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The staff of the Hawk Highlights, spring semester 2016.

The staff of the Hawk Highlights, spring semester 2016.

Raymond Bell
Hello! My name is Raymond Bell. I am from Hooper Bay, AK. My parents are Moese Joe and Wilma Bell-Joe. I only know my mom’s side of the family. My grandparents are Joseph Bell and Maggie Bell. I have two sisters and two brothers. My sister’s names are Danzel Bell and Fiona Tinker. My brother’s names are Joseph Tinker and Quentin Joe, and I am the oldest. I want to become a welder, teacher, and a firefighter. Most of my childhood, I was good and a kind person. Now I am going for my dream jobs. I used to school at Hooper Bay, and now I am attending Galena Interior Learning Academy as a junior to explore new opportunities before my high school career is over.
Lydia Chunak
My name is Lydia Chunak. My parents are Matrona Gust and Wassillie Chunak Jr., and my grandparents are Julia and late Wassillie Chunak Sr., also Mary Ann and Wassillie (Wally) Gust. I have four siblings, three brothers, and one sister. My oldest brother is Lawrence Gust. He is 21 and he is in training for the military. My second oldest brother is Travis Chunak. He is 20 and he’s attending Job Corps; this is his first year there. My baby brother is Wassillie Chunak III (Anguak). He is in elementary school, and my baby sister is Matrona Chunak. She is in the fifth grade. I am from New Stuyahok and the school’s name is “Chief” Ivan Blunka School. When I was a kid, I used to like to play out in the dirt, make club houses, play house, and have fun with Barbies. I am attending at the Galena Interior Learning Academy as a sophomore.
Colby Esmailka
My name is Colby Esmailka. My parents are Erica and Justin Esmailka. I have one sister and seven brothers, and my sister is younger than me. I was born in Fairbanks, AK. I spent most of my childhood in Kaltag, AK. I spent most of my childhood hunting, fishing, camping, playing baseball and traveling. I went to Kaltag School for elementary and I am in tenth grade.
Kassandra Danielle Anigniq Goodwin
My name is Kassandra Danielle Anigniq Goodwin. My parents are Wesley Goodwin and Anita Sun. My father’s parents are Elmer Goodwin Sr. and Delores Swimmer. My mother’s parents are Nellie Griest and Oscar Griest Sr. I am from Kotzebue, Alaska. I have three brothers and three sisters. My oldest brother is Matthew Goodwin. He graduated from GILA in 2010. My second oldest brother is Darvin Goodwin. He attended GILA his freshman year, and got kicked out his sophomore year. My youngest brother is Brett Goodwin. My dad adopted him from my sister, because she was too young to raise a baby. My oldest sister is Michelle Kubalack. My dad made her before he married my mom. My second oldest sister is Beverly Griest. My mom had her before she married my dad. My youngest sister is Shianne Henry. She was adopted out of my family by my mom’s sister. I’ve been to June Nelson Elementary school, Kotzebue Middle High School and attending, Galena Interior Learning Academy as a freshman. When I was a kid, I would always b outdoors. My dad’s side of the family would always take my brothers and me fishing, camping, and boating. I grew up only knowing my dad’s side of the family. I have no clue what I want to do here at the Hawk Highlights.
Branden Hildebrand
My name is Branden Hildebrand. My parents are Jennifer and Brian Hildebrand. I have one brother named Aaren (with an “E”) Sommer. I am from Galena, Alaska, but I often go to Nulato. I went to school in Galena at Sidney C. Huntington School, and Andrew K. Demoski School in Nulato. As a kid, I liked to be outdoors a lot. I am currently going to school Sidney C. Huntington School as a sophomore. I want to pass this class and not regret taking it.
Brianne Jones
My name is Brianne Jones. My parents are Charlie and Jennifer Olanna. My father was in the Army, and my mom was in the National Guard. I have three younger brothers, Christopher Jones, Gregory Kalerak, and Kash Kalerak. I also have one younger sister, Sharla Kalerak, who is now in junior high and is currently attending Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School. I am originally from Deering, Alaska, but I moved to Brevig Mission in 2004. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I went to the Brevig Mission School during most of my childhood. Growing up, I used to spend most of my time at fish camp, and go berry picking near Sunset Mountain and Moonlight Mountain. My parents would take me and my siblings boating upriver, and we would explore the country. I am now in eleventh grade and currently attending the Galena Interior Learning Academy. I would like to write about some of the sport events, and also the plays and events that happen on the other campus.
