News and Events of the Bering Strait School District
Sunday February 18th 2018



My Time at NACTEC

First of all, let me just say, the NACTEC Career Explorations Camp was great. I highly recommend any teenager who doesn’t know what kind of career they want when they’re older to attend this camp. At the camp, I was able to visit many careers, learn life skills, make many new friends, and job-shadow a local career.

There were so many careers we were able to check-out at NACTEC. To name off a few, the group and I interviewed people like a chiropractor, teacher, meteorologist, Alaska Airlines ramp agent, biologist, radio station manager, coffee shop owner, hospital recruiting director, Aurora Inn manager, construction manager, director of a museum, and so much more. It was so much fun and we were able to learn their main duties, likes and dislikes, wages, and what they needed to do to get to where they are today. One thing I realized was that math was a very important subject and almost all had math incorporated into their career. So high school students, go as far as you can in math and you’ll do great.

At the camp, we were very disciplined. I did not really mind this kind of discipline. I thought it was teaching us character and consistency. Everyday we woke up and made our beds. Before that I had never really made my bed before, but now I’m home and after two weeks of making my bed at NACTEC, it rubbed off at home. I make my bed every morning.

We also had daily chores. To keep the new house clean, we swept and mopped daily, cooked our own dinners, and cleaned up after ourselves. Personally, I had fun doing my chores. Doing it with everyone else in the house made things fun. I also felt healthy and clean living at NACTEC because of our household maintenance.

A majority of the people at NACTEC I had never talked to or even seen before. It was awesome meeting all the different personalities of the house and getting situated with them. I made many new friends and had a great time with all of them. We hung out inside and watched TV, played basketball on the basketball court outside, went on the construction simulators and challenged each other towards a better score, and played ping-pong together. It was a great environment and people were happy.

One thing that I did at NACTEC was ask to job-shadow with the KICY general manager, Dennis Weidler. That was definitely the coolest day at NACTEC. I was up bright and early and left the house at 7:00 A.M. When I got there, all of the sudden I was co-hosting on the radio show! I was on the air and swapped back and forth between the AM and FM stations to help co-host the morning show. At first, I was a little nervous, but, being the outgoing person I am, I started to have fun and relax.

When the morning show was done, I was put to work addressing envelopes. Not the funnest thing in the world but, hey, it’s part of the job.

Right at noon, I left for Airport Pizza with the manager to participate in the Rotary Club. Ethan Burkowitz, a candidate for the governor’s position, actually spoke to us that day. That was really neat, and, once that was done, we went and delivered some mail. Then the general manager took me out of town and showed me the towers and how they worked. KICY actually has radio coverage all the way into Russia. It’s pretty awesome.

When that was done, we went back and I addressed envelopes again and did some more recordings for the rest of the day’s airtime. Then I went back to the NACTEC dorms at 3 P.M. Overall, I had a great day and I really thank Dennis Weidler, the general manager, and everyone else for letting me participate on the radio show.

So thank you NACTEC. I had a great time visiting all the careers and thank you for helping me determine what career I’m most interested in: Dermatology. Cool, huh? I also can’t wait to go to Anchorage College Fair. I hope to be able to look at more careers there and have another great time.


Kira Eckenweiler


NACTEC Simulator Center

The NACTEC House is crawling with CATS.  No, not the cute, cuddly, furry type.  These CATS are more closely related to the kinds of machines that make or grade your roads and runways or dig new foundations for buildings.  That’s right, the NACTEC House is now home to eight brand new, state-of-the-art Caterpillar Simulators.

NACTEC CAT Simulators
Students go through the “controls familiarization” before moving on to virtual training courses

Climbing the stairs to the second story of the NACTEC House opens to an impressive sight.  Walls are covered with 42 inch televisions.  Authentic Caterpillar equipment in the form of seats, steering wheels, controls, and diamond plate floor panels fill the space that used to be an open game room.  The game has changed.  Now, after an intense day of focused academic classes, students can schedule time in the seat of an off-road dump truck, front-end loader, excavator, or grader.  It is fun, but also educational.

The simulators help students learn how to operate the different vehicles by first helping them learn the basic controls and then having them perform different tasks that simulate job sites and training courses.  The computers automatically keep track of how well students do, record the results, and then give a more difficult challenge.  The teachers and monitors can then see the progress made and the interest level of each student. This information guides students toward more training in construction or heavy vehicle operator training.

NACTEC CAT Simulators
Mr. Fredrickson helps students complete a task on the CAT Excavator

NACTEC’s focus is on career exploration.  While NACTEC does not provide professional vehicle operator training, it does offer the first exposure to heavy equipment operation for most students.  The response has been very positive.  After spending time on the CAT Simulators, quite a few students have added “heavy equipment operator” to their career interest profiles.

Doug Walrath, NACTEC Director, said that the idea for the simulators came from some of NACTEC’s partners.  Superintendent of Nome Public Schools, Jon Wehde, President of Kawerak, Loretta Bullard, and Heavy Equipment Operator and NACTEC Advisory Board member Martin Aukongak of Golovin mentioned the need for heavy equipment operator training as a strong need in the region.  Dr. Walrath discovered the Caterpillar Simulators and saw the potential for tapping into student interest in video games as well as fulfilling a real and expressed need.  Siu Alaska Corporation and Bering Straits Native Corporation helped provide funding for the new simulation center.


