PUBLISHED: 4:34 PM on Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Jones receives youth leadership award
Shee Atika shareholder Just Laird Jones, son of Laird and Francine Jones, received the Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award during the 2006 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention recently held in Anchorage. Her maternal grandparents are the late Florence Sutton Eddy and Francis Eddy of Sitka, and his paternal grandparents are Mary and Willard Jones of Ketchikan. Justin Jones also is a Sealaska and Kavilco, Inc. shareholder.

Jones graduated as one of five valedictorians from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2006 and is currently a freshman at Colby College in Maine. His significant contribution within the Native community was volunteering in his aunts' kindergarten and first grade elementary Tlingit classroom his freshman and sophomore years. He enjoyed helping the Native children with their reading and writing. Jones' aunts always have been strong supporters for him. This experience made him more aware of how he serves as a role model to younger Native children.