The 45th Annual Masonic Outstanding Student Awards event was held Friday at Kenai Central High School in the Renee Henderson Auditorium. Twenty-nine schools from the Kenai Peninsula School District were respresented, as well as one from Nome.
The goal of the event is to give each student public acknowledgement, recognition and reinforcement that dedication to learning, being an active and positive participant in the school, school activities and helping other students is noticed, encouraged, and rewarded, and that this positive reinforcement leads the students to become a benefit to and productive members of their communities.
For this award each student also received a Unites States Mint 1-ounce fine silver Silver Eagle, a book published by the Scottish Rite called "Dynamic Freedoms," a gold embossed certificate from the Lodge, a personalized Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Sean Parnell, an individual award plaque for the students' home and an engraved name tag for the large award plaque at each school.
The program opened with an invocation preformed by Marcus Ashkenasy, Senior Deacon for Kenai Lodge No. 11.
The awards were presented by Soldotna Mayor Peter Micciche; W. Bill Roberts, Junior Grand Stewart of the Alaska Grand lodge; V.W. Carl Lindstorm, the District Deputy For the Grand Lodges of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska, and the Master of Sterling Lodge No. 22; and, Dave Jones, Assistant Superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
The Master of Ceremonies was Ralph Sterling of Soldotna, Chairman of the Masonic Outstand Student awards program, and also the Master of Kenai Lodge No. 11. Al-ASKA Past Potentate James Gattenby of the Alaska Shriners was in attendance and members representing many Masonic originations assisted in the presentations.
In addition, the Kenai Peninsula Masonic Lodges also presented four $1,000 scholarships to Heather Joy Duffy, Soldotna High School; Sierra E. Jackson, Skyview High School; Sarah K. D'Water, Homer High School; and Nathan Blandford. Nome-Beltz High School.
The refreshment's were provided by The Star of the North Chapter No. 17 Eastern Star. A flag presentation was done by the Heroes of '76 of Alaska of the National Sojourners, who put on a flag history demonstration with flags used for our country from 1775 to present day.
Participation of each school is voluntary and each school chooses its student award winner.
-- Submitted by Ralph Sterling
45th Annual Masonic Outstanding
Student Awards recipients
Voznesenka School, Mark Reutov; Susan B. English, Kaitlyn Hecks; Razdolna School, Pelagia Basargin; Homer High School, Marie Schmidt; West Homer Elementary, Landon Bunting; Kachemak Selo School, Katherine (Katya) Konev; Homer Flex High School, Kate Kerns; Seward High School, Josh Eavis; Seward Middle School, Hannalyn Ohlsen; Seward Elementary, Creeanna Whitcome; Nikolayev's School, Nianiella Dorvall; Chapman School, Labri Estrada; Sterling Elementary School, Logan Lundell; Nikiski High School, Colton Anderson; Nikiski Middle School, Bryce Leighton; Nikiski North Star, Garrett Ellis; Skyview High School, Katherine (Katie) Clonan; K-Beach Elementary, Sadie Hutchings; Soldotna High School, Owen Hartley Phillips; Soldotna Middle School, Hannah Pothast; Soldotna Elementary, Emily Pieh; River City Academy, Shannon McConnell; Tustumena Elementary, Delaney Risley; Redoubt Elementary School, Anna Aley; Kenai Central High School, Noelle Schmitter-Schrier; Mountain View Elementary, Shanna Anderson; Kenai Alternative High School, Janae Brooks; Aurora Borealis Chtr. School, Raymon Machen; Kenai Middle School, Dalton Dosko.