Community News and Notes

News and Notes

Jessica Jane Oglesbee of Soldotna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in May 2012 with a degree in History and Fine Arts.


Hannah Bethany Pothast celebrated her Quinceañera on Oct. 20 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. The evening Mass of Thanksgiving was presided over by Father Roger Bergkamp, OMI who was assisted by Altar Server Cody Quelland. Damas and Chambeláns (attendants) included Emily Boone, Taylor Gilmore, Sadie Fox, John-Mark Pothast, and Brian Dusek. A reception followed in O’Neill Hall where guests enjoyed a variety of birthday desserts.

The Quinceañera celebration is a Hispanic tradition that marks a young woman’s 15th birthday and is a time to offer thanks to God, renew the baptismal promise, and honor all those who have had an important impact in the life of the Quinceañera. Hannah’s honored guests included teachers, coaches, mentors, friends and family members who have encouraged and inspired her over the years. Special guests from out of state included maternal grandparents Dennis and Salli Sterrett and long-time family friends Chris and Mary Taylor Huntley who traveled from Arizona for the occasion.

Hannah is a freshman at Soldotna High School and her parents are John and Sheilah-Margaret Pothast of Soldotna.

Second Lt. Brian Herring of Funny River graduated from U.S. Air Force Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training on Nov. 2 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. The graduation ceremony culminated in the 24 pilot candidates in ENJJPT class 13-01 being awarded their wings.

ENJJPT is a collaboration among 13 NATO nations, where both students and instructors/commanders are from all actively participating nations. Lt. Herring was chosen for ENJJPT as the Distinguished Graduate and Cadet Commander in the Air Force ROTC program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2011. His follow-on assignment will be initial qualification training in the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke AFB, Arizona. Herring is a 2006 graduate of Soldotna High School and the son of Kathy and Jerry Herring.


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