Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2000

Community News

David T. Houglum of Soldotna and Abraham A. Porter of Nikiski were named to the dean's list at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. To be named to the dean's list, a student must complete 12 graded hours and attain a 3.5 grade point average.

Jessica A. Bowman has been named to the dean's list at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., for the fall semester. Students must earn a 3.75 grade point average.

She is the daughter of John and Dawn Bowman of Soldotna.

Tara Boedeker of Kenai and Jessica Fredrickson of Seward were named to the fall semester dean's list at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Students must earn a 3.70 grade point average or higher for the semester ending in December.

Mandi L. MacKenzie of Ninilchik was named to the dean's list at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Students must earn a 3.4 grade point average in at least 14 credit hours.

Benjamin McGarry of Kasilof has been named to the George Fox University dean's list for the fall semester 1999-2000 year.

He is the son of Jerry and Peggy McGarry, of Kasilof.

Jessica Banas of Kenai has been named to the dean's list at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Students must earn a 3.5 grade point average in at least 14 units.

Nominations for Service Academies announced

Alaska Congressman Don Young recently announced his nominations to the United States Service Academies for 2000.

Two peninsula students received nominations. They are: Sydney L. Schoepke of Homer for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Eric D. Romberg of Soldotna for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Nikiski High student receives $2,000 scholarship

Carrie Geneva Pattison of Nikiski has been selected as a delegate to the 38th annual United States Youth Program, dedicated to inspiring future leaders.

She, along with 104 other students, will spend the week of March 4 through 11 in Washington, D.C. They will witness government first hand and have many opportunities to speak with its leaders.

Each student also will receive a $2,000 college scholarship.


Angie Mercado and Chris Miller of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Donovan Wayne, at 4:54 a.m. on November 30, 1999, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches. His grandparents are Gary and Donna Miller of Soldotna, Donna Slaughter of Kenai and Fidencio Mercado of Idaho.

n Stacy and Robert Correia of Soldotna announce the birth of their son, Ray James, at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital.

He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 1/2 inches. He has a sister named Caroline Grace.

Nominations for Governor's TRAAK awards needed

Nominations are being accepted for the second annual Governor's TRAAK (Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska) Awards for Excellence. The awards honor Alaska individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies working to develop or improve trails and recreational access.

For more information, write to the TRAAK Citizens Advisory Board, c/o Alaska DOT&PF, 3132 Channel Drive, Suite 200, Juneau, AK. 99801-7898 or call Bob Laurie at (907) 465-6989 or by Internet at

Host families for International students sought

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for host families for International students for the 2000-01 school year. Local representatives would like to have the students placed with an American host family as soon as possible. Call (888) PIE-USA1 for more information.

Young women's conference planned

Soroptimist International of Twin Cities is sponsoring a day-long conference for area young women on March 4 at Solid Rock Camp in Soldotna.

The theme of the conference is "2000 and Beyond." A full day of fast-paced activities and hands-on learning for young women, grades 6 through 8, is planned.

Help with taxes from AARP

Tax preparation assistance for seniors is being sponsored by AARP to help persons with their tax needs until April 14. Call a nearby senior center for an appointment.

n Homer Senior Center: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

n Kenai Senior Center: Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

n Nikiski Senior Center: Wednesdays.

n Seward Senior Center: call for times.

n Sterling Senior Center: Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

SeaLife center offers free admission

During the next three weeks, the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward will be undergoing an inspection of the three main habitats and several of the animal curatorial areas. While under inspection, the habitats of these areas will be empty, but all other aquariums will still be full. While the main habitats are empty, the center will offer free admission.

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