Caring for the Kenai contest Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2003

The 13th annual Caring for the Kenai environmental awareness contest will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Kenai Central High School Little Theater.

The competition, sponsored by Unocal Alaska and Agrium, asks area students to answer the question, "What can I do, invent or create, to better care for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula, or to help improve the area's preparedness for a natural disaster?"

Thirteen finalists will make oral presentations Wednesday, vying for $5,000 in cash awards, as well as $7,500 to be split between their schools.

Students will be scored by a panel of eight judges, including Lt. Gov. Loren Leman; Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley; Dale Haines, Unocal Alaska oil and gas operations manager; Mike Nugent, Agri-um Nikiski plant manager; Donna Peterson, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent; Deric Mar-corelle of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation; Brett Huber, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association; and Kaitlin Vadla, first place winner of the 2002 Caring for the Kenai competition.

The public is invited to attend the oral presentations.

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