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Kenaitze Students Place at NYO

Photo by Scott Moon/Courtesy of Kenaitze Indian Tribe

Several students from the Kenai Peninsula's Kenaitze Indian Tribe placed at the Native Youth Olympics this past weekend. The statewide competition took place in Anchorage, from April 21-24.

Julianna Wilson earned second place in both the one-foot and two-foot high kick events for seniors.

Emilee Wilson placed fifth in the two-foot high kick junior event, along with William Wilson who placed second for boys. Jayden Sanders took first place for the Eskimo stick pull event.

Madeline Ko from Tanana set a new NYO and world record for the women's scissor broad jump event. In this event the athlete makes four consecutive jumps in a row without losing their balance. Ko jumped a total of 29 feet and six and a quarter inches.

Dillingham took first place overall at the Native Youth Olympics and also earned the sportsmanship award.

It has been 15 years since Dillingham last won overall at the NYO. This is now the third year in a row that they have been chosen for the coveted team sportsmanship award. A team from the Lower Kuskokwim School District took second place. Unalaska took third in the overall competition, while the Mat-Su A team placed fourth and the Anchorage A team placed fifth.