Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, January 19, 2004

Apker, Cromer become Mari es

Marine Corps Pvt. Malina J. Apker of Oregon recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.

Marine Corps Pvt. Wade T. Cromer of Seward recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Training began at 5 a.m., with recruits running three miles and performing calisthenics. Recruits also spent numerous hours on classroom and field assignments, learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.

They received instruction on the Marine Corps values honor, courage and commitment and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

The training concluded with The Crucible, a 54-hour team exercise culminating in a ceremony naming the recruits as Marines for the first time.

Apker is the daughter of Nikki D. Baringer of Anchor Point and Richard G. Apker of Springfield, Ore.

She is a 2003 graduate of Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore.

Cromer is the son of Katherin Carey of Calimesa, Calif., and Thomas Cromer of Seward.

He is a 2003 graduate of Seward High School.

Baldwin named to honor roll

Charles Baldwin of Kenai was named to the dean's honor roll for the spring semester 2003 at Abilene Christian University. To make the honor roll, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours and earn a 3.45 or higher grade point average.

Baldwin currently is working toward a bachelor's degree in physics.

Haring to study economics abroad

Melinda Haring of Kenai recently was accepted into the Russian and post-Soviet studies master's program at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.

She currently studies politics, economics, sociology and religion at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where she will graduate in May.

Haring is the daughter of David and Ruth Haring.

She is a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Peters to study in England

KT Peters of Kenai recently was accepted to study at Kingston University in London, England, for six months. She leaves Saturday.

Peters, a junior at the University of Nebraska, is studying marking. While in England, she will take classes in British life and culture and European art and history.

She is the daughter of Bob and Patricia Peters and a 2001 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Huges wins Alaska Junior Miss Medallion Raffle

Brooke Hughes of Soldotna was the $500 grand-prize winner of the 2003 Alaska Junior Miss Medallion Raffle. The raffle is named after the award that is given to Junior Miss titleholders. It is a year long weekly drawing in which ticket holders have the opportunity to win $50 a week, plus a $500 grand prize at the end of the year.

Tickets still are available for 2004. Proceeds will benefit the Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program. For more information, visit the Web at

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