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For the second year in a row, an Unalaska student has earned one of the top awards at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.

Since 1983, the RAHI program has aimed to prepare Alaska Native and rural high school students for the transition to college life.

Lisa Tran distinguished herself amongst this summer's class, which hailed from 29 communities across the state.

It's graduation day at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute. Students in caps and gowns fill the auditorium, as Program Manager Denise Wartes welcomes the salutatorian to the stage.

Courtesy of Alaska Geographic Field Institute

Unalaska's Brian Conwell is serving as a youth ambassador to the Arctic Council for the next two years. 

The high school senior recently attended the 5th Annual Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle, where he met with leaders like U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with Conwell afterward to ask what policymakers have planned for Alaska.

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Courtesy of Unalaska City School District

Holly Holman has retired from the Unalaska City School District.

She said goodbye last week after 27 years as the district's business manager.

"This place, this school, this staff …  I’m just so proud to have had my daughter attend school here and to have worked with you for all these years," said Holman at a recent school board meeting

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Despite growing enrollment, the Unalaska City School District is facing another year of lean finances.

The board of education took its first look at the 2019 budget on Thursday.

The proposal totals $7.7 million, which is about $600,000 more than last year.  

On the positive side, Business Manager Holly Holman said revenue is expected to increase — thanks to a projected enrollment of 400 students.

That’s a dozen more than last year.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska has welcomed a handful of new community leaders in the last few months.

That includes Joanna “JJ” Hinderberger, the new principal at Eagle’s View Elementary Achigaalux.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Hinderberger to ask how she’s settling in to her first full-time job as a principal.

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