Peninsula People

Posted: Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Ruffridge to become pharmacist

Kenai resident Justin M. Ruffridge recently was accepted into the Washington State College of Pharmacy. He will receive his white coat in the fall at a ceremony given for all incoming students.

Ruffridge was accepted to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. His induction ceremony will take place in the fall at Washington State University.

He also was named to the president's honor roll. His grade point average was 3.73.

Area students named to dean's, president's lists

Ingrid Abrahamson of Anchor Point, Zachary Bell of Kenai and Rachel Goldstein of Soldotna recently were named to the president's list at Montana State University, after earning perfect, 4.0 grade point averages.

Sydney Schoepke and Clayton Smith of Homer, Travis Haskin of Kenai and Mark Harro of Soldotna were named to the school's dean's list for earning GPAs of at least 3.5.

Farren continues training

Army Pvt. Joseph A. Farren recently graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Ky., which consisted of basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

While there, he received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, traditions and core values.

During AIT, he completed a seven-week cavalry scout course. The training included subjects and instructions to operate, maintain and fire M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicles; call and adjust fire on enemy targets; recognize friendly and threat vehicles; conduct reconnaissance and security missions; perform foot patrols; conduct land navigation; locate and neutralize mines; and operate and maintain scout vehicles.

Farren is the son of Dan Farren of Homer and grandson of George Farren of Sequim, Wash.

He is a 2003 graduate of Homer Christian High School.

Hamman completes Navy training

Navy Seaman Apprentice William H. Hamman Jr. recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at the Recruit Training Command Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

During his eight-week program, Hamman completed classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, fire fighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness. Training was concluded with "Battle Stations," an exercise used to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

He is the son of Florence N. and Bill H. Hamman of Kenai.

Histead receives Fulbright scholarship

Soldotna resident Sarah Histead recently was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study conflict resolution in Colombia. Histead graduated in May from Nebraska Wesleyan University with degrees in Spanish and sociology-anthropology. While at Wesleyan, she studied in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras. She also was active in Global Service Learning and the Lincoln Action Program.

A Fulbright Scholarship, the United States' flagship program for international educational exchange, sends only 800 faculty, undergraduate and graduate students abroad to conduct research in a variety of academic fields.

Jenckes graduates from college

Julie Jenckes of Kenai recently graduated from Trinity Western University with bachelor of arts in linguistics and a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate.

She is the daughter of Jim and Joanne Jenckes and a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Pattison earns bachelor's degree

Carrie G. Pattison of Nikiski recently graduated from George Fox University during the university's midyear commencement ceremonies held May 1. Pattison received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and international studies.

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