KCHS class has 6 valedictorians

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Katherine Amen

Katherine Amen, the daughter of Nelson and Sheila Amen, plans to continue her education at Montana State University at Bozeman. The recipient of the presidential scholarship and an athletic scholarship, she will pursue a degree in engineering while participating on Bozeman's Divison I cross-country running and track and field teams. She also was named the KCHS Masonic Outstanding Student of 2002. She credits much of her success in academics and athletics during high school to her family, coaches, friends and teachers who gave her ceaseless support.

Jamie Montgomery


Jamie Montgomery - KCHS valedictorian

Jamie Montgomery was born in Washington to parents James and Nancy. The family moved to Kenai in 1986, where Jamie has lived and attended school ever since. She plans to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas to double major in nursing and Spanish. Jamie has been involved in many activities, including dance, gymnastics, swimming, diving, volleyball, soccer, football and basketball. She also has participated in student council and is currently the recycling committee chair for the KCHS National Honor Society.

Caitlin Nelson


Caitline Nelson - KCHS valedictorian

Having spent her entire life in Alaska, Caitlin Nelson is greatly anticipating her exodus from the cold winters. In the fall, she will attend Trinity Univer-sity in San Antonio, Texas, where she received a scholarship. Although still uncertain of her major, she is considering pursuing a career in law.

Her parents are Bill and Melinda Nelson. Her interests include biking, running and hiking.

J.D. Pault


J. D. Pault - KCHS valedictorian

J.D. Pault is the son of Joe and Katie Pault. His athletic involvement includes swimming, basketball, soccer, golf and American Legion baseball. He also is a member of the National Honor Soci-ety, VICA and Interact clubs.

He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., then lived in Saudi Arabia before moving to Kenai 11 years ago.

He plans to attend Colorado State University and major in engineering.

Laura Rhyner


Laura Rhyner - KCHS valedictorian

Laura Rhyner is the daughter of Tom and Mary Rhyner of Kenai. While attending Kenai Central, she was involved in volleyball, basketball, National Honor Society and student council. In the fall, Laura plans to attend the McCormack School of Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she will pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.

She is the recipient of the Allen L. Peterson Memorial Award and the BP Exploration Principal's scholarship.

Brian Gabriel


Brian Gabriel - KCHS valedictorian

Brian Gabriel was born in Soldotna. He is the son of Brian and Lisa Gabriel. Brian has been accepted to Providence (R.I.) College and received the presidential scholarship for four years full tuition. Because he has always dreamed of playing Division I hockey, he has signed with a Junior A hockey team in Wichita Falls, Texas, to better his chances of playing college hockey. After playing hockey in Texas for a year, he will attend Providence College in the fall of 2003 and will study engineering or medicine. Brian is a member of the National Honor Society, VICA, Interact Club and is the senior class treasurer.

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