Mt. Edgecumbe High School senior Tessa Baldwin was recently honored at a White House ceremony. Baldwin, who founded an organization to prevent suicide in Alaska, was recognized as a “Champion of Change” by the administration of President Obama
Baldwin was in Washington, D.C., attending the White House Tribal Nations Conference and was honored alongside 10 other students.
Baldwin, who is from Kotzebue, founded “Hope4Alaska” to fight suicide in the state, and the organization recently won a $25,000 grant from the Alaska Federation of Natives. Baldwin has traveled to schools around the state telling her personal story of dealing with suicide. Last year, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell appointed her to the statewide Suicide Prevention Council. She’s also worked through the Alaska Association of Student Governments to push for mandatory suicide-prevention training for teachers.