreach Maddie does is aimed at educating and addressing the problem.

  • Home Town Palmer
  • School District Mat-Su School District

Mariaha Afuvai

Mariaha Afuvai is a class leader, she regularly volunteers to lead her class in physical activities, assists teacher however possible and guides peers into good decision making.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Role Model

Michael Wheatley

Chugiak Fire and Rescue members arrived to find Michael Wheatley home alone valiantly performing CPR on his 18 year-old brother Tristen, with whom he was rough housing just moments before. Michael’s recognition of cardiac arrest, notification of EMS and treatment played a significant role in Tristen’s survival.

  • Home Town Chugiak
  • School District Anchorage
  • Award Category Lifesaver

Molly and Lauren McCabe

To encourage their classmates to engage in a more significant way in the 2018 Chains of Caring Campaign at South High School, sisters Molly and Lauren challenged the student body to raise $5,000. The campaign spread like wildfire throughout the school and on social media, ultimately raising more than $10,000, which was donated directly to the Children’s Hospital at Providence.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Lifesaver

Natalia Schneider

Natalia’s involvement in learning the Alutiiq language, using the language, working with the Alutiiq immersion preschool, being an Alutiiq dancer as well as her involvement with Native Youth Olympics is an inspiration to the other youth to be proud of their Alutiiq culture.

  • Home Town Kodiak
  • School District Kodiak

Native Student Leadership Council at East Anchorage High School

The Native Student Leadership Council (NLC) at East High School is an active group of Alaska Native and American Indian students who want to share their pride, cultural values and traditions with the community. NLC has initiated and led several activities this year, such as coordinating and carrying out a meeting each semester for Indian Education students at East High School, sharing cultural activities with 3rd and 4th grade students at Russian Jack Elementary, and helping new-to-Anchorage Alaska Native and American Indian Students transition to East High School.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Role Model

No More Mat-Su

No More Mat-Su is a youth-led organization whose goal is to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the Mat-Su Valley. NMMS is its 5th year and last year, students organized an event at the Glenn Massey Theater called Rock the Resilience. They are currently working on the second annual Rock the Resilience.

  • Home Town Wasilla
  • School District Mat-Su Borough School District

Sharon Jenkins

Sharon Jenkins attends an after School program called the Schoolyard. The Schoolyard is a program through Cook Inlet Tribal Council and the grant that the Schoolyard runs on is ending. Sharon heard this news and she immediately took action. She continues to do everything she can to ensure the continuation of the program, including leading a group of 20 youth to meet with the CEO of CITC.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District
  • Award Category Dreamer