Five Nikiski grads make grade as valedictorian

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Five students -- Mario Bird, Raenell Johnson, Maggie Kendall, Tony Mika and Carrie Pattison -- earned honors as Nikiski High School's valedictorians for the Class of 2000.

Mario Lincoln Bird

Mario has compiled a perfect A average, plus competed in cross country running, hockey and track all four years of high school, winning two state running championships. He was student body president and involved with choir, band, film and the National Honor Society. He plans to study history and law at the University of Notre Dame this fall. Mario also received the Masonic outstanding student award for Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. His parents are Bob and Rosemary Bird.

Raenell Anne Johnson

Raenell was born in Anchorage and has lived on the pen-insula all her life. She is a member of the peer helper program and participates in other school activities. She plans to attend Arizona University next year to study education. She is the daughter of Richard and Rosemary Johnson.

Magdalena (Maggie) Elizabeth Kendall

Magdalena is the daughter of Ross and Ann Kendall. An athlete, she was captain of the 2000 state champion basketball team and a member of the 1998 state champion volleyball team. She is student body activity chair and vice president of the National Honor Society.

She plans to enroll at University of California at San Diego to study biology.

Tony Mika

Tony has spent his whole life in Nikiski. He is the son of Ron and Louise Mika and brother to Ludie and James. His favorite subjects are math and science, and he enjoys puzzles and computers. Although his plans are indefinite, he intends to go to the University of Alaska Fairbanks next year and pursue a career in high tech fields.

Carrie Geneva Pattison

Carrie is involved in student council and the National Honor Society. She serves as chief justice for the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court and is one of two Alaskans to receive the United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Wayne and Lyn Pattison and plans to attend George Fox University in the fall.

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