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Galena runners pull ahead

Korta first, boys team third at Palmer

Members of the Galena Hawks cross-country team are, from left, Leah McElwee, Mariah Wigley, Trenton Ambrose, Jacob Moos, Kaleb Korta, Joseph Apfelbeck, Sarah Brown, Zelek McNeilly, Isaac McElwee, and Travis Heard.
Thanks to Jon Korta for this photo

  Galena junior cross-country runner Kaleb Korta was first among the boys in the 5-kilometer course at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6, with a time of 16 minutes, 51 seconds, eight seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Unalaska.

  The team's strong showing overall put the Hawks boys cross-country team in third place overall against other teams in divisions 1A, 2A, and 3A. There were 89 runners in the boys race.

  Galena co-coach Jon Korta was upbeat at the airport when his team arrived back in town on Sunday morning. Cross-country teams are scored by the finishing place of each runner; the team with the most high-place finishers comes in first. The combined effort of this year's runners put Galena, with only seven runners, far ahead of other competitors with many more runners.

  "In the past, we just haven't had the depth," said coach Korta.

  Not only is the depth there right now, it shows promise of getting better. The two Galena runners pulling up behind Kaleb were freshmen Jacob Moos and Trenton Ambrose. Jacob came in 16th place with a time of 18:13; Trenton came in 30th place with 19:10.

  In the girls race, Sarah Brown, a sophomore from Galena, came in 15th place with a time of 22:13. There were 66 runners in the girls race.

  "She had a really strong showing," said co-coach Molissa Bifelt.

  Other boy runners whose efforts contributed to the overall team scoring were Joseph Apfelbeck, a junior from Galena with a time of 19:29 and Zelek McNeilly with a time of 20:07.

  Times for the other runners were Isaac McElwee, 21:38; Travis Heard, 24:19; Mariah Wigley, 24:38; and Leah McElwee, 32:29.

  The Hawks cross-country team goes next to Delta Invitational this Saturday.

  Links to other media coverage of the Palmer Invitational can be found at:

  The Alaska Dispatch has a nice overview of the race.

  The race as seen from The Frontiersman in Wasilla.

  The results of the Palmer Invitational meet

  Galena cross-country runners were also shown on Channel 2's 10 p.m. newscast on Saturday, Sept. 6. We'll link that as soon as it becomes available.

Published 7 Sept 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

First solo flight filmed by student

Sam Nash and the aviation program plane.
Photo courtesy GILA aviation department

  Galena Interior Learning Academy senior Sam Nash recently filmed his first solo flight. It's an important step in getting a private pilot's license. He is taught by aviation instructor Josh Kaufield.

  The video can be seen at the The Hawk Highlights channel on YouTube.

  We'll have more information about Sam's solo flight in upcoming editions of the school newspaper.

Published 7 Sept 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

Student's medical training helps fallen worker

Emmie Ellis, on right, is shown here at the ceremony where she received her emergency trauma technician certification at the GILA auditorium in April 2013.

Emmie Ellis was the first medical responder at a serious workplace accident on Wednesday.

The site of the accident at Ptarmigan Hall on Wednesday evening.

By the Highlights staff

  When a construction worker fell off the Ptarmigan Hall roof on Wednesday evening, the first medical responder on the scene was GILA senior Emmie Ellis.

  Emmie became a state certified emergency trauma technician in 2013 following her training in GILA's health sciences program. When the construction worker tumbled 35 feet to the ground after slipping on a rain-slick rooftop, Emmie was meeting with residence hall dean of students Ben Blasco.

  "We saw him fall," she said. After calling 911, she and Mr. Blasco ran outside. "He looked like he had partially fallen onto the concrete."

  Emmie's emergency medical training kicked in. "He was obviously distraught," Emmie said. The 17-year-old from Delta Junction told the construction worker she was an emergency medical technician, and she asked several questions to check his coherence.

  Mr. Blasco went to get the ambulance. "I stayed with the patient," she said. "I made sure he didn't move. He might have had cervical spine injuries."

  Without a first aid kit, Emmie said her primary obligation was to stay and comfort the fallen man and wait for assistance.

  "That was one of the first real critical situations I had been in," she said. "I kept my skills with me and responded how I was trained to."

  After graduation, Emmie plans to get her degree in biology from Idaho State University, followed by advanced degrees at Washington Medical School in Seattle, where she wants to be either an emergency room doctor or an oncologist.

  Tim Fritzler, the worksite superintendent for Wolverine Supply of Wasilla, was on the roof 25 feet away from his coworker when the accident occurred. He said the worker was tearing off the old roofing as it was raining about 6:15 p.m.

