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Valerie and Nathan White, of Soldotna, announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Elissa White at 3:34 p.m., Feb. 23, 2013. Natalie was 11 pounds, 3.7 ounces and 21.5 inches long. She joins Johnathan Jay, 6, Abigail Elizabeth, 4, and Evelyn Marie, 2. Her grandparents are Bill and Liz Lynch, John and Mary White, and great grandparents Dick and Betty Lynch.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post 10046 based in Soldotna has announced the recipients of its Vicki Webb Nelson Scholarship program.

Gretchen Rae Lindquist, a Seward High School student, is the first place winner and will receive $300 and her entry forwarded to the statewide competition for a chance to win $1,000 toward her college education. The second place winner is Brittany Sexton, a Nikiski High School student who will receive $150. The scholarship is available to graduating senors and is based on academics, community involvement and financial need. There were 11 entries this year from the area.

Twelve Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students have been selected to compete for more than $28,000 as part of the next step of the 23rd annual Caring for the Kenai contest. The 12 finalists will remain anonymous until after their oral presentations at 6 p.m. April 18 at Kenai Central High School.

More than 160 semi-finalists were selected from the 400 entries submitted in this years contest. Those semi-finalists’ entries will be on display April 6 at the Wal-Mart in Kenai.

Caring for the Kenai offers more than $8,000 in cash awards to the 12 best proposals that address the prompt, “What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?” Schools participating this year included Voznesenka, Seldovia, Homer, Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Skyview, Ninilchik and Seward.

This year’s competition will be streamed live over the internet by Soldotna High School technology students at www.caringforthekenai.com.

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