Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006

Area students named to dean’s lists

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· Former Kenai resident Kelsey Josephine Dunn was named to the dean’s list at Gonzaga University in Washington. To be named to the list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average.

· Former Nikiski resident Amanda Weaver and former Soldotna resident Stacey Foster were named to the dean’s list at Harding University in Arkansas. To be named to the list, students must have at least a 3.65 GPA.

Weaver is a senior majoring in management.

Foster is a sophomore also majoring in management.

· Former Nikiski resident Nathan Smith was named to the dean’s list at Drake University College of Pharmacy. To be named on the list a student must obtain a 3.5 or higher grade point average while attending school full time.

He is the son of Paul and Karla Smith and a 2003 graduate of Nikiski High School.

Area students awarded scholarships

· ConocoPhillips awarded the following students scholarships: Savanna Bradley and Amanda Rose of Homer High School; Kelsey Shields of Skyview High School; Seth Suydam of Connections Home School Program; and Tatiana Butler of Nikiski High School.

Scholarships were awarded based on a student’s ability to make a contribution to Alaska, who plans to attend an Alaska college, service to community and school, school achievement, financial need and academic achievement.

· The University of Idaho awarded the following students scholarships: Kasey Marie Aderhold of Homer, Kelsey Leeanne Shields of Kasilof; Amber Louise St. Amand of Seward; Jacob Levi Hartman and Lucy Marie Ross, both of Soldotna; and Kelli Ann Cassidy of Sterling.

Scholarships were awarded based of academic achievement, leadership, interest and excellence in a field and to secure financial access to college.



· Soldotna resident Deana K. Glick received a Washington State University Cougar Freshman Academic Award in the amount of $5,000. The scholarship is renewable for three years and dependent upon grades and credit hours. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.

Glick will study premedicine. She is the daughter of Darlene and Dean Glick and a 2006 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Area students graduate



· Former Kenai resident Andrea Lillian Schwartz Freeburg graduated from Harrisonburg High School in Harrisonburg, Va. She plans to attend DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., to major in vocal performance.

She also received the following awards: DePauw Academic Trustee Award; DePauw Music Award; FBI Academic Trustee Award; Harrisonburg High School 2006 Music Award; Harrisonburg High School 2006 Most Outstanding Senior Coral Award; and HHS Academic Excellence Award, three years in a row.

She is the daughter of former Kenai residents Gary Freeburg and Kathy Schwartz and sister of Ava.

· Former Kenai resident Matthew King graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of science degree in science. King plans to pursue graduate studies in molecular research.

He is the son of David and Lana King and a 1997 graduate of Kenai Central High School.


Scott King

· Former Kenai resident Scott King graduated from the University of Reno Medical School. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Nevada in Reno with a bachelor of science degree in biology. King will begin his residency program in diagnostic radiology at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

He is the son of David and Lana King and 1996 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

Bethune top volunteer



Nikiski resident and peninsula 4-H leader Catherine Bethune has been awarded the Western Regional Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award. Some of the criteria used to select the winner were: the positive impact the nominee has had on 4-H and 4-H youth; the nominee’s ability to work with young people on projects that promote decision making, problem solving and meeting challenges; recruitment of additional 4-H volunteers; and observed personal growth from being a 4-H volunteer.

She was nominated for the award by Jessica Bowlin, 16, a 4-H member.

The award is for individuals who have served as a 4-H volunteer for less than 10 years. Bethune was chosen to represent the state of Alaska and then was chosen as the representative of the 13 western regional states.

Bethune will be recognized at the Western Regional Leader’s Forum in Arizona in January. At that time the national winner of the Salute to Excellence Award will be announced. As regional winner, she will receive a personalized plaque and a $200 cash award to be donated to a local 4-H program of her choice.

She is the wife of Mike Bethune and mother of daughter, Kara Bethune.

Gilman attends leadership conference

Kenai resident Rebecca Gilman has been selected to attend the National Student Leadership Conference.

She will be one of more than 8,000 to attend the workshops and classes designed to develop students’ abilities to think on their feet, engage in critical analysis and communicate effectively. Special guest speakers will discuss national and international issues.

She is the daughter of Blaine and Margaret Gilman.

Juliussen moving up in rank



Former Kenai resident Timothy Juliussen has completed the Capstone Leadership Seminar at Troy University, a special class open to upperclassmen who have demonstrated effective leadership abilities.

Juliussen is a social science major with a military science minor. He joined the U.S. Army in 1996, and served with the Elite 75th Ranger Regiment. Juliussen is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

After a tour as an instructor at the School of Infantry on Fort Benning, Ga., he was reassigned to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Alaska.

In 2005, he was chosen to participate in a commissioning program known as Green-to-Gold, which allows outstanding enlisted personnel to become officers. After graduation, Juliussen will serve as an officer in the U.S. Army.

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