Meet the 2023 YO Summit Teens
Lila White, Anchorage
I am a senior at Polaris k-12. I like reading and watching a variety of books and shows, including but not limited to fantasy, webtoons, cartoons, anime, horror, and action. I have a very long playlist and am always looking for more (although I can be critical). I love meeting new people so please don't hesitate to talk to me.
Maddie Bass, Juneau
My name is Maddie, and I have lived in Juneau my whole life. I love reading, being with my friends, and music. Food is my love language. I have two cats named bumble and kitten and a snake named Jorge, who I love with all my heart. My earring and book collections are my pride and joy.
Kennady Greene, Pilot Station
My name is Kennady I come from a big family of 8 siblings and I enjoy visiting with my friends.
Kai Thomas, Anchorage
I am in the class of 2025 and I love to craft and downhill ski. My freshman year I lived in Japan, where I went to a public school and got learn so much about different ways of life. I love exploring outdoors especially with my friends.
Hailee Rexford, Sitka/Kobuk/Wasilla
I am currently attending a boarding school in Sitka Alaska which is Mt.Edgecumbe high school. I am a junior in high school this year, I am from the small village of Kobuk Alaska but I reside in Wasilla Alaska. My sisters and I have a small puppy named Kouvr , whenever I get the chance to go out doors with a boat I like to go berry picking and fishing.
Nehemiah Williams, Anchorage
I’m really glad to help the community. Love to hear about new stuff. Love to learn new things.
Jacob Delaney, Anchorage
I am getting a book published in late 2023. I enjoy doing debate and I love playing the piano. My favorite school subject is social studies.
Dezi Pulou, Anchorage
I love the Word of God, I am the oldest our of 4 kids, and 16 grandkids. My body gets cold easily then what people think, when I say I live in Alaska. I love to read anime; mostly Demon Slayer (KNY).
Danika Brandorff, Anchorage
My name is Danika, but my friends call me Dan! I live in Anchorage, my favorite color is green, and I love to spend time outdoors. In the summer you’ll catch me backpacking and in the winter I’ll be skiing. I’m super grateful to be apart of this summit and to have the opportunity to learn from everyone!
Josiah Jackson, Kake
My name is Josiah Jackson, I'm 16 years old and born in Anchorage. I'm serving as the Assistant Crew Leader for the Alaskan Youth Stewards Crew in Kake, Alaska where we engage in different projects related to community, stewardship and culture. In my downtime, I play basketball, cook and help out my family.
Devin Aceveda, Kake
My name is Devin Aceveda, I'm 15 and have lived in Kake all my life. I'm excited for opportunities that bring me outside of my community. I spend my time playing basketball, helping out on the Alaskan Youth Stewards crew and putting up food with my family.
Keontay Jackson, Kake
I'm Keontay, I'm 16 and I live in Kake, Alaska. I'm Black and Native Alaskan. I do my best to be a kind person and help out the people around me. I enjoy playing basketball and will be attending a basketball camp in LA this summer.
Aiden Jackson, Kake
My name is Aiden Clark and I'm a junior attending Kake High School. I like to go hunting and play basketball. This summer, I'm attending the Sealaska STEM and Latseen camps, as well as working as a crew member on the Kake Alaskan Youth Stewards crew.
Kairo Labatos, Chugiak
I am a first generation Filipino American! I am extremely musically inclined because I come from a family of musicians so I play violin, bass, and some guitar. I have also been a somewhat professional hip-hop dancer in Alaska for 5 years and it's my true passion. I've gotten to travel to national competitions and teach classes locally. I am all around a loud and weirdly outgoing person that loves making connections.
Nathan Hoffman, Fairbanks
I am Nathan Stanton Honea Hoffman, I am a Bi poly-native Alaskan Jew from Fairbanks. My mother is a native woman and she has always instilled in me a respect for the land and its resources. Her, my father, and my grandfather told me to always lend a hand where I can and this seems to be the perfect opportunity to make them proud and make myself a upstanding member of the Alaskan community.
Daniel Cheney, Fairbanks
Hi! My name is Daniel Cheney and I am a Junior at Lathrop High School. I am a local Jazz pianist but also play other instruments. My hobbies include: Silly sweaters, tickling ivories, old cars, computers, and assorted gizmos, environmental action, and Wes Anderson.
Leo Backes, Fairbanks
My name is Leo, and since I was a little kid I’ve always had a huge fascination with animals and the environment I lived in. I’ve always loved the outdoors as well. Doing snowboarding, soccer, track, and many other outdoor sports. I also love urbex exploring and one of the worst things to see while exploring is the lack of respect towards the environment. I am also very Creative, loving many different types of arts and learning different arts. Including music!
Jayden Lampe, Utqiagvik
My name is Jayden Lampe, I’m 15 just about to turn 16 and I’m from Barrow. I like to help out and volunteer around my community and love to learn new things. I also enjoy being a representative for the youth, some experiences I have from that is Class President, MYAC (Mayors Youth Advisory Council) Secretary, Slope-Wide Representative for Barrow High School, Youth representatives for ASRC comprehensive planning, and attends meetings as a youth representative for the North Slope Borough Assembly, CITC (Cook Inlet Travel Committee), Anchorage Assembly and more. I enjoy going to camps and meeting new people.
Joshua Pak, Anchorage
Sean Phillips, Anchorage
I am Socialist. I am dedicated to improving the lives of everyone, everyone meaning every living thing on the planet. i spend most of my time learning. increasing my understanding of marxism.
Edison Wallace Moyer, Anchorage
I'm a passionate advocate for youth in my community and across the country. When I'm not busy I enjoy reading all genres and writing poetry and short stories. I'm often outside biking on Anchorage's trails, exploring the city, and enjoying nature.
Joshua Pak, Anchorage
Hello, my name is Joshua and I am a incoming Junior this year. I am serving on the ASD Student Advisory Board as the president this year and am interning to become the director for the Holos Project: a youth led journalism organization dedicated to teaching article writing to youth in Ukraine. I love the outdoors of Alaska as I fish in the summer and cross country ski in the winter. This is my 3rd year with AYEA!