I started off in Oregon – although my grandma & most of my aunts & uncles lived in Seward. My family used to go to Seward during the summers & visit. My parents were loggers & owned their own logging business, however, they called it quits and moved up to Alaska when I was in middle school.
Samantha B. BrownKotzebue, AK
Sponsored by the Maniilaq Association
“I was born and raised in a family that has a history of Inupiaq dancing. I’ve been dancing since I could walk. This is my way of keeping our traditions alive—singing and dancing the Inupiaq songs while wearing traditional regalia. I would say this is a very important piece of my culture to hold close to my heart, for it has taught me unity in diversity. There is no doubt that Alaska is short of dental providers. This is a place where I see myself giving back to my community. Dental school is my next step in life not only because my fellow Alaskans need more dental providers, but because I know in my heart that this is what I want to do.”