With the coming of spring, comes the task of selecting 12 finalists to make oral presentations in the 11th annual Caring for the Kenai (CFK) environmental awareness contest sponsored by Unocal Alaska, and Agrium. The 12 finalists will compete for $5,000 in U.S. Savings bonds before a panel of community judges April 20th at the KCHS Little Theatre. Over 500 entries were submitted this year at the contest headquarters, which were set up at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Rd. in Soldotna. Last week a team of 8 judges consisting of Assembly President, Tim Navarre, Agrium Environmental Engineer, Steven Maltby, Soldotna City Councilwoman Jane Stein, John Hammelman, Unocal Alaska Resources, Brett Huber, Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc., John Mohorcich, Kenai River Center, and Robert Ruffner of the Kenai Watershed Forum, and Brent Senette, Marathon Oil Co., went through the semifinalist judging process and selected this year's twelve. The names of the 12 and their schools will not be announced until after the oral presentations.
For the first time this year local groups, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to visit the CFK semi-finalist display Saturday, April 7th, at the Big K-mart in Kenai, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. During that time the other 120 some semi-finalist entries will be on display for public viewing. Many groups and businesses, such as the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc, Re-Group, Seekins Ford, and Tesoro, will be reviewing the entries and plan on giving awards of special recognition to ideas that they find of special interest. Anyone may participate in this community recognition program by attending the event and selecting a project that they feel is worthy of special recognition, award, or by personally assisting the student in furthering their project or idea to improve our local environment.
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