Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2002

Area student named to college honor roll

Jared Robertson of Soldotna was named to the honor roll for the spring semester at Montana Tech in Butte, Mont. To be named to the honor role, students must maintain a 3.25 grade point average and be enrolled full-time.

Former Soldotna student graduates from UPS

Jessica A. Bowman, daughter of John Jeffrey and Dawn Ayre Bowman, of Anchorage, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., on Sunday. She majored in English and theater. Bowman is a Soldotna High School graduate.

Area students graduate from Montana State

Patricia Marie Fellman, Seth Byron McCord and Jared Anthony Verba of Soldotna and Jodi LaNell Knudsen of Kenai graduated from the Montana State University in Bozeman May 11. Fellman graduated with honors, and McCord graduated with highest honors.

Jaxon Andrew Lodge and Jason Charles Sorenson, both of Kenai, graduated from Montana State University in Billings May 5.

Nikiski woman earns engineering degree

Natalie Jane Miller of Nikiski received a bachelor's degree in engineering management from the University of Portland in Portland, Ore., May 5. Natalie is a 1998 graduate of Nikiski High School. She is the daughter of Fred and Bonnie Miller of Nikiski.

Skyview student wins Kenai Performers scholarship


Katie Lockwood

Skyview High School senior Katie Lockwood is this year's recipient of the fine arts scholarship given by Kenai Performers in memory of well-loved teacher and performer Marjorie O'Reilly.

After years of teaching in the peninsula schools, while engaging in a vigorous commitment to family, community, church, politics and the arts, Marj was known in all circles for her dedication, level-headed point of view and zest for life. Marj was an active member of the board of Kenai Performers. Her last performance was as Yente, the Matchmaker, in "Fiddler on the Roof" in 2000. Only weeks after the show was over, Marj passed away. Knowing the joy Marj took in the arts, friends made donations to Kenai Performers in her name, and that was the beginning of the annual Marjorie O'Reilly Fine Arts Scholarship Award.

Katie Lockwood is a well-loved Kenai Performer in her own right. Along with maintaining a 4.0 scholastic average, becoming Alaska's Junior Miss and being involved in family, school and community activities, Katie has appeared in leading and featured roles in musicals beginning with the lead in "Annie" at Soldotna Elementary School and culminating in the lead role in Skyview's "Once Upon a Mattress," performed this spring in the SoHi Theatre. She also has been involved in Kenai Performers productions as well.

Two years ago Katie played Hodel in "Fiddler on the Roof," a girl who broke from the tradition of the matchmaker and married for love. Marj and Katie enjoyed working with each other and the rest of the cast to bring this powerful story to life on the Kenai stage. In presenting the award at the recent Evening of Classics, Marc Berezin, who played the part of Hodel's father, "Tevye," in that production, recalled that Marj was impressed with Katie's acting, singing, sparkling stage presence and friendliness, but especially by the less-heralded seriousness with which Katie dug into her schoolwork backstage in her breaks.

Katie Lockwood will be attending the College of Saint Benedict/University of Saint John's in the fall with a double major in political science and theater.

Students interested in applying for the Marj O'Reilly Scholarship next year can obtain information from their school guidance counselor. Applicants need not be involved in Kenai Performers or in theatre to receive the award.

Kenai woman earns internship

Melinda Haring of Kenai has accepted a summer internship with the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute in Herndon, Va. The Institute strives to take conservative ideas to young women and mentor them into effective leaders, and to make parents preeminent in the education of their children. More than 40 young women applied for the internship program, and only four were selected.

Haring graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2000 and now is a sophomore at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. She is studying political science and religion and serves as the president of Societas Liberalis (formerly the Libertarian Club). She is the daughter of David and Ruth Haring of Kenai.

Nikiski youth wins Elks scholarship

Zachary S. Hall of Nikiski was awarded a $4,000 scholarship from the Elks National Foundation. He will receive $1,000 a year for the 2002-03 through 2005-06 academic years.

Zachary was one of nearly 16,000 students nationwide who competed in the Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student scholarship competition. Applicants were judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

The Foundation will award a total of $2.216 million to 500 finalists. The two first-place winners each receive $60,000, the two second-place winners each receive $40,000 and the two third-place winners each receive $20,000, over four years. Zachary received one of 494, fourth-place, $4,000 scholarships.

Zachary is a senior at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

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