Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2004

Brooks graduates from 'Nukes'

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan M. Brooks of Soldotna recently graduated from the Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

During the six-month course, Brooks received fundamental training in several technical fields related to the nuclear power program. He studied mathematics and physics for three months in preparation for hands-on training. He also became familiar with nuclear reactor theory and operations.

He is the son of Bobbie J. Brooks of Oswego, Kan., and Wayne M. Brooks of Kenai. He is a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Wohlers learns damage control

Navy Ensign David C. Wohlers recently graduated from damage control assistant course at the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I.

The DCA course is designed to provide training that includes in-depth study in areas of damage control, administration and training, systems, equipment maintenance procedures, battle damage evaluation, containment techniques, firefighting and chemical, biological and radiological defense procedures.

Wholers is the son of Anne J. and James M. Wohlers of Kenai. He was a 1999 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Haring to study at Oxford

Kenai resident Melinda Haring recently was accepted to St. Antony's College at Oxford University. Under the M. Phil program, she will study Russian and Eastern European studies, with the degree program beginning in October. Haring is a senior at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She is studying politics, religion, economics and sociology.

Haring is the daughter of David and Ruth Haring. She was a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Sisters garner top honors

Sisters Sondra Lyn Mize and Morgan Marie Mize of Sterling both recently were acknowledged by their respective schools for academic excellence.

Sondra, a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was named to the dean's list for the fall semester. To be named to the list, a student must carry a minimum of 12 credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Morgan, a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was named to the chancellor's list for the fall semester. To be named to the list, a student must be enrolled in at least 12 credits and have a GPA of 4.0.

They are the daughters of Wayne and Mary Mize.

Nelson named to dean's list

Caitlin Nelson of Kenai recently was named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Trinity University. To be named to the list, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.65 on a minimum of 15 semester hours.

Area students receive scholarships

Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., recently awarded scholarships to the following area residents: Michael Boyle, Nathan Schmidt, Paul Kendall and Andrew Banas, of Kenai; and Daniel Drathman, Ivan Heimbuch, Jessica Riley and Chelsea Belieu, of Homer. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of commitment to academics and potential for academic success at the college level.

The University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, awarded the following students scholarships; Shannon L. Hohl of Seward; Brittany K. Gardner, Cody J. Michal and Elisha M. Tarries, of Soldotna; Catherine E. Coursen of Sterling; and Shaina M. Fisher and Nathaniel B. Seaman of Homer. Scholarships were awarded to top graduating seniors and new transfer students.

Showin' Off the Kids winners announced

Winners from the the Showin' Off the Kids lip sync contest held on March 13 are:

Kindergarten through third grade: Mackenzie Moore, "By and By," first place; Courtney Stroh, "Maybe," second place; Vienna Schmitter-Schrier," Let it Snow," third place; and Jessica Roper, "On the Good Ship Lollipop," judges' choice. Other participants were Ashley Eby, Rachel Beckman and Vicky Tachick, "Can't Hurry Love;" Asia Zabala, "Take Me Away;" Sarah Barrett, "Man, I Feel Like A Woman;" Kami Cain and Kyle Hastings, "Mambo Italiano"; and Sierra Thomas, "Mulberry Bush."

Fourth grade: Sarah Smith and Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," first place; Corrie Hagedorn, "Man In Black," second place; Torrey Johnson, Hydn McDermott-Johnston and Camila O'Toole, "Girls Night Out," third place; and Alex Weyand and Melissa Trotter,"Witch Doctor," judges' choice. Other participants were E.J Ismael, "I'm a Believer"; Rylan Zabala," The Art of Losing"; and Corrie Hagedorn and Sierra Thomas, "Cheetah Sisters."

Fifth through eighth grade: Carlee Drobnick, T'essa Tovoli, Lottie Barton and Mariah Luze, "I Love Lucy," first place; Amie Smithwick, Kiana Beddow and Sadie Arneson, "I Will Survive," second place; Shelby Dykstra and Jessie Duke, "I Can't Do It Alone," third place; and Dedra Ming, Chanta Spain and Rebecca Satathite, "Boot Scootin' Boogie," judges' choice. Other participants were Edna Hagedorn, "Fallin' in Love"; Ashly Edelman, "Stray Cat Strut"; Miranda Muth, "Can't Fight the Moonlight"; Joe Shirley, "I Got the Feeling"; Amie Smithwick, "It's Oh So Quite"; Kaitlyn Young and Brittany Rogers, "Once Upon Another Dream"; Christina Tachick, "Born To Fly"; Robbie Smithwick, "Play That Funky Music"; Alicia West and Kinsie Schultz, "We Are Sisters, We Stand Together," Alea Perkevich and Gabriella Rossini, "When You Say Nothing At All"; Brittany Rogers, "Broccoli and Chocolate"; Erin Twohy and Megan Parham, "Yellow Submarine"; and Madison Murrieta, Shahalie Burdick and Kayla Ellis, "Do You Believe In Magic?"

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