Finalists selected to compete for cash in annual “Caring For the Kenai” competition

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006


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  CFK semi-finalist entries displayed at Gottschalks, 40 were selected for prizes and special recognition

CFK semi-finalist entries displayed at Gottschalks, 40 were selected for prizes and special recognition

From more than 400 entries submitted in this year’s Caring For the Kenai (CFK) environmental and disaster preparedness awareness contest, a panel of eight judges from the professional community has selected twelve Kenai Peninsula Borough high school students to compete for over $16,000 in cash awards in the oral presentation phase of the CFK program sponsored by Agrium and Chevron.

From more than 400 entries less than 100 made it to the semi-finalist round of judging. All semi-finalist entries were displayed last week at Gottschalks in Soldotna. According to CFK organizers 40 of the semi-finalist entries were selected for prizes and special recognition by local businesses, groups, and government agencies. Those prizes range from certificates of merit to college scholarships.

The CFK competition also 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, Hope, Ninilchik, and several home school students. “This is an amazing program and it was an honor to be part of the proposal judging this year and help choose the final twelve,” said Lt. Steve Bear of the Alaska State Troopers Wildlife Enforcement.


Finalists selected to compete for cash in annual "Caring For the Kenai" competition...

The educational partnership is part of the KPBSD science curriculum. Each year Chevron, Agrium and the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. grant $500 cash to schools assigning the project to offset classroom expenses or to purchase needed supplies or equipment. The remainder of the $10,000 in CFK grants is divided up proportionately to participating schools based on where the school’s students place in the final oral presentation competition.

All judging is done anonymously; the names and schools of the 12 finalists who have been selected to give oral presentations will not be revealed until after the final judging. CFK final oral presentations will be held at the Kenai High School Little Theatre Friday, April 21st at 6:00pm before a new panel of judges that will include last year’s CFK winner Hannah Watkins. The public is encouraged to attend this unique real world competition, “I just wouldn’t miss it, it’s just as exciting to see these young people present their ideas to improve our environment and compete for cash for their schools as it is to watch a state championship basketball game. I commend Agrium and Chevron for making this possible in our community,” said Jane Stein, Soldotna City Council woman and proposal judge.


Panel of community judges review CFK semi-finalist entries and select 12 to make oral presentations

Again this year’s competition will be streamed live over the internet by Soldotna High School technology students. The feed will be available at Complete details and history of the CFK program are also available at .

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