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Introducing the 2019-2020 staff for the Hawk Highlights, the only newspaper in the entire world that cares about Galena, Alaska.

Preston Demientieff

Preston Demientieff

My name is Preston Demientieff. My home is Holy Cross, Alaska. My parents are Patricia and Jeffrey Demientieff. I am a middle child of two other siblings. I have schooled in grade school until high school, where I now school at GILA. I am in 11th grade and have been in GILA since my freshman year. For this year’s journalism class I would like to produce something, such as the school yearbook. I would like to receive a fair grade for the effort I put in class. I would be great to come up with a new design for the school newspaper since it has the same design for the last century. I would also like to pass this class and maybe learn something as well.

Erica Isaac

Erica Isaac

My name is Erica Isaac. My home is Marshall, Alaska. My parents are Joseph and Darlene Isaac. My dad is the village police officer and my mom is the school secretary. I grew up with two older brothers, Marcus and Julius. After me is Rhianne, Joanne, and Seth. From elementary to junior high I was schooling in Marshall and now I’m currently at Galena Interior Learning Academy. I also went to summer school at Ulisagvik College in Barrow. I came to GILA, because I wanted a better education than what they give at my home town. This year in Journalism class, I hope to be a better person at writing and interacting with people. I also need to understand the surrounding, because I usually stay in. It would be great to get to know others I haven’t really talk with. Another thing I’d like to do is, be a better person to be the person people go to for help.

Bradley Jackson

Ella Johnson

Malia Johnson

Malia Johnson

My name is Malia Johnson. I’m from North Pole, Alaska. My parents are Amanda Beth and Kimo Johnson. My siblings are Kia and Devin, both of whom are both older than me, and the youngest, who are Maribel and Alice. I went to Arctic Light Elementary and a few other schools in the lower 48 and then come back at the end of elementary at fifth grade and then went to North Pole Elementary and then went to North Pole Middle School and then North Pole High School, and then went to GILA.

I came to GILA because my cousin talked to me about how it is a great school and they have very interesting classes to take that you can’t take at other schools and she told me about the opportunites I have at GILA.

This year in the journalism class my primary goal is to learn something new from the teacher Mr. A and to pass this class and come up with interesting new stuff for the school newspaper and I was told that we have had same the design since 2012. 

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Haley Long

Haley Long

My name is Haley Long. I am from Mountain Village, Alaska, I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, but currently I live in King Salmon, Alaska. My parents are Carol and Jason Johnson. They are both becoming managers. My brother Shane is five years younger than me living with my parents. My sisters Lydia, Amber-Rose, and Aimee are all younger as well. I went to elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska. I am attending high school in Galena, Alaska. I came to GILA because, I want to learn more careers in the health field and get my cosmetology license. This year in journalism class I would like to inform my peers about things that are important involving students. Also, getting them involved with things going on around us and in the community. Something also I would bring up is how we can improve our school and the dorms we live in. Lastly, I think this skill would look amazing on my resume. Thanks for your time.

Celest Kriska

Celest Kriska

My name is Celest Kriska. My home is Galena, Alaska. My parents are Chris and Sharilyn Kriska. My dad is a laborer and my mom is a secretary at SHS. I have 3 siblings; their names are Tanaya, Mckenna and Zyler. I’ve lived in Galena all my life (17 years). I only attended this school only because my family lives here. I joined journalism class so I wouldn’t have to write many papers in the other English class. Being in this class is helping me not having to write so much paper. Also because we can keep the community up to date with all the news that’s happening around the schools. I’m interested in learning how to take videos of what’s going on.

Haley Oktoyak

Haley Oktoyak

My name is Haley Oktoyak. My home is Emmonak, Alaska. My parents are Sharon and Lanny Oktoyak. My brothers are Terrance, Thomas, Theodore, and Lanny Jr. I have one sister, Aaliyah, which was adopted. I went to elementary and middle school in Emmonak, Alaska. I am currently going to Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA) for high school. I am a sophomore. I came to GILA because my three older brothers came here when they were in high school. They told me about their experience here and that convinced me to come to GILA. Four things I’d like to do in this class is that I’d like to learn as much as I can. I’d want to have more fun and less depression-like energy or something like that. Come up with my best ideas would be nice. One last thing would be…I can’t come up with another one.

Halley Paul

My name is Halley Paul. I am from Napakiak, Alaska, but I live in Tuntutuliak, Alaska, I also lived in Bethel, Alaska before moving back to Tuntutuliak, Alaska. My parents are Deanna White, and Dennis Paul. My mother works at the community hall, and my father is deceased. My half-sisters name is Tasha Brink (maiden name Tasha Jenkins), my two brothers are Brandon and Kyle Paul, and my two sisters are Danielle and Jessica Paul. My twin’s name (who passed away when we were two years old) is Elena Paul. I went to elementary school in Napakiak, Alaska (William Miller Memorial School), and Bethel, Alaska (Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat). I decided to come to Galena for the better education and because we have more opportunities after high school and also because school at home isn’t really helpful. This year in journalism class, I am hoping to become a better writer. I am willing to understand things without complications. I am willing to understand journalism and why we are taking it. I am also willing to do things in a understanding way.