  "Since it was wet and slick, [the roofing material] slipped out of his hands and he fell backwards," he said.

  Mr. Fritzler said the construction worker was 22 years old from Anchorage.

  The worker had six broken ribs, one of which punctured his left lung, although about 85 percent of the lung capacity could still be used. "He has about a 1-inch laceration to the head," he said. "He will have to have surgery for a broken jaw."

  The worker was lucky to have fallen in mud, he said. "He left a 4-inch impression in the ground."

  Workers from Wolverine Supply have been replacing the old roof on the residence hall, which has been leaking. They're replacing the old roof with 8 inches of new insulation, a layer of material containing fiberglass and sheet rock, and a water barrier. The work is due to be done after Labor Day.

  Galena Chief of Police Aaron Parker said he received many calls from concerned people after the worker fell from the roof. The clinic ambulance arrived shortly after receiving the calls, and Lifeflight air transport carried the man to Providence Hospital in Anchorage around 8:30 p.m.

  Even though the accident had the potential to be life-threatening, "he is expected to survive and recover fully," Chief Parker said. "It was quite a relief this morning to find out he's going to be fine."

Published 28 August 2014 at 9:13 p.m.

The elementary and high school staff before starting the inservice at the SHS campus on Aug. 14.

Staff gathers to prepare for the new school year

  Elementary and high school teachers gathered at the SHS campus on Thursday to focus on strengthening curriculum and improving instruction.

  The returning staff was joined by three new teachers - language arts teacher Kate Quinn, social studies teacher Brian Davis, and science and math teacher Corrie Lambrecht.

  There are a number of new classes being offered at the school this year. The media and information technology classes will offer digital photography, a new class that joins digital video, web page authoring, and journalism. The three computer instruction classes will offer students the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office certification.

  There are also new classes in emergency medical technician training, Alaska fisheries, college writing, and small engine repair, and there's a new focus on rural sustainability.

Published 14 August 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

Drawing on her dreams

Kate Quinn, the new language arts teacher in Galena.

  It's natural for Kate Quinn to be in the classroom.

  "I've always wanted to teach in some capacity," she said, sharing stories about how she'd draw schools, like a young architect, for fun when she was a child.

  Maybe it runs in the family. Miss Quinn's mother, Wendy Quinn, has been working as an an elementary school teacher since 1977, including a long-time stint as the fifth and sixth grade teacher at University Park Elementary School in Fairbanks. Miss Quinn's father, Dennis Quinn, worked for the Alaska Railroad.

  Miss Quinn will be teaching American literature, composition, and creative writing at the GILA campus.

  She was born and raised in Fairbanks, going to elementary school at University Park and high school at West Valley. She graduated in 2006. During her time at West Valley, she was a member of the National Honor Society and played for the soccer team and track and field in shot put and discus.

  She was also the kicker for the West Valley Wolfpack football team, scoring one point during her season. "My team sucked. I'm not going to lie," she said.

  Miss Quinn earned her bachelor of arts in English, with a minor in Spanish, from Washington State University in 2010.

  After graduation, she went to Grenada, Spain, for three months to study Spanish language, culture, and literature. When she returned, she spent a year substituting in Fairbanks schools.

  Her master's degree work consisted of a long commute between Alaska and Washington, D.C. While she was in Washington, D.C., she worked on her master's degree in literature at American University; while in Fairbanks, she focused on the UAF teaching credential program. Miss Quinn graduated from American University in May 2014.

  Galena is her first teaching assignment. She said that her goal was to have students embrace literature and enjoy reading. Miss Quinn said she really likes music, literature, and art from the modernism era in the 1920s, which includes writers such as Hemingway, Joyce, and Fitzgerald.

Published 15 August 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

Teacher has eyes on the sky

Corrie Lambrecht in her student teaching classroom before arriving in Galena.
Photo courtesy Corrie Lambrecht

  Corrie Lambrecht comes to Galena via the heavens.

  Ten years ago, the new science and math teacher was peering into the night sky at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's observatory, working on projects during the summer to go along with her undergraduate work in astrophysics. "I fell in love with astronomy when I was in high school," she said.

  Even in the retelling about her experiences at Los Alamos, she is upbeat and excited describing the first time she saw Saturn though the telescope, the thrill of seeing the four largest Jovian moons, or the joy of seeing distant globular clusters and galaxies while setting up the specialized cameras needed for astronomy.

  Like all workplaces, though, there's a downside. "I loved astronomy, but I get bored working by myself," she said. "I like science, but I like people, too."

