Julianne Wilson

December 31, 2016

Julianne Wilson is involved with a number of youth programs held by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe each summer. These camps and programs offer youth an opportunity to learn life skills and culture. Julianne’s willingness to learn and to teach is obvious and her love for the work is inspiring.

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The Quantum Mechanics FTC Robotics Team #11168

The Quantum Mechanics is a rookie, community-based robotics team for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The team has achieved success with a competitive robot that broke a world record. The members of The Quantum Mechanics team are highly motivated boy scouts that are working to expand STEM activities to all youth, including those with challenges.

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Shaela Asbury

December 29, 2016

Shaela created, organized and directed Agents for Change, a youth-led initiative at Colony Middle School designed to study and raise awareness about local and global issues where children face adversity and crisis. Agents for Change members fundraise for organizations that support children. Shaela is driven by her immense compassion for others.

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Abigail Mainard

December 28, 2016

Abigail Mainard  is always willing to lend a hand. She will often baby sit for free, and is a kind, hardworking member of her community.

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Resiliant Alaska Youth-Ninilchik Chapter

December 27, 2016

The Ninilchik chapter of Resilient Alaska Youth works to give back to the community through programs such as the Youth Education Leadership Program, and the Ninilchik Traditional Council.  Youth engage in activities ranging from arts and crafts to fishing, and by becoming engaged in the community, youth gain valuable experiences that can help them become […]

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Anja Cheyette

Anja Cheyette is a driven, hard-working, and motivated student at Colony Middle School. She delivers morning announcements,  and is a positive role model to students both in and out of the classroom. Anja is always eager to lend a hand and plays an important role in making her school a safe, positive, and caring place.

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Ella Jordan

December 20, 2016

Ella Jordan is involved in an school program at Colony Middle School that works with students who have special needs.

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Alyssa Madrid

December 19, 2016

Alyssa Madrid has been a member of Kodiak Island’s Alutiiq Dancers since 2011, and is now training to become a leader drummer and song caller. Alyssa has also served as a youth ambassador for the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, and currently acts as the Cultural Programs Assistant for the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak.

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Jivan Gordon-Wolfe

December 15, 2016

Jivan has led a Make A Difference Day project in October every year for the past 4 years.  He has also been involved with the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance Youth leaders program for over a year, and has attended two trainings in Anchorage on tobacco education, prevention, and advocacy topics. Jivan has worked and volunteered for […]

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Noah Leaf

December 12, 2016

Noah Leaf and his family started a summer soccer camp in Seldovia, which Noah helps run. The soccer camp gives children the opportunity to be active and gain new experiences.

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Molly Ekstrom

November 14, 2016

Molly Ekstrom is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska High School program. She is dedicated to acting as a positive role model, and ensuring that her Little Sister achieve success.

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Chloe Kincaid

November 1, 2016

Chloe Kincaid has created a program called “Hooked on Books” to encourage reading among elementary school children. Each week, she goes into classrooms to read aloud from a new book with the goal of introducing students to new genres and styles. She then works with the class to brainstorm similar books, which the kids cans […]

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Haley Edmondson

October 3, 2016

Haley Edmondson is an active member of her community and volunteers her time to better the lives of those in her community, particularly other youth. Her achievements include hosting a fashion show to raise money for Breast Cancer research, raising over $4,000 for the Children’s Hospital, helping to create a nationally recognized “Raise Your Voice” […]

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Clare Cook

March 11, 2016

Clare is a natural leader and that is reflected in the amazing breadth of experiences she has in a number of youth organizations including serving as attorney with Anchorage Youth Court, private and group instructor for competitive figure skating, junior supervisor for a fund-raising youth-led coffee shop, Birchwood Camp children’s counselor and serving as a […]

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Sarah Newlun

December 31, 2015

Sarah has worked for the Forest Service for two summers improving trails and building trails. She also volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and is a trained emergency trauma technician.

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Hannah Soplanda

Hannah spent three months in India helping disadvantaged orphans. From this deeply moving experience she now understands how inequalities play out in her own community, state, nation and world. She teaches others how the power of an individual can make a difference.

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Michael “Sonny” Cruger, Jr.

Michael has volunteered with the Arctic Winter Games, Salvation Army, Love Inc. and Food Bank of Alaska. In addition to volunteering for school activities he also mentors a kindergarten student.

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Kiara O’Neill

Kiara spent a year abroad in China and now helps students back home with learning about exchange student programs. By sharing her experiences of living, traveling and going to school in another country she inspires her peers to seek a global cultural education.

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Alexander Bracken

Alex has volunteered for two years leading after-school athletics programs for Campbell Elementary School. From flag football to open gym, more than 55 youth have looked to Alex as a role model and leader.

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Port Graham MS/HS Student Council

Port Graham Student Council put together fundraisers so their school could have art classes. Middle and high school students lead the younger students in bi-monthly art projects, which creates strong relationships within the community.

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