Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Event teaches science, as well as team-building, problem-solving

Mind A-Mazes is a team-building, mechanical, problem-solving activity focusing on scientific principles. Students have successfully met the goals of the program even before they come to the "race" by creating their devices. The Oct. 7 MAM event was the celebration of all their hard work.

This year's long-term problem was to design a device which would use a mousetrap as its only source of energy. The devices then competed in two heats with distance, speed and accuracy determining the scores. The spontaneous problem was to build a toothpick tower in three minutes and test its strength by adding peanuts to a cup placed on top of the tower. The event came off without a hitch and in record time. There were several very exciting races. One car traveled a total of 67 feet. One tower held up 77 peanuts.

We would like to thank all of the participants and our patient audience. It takes quite a team of dedicated folks to put together a day like this one. A special "thank you" is extended to our volunteer judges at the event: Jed Watkins, Stewart McDonald, Margie McDonald, Joseph Blanchard, Alex Hundertmark, Margaret Gilman, Matthew Faris, Rob Moore, Natalie Kohler, John Mohorcich, Shelly Wilson-Scholessler, Roy VanderSluis, Leonard Ball, David Birchfield, Jack Sinclair, Annette Geleide, Paul Oelrich, Justin Hougue, Quinn Bennett, Sara Hepner and Gail Moore. Thank you to Paula Mohler for single-handedly covering the registration table. Thank you to Master of Ceremonies Jim Bennett for keeping the show moving along. A big thank you to Kristin Cannava for all of her effort at setting things up before the event at Soldotna Middle and to Mo Stoner for all of her creativity and behind-the-scenes planning that is so essential for putting together a program like this. And finally, thanks to Soldotna Middle School for once again allowing us to use their facility for this event.

Gretchen Hundertmark

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

KCHS football boosters express thanks for contributions, support

Kenai Central High School Football Booster Club extends our sincere appreciation to the city of Kenai, Rick Ross, Keith Kornelius, Terry Shedd and Dale Baktuit. Kardinal fans enjoyed the specially prepared road signs that decorated the highway for the Kardinal 2000 Homecoming games. What a festive touch this added to a wonderful week of celebration for all those at KCHS.

We also want to publicly say thank you to Mike Navarre for his contribution to fund social activities enjoyed by Kardinal football players while in Fairbanks, and Air Liquide for the contribution of helium used to fill many balloon bouquets.

To all of our annual sponsors we sincerely appreciate your support and sharing the pride we feel for KCHS football.

Bekkie Jackson, secretary

KCHS Football Booster Club

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