  Ms. Lambrecht will teach physical science, geology, and algebra 1 in the upcoming school year. Her classroom is at the SHS campus.

  Ms. Lambrecht was born in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of the Rev. Buzz and Diane Lambrecht. Her father was a pastor for the United Methodist Church. Most of her childhood was spent in western Kansas. "The town I'm probably the fondest of is Protection," she said.

  Most of the towns she grew up in had several hundred residents - the smallest about 200, the rest around 500-600, so Galena's population isn't a surprise. She graduated valedictorian in a class of 43 from Wabaunsee High School in Alma, Kan. "It was the biggest school I went to," she said.

  After spending several years at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's astrophysics program, she moved to Albuquerque, deciding to earn her bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology, with a minor in religious studies, from the University of New Mexico.

  While living in Albuquerque, she volunteered with Catholic Charities to work with refugees, most notably from civil wars in central Africa, the genocide in Rwanda, and resettlement of Tibetans in New Mexico.

  During this time, she started tutoring children from local families, with a focus on science and math.

  After earning her bachelor's degree, she moved to Alaska, where she earned her master's degree in secondary education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This is her first teaching assignment. "I'm really excited to live by the banks of the Yukon River," she said.

  Ms. Lambrecht arrives in Galena with her companion Nick Hruby, whose sister Melinda is a 2008 alumnus of GILA. He is originally from Tok.

  Mr. Hruby most recently worked as a mechanical engineer in aerospace design for Reitech Global, but quit his position to join Ms. Lambrecht in Galena. He's interested in sustainable energy and has already reached out to those involved with the boarding school's biomass energy project.

Published 12 August 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

Social studies teacher prepared

Brian Davis, the new social studies teacher on the GILA campus.

  Galena's new social studies teacher says he's pretty much done it all. He's not kidding.

  Brian Davis spent 10 years at the Open Bible Christian School in Newberg, Ore., a small, private school for elementary and high school students.

  "I was the only high school social studies teacher there," he said, where he taught courses ranging from world history and United States history to advanced placement European history, economics, philosophy, psychology, comparative politics, and a seminar on World War II. And physical education classes. And Bible study. Plus he worked at times as the vice-principal, the lead teacher, and the student activities director.

  "And my last year I ran our own very small athletic department," he said.

  But there was something waiting over the horizon. "I've always dreamt of living in Alaska," he said, adding that he's had a lifelong interest in different cultures and seeing how other people live. For three years, Mr. Davis was the high school social studies teacher in the villages of Scammon Bay and Marshall.

  He said the Galena's reputation for education excellence was well known in the villages where he taught.

  Mr. Davis will teach government, Alaska studies, and geography at the GILA campus.

  "My goal is to get the kids to have the same passion and love for history that I have," he said.

  The son of Winnie and Gary Davis, he was born and raised in Salem, Ore., where he graduated from McKay High School in 1993. Following graduation, he earned a bachelor's degree in history, with a minor in political science, from Regis University in Denver. His history degree focused on Asian and European studies.

  Mr. Davis has also did post-baccalaureate coursework at Corban University in Salem, Ore., for social studies education. He completed the program in 1999.

Published 13 August 2014 at 9:16 p.m.

New teachers arriving this fall


Staff writers

  Galena students will meet three new high school teachers next year, according to Beth Buchanan, principal of curriculum and instruction.

  Kate Quinn will be teaching language arts at the GILA Campus. She is living in Fairbanks, Alaska and did her student teaching at North Pole High School.

  Corrie Lambrecht will be teaching math and science at the SHS campus. She applied for a resident advisor position at Ptarmigan Hall last year and was accepted, but decided to finish her master's degree instead. She has taught at North Pole High School before.

  Brian Davis will be teaching social studies at the GILA Campus. Mr. Davis is living in Juneau, Alaska right now, and has taught in the Yupiit School District.

  The position is still open to replace the departing Wilma Omnik as the cosmetology instructor.