Solomon Sage

My name is Solomon Sage. I grew up in the native village of Kivalina, Alaska. My parents are Richard and Judy Sage; I am adopted to them from Donald and Della Booth. My father is an information tech person for the village clinic and my mother is a case worker for the village of Kivalina. My two sister’s names are Rachael and Dianna Sage, living in Kivalina. I went to elementary school in Kivalina, Alaska, and will be graduating high school May 2020. I came to GILA because I wanted a better education; back at home the McQueen School doesn’t have much opportunities there as much as there is here. This year in the journalism class, my goal is to be successful in class and where this class takes me. Also to give the students some interesting news to read.

Matthew Stanley

My name is Matthew Stanley. My home is Seward, Alaska. I was born in Hawaii. My father, Matt Stanley, was military for around 20 years and seven tours around the world with two bronze medals. I have been to California, Washington, Colorado, and Kansas. My mother is Manette  Stanley. She was also military and she just fought cancer; she teaches at an elementary school. I have three siblings – Memphis, Amelia and Riley. I went to elementary in Washington, then Colorado, California, Kansas, and now Alaska. I came to GILA because I want an education that’s good I have tried homeschooling but that doesn’t work out. This year in journalism I want to get a good grades. I want to learn more about journalism. I want to get more credits. I also want to be an impressive student.

Adrienne Turner

My name is Adrienne Turner. My hometown is Holy Cross, AK, but spent some of my years living in Anvik.  My parents are Rebecca Elswick and David Turner. My mom is the tribal clerk and my dad goes firefighting and also works for the tribal. My siblings are Kathleen, Bradley, Kayloni, David, and William. I went to elementary in Holy Cross and Anvik and graduated from the eighth grade in Anvik. I went to Mt. Edgecumbe for a year and decided to try GILA out to see how I like it. I came to GILA because I wanted to see how it was, also wanted to watch my childhood best friends graduate. I’m in this class for the credit.

Rayvn Walker

My name is Ravyn Walker. My hometown is Holy Cross, Alaska. My parents are John Gregory and the late Charlene Taylor and my parents who adopted me are Judi and Alden Walker Sr. My siblings are Jeffery, Ryan, Devyn, Alden Jr, Lucas, Darian, Kaleb, Casey, Mary and Candace. I went to elementary and middle school in Holy Cross. I went to school in Nenana my first semester of freshman year and got kicked out second semester. I went back to Nenana second quarter of sophomore year then transferred from Nenana to GILA second semester of the same year and I’ve been here since then. I came to GILA because I had no choice. I’m only in this class for the credit.

Sierra Walker

My name is Sierra Walker. My hometown is Holy Cross, Alaska. My parents are David and Connie Walker. My dad is the water plant operator and my mom is a health aide. I have five siblings. Their names are Miranda, Dorothy, Jimmy, David, and Davida. I am the youngest. I schooled at home from elementary up until junior year, then I came to GILA. I came to GILA because it’s a better learning experience and I know a lot of people here. This year in journalism class I hope to pass it. I hope to become more advanced at writing. Also, I hope to get improved in interviewing others because I’m such an introvert.

Joe Williams

My name is Joseph Williams. I am from Huslia Alaska but I grew up in Fairbanks. My parents are Joseph Williams, and my mom is Vanessa Derendoff. My brother’s name is Brandon, and Jan Tre Jubilee, and my sister’s name is Dorothy.  I went to elementary school in Fairbanks, then in the second grade my mom made me move to Huslia, where I stayed until my sophomore year of high school. I came to GILA because my mom and sister told me to. I hope to learn a lot more new skills I could use in the real world. If someone needs help I could be there to help them and say, “Hey I took a class in this during high school I could help you out,” I would be able to reach further in life thanks to the stuff I learned in this classroom. I also can make new friends in the journalism field.

Paul Apfelbeck, teacher

My name is Paul Apfelbeck. My home is Galena, Alaska, but I grew up outside New York City in New Jersey and Connecticut, and I spent some time in Oregon and California. I’ve lived in Alaska since 1986. My parents are Joseph and Rhoda Apfelbeck. My father was a draftsman and my mother was the secretary at our high school. My sister Leanne is a chiropractor living in Asheville, North Carolina. I went to elementary school in New Jersey and Connecticut, and graduated from high school in 1974. I have a political science degree from American University, a journalism degree from the University of Oregon, and two master’s degrees in educational technology. My wife Isabella works in the business office at our school and my son Joe is in the engineering program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I’ve been a teacher both at the GILA and SHS campuses since 2001. This year in the journalism class, my primary goal is to have the students produce more videos about the happenings around our school. Since we’re going to be producing the yearbook at the end of the school year, I’d like to see the journalism class do more than just come up with the superlatives. It would be great to come up with a new design for the school newspaper, since we’ve had the same design since 2012. I would like to have us interview more people via Skype so my students can hear from good writers living around the world.