Kenai Central High School

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006


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  Kendra Remsen

Tony Bannock, a student pilot and Kenai Central graduate, is ready to fly at the beginning of the KCHS graduation ceremony.

Photos by M. Scott Moon

Moments before the Kenai Central High School graduation was about to begin, Emma Brenner panicked.

I forgot my mascara, she exclaimed.

Fortunately she was in good company. Amanda Leslie, a fellow graduate who plans to go to cosmology school, was close at hand and reached into her supply of cosmology tools to offer Brenner a tube of lash thickener.

Also close at hand, graduate Mechelle Stelljes was buoyant with excitement.

Im so excited, she said. Im really excited. Im just glad that were here and that we all made it together.

The word Barbie topped with a star decorated the top of the Stelljes graduation cap.


Tyler Chappell, Kevin Epperheimer and Isaia Faumui sport cool shades and ready-to-go footwear for Kenai Central's commencement ceremony.

Photos by M. Scott Moon

When asked why she had painted Barbie on her hat, Stelljes said it reflected a bit of her appearance and personality, and pointed to the golden locks that spilled over her shoulders.

Ryan Piatt said his decorated graduation cap reflected his nickname. Lettering on top his cap read four fingers curved over a picture of a hand with four fingers.

When asked why he was known as four fingers, Piatt raise his left hand where one of his fingers was missing.


Antoine Fluck and Claudia Meder, exchange students from Switzerland, said standing in caps and gowns among their fellow American graduates was a little unreal.

Today were like, in the movie, Fluck said.

The only high school graduation ceremonies held in Switzerland are those found in American movies they explained.

(In Switzerland) its like now you graduated, great, Meder said.

Fluck said teacher-student relationships were one of the highlights of his 10-month high school experience here.

The way teachers teach you here is way different than in Europe. he said. Like, you can be a friend with a teacher here and its OK.

Eric Lisky said that, although he will not miss high school overall, he was proud of KCHS.

It has been a long four years, he said. This school is full of drama ... . Mostly girl problems. Not for me, but for my friends.

But aside from all the drama, he said KCHS had plenty to be proud of.

This school is full of spirit, he said. (And) we have an awesome football team that were proud of. Even people who arent into football still support our players.

Brenda Gabriel said she felt due to graduate.

I think Im ready, she said. I just know its about that time.


Siri Larson gives classmates a thumbs-up while waiting to enter the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium for KCHS's commencement ceremony Thursday.

Photos by M. Scott Moon

But she expects to look back fondly on her high school life once she is in college spending countless hours studying at night, she said.

When I was going to high school I thought, I cant wait to get out of here, she said. But Im probably going to look back and think I had it good.

Gabriel said one of the highlights of her graduating class high school career occurred when students mobilized to block teachers off from their front row parking spots as part of a project for government class.

They were pretty upset, she said of the teachers who wanted to park in the blocked-off stalls. Until some of them ran over the tape.

