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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
Pierce Brower, staff writer
Shelby Killingsworth, staff writer
Tomica Neeley, staff writer
Alyshia Patterson, 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.

Pierce Brower

My name is Pierce Brower. I am a junior at GCSD, and I am originally from Hernando, Mississippi, but I just moved to Tanana, Alaska last year. My parents are named Randall and Amy Brower. I have two siblings: a twenty-five-year-old sister named Taylor and a twenty-three-year-old brother named Grayson.

I am in journalism class purely by chance, but hopefully I’ll find a new passion in journalism. I hope to work with the staff of the Galena City School District to make changes for the better of the schools. I want to write about school events and changes. I am interested in veterinary medicine, video games, and writing. I hope to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the people in and around the Galena campuses.

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.

Tomica Neeley

My name is Tomica Neeley. I am in the eleventh grade, and I am from three separate places, actually. I was born on the Crow Reservation in Montana; I spent the first twelve years of my life in Gulkana, Alaska along the Copper River; then, after some travelling around, I moved back in with my mom in Anchorage. My mom’s name is Feather Neeley and my father has passed away. I have a younger sister named Asya (Ah-say-YAH) and a younger brother named Charlie, who we call Boots. My real family would be the friends I have made in the last year. Sadly, they have all graduated.

In the Journalism class I hope to pass with at least a “B.” I would like to write about anything but sports if possible, and I enjoy politics and spreading word about stopping racism and police brutality.

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

Alyshia Patterson

Rayanne Alick