Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2006

Area students graduate

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· Soldotna resident Roger Fischer Senior recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an associates of applied science in occupational safety an health.

He is the husband of Kim Fischer.

· Soldotna resident Paul Shadura III recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree, with a double major in global logistics and business management.

He is the son of Paul and Virginia Shadura.

· Former Kenai resident Brady Church recently graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

While in college Church studied economics in Poland and traveled extensively in Europe. He has accepted a position as field office engineer with Hensel Phelps Construction Company in San Diego.

He is the son of George and Debbie Church and a 2001 graduated of Kenai Central High School.

· Former Soldotna residents Laura Danielle Cooper and Bethany Joy Thornton recently graduated from Grace College and Seminary.

Cooper is the daughter of Tim and Martha Cooper and received a bachelor of science degree in counseling and sociology.

Thornton is the daughter of Dan and Sue Thornton and also received a bachelor of science degree in counseling and sociology. Thornton was the recipient of the Greatest Contribution to Campus Life Award and was named in the 2006 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Area residents join Air Force



The following peninsula residents recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas: Air Force Airman Kenneth S. Dean and Air Force Airman Ella M. Fehrer, both of Sterling, and Air Force Airman Jeffrey V. Winter of Soldotna.



During the six weeks of training they studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

· Dean is the stepson of Tawnie Dean and a 2005 graduate of Skyview High School;

· Fehrer is the daughter of Kimi Fehrer and granddaughter of Carol Quinn of Newhall, Calif. She is a 2005 graduate of Skyview High School; and

· Winter is the son of Mark Winter and grandson of Linda Winter of Jewel Lake. He is a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Moonin shines



Former Soldotna resident Army National Guard Pfc. Margaret J. Moonin graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, Moonin studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Raymond VinZant and a 1990 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Bird flies high

Former Kenai resident Elena Bird was recognized for her outstanding academic achievement at St. Olaf College. To receive recognition students must have at least a 3.3 grade point average.

Zindel honored

Former Kenai resident Miranda Lynn Zindel was awarded the Truman Scholarship from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She will receive a $30,000 merit-based award. She is only the seventh winner to receive it since 1981.

Candidates must be nominated and selection is based on community and leadership service.

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