Posted: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Teen writers sought

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Eliza JoyceAnders

The Clarion is seeking students in grades nine through 12 from central peninsula high schools interested in writing for its Verbatim column.

The column is designed to let teens voice their opinions on topics that affect their daily life home, family, school, peers, social pressures, ect. The column length is 300 words minimum and 500 words maximum.

Deadline to submit a sample column for consideration is Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. Submissions must include first and last name, school, grade, mailing address and contact phone number.

Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Entries must be submitted by e-mail to

For more information, call Nancianna Misner at 335-1241.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out Sept. 15 by e-mail. Writers accepted for Verbatim will be required to attend a mandatory meeting Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Clarion office at 150 Trading Bay Drive, Kenai.

First schools section planned

The annual Peninsula Clarion's school section returns Sept. 13.

Schools may submit up to information on school activities and happenings for the first section by noon Wednesday, Sept. 8.

For more information, call 335-1241.


Anders add to family

Adam and Nadia Anders announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Joyce, at 11:44 a.m. July 2, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

She weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces.

She joins brothers,

Samuel, 2, and Daniel, 1.

Her grandparents are Ed and Martha Anders of Fairbanks, Esther Broder of New York and Gerard Moszkowicz of Brussels, Belgium.

Olsons have a daughter

Katie Archer Olson and Casey Scott Olson of Soldotna announce the brith of their daughter, Carmen Orel Olson, at 8:28 a.m., Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She weighed 7 pounds, 10.9 ounces and measured 19.75 inches.

She joins siblings, Levi David Benner, 9, and Lia Idalia Benner, 6. Her grandparents are Brian and Laurie Olson of Soldotna, Rosa and Ken Brake of Pensacola, Fla., and the late Ted Jefferson Archer of Sterling. Her great-grandparents are Darwin Olson of Britton, S.D., and Gene Miller of Great Falls, Mont.

Wheats welcome a son

Amber and Mike Wheat of Soldotna announce the broth of their son, Ryan Michael Wheat at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, June 20, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He weighed 7 pounds, 8.5 ounces and measured 20.4 inches.

His grandparents names are Bill and Donna Hayes of McAlester, Okla., and Larry and Connie Wheat of Soldotna. His great-grandparents are Faye Hayes of Crowder, Okla., and Lois Buckner of Savannah, Okla.

Graduations, Dean's list

Steiner graduates from PLU

Pacific Lutheran University announces grads Kendra Yvonne Steiner graduated cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University on May 30, 2010, with a degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations and advertising, as well as a degree in religion. She is a member of PLU's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication honor society of the National Communication Association.

While at PLU she was awarded the outstanding student 2010 for public relations and advertizing as well as being the general manager for the universities media lab. She has been accepted into Lutheran Volunteer Corp and will be spending the next year dedicating her time and efforts to the organization.

She is the daughter of Bruce and Carrie Lee Steiner, of Kenai.

Corban University grads announced

* Kelsey LeeAnne Shields with a bachelor of science in English -- summa cum laude;

* Marcus Byron Brown with a bachelor of science -- English; and

* Tristan Amber Leiter with a bachelor of science in elementary education.

University of Idaho announces honor roll

The following Kenai Peninsula residents were named to the made the dean's list for spring semester. To achieve this honor, undergraduate students achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or better on 12 or more graded credits. Law students earned at least a 3.0 GPA on a minimum of 10 graded credits:

* College of Agricultural & Life Sciences -- Jimmie Mae Pedginski of Kenai;

* College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences -- Brittany Morgan Harding of Kenai;

* College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences -- Tasha Nicolette Thompson of Nikiski;

* College of Agricultural & Life Sciences -- Amber Louise St. Amand of Sewawrd; and

* College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences -- Brittany Nicole Kiser of Sterling.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University dean's list announced

Kristin Gebhardt, made the dean's list at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a cumulative grade point average of 4.000.

Gebhardt graduated from Skyview High School in 2003 and is the daughter of Paul and Evy Gebhardt of Kasilof.

Scholarships awarded

University of Idaho

The following students were awarded scholarships

* Homer -- Alexander Inglima;

* Kenai -- Brittany Morgan Harding, Jimmie Mae Pedginski, Kassandra M. Johnson, Megan Elizabeth Hansen and Richard James Munn;

* Seward -- Autumn Michelle St Amand, Corbin Max Hohland Peter Weaver Fleming;

* Soldotna -- Cody James Clark, Jacob Brian Grinestaff and Kaleene Michelle Tressler; and

* Sterling -- Brittany Nicole Kiser and Gregory Joseph Parker.


LeeShore Center to host open house

The LeeShore Center will host an open house and barbecue Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, call 283-9479.

Home-school science program offered

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is enrolling for its S.T.E.A.M. Ahead II homeschool program. The new programming for students in grades kindergarten through eighth-grade is developed to help parents teach science to their children and is aligned with State Standards and Grade Level Expectations.

The first session begins Sept. 7.

For complete information, call your local home-school office or center at 283-2000 to register today.


PSDRA to meet

Peninsula Sled Dog and Racing Association will hold its annual board meeting Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai River Center conference room. The topic will be possible partnership opportunities with Tsalteshi Ski Trails and/or Dog Park group to help maintain the trails. It is open to the public.

For more information, visit .

Birders flock together

Keen Eye Birder will meet Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building on Kalifornsky Beach Road. David Wartinbee will be presenting "A Trip to Kaktoovik, Alaska to see Polar Bears - Fall 2009"

Fall birding trips also will be discussed. For more information, call Linda Story 262-9031.

Senior center fundraiser slated

Soldotna Senior Center's fall round-up fundraiser will be held Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Prime rib dinner and all the trimmings, live bluegrass/western music of Spur Highway Spankers, door prizes, a grand door prize, and silent and outcry auctions are planned.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children 12 years old and younger.

For tickets or more information call 262-2322.

Rotary host craft fundraiser

The Soldotna Rotary will host a pre-holiday craft and gift extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

For more information or to rent a space, call Luanne at 394-3444.

Progress Days parade winners announced

* Business -- first place, Tammy's Flowers; and second place, Jolly Pop.

* Organizations -- first place - Frontier Community Services and second place - Credit Union One.

* Marching -- first place- Soldotna Community Marching Band and second place - Pink Ribbon Rally.

* Automobile -- first place- Shriners and second place,- Diamond T.

* Bicycle -- first place- Unicycle-Martin and second place- Peninsula Phat trax Bike Club.

* Horse -- first place-Alaska Pioneer Packer and second place - Diamond M Ranch.

* Individual -- first place- Bruce and Randi Rogers and second place,- Jackie Mauser.

* Grand Overall -- The Corvette Club.

Dutch Oven Cook Off Adult Category Division:

Overall Winners: Jerem and Jasmin Feltman of Nikiski

1st place Main Dish: Jambalaya by Jerem and Jasmin Feltman

1st place Breads: Sourdough by Jerem and Jasmin Feltman

1st place Desserts: Carmel Apple Crisp by DeRay Jones

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