Peninsula students receive degrees
The following students graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage May 7.
Jacqueline Ann Blom received an associate's degree in accounting. She is the daughter of Ardie and James Trail and John Duncan of Kenai;
Michael John Bernard received a bachelor's in anthropology. His is the son of John and Carolyn Bernard, of Kenai;
Jennifer L. Udelhoven received a bachelor's degree in nursing. She is the daughter of James and Barbara Udelhoven, of Soldotna;
Jeni Kay Johnson received an associate's degree in dental assisting. She is the daughter of Gloria Johnson, of Soldotna;
Kevin David Campbell received a bachelor's degree in marketing. He is the son of Kenneth Campbell of Kenai;
Sally H. Dubber received a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is the daughter of David and Debra Horne, of Soldotna;
Sharon Renee Graham received a bachelor's degree in psychology;
Jennifer Estelle Henson received a bachelor's degree in elementary education;
Jennifer Lee Livingston received a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Terry and Connie Maas, of Kenai;
Tessa D. Smith received a bachelor's degree in nursing, She is the daughter of Lori and Rocky Smith, of Kenai;
Marsha A. Spafard received a bachelor's degree in art-painting;
Cheryl Toppa received a master's degree in nursing;
Jonathan M. Wohlers received an associate's degree in welding technology. He is the son of Jim and Ann Wohlers, of Kenai.
Megan E. McNair, graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. She is the daughter of Robert and Linda McNair, of Kenai.
Carey Evenson will graduate summa cum laude from Seattle University June 11 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism.
Her parents are Bob and Kathleen Evenson, of Kasilof.
Matthew Swarner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., on May 14 with a bachelor of science degree. He was selected to be a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and was selected to receive a Watkins Fellowship grant to study bush dogs in Paraguay and other areas of South America.
He is the grandson of Lucille Gritmacker, of Kenai, and the son of Dennis and Linda Swarner.
Kevin G. Benson, of Kenai, received a theater and speech degree from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
SoHi grad off to Air Force
Carl H. Pierce, a 2000 graduate from Soldotna High School, will go to basic training for the United States Air Force in Lackland, Texas in July. He is the son of Alvin and Marty Pierce, of Soldotna.
Students awarded scholarships
Tamanika Haynes, a graduate of Kenai Central High School, and Theresa Chihuly, a graduate of Ninilchik School, were among 25 students around the state selected as recipients of the BP Exploration Principal's and Commissioner's Scholarship. Both will receive $4,000.
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has awarded $120,000 scholarships to 10 Alaskans enrolled in a training program. Each student will be awarded $1,200 scholarship to be paid over four semesters of study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Tanana Valley Campus), the University of Alaska Anchorage or Kenai Peninsula College.
Peninsula students who received the scholarships were:
Jeremy R. Smith, of Kenai
Bobby D. Antila, of Soldotna
Farrar Trimmingham, of Soldotna
Angela Horton was chosen as an award winner in the Art Institute of Seattle Scholarship Competition. She earned a scholarship to the institute by excelling in the highly competitive event. She was awarded $6,000 to study fashion design.
Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski selected 20 Alaska high school seniors to work as summer Intern Coordinates.
Melinda Haring, of Kenai Central High School, and Krystal Gifford, of Seward High School, have been selected for the first summer session.
The students take part in day-to-day operations of the senator's office and observe the workings of Congress first hand. The first session runs from June 3 to July 1.
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