Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2000

Homer High grad enlists in ArmyP>

Elliot A. Fernandez of Homer has enlisted in the United States Army's Delayed Entry Program (DEP), which allows an individual to join the Army, secure his or her guarantee and delay actual departure for up to 365 days.

Sergeant First Class Robert E. Grant, of the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Soldotna, says that Fernandez' test score and enlistment as a Signal Support Systems Specialist qualifies him for up to $40,000 under the Army College Fund program. He will leave for basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., on June 7, 2001.

Fernandez attended Homer High School and is the son of Albert L. Fernandez of California and Sherry A. Hagan of Homer.

Kenai student participates in language program

Marci Woods, of Kenai, has signed up to take part in Concordia Language Villages.

A program of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., Concordia Language Villages introduces young people, ages 7 to 18, to 12 world languages and cultures -- Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Participants are immersed in language and culture and experience a simulated visit to another country. Villagers are issued passports, exchange currency and adopt new names.

Concordia Language Villages started in 1961 with a two-week program in Germany attended by 75 young people. Now, with its year-round programming, Concordia Language Villages annually welcomes more than 9,000 young people from all 50 states and many other countries.

Marci is the daughter of Michael and Cheri Woods.

Delegates to Boys' and Girls' Nation visit Stevens

Madeline Lefton, of Homer, spent a week in Washington, D.C., as a delegate to Boys' Nation and Girls' Nation. Madeline participated in mock "party" conventions, nominations, elections, legislative sessions and committee meetings, drafting of bills, visits to federal agencies and monuments and other historic sites in the Washington area. The group also visited Sen. Ted Stevens.

Madeline, 17, is the daughter of Wendy and Stanley Lefton, a certified teacher and architectural millwork company owner, respectively. Madeline took first place in the Kenai division of the Academic Decathlon, plays bassoon in the community orchestra, is a Youth Court judge and a certified water-quality tester for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A member of the varsity swim team, she also is a lifeguard and will be valedictorian of her class.

Students name Peninsula Winter Games' mascot

Three area elementary school students tied for first place in a central peninsulawide contest by naming the Peninsula Winter Games' polar bear mascot "Snowball."

Eighty-six kindergarten through fourth grade students participated in the contest in March and April. Each first-place winner received a new bicycle, donated by Big Kmart and Fred Meyer. Additional prizes for second place and others were $100 savings bonds, donated by National Bank of Alaska and Key Bank.

First-place winners were: Tina Barnes, grade four, Ms. Dierick's class, Sterling Elementary; Veronika Schneider, grade one, Ms. Carrow's class, Redoubt Elementary; Shelby Crawford, grade three, Mrs. Thomson's class, Soldotna Elementary.

Second-place winners, nominating "Binky" for the mascot's name, were: Silas Jennings, grade two, Mrs. Lewis' class, Redoubt Elementary; and Karen Senette, grade two, Mrs. Lewis' class, Redoubt Elementary

Heus named to dean's list

Theodore P. Heus, a senior at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., was among the 267 students named to the Gonzaga University dean's list for spring semester 2000. Students must earn a 3.5 to a 3.69 grade-point average to be listed. Theodore is the son of Clifford and Kathleen Heus.

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