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Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Public hearings on school budget continue

The public is invited to an informational presentation, question-and-answer session and discussion forum about the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's operating budget for the 2002-03 school year. The first meeting was Tuesday in Seward.

The schedule for the rest of the meetings is:

Soldotna High School library, 7 p.m. today;

Kenai Central High School Little Theater, 7 p.m. Thursday;

Homer High School library, 7 p.m. Monday; and

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School library, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Homer tops Academic Decathlon

Academic Decathlon is a national contest that tests high school students' knowledge in a quiz game setting. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District "AcaDeca" contest was held Jan. 29 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Students participated in interviews and had the choice of taking three of four tests. The test options were math, science, economics and language and literature. All students took the art, music and oral Super Quiz portions in the afternoon.

Homer High took first place and will travel to Anchorage to participate in the statewide competition March 1. Soldotna High took second and KCHS took third. These were the only schools that participated.

The Homer High team members were Syverine Abrahamson, Travis Kiefer, Alder Seaman, Miriah Phelps, Luke Roberts, Colby Sander, Joe Pfeil, Toby Pruett and Aaron Smith. Abrahamson and Kiefer were the high scorers for the day and received awards for their accomplishment.

The SoHi A team members were Ben Histand, Mike Vasilie, Joseph Blanchard, Jack Dean, Coral Hoffman, Fiona Thomas, Samson Grigorian, Ashley St. Onge and Cassandra Kennedy. The SoHi B team was Amy Shoemaker, Sara Karella, Alex Hundertmark, Tess Caswell, Sierra Williams and Amanda Loshbaugh.

The KCHS team members were Katherine Amen, Shelah Moreno-Jones, Josh Simenstad, Tyler Boyd, Lily Babcock, Jen Luton, Brett Pattison, Mark Barrett and Ben Cantil.

Kenai dinner raises funds for band

The eighth annual Kenai Middle School and Kenai Central High School Band spaghetti dinner fund-raiser will be Tuesday. Dinner is served from 6 to 9 p.m. with musical entertainment provided by the schools' concert and jazz bands from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $5, and family passes are $20.

Family Fun Day planned for Sunday

All ages are invited to a Family Fun Day from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Skyview High School south of Soldotna. Outdoor activities will include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating and a bonfire. Indoors, the swimming pool will be open. It's free, including hot cocoa for all.

Skyview, the Tsalteshi Trail Association and Soldotna Community Schools sponsor the event. For more information, call 262-6768.

Readers 'battle' in district contest

This week avid readers at Kenai Peninsula schools are competing in the district qualifying round of the annual Battle of the Books, a statewide contest. Students compete via teleconference to answer detailed questions based on their knowledge of select books.

The battles began Monday with grades three and four and Tuesday with grades five and six. Today, middle school students in grades seven and eight compete. Thursday will be the high school division contest.

Winners of the district competitions will advance to state competition, which will be Feb. 19-22. Last year Skyview High and Soldotna Middle schools were state champions in their divisions, and Tustumena Elementary tied for third in the division for grades three and four.

Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians to foster reading motivation and comprehension. It began in Kodiak in 1981.

Workshop features books, desserts

The Kenai Peninsula Reading Council and Phi Delta Kappa will host a performance literacy workshop entitled "Eat Dessert First" Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Soldotna Elementary School library. The workshop will be presented by Brett Dillingham, president of the Alaska State Literacy Association. Performance literacy, including poetry, storytelling and readers' theater, can raise test scores in reading and writing and increase parental involvement. A dessert buffet will follow the workshop. This workshop is free for council members, while admission for nonmembers is one children's picture book to be donated to the Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start. For more information, call 283-7237.

Skyview announces Students of the Month

Skyview High School has announced its Students of the Month for January. Their luncheon will be Thursday.

The following students are being honored: Lori Paulino, aide; Savannah Carlon, business; Ashley Giles, fine arts; Jacob Gauthier, food technology; Keith Massey, health; Rebekah Osterman and Angela Woodward, language arts; Christina Colvin and Candice Revera, mathematics; Neil Darling, performing arts; Nicole Meier, physical education; Amanda DeTavernier and Cherie Campbell, science; Nichole Polzin and Marcie Isham, social studies; William Van Hoose, vocational technology; Amanda McKinley, work co-op; Karisa Powers, world language; Amanda Fay, Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month; and Summer Engler, Rotary Club Student of the Month.

Hans Bilben was the Teacher of the Month, and Teresa Dalebout was the Staff of the Month.

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