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2020 State Leadership Conference

Please note! One student attendee stepped forward to be our resident photographer. Vincent Mahoney's photos are the majority of the photos included. Thank you Vincent for helping out!


Speakers and students gather for a group photo at the end of the Opening Banquet for the 2020 State Leadership Conference. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

  Amanda Friendshuh, UAS student in the school of education and previous Educators Rising Alaska President, speaks to participating students. Photo: JR Ancheta.

Bernard Aoto, a Student Ambassador at UAF, leads EdRising students on a campus tour. Photo: JR Ancheta.

  EdRising Alaska Student Officer Ashley Yoder, left, and her fellow Ketchikan companions at the Conference. Photo: JR Ancheta.

Mat-Su students gather with the Nanook in front of the birch tree mural in the Wood Center. Photo: JR Ancheta.

  Amy Gallaway, a West Valley teacher and AK Teacher of the Year delivers her keynote address to the conference attendees. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

Dean of CNSM Kinchel Doerner offers thoughts and adivce about going into teaching and the sciences. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

  The audience is in rapt attention listening to the speakers at the opening banquet. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

Barbara Wadlinger (EdRising Program Manager) and Doreen Hayward offer door prizes to the audience. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

  Vice-Chanchellor of Student Affairs & Athletics, Keith Champagne, delivers a dynamic speach to the students. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

The Nannook is surrounded by members from Houston JR/SR High and their advisor. Photo: JR Ancheta.

  The Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers presented at the end of the Opening Banquet, leading the audience in a group dance, Photo: Vincent Mahoney.
Amanda Friendshuh was the 2017 Educators Rising Alaska
President, and is currently a student at UAS. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
  Executive Dean of the University College of Education,
Steve Atwater, gave a presentation. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
UAS Chancellor Richard Caulfield leads the opening speeches to the audience of students, advisers and staff.Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Ronalda Cadiente-Brown is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alaska Native Programs and Director of PITAAS, and she spoke as well. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Kari Rassmussen, 2019 Coach for judges and students, gave an opening speech. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Joe Reddington High School students and their advisers pose at the Opening. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Kenai Penninsula students and their advisers pose at the Opening. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Recognition of the different Educators Rising Chapters at the Opening. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
The Woosh.ji.een Dancers helped build some spirit and motivate the audience into movement. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Staff, Professors, Teachers and Leaders joined the Woosh.ji.een Dancers. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

A student from St. Michael's gives her presentation in the speech competition. Photo: Putt Clark.   A student from St. Michael's also delivers his speech. Photo: Putt Clark.
Students stand before a couple of judges and a classroom of attendees. Photo: Putt Clark.   Attendees and helpers in the UAS hallway, awaiting their turn for competitions. Photo: Putt Clark.
The awards ceremony for the Competition was held at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Photo: Putt Clark.   The audience, including students, their advisers and chaperones, listen to speakers and events. Photo: Putt Clark.
The Palmer High chapter poses with awards, adviser and chaperones. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Winners of the Lesson Planning STEM competition. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
The winners who tuned in remotely were shown their certificates via livestream, pictured is 1st place winner for Public Speaking, Joseph Gallahorn. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   The K-3 Children's Literature competitors included some ties: Sophia Dick, Sae Ataka, Ellie Carter, Gabriel Cruz, Maryrose Macabuag, Patience Kruse, Dulce Santana, Sarah Witt, Anna Shelton, and Jhasen Seludo Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Public Speaking finishers Matthew Young, LouAnn Niksik and Merceds Otten (Anna Joseph is in the next photo). Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Anna Joseph placed 3rd in Public Speaking. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Lesson Planning STEM finishers Hailee Godfrey, Alyssa Howard, Maria Victoria Cunha Maciel, Kailey Erickson and Sara Ulroan. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Lesson Planning ARTS finishers Lexis Jasek, Grace Straughn, Connor Koppes, Molly Penn and JesCynthia David. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Creative Lecture finishers Zephaniah Hailey, Rim Khayata, Caprice Damon, Karrie Montero. Not pictured: Dohyun Kim.   Children's Literature Pre-K finishers Mckenzie Hobbs, EmilyMack, Tovia Owens, Aurora Sommariva, Cassidy King, Not pictured: Emily Mack. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Children's Literature Higher Education finisher, Amanda Friendshuh, stands with her 1st place certificate. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   K-12 Outreach Office Staff pose with Kari Rassmussen. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Willie Hensley was one of the guest speakers following the students' award ceremony. Photo: Putt Clark.   Constituent students and teacher leaders pose in front of their Legislators' office. Photo: Putt Clark.
Students in a hallway of the Capitol building. Photo: Putt Clark.   People mingle at the Showcase event. Photo: Putt Clark.
Students, Staff, Teacher Leaders, Chaperones and Mentors mingle with Legislators and education advocates. Photo: Putt Clark.   Students work their EdRising Chapter table during the Showcase. Photo: Putt Clark.
Students, teacher leaders and staff on the Capitol steps. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Ronalda Cadiente-Brown and Marilyn White (ASMP Mentor) discuss education at the Showcase. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
K-12 Outreach Director, Glenda Findlay, kicks things off at the Showcase. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

