The 49th Native Youth Olympics wrapped up on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Center. The games are a three-day celebration of competition, culture and camaraderie.

In particular, Mt. Edgecumbe had a terrific run sweeping the athletic and team sportsmanship award, considered the most prestigious honor.   

"It's all about teamwork and sportsmanship, you know individually we could not have won this award," said Kaden Givens, one of four seniors competing. "As a team we just bond together really well. None of us were trying to go for first. We all just came together. We're going really good. We're so supportive." 

According to a survey of 2018 NYO athletes, 76% in grades 7–12 surveyed credited the games as an incentive to stay in school. 

NYO 2019 results and awards highlights

According to the NYO results website

Gloria Walker Team Sportsmanship:

Mt. Edgecumbe  

Individual Sportsmanship:

Male: Judah Eason, Salamatof 

Female: Alexandria Ivanoff, BSSD (Bering Strait School District)

Healthy Coach:

Kyle Worl

Best Banner:

Seward

Academic Excellence:

Team with 5 or more: Unalaska – 3.79 GPA

Team with 4 or less: Andreafski – 3.46 GPA

Overall Athlete:

Alexandria Ivanoff; BSSD–16 points

John Villena; Unalaska–15 points 

Overall team totals:

Mt. Edgecumbe; 44 points

LKSD (Lower Kuskokwim School District); 37 points (tie)

Unalaska; 37 points (tie)

BSSD A; 29 points 

Mat-Su A; 28 points 

For the results of specific events, head to the 2019 NYO results website.

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