Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2001

Area students receive honors, attend conferences

Robert Kyle Alexander of Nikiski has been accepted into Who's Who Among American High School Students, 2000-2001. Five percent of students in the nation are eligible for the award. Alexander is a student at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School. He is the son of Jay Kidd and Kathy Alexander Kidd of Nikiski.

Jessica Virginia Banas of Kenai was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Banas is a graduate of Kenai Central High School. She is the daughter of Christopher and Regina Banas of Kenai.

Theodore "T.J." Luckman was named to the dean's list with honors for the spring semester at Lee University of Cleveland, Tenn. He was among 849 Lee students with GPAs of 3.7 or higher who were placed on this list.

T.J. is a 1999 Soldotna High School graduate. He is the son of Daniel and Connie Luckman.

Jennifer Poindexter of Homer attended the National Future Farmers of America State Presidents' Conference in Washington, D.C., July 23 to 29. Poindexter, 17, is the vice-president of the Alaska FFA Association.

FFA is a national youth organization or students preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

Poindexter is the daughter of Al and Grace Poindexter of Homer.

Peninsula Scouts visit nation's capital, Virginia

From July 18 to Aug. 1, 80 Boy Scouts from western Alaska participated in the 15th National Boy Scouts of America Jamboree at U.S. Army Fort A.P. Hill, Va. Kenny Faust, Walter Moore, Matt Atkinson-Adams, and Chad Atkinson-Adams, all of Seward, and John Buchholz of Soldotna and Steven Knoble of Kenai all participated in the 10-day trip.

Prior to attending the Jamboree, the Alaska Scouts toured the Washington, D.C., area. Activities included visits to the Smithsonian Institution, National Capitol, Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, the Holocaust Museum, the Library of Congress and participation in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

Soldotna graduate receives Fulbright Fellowship

Kristina Buchholz, a 2001 graduate of Seaver College at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship to Germany for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Buchholz, who graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in biology, will be conducting research on cellular and molecular biology at the Institute of Genetics in the laboratory of Wolfgang Schumann at the University of Bayreuth for one year.


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The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange.

Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Last year, 4,112 applicants competed for 953 available grants worldwide; 473 of those applicants competed for 187 grants available to the program in Germany.

Buchholz is the daughter of Curt and Carole Buchholz of Soldotna.

CES firefighters to receive proclamation

Central Emergency Services firefighters will be presented with a proclamation from Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley declaring Aug. 25 through 31 as Central Emergency Services Firefighter Appreciation Week.

The proclamation will be presented at the borough assembly meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

It will be given by a Muscular Dystrophy Association Alaska family in acknowledgement of the annual Fill-the-Boot donation campaign conducted by CES Firefighters Labor Day weekend to benefit the MDA of Alaska.

Ninilchik woman receives recognition

Debra Henderson of Ninilchik was recently named the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Alaska's Unit Member of the Year. She will be recognized at the 81st National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 27 through Aug. 30.

To be considered, one must be a senior member (over 18 years old) in good standing and have never held an office higher than Unit President. The selection is based on contributions and accomplishments to the unit, the local level of the organization, during the current year.

Area residents enlist in army

Amanda L. (Trux) Svedlund of Kenai has enlisted in the United States Army's Delayed Entry Program, which allows individuals to join the Army, secure their guarantees, and delay their actual departure date for up to 365 days. She will leave for basic training June 4, 2002.

She is the daughter of Ronald L. and Susan L. Trux of Kenai.

Gail L. Essex of Homer has enlisted in the United States Army. She recently left for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Essex is a 1999 graduate of Homer High School. She is the daughter of Donald E. and Catherine A. Essex of Homer.

William V. Gaddis of Soldotna has enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. He is participating in the Alternate Training Program, which allows basic training and Advanced Individual (skill) Training to be taken over two summers and will not interfere with school. Gaddis is a senior at Skyview High School. He is the son of George and Dee Gaddis of Soldotna.

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