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Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Nikiski drama team scores in first meet

The Nikiski Middle-Senior High School drama, debate and forensic team did well at the first "DDF" meet of the year Nov. 4 at Chugiak High School. The team competed with eight different high schools, including Service, Chugiak, Dimond, West and East.

They not only did well in the drama events but nearly swept the forensic speaking events. Additionally, they dominated in policy debate. When it came down to the semifinals, only four teams were left, three of the four spots were taken by Nikiski. Nikiski found itself in the unusual position of having to debate a team from its own school.

In the end, Nikiski took the two third-place spots, Bethel took the second place spot, and Nikiski's Tom Lassen and Anna Floyd took the meet with their first-place win over Bethel. The following are all the wins in each event:

Anthony Cole, second in humorous interpretation;

Tom Lassen, Cassandra Williams and Romona Baker, first place in readers' theater;

Jenny Miller, third, and Aurora Zinck, first, in original oration speech;

Jenny Miller, third, and Aurora Zinck, first in expository speaking;

Aurora Zinck, third in foreign extemp;

Carisa Doty, third in pantomime;

Sara Fletcher, third, and Niki Collier, second in solo acting;

Cassandra Williams and Corey Schaffer, fourth, and Janine Kuehn and Nicki McGrew, second, in duo interpretation;

Janine Kuehn, third, in Lincoln-Douglas debate;

Jenny Miller and Anjani Selonen, third, and Aurora Zinck and Romona Baker, third in policy debate; and

Tom Lassen and Anna Floyd, first-place policy debate champions.

Peninsula musicians selected for honors festival

The 2000 Alaska Honors Music Festival will be in Anchorage Thursday through Saturday. The students will rehearse for three days with a culminating concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at West High School Auditorium.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

The following students were selected by audition from the Kenai Peninsula schools to participate in the band:

Clarinets: Janna Schaafsma (SoHi), Elizabeth Bushell (Homer), Willie Creamer (Homer) and Heidi Biggs (SoHi);

Bass clarinets: Marcie Woodard (KCHS) and Tasha Zsoter (SoHi); alto saxophones: Andrew Vait (Homer) and Jon Erickson (Homer); French horn: Glen Fraser (Skyview); euphonium: Hanna King (Skyview); trombones: Kayla Schneider (SoHi); and tuba: Eric Young (Homer).

Choir participants will be:

Soprano I: Chandra Chesser (Homer); soprano II: Hannah Fennell (Homer), Heidi Benson (Homer) and Lindsey Kaufman (Homer); alto I: Megan Newbould (SoHi), Amanda McKay (SoHi), Kara Miller (SoHi) and Holly McCune (KCHS); alto II: Rose Crane (Homer), Cheyna Patton (Homer), Roxanna Wilcox (KCHS), Evy Olson (Homer), Crystal Kleinleder (Homer) and Anna Carlson (KCHS); tenor I: Stewart Blakeslee (SoHi), Dallas McAlvey (Homer), Todd Ghormley (SoHi), Brad Burck (KCHS), James Grace (Homer), Severin Hagen-Lillevik (KCHS) and Dean Shinn (KCHS); tenor II: Micah Houtz (KCHS), Steven Campanella (KCHS) and Elliott Hagen (Homer); bass I: Matt Neff (Homer), Lucas Petersen (SoHi), David Chesney (Skyview) and Alvin Wingster (KCHS); and bass II: Tom Crandall (Homer), Zach Hall (Nikiski), Chris Rice (Skyview) and Jared Carlson (SoHi).

The orchestra participant will be cellist Owen Burklund (Seward).

Friday set aside to honor principals

Gov. Tony Knowles has proclaimed Friday as School Principals Recognition Day.

"Great schools have great leaders," he said, in a press release from the Alaska Council of School Administrators.

Knowles urges all citizens to recognize the important role of school principals and to support their efforts to provide outstanding educational and social opportunities for students.

Challenger offers ballooning camp

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska plans a workshop Saturday hot air balloons. Students will study hot air balloons and what makes them work.

Students in grades four through eight are invited. It will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Cost is $40. For more information or to register, call 283-2000.

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.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

This is Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week began Sunday and continues through Saturday.