Published 10 July 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

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Hawk Highlights photo galleries
Village Science Expo / SHS Elementary Science Fair

Saturday night theater at GILA!
The Foul Fish Man, And Other Alaskan Tales
Fifth Annual Boutique and Fashion Show
Ptarmigan Hall Improvisation Group

Basketball and senior appreciation night - March 1, 2014
Senior night
Galena Lady Hawks 55 / Hutchison Lady Hawks 51
Galena Hawks 56 / Hutchison Hawks 69

Basketball - February 28, 2014
Galena girls C team 23 / Galena JV Lady Hawks 16
Galena Lady Hawks 33 / Hutchison Lady Hawks 30
Galena Hawks 56 / Hutchison Hawks 48

Junior varsity tournament
February 1, 2014
Galena JV boys 75 / Galena boys C team 54
Galena JV girls 36 / Galena girls C team 19
Galena JV boys 65 / Huslia Hustlers 37
Galena JV Lady Hawks 13 / Huslia Lady Hustlers 41

Tournament award winners

January 31, 2014
Lady Hawks junior varsity games
Boys junior varisty - photo gallery one
Boys junior varisty - photo gallery two

Jan. 24, 2014 basketball games
Lady Hawks 56 / Eielson 42
Boys team - Hawks 60 / Eielson 15
Little Hawks
Jan. 25, 2014 basketball games
Lady Hawks 58 / Eielson 30
Boys team - Hawks 68 / Eielson 28
Junior varsity boys' and girls' teams vs. "C" teams

Class of 2013 graduation - first photo gallery
Class of 2013 graduation - second photo gallery
Class of 2013 graduation - third photo gallery
Class of 2013 graduation - fourth photo gallery
Prom 2013 - first gallery
Prom 2013 - second gallery
Prom 2013 - third gallery
Afterprom party
Feb. 15, 2013, basketball games
Lady Hawks 49, Monroe 25
Galena boys 23, Monroe 40
Feb. 16, 2013, basketball games
Galena boys 38, Monroe 79
Lady Hawks 42, Monroe 45
Graduating seniors honored
Little Hawks - future champions on the court
Feb. 1, 2013, basketball games
Galena boys 59, Delta 55
Lady Hawks 46, Delta 43
Feb. 2, 2013, basketball games
Lady Hawks 46, Delta 50
Galena boys 51, Delta 54
Jan. 18, 2013 JV tournament basketball games
Lady Hawks against Huslia
Galena boys against Huslia
Lady Hawks against Tanana
Jan. 19, 2013, JV tournament basketball games
Galena boys against Tanana
Lady Hawks against Huslia
Galena boys against Huslia
Award ceremony winners

JV intersquad game Jan. 11, 2013
Varsity boys vs. Tikigaq Jan. 11, 2013
JV intersquad Jan. 12, 2013
Lady Hawks intersquad Jan. 12, 2013
Varsity boys vs. Tikigaq Jan. 12, 2013

Lady Hawks vs. Nome Dec. 15, 2012
Lady Hawks vs. Nome Dec. 14, 2012

Galena swim meet November 2012
Hawk wrestlers demo exhibition November 2012
Veteran's Day gala by elementary students Nov. 8, 2012
Stephen Blanchett at elder's center Nov. 7, 2012
Stephen Blanchett working with students Nov. 8, 2012
Halloween parade at senior center Oct. 31, 2012
Halloween carnival Oct. 31, 2012
Junior high basketball tournament Oct. 20, 2012
Yukon Jamboree Oct. 6, 2012

WISA photos day one - ski racing March 2012
WISA photos day two - biathlon March 2012
WISA photos day three - relay race March 2012
WISA photos day three - awards ceremony March 2012

Spring carnival photos (page two) March 2012
Spring carnival photos (page one) March 2012

