Peninsula People

Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2006


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Burford paged

Soldotna High School senior Kelcy A. Burford recently returned from serving a semester as a Senate page in Juneau.

Upon graduation, she plans to continue her education at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

She is the daughter of Tonja Whitney of Soldotna.



Hayes graduates

Former Soldotna resident Christine Hayes recently graduated Summa Cum Laud from Corban College in Salem Oregon with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and health. Her grade point average was 3.98. She also received the math and science award, given to only one graduate.

She plans to continue her education and go into the teaching field.

She is the daughter of Kurt and Terry Watkins and a 2002 Skyview High School graduate.

Hughes graduates

Former Soldotna resident Aaron Christopher Hughes graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelors of science degree in civil engineering with a minor in mathematics.

He is the son of Randy and Sharon Hughes.



Jensen to attend college

Soldotna resident Sara Jensen was awarded the Roughrider Outreach Award from Dickinson State University in North Dakota.

Applicants are chosen based on their show of promise of leadership and academic ability.

Lasky on parade

Sterling resident and Young Marine Karen Lasky participated in the National Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C.

The parade is organized by a coalition of military, veteran and civic groups in association with the World War ll Veterans Committee, the White House Commission on Remembrance and America Supports You, a Department of Defense program that highlights the support of the American people for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Rizzo honored

Joe Rizzo, a teacher at Nikiski Middle-High School was named a 2006 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Rizzo is one of 250 educators across the country chosen to receive the honor of Educator of Distinction Award.

He will receive a commemorative crystal Coca-Cola gift and a plaque inscribed with a personal dedication written by Tatiana Butler, a 2006 Coca-Cola Scholar and a senior from Nikiski Middle-High School, who nominated him.

Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation chooses 250 outstanding high school seniors to receive college scholarships. Once named a scholar, the students designate the teacher, coach, principal or counselor that inspired and encouraged them most.



Warner graduates

Former Soldotna resident Morgan Warner graduated from the University of Hawaii Hilo with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology May 13.

She participated in a national Model U.N. competition in New York City. The university received an award among 30 other universities out of 250 participating. Her future plans include supervising the Rural Youth Program for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council/Salamatof Native Association in Kenai for the summer, returning to Hawaii in the fall to continue her work with youth in need and working toward her masters degree in London.

Warner is a 2001 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Scholarship awarded

The following students were award the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship: Cook Inlet Academy senior Lindsay Bauder, first place — $500; home school seniors Amber Hall and Tiffany Kinkaid, second place tie — $300; and Skyview High School senior Rebecca Kilfoyle, third place — $200.

The first place award is presented to one high school graduating student with a desire to further their education and is based on their record of citizenship, leadership and financial need.

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