  Representative Grier Hopkins attended the event, shown here with one of the EdRising participants and her mother. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
University President Johnsen addressed the audience remotely. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   K-12 Outreach Staff posed for a rare group photo (also included is Kari Rassmussen). Photo: Marilyn White.
Deputy Commissioner Karen Melin and ASMP Program Manager Jan Littlebear discuss education matters.Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Representative Bart LeBon attended the event, posing here with K-12 Outreach Research Specialist Keiko Herrick and ASMP Mentor Marilyn White. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Lisa Paraday, Exec. Dir. ACSA/ASA/AASSP, offered some tips and ideas about speaking with Legislators. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Sam Norlin, Project Manager for Place-Based Education, works with an EdRising Student, helped by her teacher leader and a mentor. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.
Toni McFadden, Program Manager for ATP, speaks with Richard Catahay, Kake Superintendent. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.   Students were also addressed by Weston Eiler, UA Governement Relations Coordinator, about how to relate with Legislators. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Students gather for a group photo. Photo: Putt Clark, K-12 Outreach Staff.
June 20-23, 2019

Educators Rising Alaska Students Placed at 2019 Nationals

EdRising AK had 16 students from 7 school districts represented. They joined over 1300 other high schoolers from around the nation with the same passion to learn about the education profession.

While attending the conference, students were able to participate in competitions that foster skills valued in quality educators. EdRising Alaska had 2 finalists. Anna Joseph from Tuntutuliak, AK, presented a speech on educational equity and the struggles as compared to rural alaskan villages such as hers, placed 6th overall in Public Speaking. Caprice Damon, from Wasilla, took 9th in the Creative Lecture competition where she spoke about the challenges in school safety.

Other Alaska students competed in Lesson Planning and Children's Literature, performing very well. Students were also able to explore the Dallas area, visiting the zoo, six flags and taking in the local culture. 


Anna Joseph placed 6th overall in Public Speaking. Caprice
Damon placed 9th in the Creative Lecture competition.

Barbara and Mary Jo attended a Professional Development
course on writing with Kappan Magazine editor, Dr. Rafael Heller.

St. Michael Group: Teacher Leader Alexis Greene, students Mercedes
Otten and LouAnn Niksika, and chaperone Pauline Richardson.

Ketchikan Students Alyssa Howard, Jhasen Seludo
and Ellie Carter, near the hotel.

Group photo of students and advisers at the 2019 conference.
Not pictured: Molly Penn (Huslia) and Hailee Godfrey (Palmer).

Wasilla's Joe Reddington High group: Adviser Christel Mozalevskiy, students
MatthewYoung, McKenzie Hobbs, Caprice Damon and Zephaniah Hailey.
March 7-9, 2019

2019 Educators Rising Alaska Leadership Conference at UAS

Students came from all over Alaska to participate in various competitions, Accuplacer tests, learn about speaking with Legislators and to particpate in K-12 Outreach's Showcase event on Saturday, March 9th. Here, students posed in the Egan Center Foyer of UAS, before a Ray Troll mural.

Students competed in presentations such as Creative Lecture and Public Speaking, and other events such as Children's Literature (making books), and Lesson Planning.

The following day an awards ceremony was held, as well as leadership skiils such as learning how to speak with Legislators. They had tours of the Captiol Building and later participated in the K-12 Outreach Showcase.

2019 Educators Rising Alaska State Competition Winners
Creative Lecture
District School Name(s) Place
Mat-Su Joe Redington HS Zephaniah Hailey 1
Kenai Peninsula Kenai Central HS Rim Khayata 2
Mat-Su Joe Redington HS Caprice Damon 3
Ketchikan Ketchikan HS Karri Montero 4
Northwest Arctic Kotzebue HS Dohyun Kim 5
Children's Literature (K-3)
District School Name(s) Place
Mat-Su Palmer HS Sophia Dick 1
Mat-Su Palmer HS Sae Ataka 2
Ketchikan Gateway Ketchikan HS Ellie Carter, Gabriel Cruz 3
Kenai Peninsula Kenai Central HS Maryrose Macabuag, Patience Kruse 3
Kenai Peninsula Kenai Central HS Dulce Santana, Sarah Witt 4
Ketchikan Gateway Ketchikan HS Anna Shelton, Jhasen Seludo 5
Lesson Planning (Arts)
District School Name Place
Mat-Su Palmer HS Lexis Jasek 1
Mat-Su Palmer HS Grace Straughn 2
Kenai Peninsula Kenai Central HS Connor Koppes 3
Yukon Koyukuk Jimmy Huntington School Molly Penn 4
Yukon Koyukuk Jimmy Huntington School JesCynthia David 5
Lesson Planning (STEM)
District School Name Place
Mat-Su Palmer HS Hailee Godfrey 1
Ketchikan Ketchikan HS Alyssa Howard 2
Kenai Peninsula Soldotna HS Maria Victoria Cunha Maciel 3
Mat-Su Joe Redington HS Kailey Erickson 4
Kashunamiut Chevak School Sara Ulroan 5
Public Speaking
District School Name Place
Northwest Arctic Kotzebue HS Joseph Gallahorn 1
Mat-Su Joe Redington HS Matthew Young 2
Lower Kuskokwim Lewis Angapak Memorial School Anna Joseph 3
Bering Strait Anthony Andrews School LouAnn Niksik 4
Bering Strait Anthony Andrews School Mercedes Otten 5
Children's Literature (Higher Ed)
University University of Alaska Southeast Amanda FriendShuh 1


Listen to President Johnsen's delivery to the students of EdRising Alaska:


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