“I was really supported by my community when I was doing the Eskimo stick pull and seal hop. I heard lots of people call out my name, ‘Go Demi! Keep going! Keep on going! Don’t stop!’”
Demi Levi, a junior at the Anthony A. Andrews School in the village of Saint Michael, shares her source of encouragement for competing in the Native Youth Olympic games.
Demi is an honor-roll student and competes in cross-country running and basketball, as well as NYO. She would like to follow her brother’s example. He’s a Certified Nurse Assistant: “he’s now working at the Nome hospital. He’s only 19, and he has a pretty cool job,” she says. Still, Demi works hard in math and science because her long-term dream is surgery. Being successful is a way to show her gratitude to the community that now supports her.
Demi embraces hard work and challenges:
“Don’t just give up. You got to keep trying harder and harder so you can achieve what you want to be — your goal in life.”
Demi’s youth profile was featured in a recent installment of KNOM’s “Caught Doing Something Good.”
Image at top: Demi Levi competes in the girls’ seal hop at the 2018 Bering Strait School District NYO Games, held in St Michael. Photo: Karen Trop, KNOM.