portrait of spirit of youth award winner stasia skonberg


Each year, Spirit of Youth recognizes young people in Alaska who are making a difference. This year’s Spirit of Youth award winners featured two rural Alaska Native youth. The descriptions below can be found at http://www.spiritofyouth.org/, where you can also learn about the other award winners and watch videos recognizing their achievements. If you know of young people doing inspiring work in your community, nominate them for next year’s awards so they can receive the recognition they deserve!

Dashon King

Dashon King next to fire truckDashon is certified for ETT and EMT I and regularly assists with medical emergencies. He is deaf in both ears but does not let this complication keep him from saving lives.

Home Town: Metlakatla

School District: Annette Islands School District

Award Category: Lifesaver & Prevention


Stasia Skonberg

Stasia Skonberg portraitStacia is an Alutiiq language learner who is passionate about passing on her culture. She teaches Alutiiq to seven different elementary school classes in Kodiak.

Home Town: Kodiak

School District: Kodiak Island Borough

Award Category: Cultural Pursuits