White House photo by Tina Hager
Miss Alaska, Christina Reasner, center, receives the President's Volunteer Service Award at a White House reception Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C., from Desiree T. Sayle, left, deputy assistant to the president and director of USA Freedom Corps, and Kari Dunn, right, executive director of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. All 51 Miss America contestants received the award. The new Miss America will be crowned Saturday.
Dale joins Peace Corps
Soldotna resident Anya Dale has accepted a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps to serve as a youth development volunteer in Macedonia. Dale will work with host country nationals to develop and improve existing youth programs by raising public awareness, conducting workshops and activing as a liaison between different groups. Dale left for training earlier this month.
Dale is a 2000 graduate of Soldotna High School who earned a bachelor's degree in human services from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., this year. She has interned for Irene Reither Primary School, helping develop after-school mentoring programs.
She is the daughter of Karen Hummel and Paul Dale of Kenai.
Calloway receives award for service
Kenai resident Kathy Calloway received the 2004 Outstanding Professional Service Award at Hope Community Resources' annual appreciation luncheon Sept. 1. The award is presented to an individual, organization or business for providing exceptional service to Hope by going above and beyond the normal expectations in their service field.
Calloway received the ward for an unwavering commitment to individuals who experience disability, according to a press release from Hope.
"Her job with the Office of Children's Services in Kenai assists families within the state custody system to learn and understand their rights. She takes this many steps further as she counsels families on how to acheive the best for their loved ones with disabilities," the press release said. "Kathy consistently focuses on how she can improve the services that she provides and often volunteers to take on themost challenging cases. She truly cares!"
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