Ten high school students were selected as members of Native Forward’s 2020 All Native American High School Academic Team, an annual cohort of students who have displayed an outstanding original academic, artistic or leadership endeavor. 

“This year’s All Native American High School Academic Team exemplifies a dedication to education, and we are delighted to honor and congratulate them for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom,” said Angelique Albert (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes), Native Forward Executive Director.

“We are committed to empowering our students throughout their entire academic journey. They are the inspiration and motivation for the work that we do and watching them succeed is an indicator of our impact as an organization.”


Meet the ANAHSAT awardees: 

Madelyn Buckley (Nome Eskimo Community) – Madelyn will attend Whitworth University this fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. 

Jackson Caves (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) – Jackson will pursue his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Oklahoma State University this fall.

Ryan Duncan (Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) – Ryan is set to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies this fall from Stanford University. 

Caroline Dunn (Chickasaw Nation) – Caroline will pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Vanderbilt University this fall.

Bianca Hanly (Chickasaw Nation) – Bianca is set to study for her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. 

Leighanna Jake (Navajo Nation) – Leighanna plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in Botany this fall from Humboldt University. 

Jasmine Kinney (Yurok Tribe of the Yurok Reservation) – Jasmine will attend Stanford University this fall to study for a bachelor’s degree in biology. 

Chelbie Turtle (Cherokee Nation) – Chelbie plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in business from Northeastern State University this fall. 

Tyanna Van Pelt (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation) – Tyanna will study her bachelor’s in chemistry at Oregon State University this fall. 

Danyelie Vo (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation) – Danyelie will attend Northern Arizona University this fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. 

To learn more about opportunities to invest in higher education for Native scholars, visit NativeForward.org.

About Native Forward
Native Forward is a national private 501(c)(3) non-profit providing scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and professional students throughout the United States. Native Forward and its scholars have awarded more than $350 million in scholarships since inception and are proud to empower Native students from over 500 Tribes in all 50 states with educational funding and academic support services. For more information, please visit NativeForward.org.

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