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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2001

KMS seeks votes on school mascot

Kenai Middle School has gone through the nomination process to change the school mascot. The four mascot choices are: Kossacks (the current mascots), Kougars, Koyotes and Kings.

Adult votes (parents, teachers or community members) will weigh 50 percent of the final election and the student votes will weigh the other 50 percent. Open voting for the community began Monday and will run through Tuesday. Any community member interested in the KMS mascot change should stop by the school office to vote during this time. KMS encourages all interested members of the community to get involved.

This is a timely process, as the seventh- and eighth-grade history and government classes are studying citizenship and our nation's government.

In the spirit of the process, KMS will offer a rally where mascots will be presented to the students, staff, parents and community members at 2 p.m. Monday. Students will then have an opportunity to vote the following day, Tuesday, before school and at lunch. Voting booths will be available and students and community members will sign off that they have voted.

The students are excited to be part of the change process. If the Kossacks are defeated, the school will plan a sendoff ceremony during the eighth-grade farewell on May 18.

For more information, call Lori A. Manion, assistant principal, at 283-4896.

SoHi seeks volunteer painters

Soldotna High School needs painters from the community for a special project. Students and visiting artist Margret Hugi-Lewis are decorating ceiling panels for the school commons.

They have 285 soundboards to paint in 10 different colors by Friday. The school is appealing to outsiders for help in this massive undertaking.

Participants will be painting in the school art room daily through Friday all day until 6 p.m.

Margret Hugi-Lewis is an internationally known artist overseeing this project, which is made possible by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

For more information, contact Ann C. Wilson, the art teacher at SoHi, by phoning 283-0625 or 260-7046.

District wins grant for Russian exchange

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District recently received word from the U.S. State Department that it has approved a $128,000 grant for a student exchange, focusing on health fairs, to be conducted between the peninsula and Magadan in the Russian Far East.

Partners in the exchanges will be Skyview High School near Soldotna, Voznesenka School in a Russian Old Believer village on Kachemak Bay, the Connections cyber school and Magadan schools No. 1 and No. 14.

One theme of the exchange will be health fairs coordinated by students from each partnership school: one in the fall in Voznesenka and two in the spring in Magadan. Another theme is creation of computer labs with Internet access in the Magadan schools, training the Russians in their use and using the links to benefit students in both nations.

Part of the program will involve bringing 20 or more high school students from Magadan to Soldotna for four weeks in the fall and taking at least 20 students from Voznesenka, Skyview and Connections to Magadan for three weeks including spring break.

The theme proposed for the program is "Healthy students make healthy communities."

For more information, contact Allan Miller, assistant principal at Skyview, at 262-7675 or

SMS wins academic contest

On April 27 and 28, 12 Soldotna Middle School students competed in the State Academic Pentathlon competition in Anchorage and brought home the top prize.

AP challenges students' abilities in academic areas: essay writing, science, mathematics, current events and speech. SMS won 18 individual medals, the super quiz plaque and the first place team trophy, beating second place Valdez by 1,550 points.

Students compete in three divisions.

In the "honor division" winners were: Ali Wykis, who tied for first in current events and placed second in math; Brian Hibberd, third in essay and first in math; Bets Pindras, third in speech, second in essay and second in science. Pindras also received the $100 savings bond for overall highest score in honors.

The "scholastic division" winners were: Tony Grundy, honorable mention in science; Ariel McLane, tied for third in science and tied for second in current events; and Corey Buckingham, first in math and tied for third in current events.

The "varsity division" winners were: Amanda Detavernier, first in speech and second in current events; Angela Woodward, second in math and third in science; and John Gomulak, second in speech, third in current events and first in science. He also received the $100 savings bond for overall highest varsity score.

The alternates included Jake Blanchard, who received honorable mention in current events; Kenny Dean, who received an honorable mention in science; and Rachel Beatty, who received honorable mentions in all categories.

Reading help available for teens

A free, high-intensity summer reading course will be available for students in grades eight through 11 who need additional help with basic reading skills.

