Top 'Pops' awarded
Triana, Kapp are smooth talkers
Soldotna Toastmasters club No. 9321 members Carmen Triana and Ryan Kapp, both of Soldotna, recently placed first in two recent competitions. In the first competition, held in Anchorage in September, Triana took first place in table topics and Kapp took first place in serious speech division.
In the second weekend in October they competed against 70 other Toastmaster members in clubs from as as far way as Whitehorse in the Yukon Alaska Council of Toastmasters fall conference, hosted by the Soldotna Toastmasters. They won again in their respective categories.
Kapp's speech, "Where were you when the world stopped turning?" was about Sept. 11, 2001. Triana's category was a randomly chosen topic of "If your city was to commission a stained glass window representing your community, what fishing scene would you try to convince the committee to have on that window?"
Toastmasters is an organization that is designed to help people learn skills to overcome a fear of public speaking. New members receive a curriculum to follow, with an outline of exercises, followed by challenges in specific skills such as use of gestures, voice quality and word choice. After a member has achieved certain criteria, they may choose to enter competitions.
Houser deploys to Iraq
Former Kasilof resident Sgt. Shad Houser deployed to Iraq. His unit is the 10th combat support hospital from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.
His home base is Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas where his wife, Maria, and daughter, Ashley, live.
He is the son of Cindy and Neil Houser, brother of Amy Williams of Kenai, Cherise Houser of Kasilof and Adam Houser of Milford, Mass.
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