Births, news and notes

Births

Matthew and Jodi Dura of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Annabeth Marie Dura, at 6:54 p.m. March 12, 2013. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches. She joins sister Rosemary. Her grandparents are David and Mary Kay Knudsen of Kenai, and Larry and Rose Dura of Holly, Michigan.

Joseph and Colleen Robertia of Kasilof announce the birth of their daughter, Lynx Snow Robertia, at 2:18 p.m. April 29, 2013, at Women’s Way Midwifery in Soldotna. She weighed 8 pounds and measured 19 3/4 inches. Her grandparents are Joseph and Lynn Robertia of Jupiter, Fla., and Bill and Russet Morrow of North Attleboro, Mass.

Taylor and Ashleigh Adams of Kenai announce the birth of their son, Andrew Isaac Adams, born July 1, 2012 at 2:35 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 2.7 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins sister sister Mileigh Adams. His grandparents are Ray and Destiny Marquis, Sue Marquis, and Donald and Jeanne Adams. His great-grandparents are Larry and Frankie Maxwell.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Employees Association recently announced the recipients of this year’s scholarships. Each student will receive $500 to further their education. KBEA’s membership of more than 200 employees funds these scholarships.

Ashley Epperheimer, Nikiski High School — Ashley plans to attend Harding University in Arkansas and major in elementary education. She hopes to be an elementary school teacher and teach oversees.

Claire Gabler, Soldotna High School — Claire plans to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota to study biology and psychology and to eventually enter the medical field.

Makenzi Magiera, Kenai Central High School — Makenzi will be attending the University of Alaska Anchorage and plans to study biology. She’d like to pursue a master’s degree in oncology.

Jamie Ward, Nikiski High School — Jamie will be attending Kenai Peninsula College. She will pursue an associate degree to become an ultrasound technician.

AriAnna Corinne Goldstein of Soldotna was among more than 2,750 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises May 3 and 4. Goldstein received a juris doctor degree with distinction from the College of Law.

On May 4, Kenai resident Melissa Newton graduated from George Fox University, and was Outstanding Student in her major. She earned a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in External Organizational Communication, graduating magna cum laude. Melissa is the daughter of David and the late Patricia Kay Newton, and the step-daughter of Nun Newton.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class William W. Granger graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Granger is the son of Christina and Bill Granger of Soldotna. He is a 2011 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Dedra L. Ming, daughter of Denise Kivi of Nikiski and John Kivi of Nikiski, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Ming completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

Air Force Reserve Airman Ashley L. Giusti graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Giusti is the daughter of Lisa Wineland of Fairbanks. She is a 2006 graduate of Soldotna High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Navy Airman Apprentice Patrick A. Petrey, son of Linda K. and Rodger A. Petrey of Kenai, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Petrey completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly “Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.

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