CIA students set sail

Posted: Monday, June 06, 2005

One of the primary objectives of educators is to facilitate life change, as well as to empower each student with a foundation of knowledge to carry them through their lives, but that duty once again came to an annual end on May 15 for educators at Cook Inlet Academy.

That is when the school, a member of the Association of Christian Schools International, held commencement exercises for its graduating class of 2005.

This year 17 seniors took part in the celebration — one of the largest graduating classes on record since the school's inception in 1972.

Back then, the school had one teacher and 26 students, but has now grown to 18 instructors and 234 students in preschool through high school.

"I don't know if you would call it a huge graduating class compared to other schools, but for our school it's huge," said graduating senior Kathryn Lindow.

She began attending CIA for her eighth-grade year and quickly bonded to the other students, many of whom had been going there since elementary school.

"It's a real family atmosphere," Lindow said.

"I love the teachers and curriculum and the other students. There's a lot of smart, successful students that will be going into the world to make a difference."

Lindow said her high school years went by fast, and once they are behind her she is interested in finding employment that will keep her on her toes — literally.

"I hope to pursue a career in dance, something in the entertainment industry that will allow me to travel," she said.

Lindow said she's been dancing since she was3-years-old and now knows a wide variety of dance styles, from ballet to tap to hip-hop.

"My parents started me on it when I was little, and I've just always stuck with it. I never played sports or anything else, so dance has been my life. I love it," she said.

For the last 14 years, she has danced at the same studio in Soldotna. Lindow also has travel to numerous places to take part in competitions.

"I've been to New York, Florida, Utah, Canada. I've been all over," she said.

Most recently she flew to California to audition as a dancer for musical and magic shows with a major cruise line operator. But, until then, she is busy living the advice she left for her underclassmen, which is to "Enjoy all the moments you have."

Cook Inlet Academy Class of 2005

Andy Hall

Hannah Thornton

Blake Gabriel

Hannah Warren

Tristan Leiter

Thomas Minelga

Alyse Bell

Ryan Fowler

Ramsey Jo Arneson

Brain Beeson

Ashley Smith

Kathryn Lindow

Jenna Zufelt

Janet Cooper

Ryder Vann

Garrett Grothe

Peter Chung

CIA valedictorians

Ramsey Arneson

Ramsey has been accepted at and will attend Moody Northwest in Spokane, Wash., where she plans to major in family ministries with an emphasis in children's ministries. Her future plans are to be a full-time mom, perhaps in the mission field.

Ramsey ran cross country and was named to the academic team twice. She played volleyball and served her senior year as co-captain. Ramsey served on student council her senior year, and has been a member of National Honor Society and has been to Mexico three times with her church mission team. She also has also been active in Child Evangelism Fellowship her entire high school career. She received the Prudential Spirit of Community President's Volunteer Service Award, signed by President Bush her senior year. She says the highlight of high school is the retreat to Halibut Cove her sophomore year.

Brian Beeson

Brian has been accepted at Corbin College in Salem, Ore.

He is considering majoring in business, but will not declare a major until his sophomore year. Although Brian has several ideas about a future career choice, he is content to wait upon the Lord for clear direction for his life's path.

He played varsity basketball and was named to the all-state and all-region teams this year, as well as being named to the third team all-state selection by Alaska's sportswriters. As a junior, Brian received recognition by the U S Army Reserve as a scholar Athlete. Brian has been a member of National Honor Society for four years, serving his senior year as president. He served on two mission trips — one to the Dominican Republic and one to Mexico.

Jenna Zufelt

Jenna has been accepted at and will attend Simpson University in Redding, Calif., where she plans to major in communications and human resources and minor in business. Her goal is to become wedding planner or event coordinator with an ultimate goal of planning a Super Bowl halftime show.

Jenna played volleyball and was named to the all region academic team her senior year. She sang as alto section leader two years, borough Honor Choir and got the Serving the Lord Through Music Award twice. Jenna was the activities coordinator for student council her junior year, and was student body president her senior year. She has been a member of National Honor Society and been on three mission trips to Mexico and one to the Dominican Republic. She has been active in Child Evangelism Fellowship missions to Bush communities.

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