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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Honor choir to perform

The Kenai Peninsula Borough High School Honor Choir 2001 will perform at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be taken at the door to help with expenses.

The students participating in the choir have been chosen through taped adjudications. This year the students from Homer, Kenai, Nikiski, Seldovia, Seward, Skyview and Soldotna high schools will come to Kenai and work under the direction of Dr. Axel Theimer all day Monday and Tuesday.

Theimer teaches at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. He was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, and did his schooling and performing with the Vienna Boys Choir.

The program pieces will be "There Shall a Star From Jacob Come Forth," "Tenebrae Factae Sunt," "All That Hath Life and Breath," "Death is Gonna Lay His Cold Icy Hands," "I'm Goin' Away" and "The Drunken Sailor."

Soldotna seeks student rep

All high school seniors from public, private or approved home-school institutions are invited to apply for the position of student representative to the Soldotna City Council for the school year. You must be a resident of the city of Soldotna. Letters of application will be received until Oct. 19 at the city clerk's office, 177 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information, call 262-9107.

VFW offers essay contests

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna announce the sponsorship of two annual scholarship contests for students.

Students in grades seven and eight may enter the national youth essay scholarship program this year. They are asked to write a 300- to 400-word essay on this year's topic: "Is freedom really free?"

In addition to monetary awards made to the winners in each school, $300 will be awarded to the first place overall local winner and $150 to the second-place winner. Monetary awards at state level competition are $500, $200 and $100 savings bonds, with a chance to win the top national prize of a $10,000 savings bond.

The deadline is in early December; check with individual schools for precise dates.

Students in grades nine through 12 may enter the annual national Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. Students can win money and a chance to compete for a college scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. Participants will write and then record a three- to five-minute audio essay expressing their views on this year's topic: "Reaching out to America's future."

In addition to monetary awards to the winners in each school, $1,000 will be awarded to the first place overall winner and $500 to the second-place winner. Monetary awards in the state level competition are $1,000, $500 and $400, with the first-place winner's entry eligible for national competition and a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship.

The deadline is in mid-November; check with individual schools for precise dates.

Information on the contests has been distributed to schools, but students enrolled in home study programs as well as students with physical disabilities also are eligible to participate. For more information and to obtain entry forms, contact your school's program coordinator or call the VFW program chairs at 262-1352.

Adults invited to reading workshops

Sears Elementary School in Kenai is presenting a Reading Coach Workshop for those interested in helping children read. Two short workshops will teach techniques for helping children read and enjoy books. They are intended for parents, grandparents, guardians and community volunteers who read with children. They will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Oct. 20 in the school library. There is no cost. For more information, call Katy Bethune at 283-4826.

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public. New school board member, Margaret Gilman, will be seated.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at

Nikiski Elementary students raffling prizes

Fourth- through sixth-graders from Nikiski Elementary School are selling raffle tickets. Winners will be announced at the school's fall carnival Oct. 27. Top prizes include two round-trip tickets from Anchorage to Kenai from Era Aviation; a dinner cruise for two to Fox Island from Kenai Fjords Tours; a lifetime membership fee from Curves and a one-night stay, dinner and champagne for two from the Duck Inn. Tickets are on sale for $1. The top-selling class will receive a pizza party and an extra $100 for field trip funds. In addition, the top sellers in each class will win cash prizes. For more information, contact Ann Holloway at 776-4132.

Mountain View announces Students of the Month

Mountian View Elementary School in Kenai has announced its Students of the Month for September: third-graders Rikki Riley, Ella Stephens, Kaylee Price, Cheyenne Gallant and Eric Johnson; fourth-graders Braden Knowlton, Sean McDonald, Erick Trickel, Nikki Trefon, Dane Otten and Rachel Estes; and fifth-graders Kristi Louthan, Sarah White, Cyle Dendy, Molly Watkins and Brittany Kiser.

Parents are invited to a pizza luncheon Oct. 17 at 11:40 a.m.

Ninilchik announces Students of the Month

Ninilchik School has announced its Citizens and Students of the Month for September.

