ANSEP hosts Lower Kuskokwim School District students at Middle School Academy


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) is currently hosting 48 students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District for its January Middle School Academy. On Jan. 21, the students were flown from Bethel to Anchorage as part of ANSEP’s new $1 million, three-year partnership with Alaska Airlines.

ANSEP Middle School Academies are residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences designed to immerse students in applied learning opportunities that exist in these career areas. Throughout the twelve-day, all-expenses-paid program, students live like a college student at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) while participating in team-based activities ranging from computer and bridge builds to alternative energy and biological science sessions.

Students participating in the January academy are from 11 communities in the Bethel area, including:

• Marc Adlaon
• Jeremy Aloysius
• Noah Andrew III
• Courtney Atseriak
• Frankie Bayer
• Samara Byrnes
• Annie Coggins
• Chiara Demientieff
• Chelonia Jones
• Elijah Lindley
• Klajvis Pellumbi
• Susanna Pitka
• Gareth Rice
• Tekoah Tony
• Makenna Westlake
• Greta Whitney
• Hunter Wright
• Lucy Wiseman
• Shelaya Hoffman
• Helena Miller
• Emira Aliralria
• Haley Aliralria
• Keoni Aliralria
• Robert Amik
• Reanna Jimmy
• Clayton Mesak
• Logan Paul
• Miranda Paul
• Phillip Paul
• Minnie Azean
• Kirsi Beaver
• Cassandra Brown
• Isadore David
• Desirae Evan
• Dawson John
• Leisha Lozano
• Kaelynne Epchook
• Diane Nicori
• Kieran Bentley
• Stephen Maxie III
• Jakob Sipary
• Marilyn Fairbanks
• Casey Anthony
• Dana Joe
• Rosie Matthias
• Jaden Andrew
• Megan Cleveland
• Adrienne Sam

The Middle School Academy is being held at the new ANSEP Academy building on the UAA campus. To celebrate its first Middle School Academy of 2015 and new partnership, ANSEP held an open house at the new academy building, where it recognized and thanked Alaska Airlines for its generous support.

“We’re beyond thankful for the generous support of Alaska Airlines, and thrilled to kick off a new year and new partnership by bringing 50 Bethel students to Anchorage for the first time,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilusari Schroeder. “Thanks to Alaska Airlines, we can expand our reach to more students across the state, and provide them with an unparalleled opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM activities while learning from industry and agency professionals.”

The Middle School Academy is a key component for ANSEP’s goal of continually exposing students to STEM opportunities throughout middle and high school and into their college years, in addition to providing them with the tools and support they need to succeed.

The January session is one of five Middle School Academies being held during the 2014-2015 school year, along with three this summer. This is an increase from previous years thanks to recent grants and in-kind support from Alaska Airlines, Alaska State Legislature, Alyeska Pipeline, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, ExxonMobil, Rasmuson Foundation, Shell, the State of Alaska and Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, among many other generous sponsors. Middle School Academies are also made possible by partnerships with numerous Alaska School Districts.

To learn more about ANSEP and its components, visit www.ansep.net.

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