Caring for the Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2008


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  Assisted by KPC Tech Lance Hunt, Shirley Gifford reviews CFK entries during finalist selection at Kenai River Center.

CFK Judges watch a demonstration model of water run-off during finalist selection in this year's Caring for the Kenai contest.

From the nearly 400 entries submitted in this year’s Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental and disaster preparedness contest, a panel of eight judges from the professional community has selected twelve entries from Kenai Peninsula Borough high school students to compete for over $26,000 in cash awards in the oral presentation phase of the CFK program sponsored by Agrium and Chevron.


Lori Goodman, Agrium Crop. Relations, reviews a CFK entry during CFK Finalist selection last week at the Kenai River Center.

From the total entries submitted almost 100 were advanced to the semi-finalist round of judging. All semi-finalist entries will be on display Saturday, April 5th in the foyer at Gottschalks in Soldotna.


Doug Newbould, U.S.F. and G. scores a CFK entry during Finalist selection at Kenai River Center.

The CFK competition offers cash awards to the best twelve proposals addressing the prompt, “What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?” Participating schools this year included Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Skyview, Hope, Ninilchik, and several home school students.

“The contribution by Chevron and Agrium in sponsoring Caring for the Kenai continues to stimulate the minds, hearts, and dreams of our students. This partnership is a positive model showcasing excellence for students, schools and community,” said Dr. Donna Peterson, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendant.


Assisted by KPC Tech Lance Hunt, Shirley Gifford reviews CFK entries during finalist selection at Kenai River Center.

The educational partnership is part of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District science curriculum. This year $20,000 will be awarded to participating schools thanks to a matching grant from Chevron, Agrium and the Kenai River Sportfishing Association. $750 cash will be awarded to each school assigning the CFK project to offset classroom expenses or to purchase needed supplies or equipment. The remainder of the $20,000 in CFK grants will be divided proportionately to participating schools based on where their students place in the final oral presentation competition to be held April 19th at the KCHS Little Theatre, starting at 6:00pm. “We took the judging very seriously,” said Lori Goodman, Agrium corporate relations, participating as a CFK judge for the first time, “The students obviously put hours and hours into their proposals and at the same time we wanted to sure the project was important and practical to our environment as well as our community and each judge brought a different perspective to the table but in the end I think we have a very good group of 12 finalists that we are very proud to have represent our educational partnership.”

In addition to the recognition and prizes that go to the 12 finalists each year, CFK’s semi-finalist award program continues to grow with local sponsors awarding special recognition prizes to entries of the sponsor’s selection. This year the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has offered a free mission for all students in the class that has the most entries in the final 12 and the Kenai Watershed Forum will be assisting a student or team to implement their CFK idea and the Kenai River Sportfishing Association has selected 6 entries to receive $250 cash plus $250 for their classroom and will receive a new fishing rod & reel at this summers Kenai River Classic.

All entries are judged anonymously with the student’s name and school not being revealed until after the final oral presentations. This year’s competition will be streamed live over the internet by Soldotna High School technology students. The live feed, as well as complete history and details of the CFK program are available at .

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