Introducing the 2020-2021 staff for the Hawk Highlights, the only newspaper in the entire world that cares about Galena, Alaska.

Emily Harry

My name is Emily Harry. My parents are Martin and Bertha Harry. My father recently was terminated from being a manager at a store in Alakanuk, and my mother works as an employee at a Corp office. My sisters are Catrina, who is 30; Marsha, 28; Marissa, 25; and Regina, 23. My youngest brother is Tallor, who is 12. I lived in Alakanuk for 12 years, then I moved to Pilot Station for three years, and then moved back to Alakanuk from then up to this day.

I am 17 years old and currently a senior at Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA). I attended GILA since the 2017-18 school year. Before GILA, I attended Pilot Station and Alakanuk schools. I’ve been in school plays and competitions throughout my high school years. After high school, I plan to achieve the thing I always wanted to be and that would be teaching elementary school.

Life at the dorms during this pandemic would be one of the things I’d like to discuss because it is very different from previous years.

Morgan Malemute

My name is Morgan Malemute. My parents are Mary and Jason Malemute. My brother is Biggie, who is 12 years old. I lived in Koyukuk all my life, but I am attending school in Galena for my freshman year.

I am in the 14 and in the ninth grade. I attended Ella B. Vernetti School for my kindergarten to my eighth grade year. I have played a few basketball games for my school and attended basketball camp.

In journalism class I would like to learn more about journalism.

Charlene Redfox

My name is Charlene Redfox. My parents are Charlie and Lorraine Redfox. My brothers and sisters are Cyril Jones, 25; Ursula Jones, 24; Katie Redfox, 15; Charlie Redfox III, 13; and Xavier Redfox, 11. I’m from Emmonak, Alaska. I lived there for 14 years, then I moved to Sitka, Alaska, in August 2018 and lived there for a couple years schooling in Mt. Edgecumbe.

I’m 17 and currently a junior. I attended Emmonak School up until my eighth grade year. Then I schooled at Mt. Edgecumbe for my freshman year, and the first semester of my sophomore year. I transferred to Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA) the second semester of my sophomore year. I’ve been in JV volleyball and Native Youth Olympics my freshman and sophomore year.

Virgil Sam Jr.

My name is Virgil Sam. My parents are Virgil and Susie Sam. My father works at the city of Galena as an electrician and my mother works for Louden Tribal Council. My brothers and sisters are Carolyn, Ethan, and Anthony. Carolyn works for the city of Galena and Ethan works in Fairbanks.

I am 17 years old, and I am a senior at Sidney C. Huntington School and I attended this school all 12 years. I play basketball, and I was also on the cross-country running team. In the future, I would like to pursue my goals of becoming a commercial airline pilot.  

Life in the village is one of many things I will be covering in this year’s journalism class.

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