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4 grads recognized as SoHi's valedictorians

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

Kara Merrill

Kara was born in Kodiak, but spent years in New Hampshire and Hawaii before returning to Alaska at age 12 and starting Soldotna Middle School. Her many high school activities include National Honor Society; student council; symphonic band; swing choir; all-state choir, solo and ensemble; cross-country running; track and field; Model United Nations; and community service. She is Alaska's Junior Miss 2001. She will attend the honors college at the University of Oregon and plans to become a broadcast journalist.

Megan Newbould


Megan Newbould

Megan arrived from Colorado in the third grade. She attended Tustumena Elementary and Soldotna Middle. At SoHi, she served two years on student council, including as secretary her senior year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, in the all-state honor choir and competed in cross-country and track all four years. This year she was named Science Student of the Year. She will attend Azusa Pacific University and plans to prepare for medical school. Her parents are Doug and Denise Newbould.

Lucas Petersen


Lucas Petersen

Lucas cited a recent trip to India with his father as one of his most memorable high school experiences. He will attend the University of Minnesota, where he intends to enter the Institute of Technology and major in chemical engineering. He also signed with the university swim team and will be on its travel team. He is the son of Trudy and David Petersen.

Tasha L. Zsoter


Tasha L. Zsoter

Tasha moved from Portland, Ore., to Sterling in 1993. In seventh grade she set a goal of high grades. Through high school she has been involved in community activities and, for three years, the sports of basketball, volleyball and soccer. She attributes her successes to God. She plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage and study nursing. Her mother is Pamela Zsoter of Kenai.


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