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ASD Students Capture Spirit of Youth Awards

Bai Thao (Bi T-ow), The East High School Native Student Leadership Council, Michael Wheatley, and Natalie Fraser

  • The Spirit of Youth Awards highlight dedicated young people and unsung heroes from around Alaska. Individual recipients will receive a college savings scholarship account from the University of Alaska College Savings Plan, while groups selected will receive a grant for their project.

Phoenix Award

The Phoenix Award celebrates youth who rise with new life like a phoenix and display exceptional determination and stamina as they overcome significant life challenges.

  • Bai Thao (Bi T-ow) East High School

Bai's parents came to Alaska as Hmong refugees. She is the oldest of nine children and Bai is responsible for taking care of her siblings and supporting her parents as they navigate their new state and country. 

Dreamer Award

The Dreamer Award recognizes teens who are actively engaging in their community through the preservation of cultural practices and arts, those who share personal expression through visual or performing arts, and those who cultivate youth voice through media and digital art forms.

  • The Native Student Leadership Council at East Anchorage High SchoolThe Native Student Leadership Council is an active group of Alaska Native and American Indian students who want to share their pride, cultural values and traditions with the community.

Lifesaver Award

The Live-Saver Award celebrates youth who have gone above and beyond “the call of duty” by preventing injuries and illness and saving lives.

  • Michael Wheatley

Chugiak Fire and Rescue members arrived to find Michael home alone performing CPR on his 18-year-old brother Tristen. Michael's recognition of cardiac arrest, notification of EMS and treatment played a significant role in Tristen's survival.

Role Model Award

Teens nominated for the Role-Model Award lend a helping hand to peers and younger youth in their community. These teens can be outstanding leaders, peer counselors, or a positive assistant in the classroom. 

  • Natalie Fraser – West High School (not able to attend tonight)

Natalie founded a new organization called Mental Health Advocacy which uses storytelling to de-stigmatize mental health issues. She has been actively involved in suicide prevention.

Congratulations on your Spirit of Youth Awards. Thank you for all that you do for your peers, families, and community. You are who makes ASD great!