Alexandra Prag

Ali moved from out of state and quietly joined the student body and has done a remarkable job fitting in, like she was here from the start. Ali has moved frequently because she comes from a Navy family. She has become a role model and leader for the student body. Ali is one of the first to stick up for a student or come to their defense. She helps struggling peers with their questions and mentors others.

  • Home Town Eagle River
  • School District Private School
  • Award Category Role Model

Anna DeVolld

Anna has developed a program called Promote Our Pollinators. This insightful, ambitious project strives to educate the public about the importance of pollinators and to provide easy to implement ways to support these essential creatures. Anna is educating hundreds of students, seniors, and business and community members about the importance of pollinators.

  • Home Town Soldotna
  • School District Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • Award Category Visionary, Discovery

Ashley Caroline Perry

Despite being born with a rare genetic disorder Ashley thrives on finding ways to give back. She started the Blessing Box program with the Anchorage School District. She was invited by the Superintendent to speak to all the principals in the district, the Mayor of Anchorage and the Governor to get her program going.

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

Aura Hutchens

Aura has always had a passion for plants, animals, and living things. She discovered a neglected fish tank in one of her high school classrooms, and jumped into action to took charge of the tank herself. When Aura finds an animal in need, she not only has the desire to help it, but she also takes the time to research how best to help it.

  • Home Town Fairbanks
  • School District Fairbanks North Star Borough
  • Award Category Innovator, Discovery

Benjamin Kolendo

Ben is co-leading a coin drive to raise money that will go to support both the animal shelter and children with cancer in our community. He also helped to present and lead a drive to collect feminine hygiene products for the school district.

  • Home Town Wasilla
  • School District Matanuska Susitna Borough School District

Brandon Gall

Brandon is student body President at Service High. Through his roles in Student Government he has led many projects including the Miracle Minute to buy gifts for children in the Child in Transition program. When Brandon realized a few youth didn’t have a basketball team he organized a team to ensure they had the opportunity to play.

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

Dakoma Epperly-May

Dakoma Epperly-May is the current Alaska State Fair Teen. Dakoma is the youth chair on youth coalition for Healthy Voices Healthy Choices. Dakoma volunteers with the Salvation Army and has helped with Operation Santa for the last 3 years by wrapping gifts, stuffing backpack with snacks, bathroom supplies, packing boxes and getting them ready for shipping.

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

Dustty Heckel

Dustty Heckel volunteers with the Salvation Army and has helped with Operation Santa for the last 3 years by wrapping gifts, stuffing backpack with snacks, bathroom supplies, packing boxes and getting them ready for shipping. On an average week Dustty can log over 30 hours a week volunteering.

  • Home Town Eagle River
  • School District Denali Peak Correspondence

Grace Hopkins

Grace raises hundreds annually for The Door Youth Shelter fundraiser “One Homeless Night” where she builds a box city and spends the night outside. She is her school’s co-anchor for the Hawk Hit News and is highly involved in the Arts Audiovisual program. She won the state National History Day competition for her research on Alaska Native boarding school history and traveled to Maryland to compete nationally with the project. She also helped start a youth group on a remote island in Iceland for three months and served in the Children’s and Youth ministry in the Philippines and Mexico.

  • Home Town Fairbanks
  • School District Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District
  • Award Category Humanitarian

Joachim Labrecque

When anyone needs help at his school, Joachim is the first student for the job. He lends a helping hand on a daily basis to his classroom peers and to the younger members of his student body. Beyond the classroom and the school property, he is readily available and interested in helping those in our small community with a variety of tasks. He counsels friends with troubles they may be experiencing.

  • Home Town Eagle River
  • School District Private School
  • Award Category Role Model

Katherine Scoggin

Katie is involved in a variety of volunteer opportunities. She volunteers as a math tutor twice a week. She founded and is a co-teacher for an after school guitar club once a week.  She is also active in her schools Volunteer Club which has worked with Mobile Medics, The Salvation Army, and the Food Bank of Alaska. Outside of school Katie is the volunteer live sound engineer at Under 21 Open Mic, where she has also shares her talents as a singer/songwriter. She performs annually at the Anchorage Folk Festival and teaches a beginner guitar workshop for kids.

  • Home Town Anchorage
  • School District Anchorage School District

Kevin Grimes

Kevin is a strong member of Facing Foster Care in Alaska. He mentors youth from all ages ranging from 13-25. Kevin fights hard to help foster youth around Alaska. While he is only 18, he has worked with political members like City Mayor Jim Matherly, Vice-Chancellor Keith Champagne, Former Governor Bill Walker, and others to spread his message.

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

Nanieezh Peter

Nanieezh Peter was a student representative at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks in October 2019. She wrote a resolution at the Elders & Youth Conference and presented it at both the Elders & Youth Conference and at AFN. Nanieezh is passionate about saving our environment and is a natural leader.

  • Home Town Fairbanks
  • School District Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District
  • Award Category Lifesaver, Discovery

Shyanne Heckel

Shyanne Heckel volunteers with the Salvation Army and has helped with Operation Santa for the last 3 years by wrapping gifts, stuffing backpack with snacks, bathroom supplies, packing boxes and getting them ready for shipping. On an average week Shyanne can log over 30 hours a week volunteering.

  • Home Town Eagle River
  • School District Denali Peak Correspondence
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Role Model

Trevor Edwards

Trevor works to promote Native values. He has been very active in Native Youth Olympics. In addition to participating on the school team he is always recruiting others and teaching them the skills needed. He was a student-leader at the recent Elders and Youth Conference and presented an NYO workshop to demonstrate the history of these events.

  • Home Town Fairbanks
  • School District Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District
  • Award Category Dreamer, Role Model

West Valley High School: Sources of Strength

West Valley High Sources of Strength students made an informative presentation about the importance of being professional and positive on social media platforms in order to make our community stronger. The concept is for students and people from around Alaska to join in a campaign to create a more positive climate. The students also emphasize the importance of helping others who may be a target of cyber bullying. The students designed a public service announcement about using positive cultural norms.

  • Home Town Fairbanks
  • School District Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
  • Award Category Humanitarian, Role Model

Zoe Nelles

Zoe created the Sandwich Project at Palmer High School. She makes lunches for kids so they have food over the weekends. This project that she initiated started by helping six kids and has grown to now serving students grades K-12 in the immediate Palmer area to ensure that youth have something to eat while they are not at school. All fundraising and donations have been led by Zoe. She started by just making the meals in her home, since the project has grown so much she has moved it to the high school where the National Honor Society helps her put the meals together.

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