Grace Hopkins

December 4, 2019

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 […]

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Genika Marie Camero Valdehueza

December 2, 2019

Genika took part in Alaska Theatre of Youth’s Mastery Series. This three month intensive was designed to mentor the advanced young actor into theatre leadership roles. The students were given short scripts on a theme of bullying and they directed, designed and starred in a fully-produced production. Genika starred in three of the five plays […]

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Siutaisa Kolove Numia Katoanga

Love is very involved in her community. She recently held a fundraiser for her little brother to travel to New York for a journalism conference, for two years she has volunteered at Anchorage Youth Court, she worked as an intern at the University of Alaska Anchorage library to create an information learning module, and she […]

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Trevor Edwards

October 23, 2019

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 […]

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Samantha Martin

December 12, 2018

Samanthais involved in the Kenai Peninsula farm and flock swap meet / youth farming education, which provides information to students and future workforce.

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Ethan Zawodny

December 2, 2018

Ethan is a highly accomplished drummer and percussionist; he created a beginning percussion program through Denali Montessori’s Elementary School. In 2017 and 2018, Ethan volunteered his time to instruct 3rd through 6th graders in beginning percussion skills twice a week after school.

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Sharon Jenkins

November 28, 2018

Sharon attends an after School program called the Schoolyard, a program through Cook Inlet Tribal Council. 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.

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Grace Eldridge

When Grace 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.

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Natalia Schneider

November 14, 2018

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.

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Native Student Leadership Council at East Anchorage High School

April 16, 2018

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 […]

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Naknek 9th and 10th Grade Class

January 15, 2018

The 9th and 10th graders of Naknek participated in and led the 2018 Youth Digital Storytelling Workshop. Each student created a documentary film on topics related to local culture and the historic Alaska Packers Association NN Cannery located in South Naknek.

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Man Choir

Man Choir performs concerts for the community. They inspire other students to become involved with music, and they set a great example of a positive outcome from working hard, learning a new skill and developing human potentials.

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Colten Morris

Colten uses his raps to bring people together and build community. He shares his talents and assists students by teaching them to write lyrics and produce new beats. In this way, Colten provides a needed creative outlet for young people in Homer.

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Nyche’ Andrew

January 9, 2018

Nyche has been a part of influencing the Anchorage School District (ASD) in making a policy that allows Native American and Alaska Native students to wear their respective regalia during high school graduation ceremonies.

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Juan Martinez Paredes

January 7, 2018

By generously sharing his story of vulnerability, Juan allows other high school students a chance to open up about their own vulnerabilities and find connections. He is a positive role model to the more than 500 Anchorage high school students who have watched his story.

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Sierra Tyssedal

December 29, 2017

Sierra is a leader among her peers. She is co-captain of rifle club, does fencing, was a host for Japanese student exchange, honor society, has a 4.1 GPA and is in the Japanese honor society. She is vice president of youth court, was elected this year as a student mentor at Lathrop high school, and […]

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Duncan Okitkun

Duncan shares his Yup’ik culture with the world every chance he gets. His songs and public speaking heals and strengthens people in his village. He has spoken and sang at numerous conferences. He is also involved in three different dance groups and is the leader of one of them. Additionally, he performs at his school, […]

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Katirina Mowrer

August 25, 2017

Katirina Mowrer is a self-motivated natural leader. In her position as Youth Intern in Summer Youth Culture camps around the Bristol Bay Region, she taught Native Dance, Native Youth Olympics, and skin sewing youth in grades K-9.

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Sadie Coyle

February 6, 2017

Kodiak Island Housing Authority runs an after school program called Family Investment Center. Sadie Coyle has worked as a part of this program to help teach children their Alutiiq language, songs, and dances.  Sadie helps create a safe and empowering space for youth to explore their cultural heritage.

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