Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2002

Area students named to dean's list

Elisabeth A. Schirmers of Soldotna was named to the dean's list with honors for the fall semester at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Schirmers is the daughter of Bruce and Linda Schirmers of Soldotna. To be named to the dean's list, students must achieve a grade point average between 3.7 and 4.0. Schirmers is a junior with a 4.0 grade point average.

Melinda Haring of Kenai was named to the dean's list of presidential scholars for the fall semester at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Haring is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Haring of Kenai and is a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School. To be named to the dean's list of presidential scholars, students must achieve a grade point average between 3.85 and 4.0

Laura Born of Soldotna was named to the dean's list with distinction at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Born is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Born of Soldotna. To be named to the dean's list with distinction, students must achieve a grade point average between 3.6 and 3.84.

Seward woman graduates basic training

Air Force Airman Sarah M. Ciprioti Meloni of Seward graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Ciprioti Meloni studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received physical training and special training in human relations.

She is the daughter of Janice and John Melvin of Seward and is a 2001 Seward High School graduate.

Alaska woman named to national Camp Fire board

Jill Pasewalk, Camp Fire USA Alaska Council executive director since 1998, has been invited to join the national board of directors for Camp Fire USA. Pasewalk, who has 22 years of management experience with national youth development agencies, will help the organization conduct business and set policy at the national level, impacting 120 councils in 40 states. Camp Fire Girls was originally founded in 1910. In 1975, the name was changed to Camp Fire USA and membership extended to males as well.

Kenai teen named Youth of the Year

Richard Alexander of Kenai has been named the 2002 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. Alexander is a five-year member of the Boys and Girls Club in Kenai. He maintains a 3.2 grade point average while balancing varsity basketball, soccer and volunteer work.

The Youth of the Year award is a national program recognizing exemplary character, superior leadership skills, outstanding service to the Boys and Girls Clubs and the community, as well as academic achievement.

Alexander will go on to compete for the Alaska state Youth of the Year title in April. Five regional winners selected from the state winners will receive $5,000 scholarships and compete for the national honor. The national winner will receive an additional $10,000 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Association and will be honored by President George W. Bush in a special White House ceremony.

Kenai teen to compete for state scholarship

Nikki Caitlynn Michelle Jeffrey, 13, has been selected as a finalist in the 2002 Alaska National Teenager Scholarship Program to be held in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium March 15 and 16. She is the daughter of Jacen and Karen Jeffrey of Kenai.

Contestants in the program are judged on scholastic achievement, leadership, personality and individuality. Winners at the state level receive a $1,000 savings bond and airfare to Opryland USA in Nashville, Tenn., to compete on the national level.



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