Kenai Central High School class of 2006

Sabrina Elizabeth Anderson

Cael Jhon Askin

Anthony O. Bannock

Sara Rae Barnes

James A. Barrett

Luke J. Baumer

Samantha Marie Beck

Kelvin Markus Blanning

Benjamin Albert Boycott

Keeley L. Boyle

Mackenzie James Boyle

Emma Phebe Brenner

Kelsey Rae Brewer

Bradley Michae Brown

Samantha K. Calderwood

Isabel M. Cantil

Cody R. Carver

Ryan C. Chapman

Tyler Craig Chappell

Kyle Arthur Coleman

Jacit Andreana Conright

Christopher S. Coon

Ryan J. Coon

John Ryan Copple

Carrick Joseph Cristiano

Christina Nicole Cupp

Jordan Nicole Daniel

Phillip D. Daniel

Christopher Jude DesOrmeaux

Paul C. Drennen

Kevin Scott Epperheimer

Loren Edward Fanter

Isaia Kawika Faumui

Jarred Samuel Ferguson

Elizabeth A. Fischer

Sean Patrick Flanagan

Antoine Fluck

Joseph Anthony Nunzeo Foglia III

Branda Shea Gabriel

Madison Christine Gifford

Krystyna Marie Gonzalez

James E. Gough

Carl Andrew Gourley

Kyle Steele Hagelund

James W. Halliday

Lacey Danae Hallmark

Caitlin Tiffeny Hansen

Duncan A. Harris

David B. Hoisington

Malachi W. Hopper

Ashley M. Howell

Louis Levert Hubbard

Samantha Renae Huf

Martina Ingrosso

Sasha Lynn Jackson

Danielle Rae James

Cory James Johnson

Samantha Rae Johnson

Clinton Paul Keener

Lindsay Marie Keener

Nelson Andrew Kempf

Kayla-Marie Elizabeth Kiech

Kassi Elizabeth Marie Kiel

Ju Y. Kim

Lane Phillip


Leslie Conard Krusen IV

Siri Ann Larson

Kyle James Latz

Amanda D. Leslie

Eric E. Liskey

Zachary Maxwell Lockeby

Sabrina Anne Malchoff

Kayla Marie Massera

Kayleena Lois McComsey

Cody S. McGahan

Amber R. McGlasson

Stephen Austin McLeod

Claudia Carina Meder

Marcus Orlando Mena

Brandon James Miles

Hayley Rebecca Mishler

Landon C. Mishler

Madeline Nichola Moore

Clayton Ranger Nelson

Papapa Halemano Raymond Nicholas-Silvira

Amanda M. Nielsen

Lucas Roush Oliver

Justin S. Peck

Nathaniel Jack Peck

Heather Michelle Perry

Jamie Michele Peterson

Ryan Joel Piatt

Kadin L. Pribbenow

Chelsea Cherie Reid

Kendra Julayne Remsen

Alee MacKay Rowley

Chelaine Helene Rust

Melissa Jolene Shaginoff

Jonathan A. Smith

Michael J. Snyder

Gregory J. Steele

Junietta Margaret Steinbeck

Kendra Yvonne Steiner

Dustin Ray Stelljes

Mechelle Shannon Stelljes

Brenna Alexis Tolly

Stephanie Sue Trux

Andrew David Tunseth

Ally Turkington

DJ Tyson

Jeremy Jack Wellborn

Richard Vincent Zifko


Christina Cupp


Christina Cupp

Christy Cupp enjoys being outdoors, camping, hiking and canoeing. She also enjoys singing in her church and for school choir. Christy is going to Abilene Christian University, where she will study animal science. She wants to thank her family and friends for always being there for her.

Leslie Conard Krusen IV


Leslie Conard Krusen IV

Leslie Conard Krusen IV will attend the University of California Berkeley this fall. While there he will double major in political science and economics and possibly play on the schools rugby team. After Berkeley, Leslie plans to enroll in law school, possibly Georgetown, where he will orient his studies toward political and international law. Thank you to all my teachers, coaches and family members for helping me become the young man I am today, he said.

Siri Larson


Siri Larson

Siri Larson is a performer at heart. Throughout her years growing up in Kenai she has participated in community theater, dance, band and choir. Siri enjoys hiking, rowing and being out in the Alaska wilderness. She takes pleasure in other cultures and languages, especially that of her heritage, Norwegian. Next year Siri will attend Pacific Lutheran University and major in music and international studies. She is excited for college and the opportunities that are opening up to her through PLU.

Kendra Remsen


Kendra Remsen

Kendra Remsen, the daughter of Kevin and Kimb Remsen, is a lifelong resident of Kenai. While attending Kenai Central, she was involved in many activities, including swimming, student council and National Honor Society. In the fall, Kendra will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she will major in Spanish. Kendra also plans to participate in a foreign exchange program during her sophomore year.

Alee Rowley


Alee Rowley

Alee Rowley, daughter of Joan and Dave Rowley, will attend Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore., this fall, where she plans to major in business management and run cross country for the team there. Alee ran track and cross country and was chosen as her teams captain during her senior year. She also was a member of National Honor Society and student government, where she was chosen as the president of the senior class.

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