Educators Rising Latest News & Events

This years' National Conference was held virtually, June 24th-27th. Hundreds of students competed from across the nation. Alaska had 22 competitors, 14 of which placed in the top ten.

Amid the stiff competition, Alaska students stood out:

  • 1st place Inside Our Schools: Aryana Ivanoff and Mary Arca (Unalakleet)
  • 2nd place Children's Literature K-3: Sophia Dick (Palmer)
  • 4th place Creative Lecture: Caprice Damon (Wasilla)
  • 2nd place Lesson Planning Humanities: Connor Weaver (Palmer)
  • 1st place Lesson Planning Humanities: Ashley Dahlman (Connections)
  • 3rd place Lesson Planning STEM JV: Torrey McClain (Palmer)
  • 3rd place Lesson Planning STEM Varsity: Kaitlynn Gist (Kenai)
  • 2nd place Public Speaking: Donnie Arnone (Wasilla)

Top 10 semifinalists Children's Literature k-3 (the most popular, competitive event at nationals):
  • Jemima Verebasaga (Raven)
  • Lillian Nichols (Palmer)
  • Sophia Micchiche (Soldotna)

Top 10 semifinalist Lesson Planning Humanities:

  • Payton Gandee (Shaktoolik)

Top 10 semifinalist Lesson Planning STEM Varsity:
  • Elijah Atkins (Kotzebue)

Also, one of our EdRising Teachers, Christel Mozalevskiy, Wasilla, was awarded the Erin Young Student Voice Empowerment Award, which recognizes an adult in the Educators Rising network who demonstrates an exceptional ability to empower students and elevate their voices.

Erin young, who passed away in 2015, was the founding Chief Content Strategist of Educators Rising. Her legacy of helping young people discover their voices and share their passion for teaching lives on.


  Our State Conference was a "virtual success"!

This year's competitions and conference were both held virtually this year.
February 24th - 26th and February 28 - March 1st, respectively.
The theme was 'Rising Above Adversity’.
EdRising Alaska 2020-21 State Officers developed the theme and logo for this years' conference.

Look through the Photo Gallery below and capture some of the excitement, creativity and enjoyment our participants were able to have at our virtual conference.

Click on the button below to watch the Day 1 video on Vimeo, of our conference.


2020 State Leadership Conference

2020 Banquet

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.

Campus Tour

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

Mat Su group

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

Officer's table

Previous years' Student Officers and Program Manager, Barb Wadlinger, host the recruiting table. Photo: Vincent Mahoney.

Nanook & Houston

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

Ketchikan group

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

TOY Amy Gallaway

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

Banquet Audience

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

Keith Champagne

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


The Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers presented at the end of the Opening Banquet, leading the audience in a group dance, Photo: Vincent Mahoney.


Anupma Prakash, Provost for UAF, is surrounded by EdRising students. Photo: Vincent Mahoney

Opening Ceremony Conference Events & Showcase.

The 2019 Alaska State Conference for Educators Rising Alaska was held in Juneau, on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.



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.

Joe Reddington students

Joe Reddington High School students and their advisers pose at the Opening. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Opening ceremony

Recognition of the different Educators Rising Chapters at the Opening. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Woosh.ji.een dancers & staff

Staff, Professors, Teachers and Leaders joined the Woosh.ji.een Dancers. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Children's Lit winners

Students, Staff, Teacher Leaders, Chaperones and Mentors mingle with Legislators and education advocates. Photo: Putt Clark.

Group Photo 2019

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


Creative Lecture winners

Creative Lecture finishers Zephaniah Hailey, Rim Khayata, Caprice Damon, Karrie Montero. Not pictured: Dohyun Kim. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.


Lesson Planning

Lesson Planning ARTS finishers Lexis Jasek, Grace Straughn, Connor Koppes, Molly Penn and JesCynthia David. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Public Speaking

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.

Public Speaking winners 2

Public Speaking finishers Matthew Young, LouAnn Niksik and Merceds Otten (Anna Joseph is in the next photo). Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.


Ronalda Brown

Ronalda Cadiente-Brown and Marilyn White (ASMP Mentor) discuss education at the Showcase. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito

Grier and student

Representative Grier Hopkins attended the event, shown here with one of the EdRising participants and her mother. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.


Jim Johnsen streaming in

University President Johnsen addressed the audience remotely. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Bart LeBon & office

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.


Palmer HS students

The Palmer High chapter poses with awards, adviser and chaperones. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

Richard Catahay & Toni McFadden

Toni McFadden, Program Manager for ATP, speaks with Richard Catahay, Kake Superintendent. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.


Crowd at Showcase 2

K-12 Outreach provided hors d'oeuvres and beverages for the public. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.


Students in Capital building

Students in a hallway of the Capitol building. Photo: Putt Clark.


Weston Eiler

Students were also addressed by Weston Eiler, UA Governement Relations Coordinator, about how to relate with Legislators. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.


Lesson planning winners

Winners of the Lesson Planning STEM competition. Photo: Yuri Bult-Ito.

 Willie Hensley

Willie Hensley was one of the guest speakers following the students' award ceremony. Photo: Putt Clark.