I’m Ladie Ann Marcelo, seventeen years old, and a high school student in 11th grade at Kodiak. I like to cook and love to draw. I want to tell you a little bit of me when I here in Alaska from Philippines. But before I move to Kodiak then I was a girl’s scout at the Philippines for about 2 years that’s maybe the first time I was connected to nature or about caring for my surroundings. I was seven when I move to Alaska then as I grow up I was more committed to nature. I’ve been volunteering for 3 years at the civil patrol which was a organization that hired elementary to middle school to go around Kodiak and pick up trash. Then this last summer of 2013 I worked for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge for 3 months, we traveled tree different places around Kodiak like; Deadman Bay, Frazer, and Camp island. We did a lot of things to those places like installation for the cabin, counting bears, and picking up Orange Hawkweed. The last thing was getting in for the Civics and Conservation Summit! I’m very excited to finally be in the summit. I totally didn’t have any idea about AYEA at all but Leila Pyle told me that she was one of the students of Kodiak High School that traveled to Juneau, therefore showed me a cooking book, which was a book that has recipes that mainly is a Kodiak product. I was really interested in changing things in my community not just a simple impact but also a huge one by a gathering youth to change a big impact for their community.
I have lived in Alaska all my life. During the winter my family and I live in a remote cabin, which is off of the road system and off the grid. All of our power comes from solar panels and a wind generator. We get water from the lake by which we live. We have no access to a public school, therefore I am homeschooled. In summers we live in Seward.
I am passionate about environmental issues and love being outdoors. In my free time I like playing the violin and skijoring with my dog.
My name is Dylan Wallace and I am sixteen. I currently live in Kodiak on Kodiak Island. My favorite hobby is drawing. I am aspiring to be a marine biologist with focus on sharks, exotic and undiscovered species. I hope to meet new people and learn form/about teens my age who want to make a difference in the world and I want to keep Alaska wild for future generations!
My name is Brian Grams and I applied for the summit to open my eyes to the other environmental issues around the state that people my age are fighting. I am very excited to meet people and hear their concerns about our state. I am also interested in attending the workshops and hearing the opinions of our state leaders on environmental issues and legislation in Alaska. I do a lot of hiking, fishing, and biking in the summer. I also enjoy snowmachining and snowboarding when I am not playing hockey in the winter. I have been a captain on my hockey team many seasons and was class president last year. I love the outdoors and would rather be outside in any weather than inside.
My name is Nomalani Tuga and I’m the third oldest of 7 children. I’m currently a 7th grader attending Wendler Middle School. I am excited to visit the Civics Summit, because I’m not afraid to talk in front of people. I also want to meet new people. I get involved in many things such as leadership program at my school Diversity, sports, volunteering around the community. I accomplished on learning and teaching others about my cultural dances. I have also accomplished to feel comfortable around myself, to speak in front of others.
Kengo Nagaoka, Fairbanks
Kengo Nagaoka is a senior at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. He has been a primary member of the school Recycling Crew since his freshman year, and leads the school Environmental Club with his friend Tristan Glowa. He strongly believes that youth should actively play a part in local decisions, and he has been involved in the air quality debate in Fairbanks. He has testified as a voice for students before the Borough Assembly and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. He is excited that he can apply things he has learned in his classes at school to make real change in his community. Kengo is a Japanese American and strives to develop a multicultural, multifaceted view of the world.
Kengo also is an avid musician, composing, arranging, and performing jazz, classical, and pop. His primary instrument is the drum set. He is planning to major in music next year in college. He also enjoys biking, playing tennis, and xc skiing.
I am Jeff Peterson’s son. I work alongside my brother Garret Peterson under out father for his hunting, fishing charters and lodge. I am a deck hand, fish packer, baggage and freight transport, and full time socializer. I also work for the Old Harbor Tribal Youth Program as a “Youth Intern”, our program includes summer/winter camps, tradition Alutiiq dancing and crafts, and team building activities. I also play post position on our combined island team; The ESS Sharp Shooters. I love meeting knew people and finding new things to be a part of. The Civics and Conservation Summit is a big thing to me that I’m looking forward to this year. Thank you for reading.
Christina Edwin is an optimistic Alaskan. She loves to nurture life from plants to people. Christina loves the environment, culture, and standing up for what she believes in. She is blessed with a new brother and she is a Senior in high school, so she is very busy these days. Despite the busy schedule she makes time for her position as a Youth Organizer for AYEA, and she is on the Native Advisory Committee for Title VII Indian Education. On an early morning Christina does her yoga, and on a beautiful day she loves to hike.
My name is Gillian Pletnikoff-White. I was born in Sitka, Alaska August 13, 1998. I’ve lived in Alaska most of my life, except for three or four years that I lived in the Oregon-Idaho area. I like crocheting and singing and hanging out and having a good time. I’m excited to be a youth delegate because I love learning new things and making a difference.
My name is Laura N. McDowell. I am 17 years old. I have four brothers. They are Randy, William, Raymond, and Matthew. My older brothers, Randy and William, are my half brothers and my other two brothers are my full blood brothers. My parents are Cheryl and Raymond McDowell. I love to be outside anytime as long as it isn’t that bad, ugly weather outside. I would rather be outside with friends and having fun instead of being inside playing a video game and sitting down like a potato. Last summer, I did an internship in Denali National Park with seven other teenagers and two leaders. It was the best thing I did that summer. It was worth being away from friends and family and electronics.
Hey there! My name’s Erin and I’m a sophomore at Cordova Jr./Sr. High! I work really hard to maintain good grades, and am involved in lots of activities! Some of them include National Honors Society, Cordova Fire Explorers, and I am currently taking classes at Prince William Sound Community College. Last year I was a Copper River Watershed ambassador and went on an awesome 10 day adventure. In my free time, I love to explore and hang out with my friends! When I grow up, I want to be a pediatrician. I was born in Kodiak and have spend most of my time in Alaska. I’m really excited to attend the conference, because it’ll give me more understanding of our government!
Tristan is passionate about environmental and social justice as well as learning about culture, history, art, and music. He plays trumpet with the Fairbanks Youth Symphony Orchestra and a jazz combo with friends. He plans to major in environmental studies and work extensively in the sustainability movement. Tristan recognizes that salmon occupy a massive role in the culture of Alaskans and are representative of the abundant natural resources of our state. For the sake of the many communities that rely on salmon as a way of life, he thinks that we should do everything we can to preserve them as much as possible. Tristan is excited to be a Youth Organizer to learn and collaborate with people from across the state and to create meaningful change while learning the skills necessary for movement building to use as he gets more involved with activism.
Christian Diaz, Anchorage
Christian Diaz goes to Stellar Secondary in Anchorage. He loves fly fishing, dirt biking, getting outdoors, and wants to become a mechanic. He is stoked to learn more about helping his community and those around Alaska – he thinks awareness and education are the first steps to getting involved and solving Alaskan issues like pollution, the Pebble Mine, and crime and violence.
Chloe George, Dillingham
Charla Francis, Arctic Village