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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Organization invites essays on Constitution

High school juniors and seniors are invited to enter the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The topic is "The U.S. Constitution: Does it stand the test of time?"

The winner for the Alaska contest will receive $600 and advance to national competition. The grand prize is $7,500 and an expenses-paid trip to Louisville, Ky., to receive the award.

Essays will be judged for historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization, grammar, spelling and documentation. All entries must be postmarked no later than Dec. 30.

The contest is open to all students attending public, parochial, private or accredited home schools in Alaska.

For details check the Alaska Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Web site at; e-mail or write to: Alaska Knight Essay Contest Chairman, P.O. Box 201, Valdez AK 99686-0201.

Mind A-Mazes invites competitors

Students in grades four to 12 may participate in this year's Mind A-Mazes academic competition. Grades four to six will compete in the junior division and grades seven to 12 in the intermediate-senior division.

The problem is to design a device that will use a mousetrap ("Victor" brand, 1 7/8-inches by 3 7/8-inches) as its only source of energy. The device will compete in a race with other team's devices. Speed and accuracy will determine the scores.

The competition will be Oct. 7 at Soldotna Middle School. Teams consist of four students with an adult coach. Copies of the problem are available from your child's teacher or school office. Adult volunteers will be needed for judging and registration on Oct. 7.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Gail Moore (, phone 262-1463) or Mo Stoner (, phone 262-4478).

College test deadlines coming

Friday is the deadline to register college-bound high school students for the first ACT assessment of the year. Students can register by mail or online at The test fee is $23.

The test covers English, reading, mathematics and science reasoning. It is required for entrance into some colleges.

For more information, go to the Web site or speak to a high school counselor.

The next SAT testing date will be Nov. 4. The deadline for sign-ups is Sept. 29. For more information, contact the counselor or go to At this site students can find information on financial aid, apply online, or view test dates. SAT test schedules are available from counselors as well.

State begins study of school adequacy

Alaska's commissioner of education Rick Cross has set up a team of educators and policy makers to study the adequacy of the state's public education system. As a first phase, the group met in August to work on defining adequacy and determining how to measure it, according to a report from the Alaska Association of School Boards.

The Legislature, as part of school reform legislation adopted in 1998, requires that the state Department of Education and Early Development submit a report on adequacy by Jan. 15.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Donna Peterson and School Board President Deborah Germano were appointed to the team by the AASB.

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