TJ Clapp

December 20, 2016

TJ Clapp worked with Colony Middle School Principal Mary McMahon to come up with a Christmas gift idea for a peer battling cancer. He then coordinated with his family members to gather donations, and raised over $300 to purchase a high end telescope for his science-loving friend.

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Adrian Briggs

Adrian Briggs and his sister recently made cupcakes and held a bake sale to raise money for a fellow student who is currently battling cancer. Adrian is kind and always willing to support his peers.

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Elsa O’Neil

Elsa O’Neil is an openminded student who is always willing to stand up for those who need a friend, and speak her mind.

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Ruby & Sophie Wright

Ruby and Sophie Wright have decided to organize a Community 5K to support and raise money for a student at Colony Middle School who has cancer.

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Tavis Russo

Tavis Russo is a highly involved student at Colony High School and participates in student leadership, including student government. Tavis is always willing to help others, and is a positive role model to his peers.

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Emily Montanez Rodriguez

Emily Montanez Rodriguez is part of Colony Middle School’s morning crew. She helps read announcements and makes sure that our students are well informed of upcoming events.  Emily is also an active leader in planning classroom and school activities.

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Ella Jordan

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

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Jeffrey Asbury

Jeffrey Asbury is a dedicated volunteer at Colony Middle School. He volunteers his time to assist the school’s lunch workers with cleaning, and is always willing to help his teachers.

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Grace Hunter

Grace Hunter is an involved member of her community. She goes above and beyond in all that she does, excels academically, and is a viewed as a role model by her peers.

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Kali Metlicka

Kali Metlicka is a kind a respectful student.  She is always willing to help her peers or volunteer to support a teacher.  Kali has a great attitude and gives 100% in all that she does.

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Sage Tedds

December 19, 2016

This year, Sage Tedds led a fund raising effort aimed at providing support for one of our students who is currently struggling with cancer.  Sage also is a part of a youth group at Colony Middle School that presents information on suicide prevention to peers.

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Sitka Youth Leadership Committee

The Sitka Youth Leadership Committee is a youth group dedicated to promoting respect and building bridges among youth in Sitka and across Alaska. Most recently, SYLC has worked to ease inter-school rivalries and tensions between Sitka High School and Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

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Manny Budke

December 15, 2016

Manny Budke noticed that the Student Council at Hoonah High School did not have a structure, constitution, By-Laws or clear vision for its purpose. This year, he decided to run and was elected as Student Government President. His goal is to build a constitution, work with the principal and school board to advocate for student […]

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Jackson Blackwell

Jackson has been involved in Teens Against Tobacco Use for the past 4 years. He has given tobacco prevention lessons to his peers, and has also testified to the Alaska state legislature on the importance of a smoke-free workplace.

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Milagro Darby

December 13, 2016

Milagro Darby has started her own tutoring business, which offers services to youth, as well as students taking lower-level college courses. Milagro has overcome personal health challenges with Lyme Disease, and is working to raise awareness of Lyme Disease and counsel others who are also impacted by this health issue.

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Jennifer Sage

December 5, 2016

Jennifer Sage is captain of Youth Leaders, a peer mentoring group in Noatak that offer support to youth, including suicide prevention. Jennifer has been involved with Youth Leaders for the last four years.

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Alaska Youth Orchestras-Performing Board Members

November 14, 2016

Amber Pike, Jenna Morris, Isabelle Libbrecht, Charlie Latimer, Aaron Jenkins, Vasily Soloview have all demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in their role as Anchorage Youth Orchestra performing board members. The group of youth act as spokespeople for the orchestra, and are organizing a benefit concert to take place in February 2017.

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Katya Mozalevskaya

October 31, 2016

Katya Mozalevskaya volunteered with Royal Family Kids Anchorage for one year before starting Royal Family Kids Mat-Su Valley in 2014. Royal Family Kids is an organization that works to better the lives of children who have experienced abuse. Katya is a highly motivated and compassionate member of her community.

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Summer Sagoonick

October 20, 2016

Summer Sagoonick is a highly involved member of her community. At the age of 10, she began volunteering to help teach at Vacation Bible School, and has traveled to several villages in the region to assist with this program. She also attended a Covenant Youth in Action training where she learned how to teach VBS […]

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Rachelle Persson

October 19, 2016

Rachelle Persson became a leader at the young age of four when she began tutoring her peers in math. Thanks to her efforts, all of her peers passed their math tests. Today, Rachelle is continuing to tutor others, and has become increasingly involved in the community, helping out with the Traditional Cultural Camp at Junak […]

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