Ninilchik Community News

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007

This is the time of year we have to say good-bye to our college students. It is bittersweet for the parents who are happy to see their children pursuing high education, yet will be sorely missing their kids while they are gone.

Whitney Leman is returning to Eastern Oregon University for her final year of college and has been on the dean's list for two years. She is working on a degree in media arts and a minor in business. Whitney plays basketball for the Mountaineers NAIA Division II team, which has gone to Nationals two years in a row after earning first place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Whitney broke the assist record and finished first in the conference in assists last year. Whitney graduated from Ninilchik in 2003, valedictorian of her class. She was Small Schools Player of the Year three years in a row, the first Alaskan female to achieve that honor. She was featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in Sports Illustrated and played for University of Alaska Anchorage for one year. She plans to return to Alaska after she graduates in the spring.

Jason Schollenberg also will return to Eastern Oregon University to complete his degree in business. Jason graduated from Ninilchik in 2002 and spent one year at University of Alaska Anchorage before transferring to EOU.

Amanda Matson will join Whitney and Jason at Eastern Oregon University for her senior year. After three seasons with the lady's basketball team, she decided to take this year off. Amanda was a standout player for the Lady Wolverines, graduating in 2004, earning Player of the Year her senior year. Amanda also is a dean's list student majoring in business.

Lara McGinnis, fair manager for the Kenai Peninsula State Fair reported that this year's ticket sales broke all records, bringing in 7,366 people. "It was the most awesome fair ever!" Lara exclaimed.

She also said that the racing pigs did fabulously raising $1,100 to go toward the bathroom renovations. The Marathon pig and Agrium pig tied and are now racing and for the crowds at the Palmer State Fair.

I spoke with Janet Clucas and Cindy Crabb of the Domestic Engineers at their pie booth at the fair and they were pleased that they sold out on pies each day of the fair selling around 150 pies. The proceeds from the annual pie sale helps to support Ninilchik School's science department, the Ninilchik Community Library, the Easter Basket program for shut-ins and a scholarship granted each spring to a Ninilchik School graduate who has done community service.

Happy Birthday to David Pherson and Ruth Roberts today, Aug. 27; Karen Encelewski on Aug. 28; Arlo Boyle, Bruce Oskolkoff and Monte Garroutte on Aug 29; and Deidre McCombs and Molly Ogren on Aug. 30.

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Other Ninilchik news

Bingo winner announced

Anchor Point Senior Citizens three day Bingo party winner was June Ward. She was presented a $1,000 check by Ole Olsgard, the center's president. The Senior Center may host another Bingo Party "after the snow files" as a winter activity.

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