Melissa Kost
My name is Melissa Kost. My biological parents are Tim Kost and Beda Prentice and my step-father is John Prentice. My grandparents are Alfred and Ethel Adams and Bill and Kathy Kost. I have four sisters; Yaiyuk Prentice, Chloe Prentice, Annette Adams, and Olga Beans. I have six brothers; Isaac Prentice, Adam Prentice, Denin Prentice, Joshua, Bill Iyutunguk, and Nikko Adams. I am from Koyuk, Alaska, near Nome, and I went to the Koyuk Malimiut School through elementary school. I loved to go out and explore every little thing that caught my eyes. I am now attending the Galena Interior Learning Academy as a junior to explore new opportunities before my high school career is over. I want to hear a lot of inspirational things at the Hawk Highlights.
Ashlynn Kowchee
My name is Ashlynn Kowchee. The people who raised me are Charlie Kowchee and Diane Scott. My grandparents are Fred and Rose Kowchee. My sister are Sueann, Joricha, and Irene. My brothers are Charlie Jr. (we call him boy), Xavier (we call him Aalik), Timothy (we call him Kup-Kup), and Chase. I was born in Kotzebue, but I spent all of my childhood in Nome. In my elementary year, I went to Nome Elementary School. Now I am going to school at the Galena Interior Learning Academy, I am in ninth grade. What I liked as a kid were planes. I would like to be writing about sports for the Hawk Highlights.
Lennea Picnalook
I am Lennea K. Picnalook and my nickname is Doll. My parents are Margaret Picnalook and Gilbert Tocktoo. My brothers are Michael Picnalook, Kyle Picnalook, Shawn Tocktoo, Elmer Tocktoo, Ryan Tocktoo, and Cameron Tocktoo. Sandra Olanna and Jenna Picnalook are my two older sisters. I am from a northwestern village known as Brevig Mission that’s 86 miles out of Nome. As a kid, I really enjoyed being outdoors with my mother and ahka-grandma Arlene. Right now I am attending Galena Interior Learning Academy as a junior. Before I came here, I attended the Brevig Mission School. I am taking this journalism class to improve my writing skills and to learn more about the subject I love.
Chloe Tinker
My name is Chloe Tinker, daughter of John Jr. and Beverly Tinker. My grandparents are John Sr. and Anna Tinker, as well as Arthur Sr. and Ruth Heckman. My father is the co-manager of the Pilot Station Native Store and my mother is a stay-at-home parent. I have eight siblings, two brothers and six sisters. My eldest half-brother, Daniel Fitka, was adopted not too long after birth to my great auntie, Liz Fitka, my grandfather’s sister. My two older sisters, Vera and Tselane (the “T” in Tselane’s name is silent), both have one child. Tselane has a part-time job as a clerk at the Alaska Commercial Company. Tia, my younger sister, is attending Galena Interior Learning Academy as a freshman. Anastasia, also known as “Botso,” is attending the Pilot Station School as a seventh grader. Meredith, Cadence, and John III are all in elementary school, mainly between first and fifth grade. In my elementary and middle school years, I attended the Pilot Station School. In my freshman year, I attended the Nenana City Public School from August 22 through October 9. From October 11 through December 9, I was attending the Yukon Flats School District. Since December 9, I have finished off my freshman year at the Pilot Station School. During my sophomore year, I have attended the Nenana City Public School for 2 months, from September 24 through November 17. From November 14 through December 17, I attended the Pilot Station School. Now I attend Galena Interior Learning Academy. As a child, I grew up thinking I was a boy. I used to cry to get my hair cut to the length of my dad’s. My family and I would go onto various boat trips, including berry picking, camping, and going to different villages. When we don’t go on boat trips, I would go out and play with my friends. My friends and I would either play at the playground, shoot each other with toy guns, climb trees, and enjoy our little child selves. In this journalism class, I would like to help the Hawk Highlights with writing interesting stories.
Tanisha Uisok
My name is Tanisha Uisok. My parents are Emmanuel Mike (stepdad) and Theresa Uisok, and my grandparents are Evan and Mary Uisok. I have seven siblings; two brothers and five sisters, who are all in grade school – Joel, LeAnn Redfox, Arielle, Sonya, Ivan, Charlene, and Amelia Mike. LeAnn is adopted out and Charlene passed on in 2010. I was born in Bethel, Alaska. I was raised by my grandparents in Emmonak. During my seventh and tenth grade year, I went to school in Kotlik and lived with my uncle Joseph Uisok. I grew up with my favorite play mate, Amanda Uisok. Our favorite activity was to do anything our little minds can think of as children. I am now in the eleventh grade schooling in the Galena Interior Learning Academy. I’d like to write for the Hawk Highlights.