Peer to Peer: Second chances coming from surprising places

A simple mission with profound implications for Anchorage youth. The Anchorage Youth Court (AYC) offers the ability for youth to receive training and gain a deeper understanding of our judicial system while helping their peers resolve legal problems.

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Local Athlete Qualifies for Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships

Three Alaskan biathletes qualified in brutal weather conditions in Minnesota on December 30, 2017 to represent the USA at the Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia. The Biathlon World Championships attract the best biathletes in the world, being one step below the Olympics. Among the qualifiers is 16-year-old Helen Wilson of Eagle River, who will compete on Team USA for her second time.

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roject Appleseed is a national organization that strives to teach marksmanship skills and preserve the heritage of the Revolutionary War. Scott Newson thought that Project Appleseed consisted of “a bunch of kids with .22s” until he observed a few clinics. After that he says, “I thought ‘Ok, this is not a bunch of kids with .22s. This is serious, serious marksmanship training!’” After attending a Project Appleseed Clinic in November 2014, Newson was so impressed that he started the two year, intensive process of becoming an instructor. Now, he is one of Appleseed’s two “Shoot Bosses” in Alaska.

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Basketball Teams Rebound: Players from Eagle River and Chugiak hit the court

Eagle River’s basketball teams are gearing up for another season as they build a legacy of excellence in the face of stiff competition from larger schools in the Anchorage School District and impart life lessons to athletes. Coach Sconiers of Chugiak High School (CHS) says, “I think basketball is a tremendous instrument for life,” saying that it teaches teamwork and other life skills they will need later. “Teaching and coaching go hand-in-hand,” Coach Landers of Gruening Middle School says, continuing by saying that coaching is the reason he pursued teaching. He loves seeing the smiles on athletes’ faces when they accomplish something they have never done before. For him, basketball also fills a void that some students might have in their lives.

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Voicing the Need for Preserving Veteran Oral Histories

Nearly 100 people attended a workshop hosted by the Alaska Veterans Museum (AVM) and led by the Veterans History Project (VHP) and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian. Attendees learned techniques for collecting oral histories from Alaska’s veterans and how to submit them to VHP, within the Library of Congress, to ensure the stories are preserved for future generations. Col. (ret) Suellyn Novak serves as the president and director for AVM, which is headquartered in Anchorage. AVM’s mission is to educate, honor and inspire by preserving artifacts and stories from Alaskan veterans. AVM has spearheaded numerous oral history efforts for this reason. The workshop fine-tuned those efforts and provided a clear avenue for those stories to be preserved at the Library of Congress.  

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Local Athletes Bring Wrestling to the Top

Community and fierce competition define Eagle River’s wrestling teams. While the schools in Eagle River boast programs with state champions and titles, the sense of family from participating in such a challenging sport provides the primary draw for athletes and coaches. Austin Kraft, a senior at Eagle River High School (ERHS), says the thing he likes most about wrestling is that the wrestling community feels like a family. He explains, “I feel like it’s not just my school caring for me but the entire wrestling community caring for each other.”

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Robotics: Team Builds Success on Collaboration, Hard Work, and Complex Coding

Some high schoolers enjoy sports. Some enjoy creative pastimes like sketching, writing, or photography. Others are passionate about designing and building robots that can solve world problems. The students of Eagle River High School’s (ERHS) robotics program fall into the latter category, and they love what they do. Since the program’s start in 2011, ERHS’s robotics teams have won 11 tournaments, 20 team awards, and qualified for the Worlds Championships multiple times in Tech Challenge. In 2013, a team from ERHS won the Inspire Team Award, an award recognizing a team exemplifying the program’s values.

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Lady Wolves Host 2017 Pink Night

Eagle River High School’s (ERHS) volleyball teams donned pink like many teams on October 10th to raise awareness for breast cancer. However, the Lady Wolves decided to do something unique; they raised money from bake sales and at home games throughout October to give directly to someone in Eagle River fighting breast cancer. Since its inception in 2005, this program has raised money for members of Eagle River who are battling breast cancer. Recipients can use the money for any need they have, whether that be for offsetting medical costs, paying regular bills, or buying groceries.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska: Final football game of the 2017 season, and already excited about next year

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska (B&GCA) hosted their final football games of the season on Saturday morning, October 7. With frost on the ground, parents crowded into the

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Student Leadership Summit: Lifetouch brings J.C. Pohl and Teen Truth to Alaska

Everyone wanted to know why Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down 13 people and injured 24 more after the Columbine shooting in 1999. Experts spoke at length about why it

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