This year, it showcases a long-planned philosophical change in focus for the event's perennial sponsor, the National Geographic Society. After a century of emphasizing exploration, NGS is pointing its 21st century lens toward conservation. With "Here Today, Here Tomorrow: A Geographic Focus on Conservation," NGS offers materials and lesson plans for key conservation subjects: population, biodiversity, oceans and fresh water.

In Alaska, the Alaska Geographic Alliance joins the society in sponsoring state events. Teachers and students can win prizes for related events.

Teachers can download classroom activities, lesson plans, geography bingo, geography questions of the week, Family Xpeditions, links to other geographic sites and a complete U.S. map, directly from NGS at More information is available about Alaska by contacting the Alliance at (907) 343-2467 or browsing the AGA Web site at

Kirstie Leslie of Seward Elementary School, at klleslie@kpbsd., is the contact on the Kenai Peninsula. The Alliance is a statewide network of teachers dedicated to making Alaska-based geography studies a priority in schools. It has created the elementary school textbook "Alaska: A Land in Motion" and a secondary level "Alaska in Maps: A Thematic Atlas" book and CD-ROM. The group is funded in part by National Geographic Society.

Winter requires more clothes

Schools remind parents that wintry weather means children need to bundle up.

Be sure your child goes to school prepared to go outside for recess. District policy is for children to go outside for recess unless the wind chill dips to minus 10 degrees or colder. All students should have a warm coat, boots, gloves and a hat. Label all clothing with your child's name.

Some schools need extra winter clothing for children who misplace or forget appropriate outerwear or get it wet. If your children have outgrown clothing from previous winters, check with your area elementary school to see if the staff is seeking donations.

Deadline nears for Voice of Democracy program

The deadline for all entries in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program is Nov. 22. Judging will be Nov. 28 for the program, which is sponsored locally by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and Ladies Auxiliary.

This year's topic is "What Price Freedom?" The three- to five-minute audiotape and essay should be the student's original ideas on the subject. Students must submit the typed theme, entry forms, their picture and a cassette tape.

Students in ninth through 12th grades are eligible and can win money, as well as a chance to compete for a college scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. Home-schooled students also are eligible, and arrangements will be made for students with physical or educational disabilities.

In addition to monetary awards made 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.

For more information, students should contact their school's program coordinator or the VFW Voice of Democracy program chairpersons at 262-1352.

KCHS announces Students of the Month

Kenai Central High School has announced its Students of the Month for October.

Congratulations to the following students: Ashley Trux, business department; Aaron Trickel, creative arts; Chris Gregg, English; Courtney McIntosh, foreign languages; Rachelle McIntyre, health; Rachelle McIntyre, math; Micah Houtz, music; Amy Rask, physical education; Eric Nyce, science; Caitlin Nelson, social studies; Kashawnda Canavan, special services; and Brett Morris, vocational education.

Congratulations also to Amanda Burg, Elks Student of the Month; Lauren Brewer, Rotary Student of the Month; and Wally Ward, chamber of commerce Student of the Month. Student council chose Lisa Sterchi as the Kard of the Deck and Ms. Bigham as the Staffer of the Month.

Orientation meetings for subs planned

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District plans a series of orientation trainings for substitutes this week.

Aide and tutor orientation will be from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday in the Borough Assembly room.

Custodian orientation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in the assembly room.

Teacher orientation will be from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at Soldotna Middle School.

Secretary orientation will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the assembly room.

A preregistration fee of $25 is required and seating is limited, so act quickly if this employment opportunity meets your needs. For more information, contact Julie Holland at 262-5846.

Poetry contest seeks entries

Creative Communication invites young writers to enter "A Celebration of Young Poets," a contest for grades four through 12.

Winners receive a savings bond and a free copy of a book featuring their poems. Meriting entries also are invited to be published in a hardbound anthology. Prizes totaling $2,000 are awarded in each of 20 zones. There are no entry fees or purchase requirements.

Teachers can receive a free newsletter, "Poetic Power," about teaching poetry and qualifying for language arts grants.

Contest deadlines are Dec. 1 and April 17, 2001.

For more information, got to or write to Creative Communication, 90 North 100 East, Logan, UT 84321.

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