Volunteer mentors from around peninsula help area students

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Aspirations Advocate Program is celebrating its fourth year in high schools and middle schools around the Kenai Peninsula.

Mentors with this program make the commitment to meet one hour a week with their student groups for the duration of the school year. They are trained in the eight conditions that form the basis of the Aspirations program and work tirelessly to bring those conditions to life for their students.

In honor of their volunteer spirit and dedicated efforts on behalf of our youth, I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the following individuals:

Nikiski Jr./Sr. High School: Mentors Pam Clark, Bob Harrison, Judene VanCleave, Amanda Feagin, Marian Nickelson and site coordinator Julie Williams.

Kenai Central High School: Mentors Scott Walden, Mike Tilly, Kelly George, Phil Reemtsma, Susan Seemens, Kevin Smith and site coordinator Kim Fields.

Kenai Middle School: Mentors James Clark, Sal Mattero, Ron Janiszewski, Jennifer Janiszewski and site coordinator Mark Manuel.

Soldotna High School: Mentors Sue Crane, Forence Inlow and site coordinator Dave Emery.

Soldotna Middle School: Mentors Annie Berg, Sonja Moore, Lyndsay Townsend and site coordinator and mentor Maria Price.

Skyview High School: Mentors Marlys Verba, Thelma Antila, Scott Earsley, Cindy Irmen, Alex Zerbinos, Ryan Nelson and site coordinator Emily Sims.

Homer Flex: Mentor Jill Sill and site coordinator Lisa Fellows.

Homer High School: Mentors Ken Satre, Mary Calhoun, Leslie Slater, Steve Soistman, Terri Spigelmyer, Melissa Trinidad, Kathy Pate, Bruce Petska, Mary Langham, Lisa Vaughn and site coordinator Lisa Fellows.

These mentors are people who care, listen, and offer encouragement. They are partners in change. They help students develop their strengths and talents by supporting the efforts of other significant people, such as parents and teachers.

These mentors are ordinary people who come from all walks of life, all economic and educational backgrounds and make an extraordinary difference in the lives of young people. These mentors are heroes, and I thank them for their compassion, concern and commitment to making a difference.

Sheilah-Margaret Pothast, District facilitator, Aspirations Advocate Program

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