Students earn recognition for scholarships, chili

Student named 2001 Centennial Scholar

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Heidi Morrison, a student at Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, has been selected as a 2001 Centennial Scholar for the state of Alaska. She will receive a $2,000 stipend from the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation in commemoration of her exceptional academic and leadership achievements at KPC.

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges, announced the Centennial Scholars Program in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the two-year college system.

Centennial Scholars are comprised of the highest-scoring student from each state in the All-USA Academic Team competition, a scholarship program recognizing scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community, technical and junior colleges. The 50 Centennial Scholars will be listed in USA

Today April 5, and their colleges will receive special recognition at the AACC Convention in Chicago that same weekend. The AACC's Community College Times as well as Phi Theta Kappa's Journey Newsletter also will provide feature coverage of the Centennial Scholars.

Chili cook-off winner announced

The Student Union held its annual chili cook-off Valentine's Day.

Rick Winter placed first, Bettie Wallace took second, and Dave Vega received third. KPC would like to thank all who participated in tasting, judging and entering. The Student Union thanks Judalee Forrest of the White Raven gift shop in Soldotna for donating a moose designed kitchen towel and potholders as prizes.

Congratulations to Alan Von Heeder, the recipient of the $250 Student Union Scholarship.

Internship Program under way

Most KPC students have goals of working locally upon graduation. Toward that effort, KPC's Cooperative Internship Program has been in effect for the past two semesters. Currently five students are working for pay and credit with local employers. This program provides employers with cost-effective means of recruiting and training for future openings by using actual on-the-job performance as a basis for permanent hiring decisions.

The Cooperative Internship Program matches local employers with second- or third-year students to work 15 to 20 hours a week. It is a semester-based program, but the internship can be extended and initiated at any time. Computers, business, accounting, math and anthropology are the current fields being employed, with a student seeking an internship in the dental assisting field in the near future.

Local employers who can use part-time employees are invited to contact the Career Center or the Financial Aid Office at KPC by calling Jerry McDonnell at 262-0337 or Carrie Burford at 262-0332.

The Career Center also is seeking employers interested in posting jobs and reviewing resumes on a local Internet site. Interested parties should call McDonnell, 262-0337.

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