By Chris Bieri
Anchorage Daily News 

Whale Pass 10-year-old wins medals at national taekwondo tournament


Courtesy Michelle Dempsey

Whale Pass 10-year-old Jesse Dempsey displays the three medals he won at the taekwondo national championships earlier this month in Phoenix.

Whale Pass youngster Jesse Dempsey started practicing taekwondo as a kindergartner with a very simple goal: to help control his temper.

In the past five years, Jesse has made strides toward that objective and progressed his skills to the point where he could compete at the international level. And recently the 10-year-old has found plenty of training partners in his small town on Prince of Wales Island.

Despite a population that rarely crests above 100 even during the busy summer season, Jesse is one of 10 kids practicing the martial art in Whale Pass.

"We needed him to learn control and di...

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