Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2004

Reemtsma earns Bible degree

Joel Aaron Reemtsma of Kenai graduated with honor from Cedarville University in Ohio on May 1 with a bachelor of arts degree in comprehensive Bible.

He also recently received the Daniel Award during the recent Honors Day program. The award is given to a graduating senior who has been accepted by a conservative evangelic seminary, maintained a minimum grade point average of at least 3.3, demonstrated the spiritual qualifications and godly leadership skills necessary to excel in the ministry and plans to serve as a full-time pastor.

Reemtsma, a 2000 Kenai Central High School graduate, is the son of Phil and Eileen Reemtsma of Kenai.

Webster receives second medal

Former U.S. Marine Cpl. Shane Webster recently received his second Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Webster was recognized for exceptional and meritorious service as a combat lifesaver instructor in the combined joint task force-consequence management at Camp Doha, Kuwait.

He was one of four instructors and was the only E-4 corporal in the joint task force to teach and assist in the field evolutions through all phases of instruction.

Area residents graduate from UAA

The following students recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage:

Heather Charton of Soldotna received a master's degree in public administration. She is the daughter of Kemmer and Kathy Sorrell.

Michael Gustkey of Kenai received a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in economics. He is the son of Mary O'Hollaren and Jason Austin.

Fucci continues to advance military training

Cpl. Neil Fucci graduated from a military working dog handlers course in San Antonio in December, was promoted to corporal in February and completed special reaction team training in April.


Cpl. Neil Fucci

His current duty is in Barstow, Calif., as a member of the military police K-9 unit. His partner is an explosives dog named Rambo. (The pictured dog is T-Rex.)

Fucci is the son of Mark and Jackie Fucci of Nikiski and husband of Zara Fucci.

He is a 2002 graduate of Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Taylor makes dean's list

Kenai resident Jayme Rebecca Taylor was named of the dean's list for the winter semester at the University of Oregon in Eugene. To qualify, a student must be in good academic standing and have completed 12 or more graded credits for the term. The required minimum grade point average is 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. Taylor is an anthropology major in her junior year.

Nelson scholarship winners announced

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna recently announced the winners of the Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarships.

Twenty-three entries from five high schools were received. Winners received $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. Winners listed by school are:

Connections Catherine Coursen, first place.

Kenai Central High School Heather McIntyre, first place; and Ryan Dukowitz, second place.

Nikiski High School Nicole M. DeShong, first place.

Skyview High School Ashley Waldrip, first place; Veronica Aralova, second place; and Jessie Perkovich, third place.

Soldotna High School Katina Petersen, first place; Sarah M. Youngren, second place; and Brandy King, third place.

Ashley Waldrip, Catherine Coursen and Heather McIntyre place first, second and third overall, respectively. Overall winners received $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.

Waldrip's entry was forwarded to the state level, where she won and was awarded the $1,000 scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue a career in nursing. Her ultimate goal is to become an emergency room nurse or a flight nurse.

Flag poetry contest winners announced

State winners of the American Flag Poetry Program contest held by the Ladies Auxiliary of Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna are:

First grade Courtney Barker, first place, Sterling Elementary.

Second grade William Michaud, third place, Aurora Borealis Charter.

Third grade Madison Cunningham, first place, Mountain View; and Jalen Terry, second place, home school.

Fourth grade Riley Bunn, first place, home school.

Seventh-eighth grade Haley Neiderhauser, first place, Kenai Middle School.

Winners received $20 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third place, in addition to the monetary awards received from being winners at their respective schools.

Myers to intern in Washington

Soldotna resident Ryan Myers has been selected to be an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Ted Stevens for the summer session beginning May 30.

Meyers will attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall and plans to study political science and Asian studies. He also has been accepted into the Selected Studies honors program.

He is the son David and Adria Myers and is a senior at Soldotna High School.

Peace officers award scholarships

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Alaska Peace Officers Association awarded two $4,000 scholarships this spring. Recipients were Nick Thayse of Seward High School and Phillip Boyle of Homer High School.

The scholarships, awarded annually to high school graduates pursuing a career in the field of public safety or criminal justice, offer $1,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. Past recipients have included seniors from every high school on the Kenai Peninsula. Recipients are selected by an application process and awarded based on academic performance, community involvement, pursuit of the required fields of study and financial need.

Beck awarded inspirational teacher award

Seward social studies teacher Laura Beck was awarded the Eastern Oregon University 2003 Inspirational Teacher Award.

Beck was nominated by former student Alder Olive as part of the university's program to encourage students who have achieved dean's list standings to nominate a teacher who was inspirational to them on their road to higher learning.

Alder is the daughter of Jerry Olive and Sandy Stolle of Seward.

She is a 2003 graduate of Seward High School.

Williams certified for spinal trauma care

Dr. Nick Williams of Soldotna recently completed necessary requirements to receive his credentials for chiropractic certification in spinal trauma through the International Chiropractors Association Council on Applied Chiropractic Sciences.

The comprehensive post-graduate curriculum consisted of chiropractic applications of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and clinical case management for trauma cases, including the mechanisms of vehicular accident injury and effective documentation of clinical findings and care. International trauma expert Dr. Dan Murphy was the featured presenter.

The program was sponsored by the International Chiropractors Association, in cooperation with internationally acclaimed Cleveland Chiropractic College as the co-sponsor.

Williams is a 1997 graduate of Life West Chiropractic College.

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