Tara Cutting, Jessica Foster, Sarah Histand and Eric Romberg earned honors as Soldotna High School's valedictorians for the Class of 2000.
Tara won a two-year battle with a cancerous brain tumor while maintaining a perfect A average in challenging courses. Her numerous academic awards include being a Horatio Alger Association National Scholar, the Alaska Association of Student Government Student Hero of the Year and a United States National Leadership Merit Award. She plans to attend Cornell University in the fall and has her sights set on pursuing a doctoral degree in biopsychology and brain research.
Jessica Lee Foster
Jessica won an All-American Scholar Award and a U.S. National Leadership Merit Award. She was homecoming queen and enjoys volleyball, softball, jogging and reading in her spare time. She has been captain of the varsity volleyball team and a finalist in Caring for the Kenai. She plans to attend Harding University in Arkansas next fall on scholarships to work for a degree in math, physics or engineering. She is the daughter of Steve and Becky Foster.
Sarah was born and raised in Soldotna. She is the captain of the school track team and a member of Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. Another highlight was traveling to Europe with the band her freshman year. She is active with her church, where she plays piano. Her hobbies include piano, reading and wilderness recreation. She plans to attend college and pursue collegiate track, but has not yet decided on a school or major. Sarah also recived the Masonic outstanding student award for Soldotna High School. Her parents are Carol and Stan Histand.
Eric was born in Soldotna. He is an Eagle Scout. He lettered in football and wrestling and was the 2000 Alaska state champion wrestler in his weight class. He plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His parents are David and Cyndi Romberg.
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