Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2000

Soldotna student wins scholarship award

The Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers, Local 8-369 in Kenai announced that Tara L. Cutting, a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School, is the recipient of the Walter S. Von Wald Scholarship Award.

She was chosen for her demonstrated strength of character necessary to perpetuate the labor movement and meet the challenges of our changing world. She plans to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Y., to study biopsychology. The Walter S. Von Wald scholarship, established in Kenai, is a tribute to a dedicated labor leader.

Peninsula students receive degrees

Sara J. Waisanen, of Soldotna, was among 1,079 students at Southern Methodist University who received their diplomas at the university's 85th annual commencement on May 20. Waisanen received a master of fine arts degree in theater.

Perry Edward Doles, of Kenai, graduated with honors from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He received a bachelor of science degree with a major in computer information systems.

Daniel J. Engel, a 1996 Kenai Central High School graduate, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree, with majors in environmental science and geography, from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He was a member of the college's varsity Nordic ski team and participated in the Christ Chapel and Men's choirs.

Engel was awarded a Sigma Xi research grant for hydroacoustic mapping and modeling for independent study in the natural sciences. He is the son of Larry and Linda Engel.

Kenai student wins scholarship

Matthew Peters, a 2000 graduate of Kenai Central High School, has been awarded a faculty scholarship at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Linfield awarded 167 faculty scholarships to entering freshmen for the upcoming academic year.

Soldotna student added to honors board

Leila Kimbrell, a 1996 graduate of Soldotna High School, has had her name added to the UAA Justice Center honors board and also has been named to the dean's list for the spring semester. She is the granddaughter of state Sen. John Torgerson and Marjorie Torgerson of Kasilof. She will be continuing studies at the Justice Center.

Former Kenai resident building bridges

The Missouri community of St. James will become the first city in that state to install a street bridge made of strong, lightweight materials equipped with electronic and optical sensors that warn engineers of any potential structural problems. Coordinator for this project is Danielle Stone, daughter of Jocelyn Coghill, of Kenai. She graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks and earned a bachelor's degree in 1998 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She obtained a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in December 1999.

Area students named to dean's list

Jessica Fredrickson, of Seward, has been named to the dean's list at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Laura Marie Born, a 1998 graduate of Soldotna High School, was named to the dean's list at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.

Elisabeth Schirmers, a graduate of Soldotna High School, was named to the dean's list at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

Karl Massera, of Kenai, was named to the dean's list at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Lani Cook, of Kenai, and Rachel Rands, of Soldotna, were named to the dean's list at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln.

Kenai student attends leadership forum

Joseph Jones, of Kenai, attended the National Youth Leadership forum on medicine from June 25 to July 5, in Los Angeles. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to science and health, Jones joined more than 340 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the conference. Students learned first-hand about medical ethics, the global effects of infectious disease, genetic research, public health and many other subjects relevant to the field.

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