Keeping it in the family

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Thanks to the sponsorship of Bob Sizemore, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding students each month from Skyview High School, Soldotna High School, and Soldotna Middle School.

The students are selected by teachers at each school and honored at a Chamber luncheon. Last week, two of the three students selected for recognition were siblings from the same family. It was coincidence that Sara and her brother Colten Jensen were chosen during the same month to be honored from different schools, but it is no coincidence that two such outstanding students should be recognized for their accomplishments. Sara is a sophomore at SoHi, a past Caring For The Kenai finalist, and chosen for accomplishments in math and anatomy, "I'm considering a career as a medical examiner, it's sounds really interesting to me, I like thinking things though and figuring things out," said Sara who is also a second degree black belt in Karate.

Sara's brother Colten also plans on completing his second degree black belt by this fall, and enjoys bull riding, he was nominated by his teachers for his over all accomplishments as an 8th grader at Soldotna Middle, "I really appreciate getting this award, Mr. Young helped me get over to the high school for math, which I really enjoy and hope to go as far as I can with it. Having an older sister who likes math is a big asset," said Colten. Last summer Colten broke his arm while competing in a bull riding competition, "I like the challenge I see bull riding as just another challenge to overcome, and my success in Karate is due in large part to my instructor Mr. Hancock. Karate helps me keep focused on my whole life," added Colten.

This month's winner from Skyview was Elisha Tarries. Elisha is a senior at Skyview. Soldotna Mayor David Carey, also a Skyview teacher, said that Elisha was the kind of student that as a teacher you hoped would sign up to take your class because she had the ability to enrich the experience for the teacher as well as the rest of the students.

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