News articles
January-May 2014
Cyberbullying law proposed
Student takes his first solo flight
School board director sees GILA
Wilkinson is new counselor
Health academy on campus
Health careers focus of trip
Mr. A is new tech teacher
GILA looks at welding, small engines grant
Students hear relationship talk
March for Respect
Galena gets new police chief
Students present fashion show, play, film
Iditarider pedals through
Galena youth delegates head to TCC convention
Iditaread arrives
Law officers recruit students
IDEA visitors enjoy campus
Health academy offered
Solo pilots soar over school
Students serve up Valentines for elders
Mr. Lamkin is new English teacher
Elementary teachers honored for successes
September 2013
Welcome potlatch
Dorm counselor now at GILA
January-May 2013
Graduation ceremony
Village Science Expo shows traditions in a new way
Activities Fair shows off Galena student talents
Staff writer honored with Washington D.C. internship
Science fair brings crowds to elementary gym
Military Youth Academy leader joins respect march
EXTREME Face-Off winner crowned
New admissions coordinator joins GILA staff
Get ready for testing
Firefighting classes offered to Galena students
Changes coming next year
IDEA Battle of the Books teams take state titles
Readfest event links students and families to books
Iron Dog kids head out
BMX bikers talk and perform at the SHS gym
Aviation teacher Josh Kaufield named Pilot of the Year
'I was the only person on Earth'
Five GILA aviation students take their first solo flights
Compost at the dining hall
Big stink wafts across campus
New solar panels supplying power for Galena students
Student filmmakers put on show
Doyon officials visit school seeking potential hires
District seeks money to create HQ building classrooms
Automotive classes are getting driving simulator
August-December 2012
Cosmetology program earns national recognition
College recruiters on campus
Newest school board member promotes success
Presidential election survey has surprising results
Career preparation program begins
Administrators switch positions
Students in drug-free week celebration
GILA student invited to elders and youth conference
Motivational speaker warmly greeted
New shop building dedicated
Sen. Murkowski speaks to journalism class
Orientation starts the school year
Community welcomes teachers at potluck
Summer 2012
Staff gathers for group photo before school starts
Winter cold won't bother new GILA principal
Ms. Brokaw is new middle school teacher
New social studies teacher welcomed to GILA
Student-grown potatoes are growing well
January-May 2012
Students finish year earning private pilot's licenses
Elementary science fair shows off knowledge to community
Kids swarm all over GILA campus searching for Easter eggs
March for Respect in Galena
Man runs frozen river for suicide prevention
ERA Aviation gives school major donation
Riff@n*Hook Festival was exhilarating
New cosmo teacher welcomed to GILA
Students survive record cold temps with ease
Galena performer has CD celebration
Globetrotters dazzle Galena students

January-May 2014
Louden donates $5,000 to NYO
Pass The Oxygen team wins Yukon shootout
Galena dominates WISA
Galena skiers sweep Arctic Games
Mrs. Buchanan, Mr. Karlberg honored as coaches of the year
Girls fifth at state
SHS junior high students wins international medal at Arctic Winter Games/a>
Lady Hawks head to state
Buzzer beater beats boys
Community comes out to support Arctic Winter Game athletes
Girls sweep road trip
Boys battle Monroe, Delta
New NYO coach
Boys, girls beat up visiting Eielson
January-May 2013
Galena students going to Arctic Winter Games
Swim meet
Welding class builds new gym equipment
All seven girls place at state wrestling tournament
Hawks go up against Hutchison, Monroe Catholic
GILA junior makes winning shot
Lady Hawks finally beat Harpoonerettes in Pt. Hope
Cross-country skiing starts
Huslia Hustlers sweep Junior Varsity Tournament
August-December 2012
Four wrestlers compete at state tournament
Preseason basketball preview
Galena swim team raises $760 at mock meet for athletes
Two wrestlers take top honors at Hutch Meltdown
Hawk wrestlers demonstrate diverse skills at exhibition
Galena volleyball player named to All-Tourney squad
WNBA player shares life experiences
Mom's achievement inspires GILA teen
Lady Hawks volleyball team wins sportsmanship award
Two wrestlers earn Bush Brawl tourney medals
Galena junior high teams sweep tourney 1,2,3
Hawk wrestlers make it to finals
Galena runner fifth at state championship
January-May 2012
Galena swimmer headed to Junior Olympic trials
Lady Hawks win state championship, community honors effort

Hawk Highlights audio
Graduation ceremony - May 17, 2013
Listen to the outstanding performance by Curtis Richardson of the song "Soul Shine" at the 2013 Galena graduation ceremony
Riff@n*Hook finale concert podcast - March 30, 2013

Hawk Highlights video
Galena teachers Alyson Esmailka and Cathy Evans were showcased for their talents in their art classes on KTUU Channel 2's newshour on March 13, 2013. Thanks to Channel 2 reporter Dan Carpenter for highlighting the hard work of Galena teachers.
BMX bikers demonstrate skills at the SHS gym - March 2013.
Freshman Anthony Sam's full-court basket at the buzzer at the end of the Huslia game - Jan. 11, 2013
2013 EXTREME Face-Off performers
      Curtis Richardson - first
      Dylan Paslov
      Kayla Stepetin
      Candace Cox
      Kenny Chaliak
      Curtis Richardson - second
      Aaron Cox
Many thanks to Isaac McElwee for these video clips
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Saturday, Sept. 13
Community movie night
This week's community movie is God Is Not Dead, rated PG. The showing begins at 6 p.m. It is 114 minutes long.

Saturday, Oct. 11
Mixed-six volleyball
The mixed-six volleyball tournament is at the SHS gym with teams consisting of students grades 7 and older and community residents. Admission is $2 per person. Teams who want to register should see Keilah Redman at the SHS campus by Oct. 8. The cost is $20 per team. The event features a player auction, fish, baked goods, and more./h5>