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Attitude of Gratitude

Girl is in position on gymnasium floor similar to a push-up — body almost parallel to the floor, legs behind her, arms extended — while competing in the Native Youth Olympics “seal hop” event.

“I was really supported by my community when I was doing the Eskimo stick pull and seal hop. I heard lots of people call out my name, ‘Go Demi! Keep going! Keep on going! Don’t stop!’”

Demi Levi, a junior at the Anthony A. Andrews School in the village of Saint Michael, shares her source of encouragement for competing in the Native Youth Olympic games.

Demi is an honor-roll student and competes in cross-country running and basketball, as well as NYO. She would like to follow her brother’s example. He’s a Certified Nurse Assistant: “he’s now working at the Nome hospital. He’s only 19, and he has a pretty cool job,” she says. Still, Demi works hard in math and science because her long-term dream is surgery. Being successful is a way to show her gratitude to the community that now supports her.

Demi embraces hard work and challenges:

“Don’t just give up. You got to keep trying harder and harder so you can achieve what you want to be — your goal in life.”

Demi’s youth profile was featured in a recent installment of KNOM’s “Caught Doing Something Good.”

Image at top: Demi Levi competes in the girls’ seal hop at the 2018 Bering Strait School District NYO Games, held in St Michael. Photo: Karen Trop, KNOM.

Girl, seated on gymnasium floor, prepares to hold a long pole, held horizontally above her by two teammates, as part of the “wrist carry” at the Native Youth Olympics.

Demi Levi prepares to compete in the wrist carry at the 2018 Bering Strait School District NYO Games, held in St Michael. Photo: Karen Trop, KNOM.

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