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Posted: Monday, June 05, 2006

Knight shines

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Former Soldotna resident Janna Knight was awarded the Professor Roxie Alexander Memorial Award during the Beloit College Honors Day.

Larson graduates

Former Kenai resident Kjersta Larson recently graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in New York City, with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. She also graduated with honors from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry.

She plans to move to Seattle to work for Boeing in its research and development division.

She is the daughter of Mark and Elaine Larson.

Preston awarded for service



Soldotna resident Gwen Preston was named Woman of the Year by the Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority an international sorority offering opportunities for friendship, learning and community service.

She was chosen based of her service to the sorority and the community.

Preston is a five year member of the sorority and was recently selected to serve as chapter president.

Musgrove takes to the sky

Mark Warren Musgrove obtained his certified helicopter flight instructor instrumentation (CFII) license at Helicopter Adventures Incorporated in Titusville, Fla., on May 2, 2006.

He is working as a helicopter flight instructor for New England Helicopter Academy in Plymouth, Mass.

He is the son of Rick and Thelma Musgrove and grandson of Dick and Molly Musgrove and Erlend and Jean Hoag, all of Soldotna.

Musgrove is a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Musgrove graduates

Richard Lee Musgrove III graduated May 12, 2006, cum laude from Saint Louis Christian College with a bachelor of arts degree and a major in Bible and a specialization in preaching ministry. While in college he was inducted into the college honor society Sigma Lambda Chi Chi. He also was recently ordained as a Christian minister at Kenai Christian Church.

He plans to move to Pittsfield, Ill., and continue preaching at Greenpond Christian Church in Pearl, where he has been working for more than three years.

He is the son of Richard and Thelma Musgrove and grandson of Dick and Molly Musgrove and Erlend and Jean Hoag, all of Soldotna.

Musgrove is a 1998 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy.

McAuliffe honored



Cook Inlet student Spencer McAuliffe recently participated in and received a Command Performance Award from the 2006 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State High School Solo and Ensemble Festival in Anchorage. He performed a vocal solo.

McAuliffe was one of more than 600 of Alaska’s premier young instrumentalists and vocalists from high schools around the state gathered at the University of Alaska to participate in the festival.

The event is designed to give a single student or small group of students the opportunity to perform for adjudication and awards. Students qualify for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival by receiving high marks at regional music festivals held during the school year. Participation, superior, outstanding and command performance awards are presented in several categories. Solo entries include oboe, piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, marimba, xylophone, steel drum, snare drum, clarinet, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, French horn and vocal solo. Ensembles include brass, jazz, percussion, string, vocal and woodwind.

In addition to an award rating, festival adjudicators select several outstanding young performers to showcase their talents in a prestigious grand finale — the Command Performance, which was held at East Anchorage High School Auditorium on May 13.

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