Honoring our academic achievers

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011

Last week at Kenai Central High School the Academic Recognition Banquet was held to honor more than 130 KCHS students who are excelling academically. Specifically, the banquet recognizes those students earning a 3.5 and above on a 4.0 scale. The Academic Recognition Program was started 17 years ago when a group of parents and school staff wanted to create an outlet which rewards students for their excellence in the classroom. It has flourished since that time.

The speaker for the evening was newly elected Kenai City Councilman Brian Gabriel, a 1979 KCHS graduate. Mr. Gabriel spoke with the students about the need to acknowledge those who have helped them achieve, find a career they truly enjoy, and give back to the community.

Scott and Dena Cunningham deserve a thank you for their continued support of the program. Thanks also to the KCHS band members who provided entertainment for the evening. Members who helped coordinate the event include Alan Fields, Jim Beeson, Patty Lawyer, Debbie Allen, Edi Macik and Lisa Gabriel. We are fortunate to live in a community with businesses and organizations that always support our kids.

Margaret Gilman; Chairperson, KCHS Academic Recognition Program

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