Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Special Olympics plans school visits

Delegations bearing the official torch of the Special Olympics World Games will visit two central Kenai Peninsula schools Friday. An international delegation of troopers is conducting the Troopers' Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics.

Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna will host a Special Olympics assembly at 12:45 p.m. Friday. This formal welcome ceremony will honor special Olympians and the troopers. Special guests, Redoubt students and staff, the Soldotna High School band and assorted dignitaries will attend the ceremony.

At 2 p.m., the guests will arrive at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. Local athletes plan to make an appearance at the school, according to Principal Jim Dawson.

Students have been studying Special Olympics, and several classes will travel to Anchorage to attend the international events held Sunday through March 11.

Skyview students bring home awards

Skyview High School near Soldotna sent a team to Seward Feb. 2-4 for the Alaska competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Melissa Bixby won the best of show award in the art show category.

The quiz bowl team won the Sportsmanship Award and, with it, a $100 scholarship for each student. The team members were Bethany Thornton, Laura Cooper, Michelle Dalebout, Kristine Harris and Michelle Smith.

Team coach and science teacher Mark Larson said the team won the sportsmanship award because it notified judges that the questions they were being asked in one round were ones they had heard previously.

First place in the team standings went to Juneau-Douglas High School. They will advance to national competition in Florida.

The bowl is an academic competition on oceanography topics for high school students organized in Alaska by the University of Alaska's Sea Grant program. The competition was held at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Forensics teams to meet Saturday

The districtwide competition for forensics -- public speaking -- will be Saturday at Soldotna High School. Students in grades four through six perform poetry and prose selections singly and in groups. Participants already have won school-level contests.

The students meet at the school at 9 a.m. and the competition begins at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., the auditorium will open for first-place winners to go on stage and perform their pieces.

The free performance is open to the public.

Borough band students concert Tuesday

Soldotna High School will host the borough honor band Monday and Tuesday. The band concert will be in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The show is free and open to the public.

KCHS to present the bard on stage

Kenai Central High School students will present a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" March 8 through 11 at the KCHS Auditorium. Thursday and Friday performances start at 7 p.m., Saturday's show starts at 6 p.m. and Sunday's matinee is at 3 p.m.

Bryan Stocks, Preston Wendt, Katie Campbell, Sarah Stocks, Amber Brown and others will act in this famous drama.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call the school at 283-7524.

School board meeting in Homer Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. This is one of two meetings per year held in Homer. It will be in the Mariner Theatre of Homer High School.

The budget committee is scheduled to present the proposed school budget for next year to the board.

All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

KBEA scholarship applications available

The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for four scholarships of $500 each. The scholarships are available to all 2001 high school graduates from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, including public, private and home-schooled individuals.

Applications and instructions are available from any Kenai Peninsula Borough high school counselor's office, at the information desk of the borough building in Soldotna or at

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 30.

Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarships available

All area high school seniors planning to further their education are eligible to apply for the Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is offered each year by the Department of Alaska Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and sponsored locally by the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post Ladies Auxiliary.

Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded on the basis of citizenship, leadership and financial aid.

The deadline to apply is March 10. Interested seniors should contact their school counselors for information and applications or call Rachel Jurco, VFW Ladies Auxiliary president, at 262-1352.

DARE undergoing changes

One of the nation's most widely used drug-prevention program is undergoing major changes to make it more effective, reported the National Education Goals Panel. Drug Abuse Resistance Education, popularly known as DARE, will incorporate new strategies and gear its message to older students.

DARE was founded by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983. Zili Sloboda, former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is developing the new curriculum at the University of Akron in Ohio. The program's focus will shift from fifth-graders to seventh-graders, with a booster program in ninth grade. It will continue to use police officers, but more in the role of coaches, less as lecturers.

The New York Times reported that the new DARE program will work on changing social norms among students. Research suggests that traditional prevention programs could lead some students to overestimate how many youths use drugs, and peer pressure could cause students to seek drugs, rather than stay away from them. The new DARE will be careful not to paint a picture of widespread drug use.

For more information on drug-abuse prevention, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse at

Home-school group plans book fair

The home-school group is sponsoring a used curriculum and used book fair from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. This is an opportunity to share, sell or buy items for your home-schooling needs.

For more information call Patty Nabinger at 262-9075.

The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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