The focus of the course will be on improving reading rates, learning to read for comprehension and increasing vocabulary.

The course will run from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, June 4 through June 29 at Skyview High School.

Lunch will be provided daily if funding permits.

The course provides one semester's worth of high school elective credit.

To register, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District special services office at 262-4478 or contact the counselor at your child's school. Students must register by May 18.

KCHS heads to Mock Trial championship

The 2001 National High School Mock Trial Championship runs Thursday through Saturday in Omaha, Neb. A team from Kenai Central High School will represent the state of Alaska.

Team members are Leticia Haynes, Michelle Bailey, Scott Kornfield, Kalen Tyson, Melissa Vasilie and Ryan Whiteley. Teacher coach is language arts teacher David Larson; coaches from the community are retired Judge Charles Cranston, Law Clerk Anne Bauer and Attorney Carol Brenckle of Kenai.

Forty-four teams from across the nation and Pacific territories are expected to compete in the Nebraska courtrooms.

Teams are given simulated case situations. Students will portray witnesses and attorneys on both sides of the case. A panel of volunteer attorneys and judges will score each trial. Students will be judged on the performance of the witnesses, objections raised by attorneys, opening and closing arguments and how well they handle surprise situations.

Each team will take part in four trails Friday and Saturday. A final round Saturday afternoon will decide the national champion team, which will be announced Saturday night at an awards banquet.

The Nebraska State Bar Foundation is hosting the gathering.

KCHS announces Students of the Month

Kenai Central High School has announced its Students of the Month for April: Tyler Goggia, vocational education; Karleta Giles, special education; Eric Nyce, social studies; Lilly Babcock, science; TJ Hancock, physical education; Garret Dedrick, music; Heather McIntyre, math; Julia Ross (Kay), home economics-health; Nicole Spence, world languages; Sephra Daniel, English; Karli Knudsen, creative arts; Tim Kirby, Rotary International; Alex Douthit, Chamber of Commerce; Michele Bucho, Elks; Chris Bergholtz, super staffer and Scott Kornfield, Kard of the Deck.

Skyview announces Students of the Month

Skyview High School near Soldotna has announced its Students of the Month for April. They will be honored at a luncheon with their parents Thursday.

They are: Anne Verba, world languages; Shanna Janik, work co-op; Jacob Oliver, vocational tech; Kumi Akita and Heather Barrett, social studies; Jenipher Dobson and Kaleena Schouweiler, science; Christey Fuhrman and Shane Sachwitz, physical education; Tracy Christl, performing arts; Jolene Gerald and Rebekah Osterman, mathematics; Henry DeSmidt and Pamela Ward, language arts; Lela Wiley, health; Katina Lagoutaris, fine arts; Megan Lyons, fashion textiles; Shaina Daris, business; Sheena Severson and Lisa Aburto, student aides.

Melina Hutchison was chosen by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce; Kim Jones by Rotary International.

Renee Merkes, math teacher, was Teacher of the Month, and Shirley Zobeck, bookkeeper, was Staff Member of the Month.

Mountain View reports Students of the Month

Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai has announced its Students of the Month for April and May.

For April they are: third-graders Vincent Madrid, Nikki Trefon, Joy Samson, Katrina Chase and Sinead Baker; fourth-graders Brad Smith, Kylee Grant, Christopher Quiriarte, Meranda Mahan and Chris Talbot; and fifth-graders Kaley Doyle, Chris Heinrich, Adrianna Garcia, Justin Hensler, Jessyka Diaz and Nate Saltzgiver.

For May they are third-graders Christa Huf, Denise Rust, Steven Jones, Andrea Bates and Alexia Noel; fourth-graders Brittany Kiser, Alex Sonnichsen, Alex Cook, Amber Lorenzo, John Reinhardt and Kari Hansen; and fifth-graders Rebecca Gilman, Leslie Hidalgo, Jamie Dunn, Caitlin Baird, Amanda Ellis, Megan Gabriel and Cristal Barton. The pizza luncheon is today at 11:25 a.m.

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