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Homer Valedictorians

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

Ellen Bauer

Ellen has lived in Alaska for 18 years and Homer for 16. She said she is ready to experience a new area of the country, but has loved her time in the Last Frontier. She has been involved with Pier One Summer Theater, starting as Gollum in the production of "The Hobbit." She participated in high school musicals and the swing choir. She also said Alaska has given her the opportunity to play softball in 40-degree weather and a gratitude for indoor swimming pools. She plans to attend Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and pursue studies in language or history.

David Moore


David Moore

Born in Anchorage, David has lived in Alaska for most of his life and moved to Homer while in sixth grade. He plays the trumpet in several bands, including his school's pep and jazz bands. He also has served on the student council. During the summers, he works and enjoys fishing. He likes to cross-country ski in the winters. He is interested in computers and especially aviation. David plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., where he is enrolled in the flight training program. He hopes to become a pilot.

Adrian Raymond


Adrian Raymond

Adrian said he has two passions in life: skateboarding and music. He began skateboarding as a freshman and, as a member of the Homer Skateboard Association, helped get a skate park built in his town. He also enjoys music and was first chair clarinet in the symphonic bad and first chair tenor saxophone in the jazz band this year. He plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he plans to major in economics, minor in music and continue his study of French with a year studying abroad.

Renae Rykaczewski


Renae Rykaczewski

Throughout high school, Renae has been an active member of her school and community. She swam competitively for nine years, attending the state championship four times and placing second. She also was voted swim team captain during her junior and senior years and won a gold medal in the 200-yard backstroke at the Northwest Age Group Sectional Champion-ships. She has served as a class and executive officer in student council, led the Homer High chapter of National Honor Society and was the flute section leader in the symphonic band. She also has volunteered at South Peninsula Hospital, with the Kachemak Swim Club and with KBBI Public Radio. She works at the Homer Pool as a lifeguard and last summer was one of three Alaska students to conduct a research project at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. She will attend Los Angeles' Occidental College to study pre-medicine, specializing in sports medicine.


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