Peninsula People

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Soldotna man graduates

Steven Ernst Manley of Soldotna graduated May 4 from the University of Alaska Anchorage, receiving a degree in economics with departmental honors. He is the son of Randy and Susan Ashford of Soldotna and Rick Manley of San Diego.

Soldotna grad earns second degree

Karen Oglesby graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas on May 17, receiving a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She also received a bachelor's degree in 2002 in biology.

Oglesby is a 1997 Soldotna High School graduate. Her parents are Michael and Ronda Oglesby; her grandparents are Thomas and Sharon Peterkin and Dewey and Lorine Oglesby.

Sterling couple's daughter to earn master's

Eve Isham will receive a master's degree in ergonomics this month from California State University Northridge. She already has a bachelor's degree in math and cognitive science from the University of California Los Angeles. She plans to continue at UCLA School of Medicine while studying to receive a doctorate degree. She is the daughter of Jim and Sue Isham of Sterling.

Kenai student finishes college

Luke Spruill graduated from the University of Iowa on May 17, earning a bachelor's degree in religious studies. Spruill is a 1995 Kenai Central High School student and two-time state wrestling champion. He plans to continue his studies as a graduate student at the University of Iowa.

Stewart earns business degree

Laura C. Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Stewart of Kenai, was among 540 graduating seniors who received diplomas from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on May 10. Majoring in accounting, Stewart received a bachelor of business administration degree.

Nikiski student to earn degree

Lola Vars of Nikiski will graduate from Southern Oregon University on June 14 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. She also minored in art, biology and sociology. Vars attended Nikiski Elementary and Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, and graduated from Wasilla High School in 1998. She is the daughter of Peter and Debbie McKay of Kenai.

6 peninsula students graduate in Boise

Six area students graduated from Boise State University on May 17. Oralee N. Nudson of Nikiski earned a bachelor's degree in computer science. Jared James Meyer of Nikiski earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration with a law enforcement emphasis. Mereidi Sue Liebner of Soldotna earned a degree in construction management. Jalanie Faye Johnson of Soldotna earned a degree in psychology. Mark Coleman Pierson of Kenai earned a degree in geology, and JoLynn Montgomery of Kenai earned a degree in health science studies.

Sterling man completes college

Donald Kier, son of Ronald and Carol Kier of Sterling, earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts, humanities May 10 from Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. The school is a four-year Christian liberal arts college offering degrees in 14 areas.


Anne Marie Verba

Verba chooses college

Anne Marie Verba of Soldotna will attend Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D., this fall.

A center midfielder for the Skyview High School soccer team, Verba was voted most inspirational player during her freshman and sophomore years. She was varsity captain her senior year and took her team to regionals every year during high school.

In addition to her athletic skills, Verba has been an honor roll student for four years and was selected as Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month every year in high school. She also was honored as Rotary Student of the Month in 2003 and voted Most Spirited of her senior class.

Verba plans to pursue a career in nursing specializing in pediatrics. She is the daughter of Steve and Marlys Verba of Soldotna.

Sterling woman completes basic training

Army Pvt. Rachael J. Arthur of Sterling recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During her nine-week training, Arthur received training in the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, 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, the military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

She is the daughter of Carla McShane of Sterling and a 2002 home-school graduate.


Lucinda Harwood

Area woman named Mrs. Alaska

Lucinda Harwood Mrs. Soldotna 2003 won the 2003 Mrs. Alaska International Pageant in Anchorage on May 10. She now will compete for the title of Mrs. International 2003 at the Sept. 1-6 pageant in Roanoke, Va. Harwood, the wife of Robert Harwood of Soldotna, said she is involved in the program because it emphasized positive aspects of marriage and family.

AAA awards scholarship to local student

Courtney McKenney, a 2003 graduate of Interior Distance Education of Alaska, recently received a $500 Academics, Athletics and Arts Scholarship from AAA MountainWest. The organization awards more than $3,000 in scholarships annually to students planning to attend college in Alaska, Montana or Wyoming. McKenney plans to attend the University of Alaska.

The daughter of Ted and Valerie McKenney competed against nearly 300 other high school seniors to earn the scholarship, with was awarded based on involvement in school and community activities, participation in arts programs, and an essay describing the student's biggest risk.


Ryan Staab

Staab earns academic scholarship

Ryan Staab of Soldotna has received an academic achievement scholarship to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

Staab, who plans to pursue a pre-medicine major at BHSU, has been awarded a one-quarter tuition scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Scholarship recipients must have a final class rank within the top 33 percent of their high school graduating class, an ACT score of 21 or higher and show exceptional academic or extracurricular achievement during high school to qualify for this award. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and completes 30 credit hours at BHSU.

School librarian gets new 'do

Carol VanDerWege, the librarian at Tustumena Elementary School in Kasilof, had her hair spiked and colored by Tina Schneider of Tina's Too during a school assembly May 20. VanDerWege had challenged the students at the school to read 2,003 books by May 16, in an effort to get children in the mood for summer reading and to increase usage of the library during the summer months. Students met the challenge, reading 2,402 books.

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