Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2006

Kiech off to school

Kayla Kiech, of Kenai, has begun her freshman year at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westminster is a private, liberal arts college with 2,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students.

Watkins awarded for good work

Hannah Watkins, a Kenai Central High School senior, received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals as part of Alaska Philanthropy Day on Nov. 10. Watkins created four children’s books about the importance of being prepared for all kinds of emergencies. She reads her books (“Heidi and the Tsunami,” “Molly and the Earthquake,” “James and the Volcano” and “Spencer and the Wildfire”) to elementary school students on the Kenai Peninsula.

Watkins also has been recognized as a “commended student” in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 U.S. commended students are being recognized for their academic promise. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition by taking the 2005 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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