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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Teens use project to help preserve cultural heritage


January 25, 2023

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Seniors Steven Bales, left, and Randy Churchill gather around an old bench on Shakes Island. They will build new benches as part of their senior project to replace the worn-out pieces.

Five benches on Shakes Island that have been there possibly more than 50 years are showing signs of their age. Thanks to two Wrangell teens, the benches will soon be replaced with all new ones.

Steven Bales, 17, and Randy Churchill, 18, will build new benches out of yellow cedar as part of their senior project. It's a small way in which they can help preserve their Tlingit heritage and give back to the community.

Originally, Churchill was going to help with Wolfpack Wrestling - for elementary-age kids - since his younger brother joined it. Bales was going to work on the bench project on his ow...

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