Kenai Peninsula Online - Alaska Newspaper Peninsula People 03/17/03

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003





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Beey Paynter, Chrystle Henderson and Eileen Mills were honored with division awards by Take the Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) No. 189 in Kenai on March 2. Paynter lost 19.5 pounds, Henderson lost 19 pounds, and Mills lost 13 pounds. The three were given certificates, treated to a visual-loss game and taken to lunch by other members of the chapter. During 2002, the chapter lost a total of 64 pounds and had a number of no-gain meetings. Anyone interested in the organization is welcome to join. Meets are held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. For more information, call 283-4156.

Kenai student earns bachelor's degree

Wendy Rumford of Kenai graduated Dec. 15 from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. She received a bachelor's degree in international business. The College of Charleston was founded in 1770 and is the oldest high education institution in South Carolina and the 13th oldest in the United States.

Area students named to deans' lists

JoLynn Montgomery of Kenai and Aaron Jay Epperson of Soldotna were named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Boise State University. A senior majoring in health sciences, Montgomery received high honors designation by earning a grade point average between 3.75 and 3.99. Epperson, a senior majoring in athletic training, also received high honors designation.

Jenna Louan Pitts has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at the University of Maryland. To be named to the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 of 12 or more graded credits.

Skyview student earns scholarship

Trevor J. Tompkins of Soldotna has been awarded the $1,500 Pansy Reykjalin and Rose Hatling Scholarship for the 2003-04 school year at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D. The scholarships are made available thanks to support of alumni and friends of the university and are awarded based on high school grades, ACT or SAT scores and high school class rank. Tompkins will graduate from Skyview High School in May.

Peninsula pool players cash in at Fur Rondy

Several Kenai Peninsula pool players participated in a week-long series of tournaments during the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage last month. Mark Griffin, the owner of the Billiard Palace in Anchorage, has hosted Fur Rondy billiards tournaments for 15 years, attracting enthusiasts from all over the state and even the Lower 48.

Mary Bondurant, who plays for BJ's in Soldotna as part of the North Star Pool League, and Tom Maloney, who plays for the Albatross on Kalifornsky Beach Road as part of the Bridge League, teamed up to win the Dutch Doubles event in the tournaments. The event pairs a man and woman for games of 8-ball.

Coming off her win in the Dutch Doubles, Bondurant went on to grab top honors in the Ladies 8-ball event.

Other local shooters who finished "in the cash" included J.C. and Randy Van Sickle.

Soldotna student named Youth of the Year

Jennifer Senette of Soldotna has been selected as the 2003 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. Sponsored by Reader's Digest Foundation and administered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the national program recognizes exemplary character, superior leadership skills, academic achievement and outstanding service to the Boys and Girls Clubs and community.

The 17-year-old will compete against other Boys and Girls Club youth for the Alaska Youth of the Year title next month. The state winner will receive a two-year scholarship to the University of Alaska Anchorage and will have the opportunity to compete at the regional level in California. Five regional winners will compete for the national honor in Washington, D.C., where the National Youth of the Year will be installed by the president in a White House ceremony in September. In addition, the national winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship from Reader's Digest Foundation.

Sterling youth named finalist in competition

Madison McConnell, 13, of Sterling, was selected as a finalist in the 2003 Alaska National Teen-ager Scholarship Program, which was held last weekend in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. She is the daughter of Wendy and Tyler McConnell of Sterling and was sponsored by Papa Murphy's, Denny's Auto Body, Dennis McConnell's Custom Engrav-ing and Design, Erik and Rita Lindow and McConnell's family.

Participants in the program were divided into junior and senior divisions, and the winner of each division received a $1,000 savings bond and airfare to Opryland USA in Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the National Teen-ager Program.

Nikiski Talent Show winners announced

Christopher Hall won the judges' choice award at the 2003 Nikiski Talent Show, held March 1 at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Auditorium. Other winners included Kalsey Megchelson, first, Heather Penhale, second, and Rachel Tyson, third, in the elementary category; Hee-Woon Eum, first, Elena Bird, Megon Coon and Audrey Coon, second, and Megan and Emily Kennedy, third, in the intermediate category; and Cathy Williams and Amy Krogseng, first, Amy and Cannetta, second, and the Detention Squad, third, in the adult category.

Planners of the event also wish to thank those who helped put the show together, including Ned Clooten, the emcee; Jeff Kipp, Eilene Gehrke and Dustin Aaronson, judges; Jack Conright, the tally judge; Dan Castimore, backstage manager; Phil Morin, house manager; Josh Silba, theater; and Darlene Gehrke and the students for sponsoring and running the show.

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