ANSEP welcomes Middle School Academy for 49 students from the Bering Strait school district


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Native Science and Engineering program this month welcomes 49 students from the Bering Strait School District to the Middle School Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Throughout the two-week residential component, students learn science, technology, engineering, and math through a variety of hands-on activities. The program is designed to motivate students and spark early interest in higher education and STEM careers.

Following a college-style application process, students wrote admissions essays for the component. The 49 students from 12 Alaska communities chosen to participate are:

  • Brief Mission: Zachary Goodhope, Larissa Kiyutelluk, Jack Olanna and Rosie Tocktoo
  • Diomedes: Jennifer ozenna
  • Gambell: Katie Mae Apatiki, Natalie Kaningok, Jariah Koozaata, Hope Campbell, Kia Campbell, Malori Slwooko, Shane Slwooko, De’Lainie Apangalook and Lane Iyakitan
  • Koyuk: Eric Charles, Nadia Katchatag and Madison Tocktoo
  • Savoonga: Kathleen Rookok, Dionté Kiyuklook and Myra Penayah
  • Shaktoolik: Raelene Auliye, Autumn Curtis, Kelly Hunt, Devin Rock, Ray Sagoonick, and Adrianne Takak.
  • Shishmaref: Renee Kiyutelluk, Luke Kokeok, Makayla Nayokpuk, Noah Nayokpuk, Hattie Ningealook, Autumn Barr and Carter Kokeok.
  • Saint Michel : Kaleb Ambrose and Richard Elachik Jr.
  • Unalakleet: Raeleen Bradley, Cedar Busk, Paxson Commack, Doreen Cooper, Jillian Ivanoff, LenaMarie Ivanoff, Tristan Ivanoff, Kaysen Johnson, Keely Johnson, Lillian Lausten-Katongan, Wassaq Nanouk Jones, Laila Towarak, Keane Wilson and Nadia Tulloch.
  • White Mountain: Naomi Oxereok

In addition to hands-on STEM activities such as designing and building balsa wood bridges, competing in the “windmill challenge” and even building their own computer, students get a taste of how to do it. college life living in dormitories on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. Through these educational and social experiences, ANSEP Middle School Academy encourages students to begin developing long-term plans for pursuing graduate studies and STEM careers that positively impact communities in Alaska.

“ANSEP exposes rural Alaskan students to the real-life opportunities available to them through STEM education,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice-President Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “When they arrive at ANSEP and successfully complete stimulating activities, these students are motivated to continue on this path towards academic and professional success.

The goal is to send students back to their schools across the Bering Strait School District, feeling a new level of confidence in their academic performance and being motivated to continue their studies in STEM. An added incentive to continue to meet their educational goals is that students who successfully complete the component and stay on track to complete Algebra 1 before high school can keep the computers they’ve built.


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