Bailey Lesslie

December 31, 2015

Bailey has overcome many challenges in her life. She uses her experiences to mentor other teens who suffer from depression and anxiety. She doesn’t let her health problems get in the way of her extensive community service with HOPE worldwide.

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Ilia Fleener

As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Ilia designed and constructed a bike helmet station so that youth at his church could bike more safely. He collected donations of new helmets from the community and has helped make sure kids are safe while riding their bikes.

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Dashon King

November 11, 2015

Dashon is certified for ETT and EMT I and regularly assists with medical emergencies. He is deaf in both ears but does not let this complication keep him from saving lives.

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Gustavus Student Government

November 6, 2015

Teens at Gustavus school have started the first student government in several years. They created a new recycling system, set up hall monitors for school safety and regularly lead pep rallies. The group has started reshaping the community’s attitude toward teens.

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Cephas Ekuase

October 21, 2015

Cephas is the CEO of Second to None Café, which serves food and beverages to students at the King Career Center. He has also spent eight years helping his mom with her assisted living businesses. Through his entrepreneurial experiences he has learned to work well with others and be a problem solver.

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Stasia Skonberg

October 14, 2015

Stacia is an Alutiiq language learner who is passionate about passing on her culture. She teaches Alutiiq to seven different elementary school classes in Kodiak.

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Cadence Wren Moffitt

October 2, 2015

Cadence has owned her own art business, Yang Wren Art, since she was 14. Last year she undertook a project where she researched, designed and created a mosaic project for a local garden. She has participated in the Copper River Stewardship Program and helped in the design and creation of an interpretive sign for a bioswale project.

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Katie White

September 14, 2015

Katie has spent four years raising money to donate school supplies to students in a rural town outside Nan, Thailand. With her hard work and coordination she was able to donate more than $1,000 worth of school supplies and treat the students to lunch when she visited there in March.

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Kodiak High School Europa Challenge Team

June 24, 2015

Anna McDonald, Levi Purdy and Kyle Ruotsalainen are working with real-world scientists on earthquake research. They created four Global Earthquake Forecast Systems platforms, which have been installed in different areas on Kodiak Island. They are the first high school team in the world to be accepted to compete in the international university and business level Europa Challenge.

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Jenevia Jetaun Wika

May 4, 2015

Jenevia Jetaun has collected and donated more than 13,000 pairs of jeans for Covenant House as part of’s “Teens for Jeans” initiative. She has volunteered with Special Olympics Alaska and Kids Kitchen for several years. Jenevia Jetaun also started the “You Are Not Alone” club at her school, which raises awareness for Alaska suicide prevention.

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Virginia Poe

January 27, 2015

Virginia used her journalism experience to start a student-run newspaper at Mat-Su Career and Technical High School. She participates in many community events including educating middle school students about healthy relationships and teaching disadvantaged youth how to channel their emotions toward creative endeavors.

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