Earlier this year, Jacob Hakari, the son of Charles and Nancy Hakari, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for young poets. Hakari is in 8th grade at Thunder Mountain Academy. His poem was selected from thousands of entries as one of the top 10 in his grade division. The contest was held for all students in grades 4-12. The top 10 poets in each grade division are each being recognized by receiving special recognition in the poetry anthology "A Celebration of Young Poets," by receiving a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $50 savings bond.
Sarah Moore, a 2002 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was one of two delegates selected to represent Alaska at the National Youth Science Camp this summer from June 28 to July 22. Moore and 96 other high school graduates from across the country participated in the prestigious four-week program, which is in its 39th year. The camp is in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, and merges aspects of science, outdoors, arts and music.
Amelia Wilson Ruerup graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor's in justice and a minor in English. Ruerup, her husband, Danny, and two sons, Kyran and Ronin, live in Fairbanks. She previously lived in Hoonah and Juneau, and received encouragement and financial aid from the Hoonah Indian Association, the Hoonah Heritage Foundation and Sealaska.