Citizens of the Month are: Zach Goeden, Travis Smith, Kaylin Quance, Cayla Rogers, Hunter Cooper, Stormy Walkoff, Kelsey Rohr, Caleb Chase, Maureen McCombs, Alex Scalzo, Carlise Eck and Melissa Deiman.

Students of the Month are: Steven Miller, chemistry; Patrick Tilbury and Maureen McCombs, marine science; Hannah Chase, seventh-grade science; Patrick Tilbury, ninth-grade science; Kelsey Rohr, seventh-grade English; Patrick Tilbury, ninth-grade English, Kerstin Poindexter, art; and Kjerstin Skjold, seventh-grade math.

SMS announces Students of the Month

Soldotna Middle School has announced its Students of the Month and Citizens of the Month for September.

Citizens of the Month were: Kirsten Hinz, Ashley Myers, Elliot Gauthier, Morgan McCall, Ashley Demoss, Charlie Smith, Ted Payment, Nick Hann, Annie Gardner, Samantha Farrington, Natasha Luton, Dan Hall, Ashley Carver, Anna Bonebrake, Patrick Moore, Colette St. Clair, Michael Myers, Joe Spady, Ariel Mercier, Olivia Landeis, Kelly Maxwell, Rebecca Utrup, Lindsey Ansotegui, Joey Lemay, Sam Gammon, Steven Mabeus, Travis Schoendaller, Jason Jager, Charles Gillam and Ron Krause.

Students of the Month were: Heather Sinclair, Ashley Rabalais, Kacia Dimmick, Marit Hartvigson, Brittany Boulette, Lydia Ames, Sammi Jo Kelly, Michael Freeman, Lauren Senette, Travis Richardson, Anton Vaissenberg, Sara Jensen, Ashley Carver, AdriAnna Newberry, Alex West, Becky Kilfoyle, Sarah Shoemaker, Anna Bonebrake, Erick Morris, April Alvarez, John Revis, Eric Fisher, Jared Struthers, Chandra Jicha, Patrick Lybrand, Tyler Thornton and Andy Kircher.

Day care centers offer federal food program

The Kenaitze Cuya Qyut' Anen Head Start and Hope for the Future preschools have announced their participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program, administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Parents' income determines the amount of money USDA will reimburse providers for meals to enrolled children. The income eligibility guidelines listed below are used to determine their reimbursement from the USDA. Children from households whose monthly income is at or below these levels are eligible to be counted for free or reduced-price meal reimbursement.

Family Size:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Reduced-price meals:

$1,655 $2,237 $2,820 $3,403 $3,986 $4,568 $5,151 $5,734

Free meals:

$1,165 $1,572 $1,982 $2,391 $2,801 $3,210 $3,620 $4,029

For each additional family member, add $583 for reduced price or $410 for free.

Anyone who believes they have been discriminated against should write to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Ave. SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964.

After the Bell plans open house

Thursday, After the Bell and Soldotna Community Schools join together with thousands of other schools across the country for an event called Lights on Afterschool. Visit them at Soldotna Middle, Redoubt Elementary and Soldotna Elementary schools to celebrate a nationwide rally that calls attention to the importance of children's after-school and adult programs for our nation's youth, families and communities.

The Lights on Afterschool movement would like to ensure that people of all ages have access to quality, affordable programs by 2010.

Redoubt Elementary will offer samples of its involvement in locating "everyday heroes," a slide show, postcard geography, a basketball game and a chance to observe the After the Bell program in action and to see what it provides for the youth after school each day.

Soldotna Elementary also will provide a chance to observe After the Bell program and parent participation. See kids as they work with the Reading Club, prepare snacks and "sing with Miss Lois."

Soldotna Middle School will start the evening with After the Bell demonstrations involving cooking, horsemanship and sculpting classes. At 6 p.m., Soldotna Community Schools staff will be available to answer questions about activities offered and teen Community Schools programs at both Soldotna high schools. Community Schools' class registration is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., with many classes beginning that evening. A reception with refreshments and a classical guitar recital with Christopher Towne will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.

After the Bell T-shirts will be on sale at each site.

For more information, call Jeanne Waldren at 398-3083.

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