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The staff members of the 2018-2019 Hawk Highlights are:

Wassillie Gust, editor
Rayanne Alick, staff writer
Kaitlyn Barr-Jones, staff writer
Abraham Bjorklund, staff writer
Shelby Killingsworth, staff writer
Michael Waska, staff writer
Justin Stephanoff, staff writer
Sarah Thompson, staff writer

Wassillie Gust

I am Wassillie Gust III. I’m a senior and I am originally from New Stuyahok, Alaska. I am in the journalism class because I just wanted to come back and I really enjoyed this class last school year.

I am really interested in sports and behind the scenes of major events. I hope to learn about how to structure and run a newspaper. The journalism teacher is very funny and always makes the class very interesting.

Sarah Thompson

My name is Sarah Thompson. I’m in eleventh grade. I am from the Alcan Border, Alaska. My parents are Julie Thompson and Michael Thompson. My oldest brother is Chris Thompson and he likes to do outdoor thing and he makes knives.

I hope to accomplish is to pass this journalism class and hopefully like it at the end. I want to write about is the excitement about Galena. The topic I am into is psychology and cosmetology. At the end of this class I want to learn is that to enjoy this journalism. Being in journalism is really fun and I hope to enjoy writing.

Shelby Killingsworth

My name is Shelby Killingsworth, and I’m a junior at the Galena Interior Learning Academy. I am from the small town of Delta Junction, Alaska. My mom’s name is Delora Killingsworth and my father’s name is Jon Loschiavo. They both work on the Missile Defense Base, which is located at Fort Greely, Alaska. I am an only child.

I am in journalism class because I like to write, and I’m new to the Galena community. I hope to accomplish learning more about what happens in Galena, and the everyday life of Galena students and residents. This year, I would like to write about the sports teams and how they do over their seasons because I play a lot of sports and it’s something I enjoy. At the end of this class, I hope to have learned how to write better and to learn about the Galena community.

Justin Stepanoff

My name is Justin Stephanoff. I am a junior and my home town is Russian Mission, which is around 200 or 300 miles down the Yukon River. I am the oldest son of Byron Stephanoff and Justina Tinker. I have only one sister who is attending school here in Galena; her name is Alice Tinker. My brothers are Daren, Noel, Carson, Austin, and Kaid.

I’m looking forward to passing this class and learning what it has to teach. I am adopted out to my dad’s mom and dad or grandparents. I hope to accomplish getting past my junior year. I’m interested in topics that has to do with sports. When it comes to end of the year, I hope to learn how to speak or type better.

Kaitlyn Barr-Jones

My name is Kaitlyn Barr-Jones. I’m a senior from Kotzebue. My parents are Theresa Barr and Rodney Jones Sr. My siblings are Warren Jones, Ella Rush, Rodney Jones Jr., Daniel Jones, and Angel Jones.

I am in the journalism class because I want to gain more knowledge on how to write. The topic I am interested in is cosmetology. By the time class is over, I would hope to learn something new.

Rayanne Alick

My name is Rayanne Alick, and I am from Marshall, Alaska. My mother’s name is Melissa Alick and my father’s name is Joe Fitka. I have 4 other siblings whose names are Jaden Alick, Patrick Fitka, Colton Fitka, and Bria Fitka.

I am in the journalism class because I need one more English credit to graduate and journalism seemed like a better option than the other English classes. I feel confident that I am going to have a passing grade but I guess I’ll just have to see how things go.

I am looking forward to writing about this year’s sports teams and other school activities. By the end of this class, I am hoping to have a better understanding in topics we engage in throughout the school year and increase my writing skills.

Michael Waska