AHS student part of Peabody Award winning television show


Sovereign Bill in the recording studio for Molly of Denali

Molly of Denali is an American-Canadian animated television series created and produced by Atomic Cartoons and WGBH Kids for PBS Kids and CBC Television. It premiered on July 15, 2019. The series is the first children’s show to feature an Alaska Native as the protagonist. Thirty-eight half-hours have been ordered. Between the two 11-minute story segments, there is a special live-action segment filmed in Alaska. The series won a Peabody Award in the Children’s/Youth category in 2020.  The prestigious Peabody Award has existed since 1941, and according to the website http://www.peabodyawards.com has existed to “recognize when storytelling is done well; when stories matter.”  The Peabody Awards “spotlight programs that demonstrate how media can defend the public interest, encourage empathy with others, and teach us to expand our understanding of the world around us.”  The website goes on to say that the award only recognizes the “best of the best.”

Molly Mabray, voiced by Sovereign Bill, who just completed her sophomore year at Auburn High School, “comes from a long line of educators and culture bearers and it shows!,” said Princess Daazhraii Johnson, Creative Producer for the show.  Johnson added that Sovereign  has “worked so hard, has grown with the series, and also brings so much love and intention to bringing Molly to life for Indigenous children everywhere.”

Robin Pratt, Tlingit, mother of Sovereign, said that she hopes the show inspires others to “tell their truths and to continue to emulate our strong Native values!”