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Alternative transportation idea earns senior honors

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2000

Jason Redmond has acquired more from his government class project than just a good grade.

He also has been named as a distinguished finalist in the fifth annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The award is apart of a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding volunteerism.

Redmond, 16, developed the Soldotna Public Bicycle System as a part of his Soldotna High School government project.

All seniors attending SoHi are required to take a government class and produce a community building project as a part of the class lab. The idea of the projects are to bring the community and school closer for mutual benefits. The students have one semester to work on the projects.

Redmond's idea was to place 20 one-speed bicycles at 10 bike racks already owned by businesses in Soldotna.

The racks will have bright yellow signs to describe what the bikes are for and will list the locations of other designated racks. The bikes will be painted yellow or be covered in yellow reflective tape.

He received a letter from Sen. Ted Stevens in early March that told him of his honor.

"I am glad that the project is getting recognized," Redmond said.

Redmond was one of four youths honored in Alaska. The other youths were Tanya Ewing of Juneau, Chavis Newman-Keane of Anchorage and Rebecca Dickson of Anchorage.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, chair of the Alaska State Commission on Commission on Community Service, also praised the award winners.

"The care and energy Tanya, Chavis, Rebecca and Jason have invested in their communities is admirable. These students, and all who were nominated, are to be commended for donating their time and talents to improving the lives of others," she said in a press release.

Redmond said he did not think his project would go this far.

He also received a $500 grant from the city and used the money to fix the 20 bikes that have been stored in the basement of Soldotna City Hall over the winter.

Needless to say, Redmond received an A for his project.

"I put a lot of work into it," he said.

He graduated in January and has plans to attend The Master's College in southern California in the fall. He plans to major in business administration, information systems management and mathematics.

BYLINE1:By SARA J. SMITH

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

Jason Redmond has acquired more from his government class project than just a good grade.

He also has been named as a distinguished finalist in the fifth annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The award is apart of a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding volunteerism.

Redmond, 16, developed the Soldotna Public Bicycle System as a part of his Soldotna High School government project.

All seniors attending SoHi are required to take a government class and produce a community building project as a part of the class lab. The idea of the projects are to bring the community and school closer for mutual benefits. The students have one semester to work on the projects.

Redmond's idea was to place 20 one-speed bicycles at 10 bike racks already owned by businesses in Soldotna.

The racks will have bright yellow signs to describe what the bikes are for and will list the locations of other designated racks. The bikes will be painted yellow or be covered in yellow reflective tape.

He received a letter from Sen. Ted Stevens in early March that told him of his honor.

"I am glad that the project is getting recognized," Redmond said.

Redmond was one of four youths honored in Alaska. The other youths were Tanya Ewing of Juneau, Chavis Newman-Keane of Anchorage and Rebecca Dickson of Anchorage.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, chair of the Alaska State Commission on Commission on Community Service, also praised the award winners.

"The care and energy Tanya, Chavis, Rebecca and Jason have invested in their communities is admirable. These students, and all who were nominated, are to be commended for donating their time and talents to improving the lives of others," she said in a press release.

Redmond said he did not think his project would go this far.

He also received a $500 grant from the city and used the money to fix the 20 bikes that have been stored in the basement of Soldotna City Hall over the winter.

Needless to say, Redmond received an A for his project.

"I put a lot of work into it," he said.

He graduated in January and has plans to attend The Master's College in southern California in the fall. He plans to major in business administration, information systems management and mathematics.



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