Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, May 24, 2004

Area residents graduate from college

Sisters Harmony (Choat) Curtis and Melody (Choat) Tucker, both of Kenai, recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Harmony graduated with honors, received a bachelor of business administration management degree and will be moving to Portland, Ore., to pursue her business career. She is a 1997 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Melody graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing and is working at the Alaska Military Youth Academy as a school nurse. She is a 1997 graduate of Nikiski High School.

Their parents are Myrna and Lowell Choat.

Adam Seth Bute of Nikiski recently graduated for Roosevelt University in Chicago with a master of fine arts in theatre performance.

He is the son of Alan and Paula Bute of Nikiski and a 1997 graduate of Nikiski High School.

Aaron Jay Epperson of Soldotna recently graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor of science in athletic training.

Wayne J. Nubile of Soldotna recently graduated from Boise State University. He was a graduation candidate for a master of arts in school counseling.

Stacey L. Pault of Kenai recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in biological sciences.

Sarah Miller Histand of Soldotna recently graduated with high distinction from the Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology-anthropology and Spanish.

Students named to dean's list

The following students have be named to the dean's list for the fall semester.

Shannon Powers of Soldotna has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa, Fla. To be named to the dean's list, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 credits in a quarter with a term grade point average of at least 3.5. Powers is the daughter of George and Jan Powers and a 2003 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy.

Neal Kuipers, Chelsea Pyhala, Anna Victor, all of Homer, Derek La Shot of Kenai and Glendon Fraser, Mike Sturm, Hannah Clare and Cassie Smith, all of Soldotna, recently were named to Eastern Washington University's dean's honor list. To be named to the list, students must carry at least 12 credits and achieve a GPA of 3.5.

Central peninsula students earn scholarships

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association awarded $2,000 scholarships to the following students:

Megan Jo Best of Nikiski High School. She is the daughter of Terry and Julie Best and will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue a career in business administration and management.

Steve Harness of Homer High School. He is the son of Rick and Dotti Harness and will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue a bachelor's degree in architectural and engineering technology.

Andrea Penner of Soldotna High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Denise Penner and will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in business.

Heather Danielle Roach of Soldotna High School. She is the daughter of Daniel and Donna Roach and plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue a master's degree in architecture and a bachelor's degree in interior design.

ConocoPhillips awarded scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to following area students:

Ramona Baker, Nikiski High School.

Ellen Louise Bauer, Homer High School.

Adrian Raymond, Homer High School.

Kaitlin Brett Vadla, Soldotna High School.

ConocoPhillips scholarships were awarded on the basis of the applicant's ability to make a future contribution to Alaska, service to their community and school, school and academic achievement and financial need.

Palm to intern for Sen. Murkowski

Kari Palm of Kenai recently was selected to work as an intern for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her Washington, D.C., office.

Palm is one of 20 graduating high school seniors working for two, four-week sessions for the senator. She will perform a variety of administrative and legislative duties and will shadow the senator during her daily schedule and participate in tours and social events.

She is the daughter of Debbie and Eugene Palm and will graduate from Kenai Central High School this week.

Barnette graduates from naval training

Navy Seaman Recruit Robert J. Barnette recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at the Recruit Training Command Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

During his eight-week program, Barnette completed classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness. Training was concluded with "Battle Stations," an exercise used to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Barnette is the son of Dawn A. and Mark Barnette of Kenai.

He is a 2001 graduate of Kenai Alternative High School.

Crawford completes leadership training

Air Force Senior Airman Shaun E. Crawford has graduated from Airman Leadership School at Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, N..M.

The five-week course is designed to train senior airmen to understand their positions in the Air Force organizational structure, leadership, communications skills and profession of arms, which are needed for professional development to be effective noncommissioned officers. Airmen are prepared and better equipped to serve as supervisors, managers and rating officials as they progress in their enlisted military careers.

The school is the first of three levels of professional military education programs used to develop and cultivate leadership and supervisory skills and is a required course for airmen to complete prior to being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

Crawford is an intelligence operations journeyman assigned to the 524th Fighter Squadron.

He is the son of Patty A. Willinger of Soldotna and Tim Crawford of Seaside, Calif.

Crawford is a 1998 graduate of Tracy High School in California.

Kenai man joins Marines

Marine Corps Pvt. Stephen M. Kwietniak of Kenai recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Kwietniak began training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. He also spent numerous hours in the classroom and field assignments, learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.

In addition, he received instruction on the Marine Corps values honor, courage and commitment and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

The training concluded with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team exercise culminating in a ceremony naming the recruits as Marines for the first time.

Kwietniak is the son of Valerie V. and John W. Kwietniak and a 2003 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

McCusker finishes communication school

Army Pvt. Andrew J. McCusker recently graduated from the multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer course at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga.

The 12-week course is designed to train enlisted soldiers in the installation, operation and unit maintenance of line-of-sight multichannel radio relay and multiplexing equipment used in telephone and telegraph communications systems. The students also receive instruction in electronic countermeasures, signal operating instructions, radio and multiplexing equipment, antennas and power generation equipment.

He is the son of Edith Y. McCusker of Kenai and a 2003 graduate of Allesandro High School in Hemet, Calif.

Torch Run results announced

The Alaska Peace Officer's Association Torch Run for Special Olympics held on May 15 raised $2,559 for the area Special Olympics program.

Sixty community members ran, walked, biked and strolled in the 5K run fund-raiser. The following is the list of top 20 finishers and their times: First place, Elijah Stafford (bike), 16:15; second place, James Danielson, 19:06; third place, Kent Peterson, 19:10; fourth place, Steve Gilles, 20:07; fifth place, Bill Coghill, 20:23; sixth place, Max Best, 21:16; seventh place, Jennie Mishler, 21:16; eighth place, John Roderick, 22:55; ninth place, Lori Manion, 23:29; 10th place, Danny McIntosh (bike), 24:26; 11th place, Russ Mattison, 24:37; 12th place, Trish Kopp, 25:28; 13th place, Tom Carver, 25:31; 14th place, Gus Sandahl, 26:09; 15th place, Kim Wannamaker, 26:37; 16th place, Barry Wilson, 26:43; 17th place, Kelly George, 26:43; 18th place, Mike Louthan, 26:44; 19th place, Janel Gilles, 27:423; and 20th place, Tammy Goggia, 27:44.

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