Meet the 2018 Civics & Conservation Summit Teens

Ronald Adams

I’m 15 years old and my way of life is very important. Way of life-Eskimo games, speaking Eskimo and hunting is dying out. I love to hunt for my food and help out our community. I have a family of 3 brothers and 6 sisters. My parents love to hunt our food.

Breanna Andersen

Hi! My name’s Breanna and I go to UAS and Raven Homeschool! I love art and do anything I can to serve my community. I moved to Alaska about 2 years ago and fell in love with everything about it– especially the community. I’m very passionate about the issues in Juneau and Alaska as a whole from problems about climate change to the homeless population.

Danny Brady

My name is Danny Brady. I was, and continue to be, raised in Skagway Alaska, a small community in the Southeast region of the state. I have always had a deep love for nature and a relentless yearning to preserve its beauty and wonder. I have traveled all over the state and outside the country, to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, talking and learning about many environmental stressors, but climate change specifically; and recently my focus has been on how we can take action against climate change by using positions in our governments to make solidify progress faster than what the average climate march can do. AYEA’s Civics and Conservation Summit was an obvious event to take part in as someone who is both passionate about the environment and a future career in legislature. I run, hike, play basketball, but what I like above all else is to expand my knowledge of all things, via intellectual discussions with intellectual people.

Mikelle Chayalkun

My name is Mikelle Chayalkun and I’m 16 years old. I school here in Chevak, Alaska and I’m in 11th grade. I like to play basketball and help those people who need help.

Chiara Demientieff

My name is Chiara Demientieff and I am a 15 year old sophomore. I go to a boarding school in Galena called the Galena Interior Learning Academy. I enjoy meeting new people, having interesting discussions, participating in sports, and doing math.

Eve Downing

Hi! I’m 15 years old and currently sophomore at Soldotna High School. I love being outside and enjoy cross-country running and skiing. I joined AYEA this past fall and was so excited to be around like-minded teens who cared about the environment. I look forward to meeting everyone

Ellen Eller

I grew up in a small eco-village on the Kenai Peninsula, called Ionia. I help take care of 15 babies and toddlers here. I love to dance, and draw, and help build our beautiful big straw/clay barn. I am a good cook of whole plant foods.

Nichlos Gutowski

I am a 17 year old Alaska Native Conservationist. I was born in Anchorage but raised in Nome. I have done SCA for two years now. I have even made a documentary called National Park Diaries.

Kyle Hasse

Hello, I am Kyle Hasse, I am a junior at Mat-Su Career and Technical High School. I have always taken an interest in the outdoors and the ecosystems within it, especially aquatic ecosystems, as I find myself to be a avid aquarium keeper. Due to my concern with littering and the effects of climate change, I have been an active AYEA member ever since I helped found an AYEA chapter at my own school in late 2016.

Paul Huntington

Paul is the son of Andrew and Tamara Huntington, grandson of the late Sidney and the late Angela Huntington and Phil and Debbie Koontz. He enjoys art, running and American Sign Language. He is from the village of Galena, on the Yukon River.

Shania Johnson

Shania Johnson, Age 15, Dillingham High School Sophomore, Native Alaskan, Likes to pick berries and go ice fishing, favorite hobbies: painting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Kylynn Krohn

I am 14 years of age. This is my second time attending a summit. I hate having to speak for the animals, because people should already know that they shouldn’t be trying to take their homes away. I like meeting and making new friends. I love being able to use my voice, especially for the things I care about.

Jennifer McCumber

Hi! My name is Jennifer Qaumagun Aniqsuak Loren McCumber and I’m from Utqiagvik, Alaska. I currently attend Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska. As an Alaskan I’m greatly concerned by the threats posed to Alaska and the rest of the world. Thanks to AYEA, my concerns are acknowledged and solutions are being put into action. I hope to meet all of you!

Talisa McKinley

My name’s Talisa McKinley, I’ve grown up in a military family. Ever since I was young I’ve had a curious love for the ocean and its inhabitants, this love pushed me to want to make changes in how we treat nature and the wild life.

McJun Nobleza

Hi! My name is McJun Nobleza and I am a senior at Barrow High School in Utqiagvik. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Alaska when I was in the second grade. Being able to experience various types of environments at such a young age opened my eyes to the diversity and the beauty of this earth and that is where my passion for protecting the environment came from. I am a active member of my community, being part of volunteer programs such as MYAC. I enjoy playing both physical and mental games, traveling, exploring, music, meeting new people, and spending quality time with friends and family

Olivia Olson

I am from the small village of Aleknagik in Bristol Bay, and now live in Anchorage. I am passionate about the Pebble Mine not being allowed to open. My family fishes, hunts and picks berries off the land and it is part of our way of life and survival.

Summer Sagoonick

My name is Summer ‘Abuzunaq, Ikkugaaq, Massu’ Sagoonick, I am Inupiaq and live in Unalakleet, AK, which is part of the Bering Straits Region. I am 16 years old and a junior at Frank A. Degnan High School. I am passionate about my culture, subsistence way of life, and helping to provide for my family. I love to berry pick, seal hunt, go ice/rod and reel fishing, search for wild bird eggs, beach comb, and go camping at our cabin up the North River. My hobbies include traveling the world, enjoying the great outdoors, running, and any form of physical activity.

(My Inupiaq names, Ikkugaaq and Abuzunaq are after two esteemed Elders who passed away before I was born and Massu is from my grandpa, Palmer Sagoonick, of Shaktoolik)

Ariana Sanchez-Enlow

My name is Ariana Sanchez-Enlow, I’m 15 years old and I live in Barrow. I am an active member of my community’s AYEA chapter. I’m very excited to come to the summit.

Zebediah Sheldon

I am Zebediah Sheldon, and I’m the oldest of 5 siblings. I’ve been born and raised in Alaska my entire life and I’ve loved from villages, towns, and cities. I’m also an Alaskan native and Mexican student that is currently enrolled with the IB program at Palmer high.

Laura Sherrill

My name is Laura Sherrill and I am a sophomore from Ketchikan, Alaska. I am the captain of my school’s NOSB team, and that’s what really got me interested in climate change and ocean warming. Learning about the effects of a warming Earth and ocean has caught my attention and I think it would be very beneficial to Alaska if we could do anything to slow the process.

James Vuong

My name is James Vuong and I am a sophomore from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. I have been involved with AYEA since the youth organizer summit this summer. In my free time I like to watch movies, play video games, and watch movies.

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