Last week at Kenai Central High School the Academic Recognition Banquet was held to honor more than 160 students who are excelling academically. Specifically, the banquet recognizes those students earning a 3.5 and above on a 4.0 scale. The Academic Recognition Program was started 17 years ago when a group of parents and school staff wanted to create an outlet which rewards students for their excellence in the classroom. It has flourished since that time.
The speaker for the evening was KCHS graduate Jodi Dura. Ms. Dura is a 1998 graduate who is employed by Frontier Community Services as a physical therapist. She inspired and entertained the students with advice about pursuing the career which is of most interest and the need to search for life's adventures.
Scott and Dena Cunningham of McDonalds deserve a thank you for their continued support of this program. The KCHS jazz band provided musical accompaniment for the evening. Members who helped coordinate the event include Alan Fields, James Beeson, Lisa Gabriel, Patty Lawyer, Stacia Rustad, and Michelle Steinbeck. We are fortunate to live in a community with businesses and organizations that are always willing to support our kids.