Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2003

Ninilchik woman completes culinary program

Tiffany Stonecipher graduated June 20 from a two-year culinary arts program at the Art Institute of Seattle.

The daughter of Jonathan and Sheri Liebenthal and granddaughter of Edna (Matson) Steik, Tiffany is a recent Ninilchik graduate who traveled to Seattle after high school. She held two jobs one as a movie theater ticketer and one as assistant manager of Noah's Bagels during her education.

Of the 25 students who began the culinary arts program, Tiffany was one of only four to graduate. She plans to continue living in Seattle and working at Noah's Bagels for the time being. Eventually, she wants to go to Spain and train under a chef as she works to become a master chef of the world, of which there are only 52.

Sterling woman attends summer Navy program

Catherine E. Coursen of Sterling recently participated in the U.S. Naval Academy's week-long summer seminar program in Annapolis, Md.

During the program, Coursen was introduced to academy life through a regimen of academics, physical training, intramural sports, sailing and seamanship, as well as leadership training and social activities.

The summer seminar program is designed to give students a taste of the challenges and benefits of a Naval Academy education.

Coursen is the daughter of Robin C. and Tom M. Coursen of Sterling.

Soldotna student earns scholarships

Alice L. Lousberg, daughter of Dan and Loretta Lousberg of Soldotna, recently was awarded a $7,000 President's Scholarship and a $2,500 Diversity Scholarship from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Lousberg is a first-year student at SCB, a Catholic Benedictine liberal arts college for women. The President's Scholarship recognizes students with excellent academic records and strong leadership and service credentials. Recipients must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.6 to be considered for the four-year renewable scholarship. The Diversity, Leadership and Service Scholarship also is a four-year renewable scholarship awarded to students who demonstrate leadership and service in the areas of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Kenai student named to honors list

Jason Kornfield of Kenai was named to the honors list for the spring semester at Central Arizona College's Signal Peak Campus. To be named to the honors list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.0.

KCHS student wins award at national contest

James Gabriel, a student at Kenai Central High School, recently was awarded third place in the job interview contest at the 39th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and Skills USA Championships, held June 26 in Kansas City, Mo.

All winners receive medallions and many receive tools of their trade and-or scholarships to further their careers and education.

Gabriel is the son of Greg Gabriel Jr. and Michelle Gabriel.



Kenai student completes CNA training

Jenessa Encelewski of Kenai recently completed her certified nurses aid training and received certification from the state of Alaska. Encelewski took a CNA class through Kenai Peninsula College, offered at Kenai Central High School's vocational building. She received college credit for the course, which was open to 10 area students.

She is employed by Providence Alaska Medical Center and plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage this fall to continue her education.

She is the daughter of Grant and Jonna Encelewski and a 2003 graduate of Kenai Central High School.

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