Service High School Student Nyché Andrew Awarded Yale Bassett Award
Service High School student Nyché Andrew, the first Yale Basett Award winner in Alaska. Photo courtesy of Nyché Andrew.
Service High School student Nyché Andrew recently received the Yale Basset Award by the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration. Andrew is just one of 15 juniors selected from across the country to be honored for work in community engagement. She is the first Alaskan and first student from ASD to win the award.
After being bullied in elementary school for her Yup’ik and Inupiaq heritage, Andrew said she found strength through her heritage and family to advocate for change. During her sophomore year, she testified to the District School Board to adopt a policy permitting graduates to wear tribal regalia during graduation ceremonies.
“I was raised to be a driven young lady by my amazing parents: Jacqueline Morris, Tigran A Andrew, and Maynard Morris, and have been uplifted by my three older siblings,” she said.
She also serves as vice chair of the District’s Native Advisory Committee, where she has contributed to improving the districtwide Alaska Studies curriculum.
Andrew has worked as a student intern for the District’s Title VI Indian Education Summer Enrichment program and served as a student aide for the District’s Migrant Education program. She also interned with the Southcentral Foundation’s RAISE program and served as a youth leader and presenter at the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment Inter-Tribal Youth Summit in New Mexico and Arizona.
The support and community Andrew built through her advocacy work gave her the inspiration to lead student efforts to create the Indigenous Student Union at Service High School. The union provides a space for native students to feel a sense of community while at school.
Andrew was recently named vice president of the National Honor Society and is on track to earn a prestigious AP Capstone diploma with a 4.0 GPA.“Nyché is committed to affecting real and lasting change in order to benefit future generations of students,” said Service High School Principal Frank Hauser.