Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2002

Cooper Landing man graduates from basic training

Dustin R. Dreifuerst graduated from Marine boot camp Aug. 23 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

He returned to Alaska for 10 days of leave before heading back to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he is a member of the 2nd Battalion Echo Company, Platoon 2083.

Dreifuerst is the son of Richard and Mary Dreifuerst of Cooper Landing and a 2002 graduate of Skyview High School.

Kenai students earn honors at UAF

Six Kenai residents were named to the dean's and chancellor's lists for the spring semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To be named to the chancellor's list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average. To be named to the dean's list, students must achieve a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

Sara Covich, Micah Houtz, Amanda Reynoldson and Laura Walters were named to the chancellor's list. Saul Hollers and Mitchell Linebarger made the dean's list.

Area students graduate from military academy

Six Kenai Peninsula youth graduated from the Alaska Military Youth Academy Challenge Program Friday at Fort Richardson's Buckner Physical Fitness Center. Participants in the program -- Alaska's only military youth academy -- spent more than five months living a military-based life while studying at the academy.

Students will continue to work with the academy's post-residential program, receiving placement, tutoring and testing services to stay on track with their career plans.

Peninsula graduates included John Friemering, 18, and Nicholas Lockeby, 18, both of Kenai; Dellan Vanbuskirk, 16, of Homer; and Alexandria Leake, 18, Alexander Muller, 17, and Alexander Sanchez, 17, all of Soldotna.

Senior center announces salmon count winners

Archie Chamberlin, Jim Pearson and Karin Williamson are the winners of the Sterling Seniors Sockeye Salmon Count Classic. The three came closest to guessing the official salmon count. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the count, as of noon on Aug. 7, was 861,862 sockeye salmon.

Chamberlin's guess came within 273 of that count. Pearson was off by 422, and Williamson missed by 562. A total of 1,275 contest tickets were sold.

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