Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

Sterling youth wins scholarship, heads to camp

Matthew Habermann, a Sterling 4-H participant in the junior market livestock program, was awarded the "I Dare You Leadership Award" last fall, receiving a scholarship to attend the International Leadership Conference this week in Shelby, Mich.

The award was first offered in 1941 by William H. Danforth, founder of the Ralston Purina Company, and offers students a chance to attend the conference, sponsored by the American Youth Foundation. The eight-day camp hosts hundreds of students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world and is designed to help participants develop self-esteem and leadership skills.

Habermann is the first 4-H student from the Kenai Peninsula to win this award. He also received a scholarship from the Kenai Peninsula 4-H Leader's Council.

Nikiski student earns scholarship

Robert Alexander of Nikiski has been awarded a $2,000 President's Scholarship for the 2002-04 academic years at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

The son of Jay Kidd and Kathi Alexander of Pocatello, Idaho, Alexander graduated from Nikiski High School with a 3.69 grade point average. He plans to study pre-medicine at WWU.

The President's Scholarship is awarded to a select group of students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and superior scholastic ability.

Area teachers attend Key Issues Institute

Three fifth-grade teachers from Kalifornsky Beach Elementary were selected to attend the Key Issues Institute in Silverthorne, Colo. Shelli Furlong, Debra Blossom and Jennifer Tyler attended the weeklong summer session through a grant from Unocal.

The program is a national teacher-training institute that provides creative and innovative middle-level educators with the process, skills and confidence to investigate current environmental issues with their students. The interdisciplinary approach is supported through Keystone Science School and its partnerships with organizations and corporations that have a commitment to changing and enhancing the way science and environmental education are taught in classrooms.

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