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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2003

No school Monday, Tuesday

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday for midyear parent-teacher conferences and staff in-service training. For conference schedules, see the individual school news below or contact your child's school. Classes will resume as scheduled Feb. 19.

Applications available for Artists in Schools grants

Applications are available for the Alaska State Council on the Arts 2003-04 Artists in Schools Program. Every school in the state can have a resident artists in its building for a minimum of two weeks during the next school year. The AIS program provides matching grants to school funds to provide artist residencies, teacher inservices and community outreach opportunities.

Applications have been revised for the 2003-04 school year and are available online at under "Grants for Organizations." Applications will be mailed to schools by request only.

All applications must be postmarked or turned into the ASCA office by 5 p.m. April 1. Late applications will not be forwarded to the council or considered for funding.

For more information about the program or for an application, call (907) 269-6682, e-mail or write to Artists in Schools, P.O. Box 113413, Anchorage, AK 99511.

District announces decathlon results

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hosted its Academic Decathlon at Soldotna High School on Feb. 6. The SoHi team placed first and will travel to Anchorage to compete in the statewide contest in March. Kenai Central and Homer high schools also participated. Students participated in math, impromptu speeches, literature, art, music, social science and super quiz activities.

Jared Szjakowski of Homer, William Cook of SoHi and Brandon Stromberg of KCHS were the high scoring students.

Ladies auxiliary to sponsor flag poetry contest

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary to the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna will sponsor the local portion of the American Flag Poetry program. Students in grades one through eight are eligible to enter and will be judged in six different age groups, with monetary awards on the local level. First-place winners at the local level also will be advanced to the state level competition, where they will be eligible for additional monetary awards.

Poems must be an original creation about the American flag, composed solely by the student with no corrections in spelling or punctuation marks and in the student's own handwriting. Typewritten poems will be accepted only from children with special needs. The student's name, address, school, grade and teacher's name must be on the back of the poem.

Information about the program has been distributed to elementary and junior high schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Entries from home-school students may be submitted directly to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046, 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669 by March 1. For more information, call Mary Farmer at 262-7685.

Scholarships available for high school students

The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council will offer a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Applicants must be a relative of a union family, attending an accredited school or home school, have financial need, have the most improved grade history of those who apply and be graduating in 2003. Applications must be postmarked by April 30. For more information or an application, contact a high school counselor.

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association will award up to three $2,000 scholarships to Kenai Peninsula Borough juniors or seniors. Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in a building-related field or plan to attend an eligible community college, university or vocational school in Alaska. For more information, call 283-8071 or visit

UAA to host Model U.N. for high-schoolers

The University of Alaska Anchorage will host delegates the Model United Nations of Alaska on Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium and the Business Education Building.

The convention is an opportunity for Alaska high school students to become familiar with their assigned nation-state and to represent that country in a simulated international body politic. It also allows students to gain a greater appreciation of the dynamics of relationships among states and the United Nations' role in the international system.

This year, the theme of the simulation will be "Children and the Human Family in the World of the 21st Century," with committee topics on the U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) focusing on the impact of technology on children and the family, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) focusing on infant mortality, nutrition, food supply and disease, the World Health Organization focusing on family health, AIDS and AIDS orphans, the Legal Committee of the General Assembly focusing on the rights of the child and the family, and the U.N. Security Council focusing on child soldiers and children caught up in war.

The simulation is sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage and a number of other companies and agencies. It is coordinated by the UAA department of political science, with college students organizing and participating in the simulation.

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