Caring for the Kenai Winners

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2003

The 13 finalists in the Caring for the Kenai contest shared nearly $13,500 in cash prizes for their winning ideas. The following is a list of winners, the amount of money each won individually and for their school's science department, and the student's idea:

Seventh-13th place ($150 individual, $225 for the school): Cymberli Brendible, SoHi, modified fish cleaning station; Shandra Dahlen, Nikiski, contamination awareness board game; Paul Morin, Nikiski, ground water monitoring petition; Laura Rooper, Nikiski, Nikiski recycling program; Sara Jensen and Allie Schoessler, SoHi, cards for collecting king salmon catch data; Kelly King and Brittany Osland, SoHi, informational kiosks at camping areas; A.J. Berger, Ninilchik, fish waste grinder.

Sixth place ($300 individual, $337 school): Andy Kircher, SoHi, barricade to protect Kasilof River sand dunes.

Fifth place ($450 individual, $337 school): Whitney Cushing, Homer, Homer recycling program.

Fourth place ($600 individual, $450 school): Tatiana Butler, Nikiski, convert fish waste into fertilizer.

Third place ($800 individual, $450 school): Matthew Meacham, SoHi, informational trail to Kenai River.

Second place ($1,000 individual, $675 school): Jennifer Werth, SoHi, environment education program for elementary school children.

First place ($1,500 individual, $900 school): Kristen Frederic, Nikiski, convert oil platforms into alternative energy sources.

Additionally, each school which implemented Caring for the Kenai in its science curriculum (SoHi, Homer, Ninilchik, Seward, Skyview and Nikiski) received an additional $500 donation from Agrium and Unocal.

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