Spirit of Youth

Creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska. Email the blog at info@spiritofyouth.org.

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Gabrielle Zaleski is passionate about helping girls with special needs. She is being honored with the 2014 Spirit of Youth Service to Children Award.

Gabrielle Zaleski (far right) with the Miss Snowflake Pageant participantsGabrielle Zaleski (far right) with the Miss Snowflake Pageant participants

Last year, the 17-year-old Colony High School student created the Miss Snowflake Pageant, which spotlights girls with special needs and their abilities.

"I designed this pageant not only to make a difference in their lives, but to allow them to feel like the true princess they really are," Zaleski said.

She also raised $1,500 from the event for Hope Community Resources.

Zaleski is an active member of her community. She holds the 2013 Miss Alaska Senior Sweetheart crown and volunteers for local causes year round. She spends time with young children at her church and a local elementary school.

Zaleski will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Youth Awards Dinner Saturday, April 5 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

Learn more about this year's award winners and reserve your seats for Awards Dinner.

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