7 top students honored in Homer commencement

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Elizabeth Bushell

I was born and raised in Homer. My brother Sam, who is a freshman at the University of Bozeman Montana has been my mentor since I was born. He taught me all the important qualities in life, such as exploration, love, dedication and peace of mind. With my parents, he created a net of support that enveloped me my whole life. My brother has encouraged me in every endeavor that I have partaken in.

In the first semester of my senior year, I traveled to New Zealand to live and go to school. There I discovered my dream of running my own outdoor-oriented school and becoming a novelist. It was there that I found real satisfaction in life.

I play varsity soccer and am first chair clarinet in the Mariner band. I am an avid softball first baseman. Unfortunately, the softball season conflicts with soccer. Besides camping and being in the outdoors, I am probably most passionate about dancing. I have plans to travel the world. I want to climb big mountains and then snowboard down them. Next year, I probably will attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Adam Crum

Born and raised in Homer and Anchor Point, Adam Crum is the fourth of five children born to Joe and Chris Crum. He also is the fourth one to graduate from Homer High School.

As a student at Homer High, Adam was actively involved in student government, serving as the student body vice president and in other class offices, was involved with the Natural Helpers program and volunteers in community activities.

He also has been an avid participant in athletics, lettering in football, wrestling, basketball and baseball. He will graduate with 11 varsity letters and was honored this year as the Alaska state winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman award.

He will continue his education at Northwestern University, where he has been offered a chance to play football in the Big 10. He plans to study pre-medicine en route to medical school, where he aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon. His dream is to one day have his own sports medicine clinic.

Holly Michelle McCune

I have lived in Homer for two years with my parents Kim and Mike and younger siblings Kelliann and David. I love playing sports and have lettered in basketball, volleyball and soccer during high school. I also have participated in numerous music events, including All-Northwest Band and All-State Choir. I plan to attend Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., on a full-tuition scholarship and to major in human performance and wellness while continuing my musical and athletic pursuits. I'd like to thank all of my teachers, coaches, friends and family members in Kenai and Homer who have helped me achieve my goals throughout the years.

Jacob Owens

I grew up living in and around Homer. I lived in Anchor Point until I got into high school and have lived in a lot of different places in the area in my 17 years. I grew up with three sisters, two of whom already are in college.

Now that I'm finally out of high school, I plan to go to college in Fairbanks. I'm thinking about going into the field of engineering, but I really don't know yet. After my first year at Fairbanks, I'm going to go to college in another country with the exchange program at UAF. After one year in another country, I'm going to exchange to another state, and I hope to be able to travel as much as I can in between.

Nate Raymond

I have lived in Homer almost my entire life with my mother and two younger siblings. I participated in many activities throughout high school, including Youth Court, track and field and the academic decathlon. I also won first place this year in photography at the Alaska All-State Art Competition. This summer, I will intern for Sen. Murkowski in Washington, D.C., before attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the fall. I will major in political science in hopes of eventually going to law school.

Evan Smith

Evan Smith is the son of Kim and Steve Smith and has lived in Homer all his life. Swimming has been his primary non-scholastic endeavor, and he has competed since he was 6 years old. He has received medals in many state and Kenai Peninsula swimming championships at the club and high school levels, with numerous top-three and first-place overall point total finishes. In addition, he earned four varsity letters and was part of three school records.

He also has received various awards and distinctions as the first chair trumpet player of both the jazz and symphonic bands over the last two years, and he has been a Youth Court attorney and judge for the last five years.

Next fall, he will attend Yale University and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Heather Strutz

I was born and raised in Homer. When I was 6, my family started to raise reindeer. For a few years, we would hold a round-up in June to inoculate the reindeer and to cut their antlers. At one time, we had as many as 65 reindeer.

During my four years of high school, I balanced my time between studies, athletics, band and choir. Being involved in the school musicals and all the other musical performances was wonderful.

I will attend the University of Redlands in California to study biology on my way to becoming a forensic scientist. After that, I plan to join the Peace Corps.

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