Wrestling/Cheerleading Tournaments


29th Annual

Elementary and Junior High


Unalakleet, Alaska

November 2 – 5, 2010


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

4:30 pm…….. All teams arrive in Unalakleet

7:00 pm……….. Wrestling Session I (Seed Bouts)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

9:00 am…….. Wrestling Session II

2:00 pm…….. Wrestling Session III, Partner Stunts Competition

6:30 pm…….. Wrestling Session IV, Cheer/Dance Competition

Thursday, November 4, 2010

9:00 am…….. Wrestling Session V

2:00 pm…….. Wrestling Session VI, All American Cheerleader Competition

6:30 pm – 6:45 pm…….. Parade of Teams

6:45 pm – 9:00 pm…….. Wrestling Session VII Finals, and Cheerleading Dance/Cheer Competition

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm…….. Awards Ceremony

Friday, November 5, 2010

8:45 am – ???…….. Teams depart for Home

Log on to to watch live webcasts and see updates on the brackets, plus team rosters, photos, and more!

Regional Cross Country Results Region I North X/C Meet

The TOP 15 runners in each of the varsity races qualify for the Class 1A2A3A State Meet that was held in Anchorage on Saturday, October 1st.  Both the Nome Boys and Barrow girls also qualified for the State Meet by virtue of being the Region I North Team Champion.    For more information on the State Meet please visit

Girls 1st Place Small Schools – Kiana
Girls 2nd Place Small Schools – Point Hope
Boys 1st Place Small Schools White Mountain
Boys 2nd Place Small Schools – Buckland
Boys GPA – Nome
Girls GPA – Barrow
Region I North Boys Champions – Nome
Region I North Girls Champions – Barrow

Top 15 Individuals

Time Place:
Last Name
First Name
19:36 1 Bergamaschi Asa White Mtn.
19:55 2 George Samuel Barrow
20:03 3 Johnson Jeremiah Nome
20:04 4 Schmidt Sam Nome
20:10 5 Conger Emerson Nome
20:16 6 Sullivan Timmy Nome
20:18 7 Ballot Linus Buckland
20:25 8 Reich Brad Kiana
20:26 9 Atkinson Samuel Kotzebue
20:30 10 Ashenfelter Jessie White Mtn.
20:32 11 Blandford Nathan Nome
20:33 12 Morris Irving Kiana
20:35 13 Irelan Jens Nome
20:38 14 Magdanz Grant Kotzebue
20:45 15 Jones Larry Selawik

Interview with Lucy Kitchen

By Molly Mazonna

Lucy Kitchen is a well known person in Wales. She has been an aide for many years, and this year she has done something new. The new position is at the Wales Kingikmuit School. I was in the school’s sped room while I interviewed Lucy. It was a sunny and windy day.
When we were seated I asked her, “What is your new job here in Wales?”

She answered, ” I am a BiLingual/BiCulture teacher.”
Then I asked, “What brought you to Wales?”
She said, “I was born here and raised here.”
I decided to enquire, “What is your job about?”
She answered, “My job is about teaching kids a little of our native cultures as well as learning about the outside world.”
I asked, “What do you like about it here?”
She said, “I like the good people. The abundance of food from the land. The land (no bugs)!”

I decided to ask, “What do you have to do for this job?”
She answered, “I heard about it from other people. Nobody took the spot and it was a challenge because I didn’t really know how to speak Eskimo language.”
When I asked, “What do you like about this job?”
She said, “The different ages of kids and their willingness to learn as well as mine.”
Then I just had to ask, ” What don’t you like about your job?”
She replied, “I don’t like not knowing certain students Eskimo names.”
I wanted to know, ” What are your goals while you’re here?”
She said, ” My goals are to learn how to make kuspuks like a pro.”

My final question was, “What are the challenges in this job?”
She responded, “My challenges for this job are getting the younger students to pay attention and stay focused on what is happening in this classroom.”
I thanked her and closed my notebook. I left the room knowing the students for BiLingual and BiCultural class are in good hands.


Interviewing Melinda

By Alicia Crisci

Melinda has just moved back to Wales, Alaska. She returned to be with her extended family. I interviewed Melinda Oxereok in her classroom on Monday, September 13th. I asked her several questions about her job. Melinda’s job is teaching third to sixth grade. For her job, she has to do a lot of planning to figure out what she is going to teach to the children. She also has to do a lot of preparation to get ready for class, doing multiple tasks such as: making copies of work for the kids, and making sure there are enough supplies for weekly activities. What Melinda likes most about her class is seeing the children’s faces when they learn something new in class. She also likes seeing the children as they grow into adults.

Melinda’s goals while she is here teaching in Wales, Alaska are: to educate the children to be better citizens, and to stress that learning happens daily in school and out of school. Melinda’s challenges/difficulties are walking to school in the wind and making sure everyone understands what she is teaching or saying. By the end of the interview, I felt sure the upper elementary students are in for a good year.

The Community of St. Michael Celebrates

The community of St. Michael attended a special celebration Friday, September 10th.  They celebrated their school no longer being designated as a school in need of improvement by the state department of education.  Anthony A. Andrews School was one of only twelve schools in the state that could celebrate moving from a level 5 status back to a level 0 status.

To mark the special occasion, many community organizations and members contributed to a wonderful potluck dinner.  In addition, each student received a “Storm Pride” shirt and the entire community took a panoramic picture to mark the special occasion.  It was great event enjoyed by all!


Karate Program

By Clint Shultz Chief Instructor

For the last year White Mountain has had the opportunity to participate with the American Bushido-Kai Karate Association. This Karate program is designed to nurture inner and outer strength, while building evangelism and discipleship. Currently Chief Instructor Clint Shultz and Assistant Instructor Samuel McElwee head the program. We are fortunate to have over 20 regular students participating in the program. To assist in training and testing of instructors and students, the ABKA has committed its time and fellowship to come up at least twice a year. The White Mountain ABKA is open to all students and community members, and we emphasize family participation.

The White Mountain Karate Program

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