It may not have been intended as the kick off for the Memorial Day holiday, but the opening of last Tuesday's Borough Assembly meeting couldn't have been more appropriate. Four-year-old Matthew Daugherty of Sterling led everyone assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag in a manner that renewed the respect and admiration for a government of the people by the people. Daugherty loves saying the Pledge according to his grandmother, Assemblyperson Grace Merkes.
In other business of special recognition, the Assembly unanimously passed a resolution of commendation for Aurora Firth and her artistic family from Anchor Point for receiving the "Best of Show" award in the 2003 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp competition. Aurora, a 16-year-old homeschooler, took the top honors with a color pencil drawing of a pair of shoveler ducks. She shared the winners circle with her brother Barnabas, 13, who won second place in the grade 7-9 division; sister Sarah, 11, who took third place in the grade 4-6 division; brother Silas, 8, who won 1st place for grades K-3, and 6-year-old brother Josiah who won honorable mention in the same age group. Revenues from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are used by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to promote conservation education through awards and scholarships.
Borough Mayor & Assembly congratulate a few of the volunteers from the Arctic Winter Games bid committee.
The Assembly also honored more than 30 local students who placed first in the State Future Problem Solving Competition (FPS). FPS is a yearlong educational program which challenges students to solve problems related to different topics of global significance set 20 or more years into the future. During the current year, students have explored challenges relating to sports medicine, e-commerce, nanotechnology, DNA identification and worldwide communications. Due to graduation ceremonies, only a few of the winners were able to be present.
Prior to taking up the issue of the authority to contract for the hosting of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the Assembly honored the individuals of the Arctic Winter Games Bid Committee for their exemplary and award winning performance of showcasing the Kenai Peninsula Borough to the Arctic Winter Games International Committee on January 17 and April 16th, 2003.
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