Applause

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

Those who supported academic awards banquet deserve high marks

On Nov. 12, Kenai Central High School held its 10th academic awards banquet for 127 students who earned a 3.5 or above GPA during the spring semester. Full time students at KCHS are eligible for an academic letter if they have two consecutive semesters of 3.5 or above GPA's.

We would like to thank Kenai Middle School teacher Ken Felchle for his motivating talk.

We appreciate McDonald's of Kenai for financial support and for generously supplying coupons for each of the students.

Many people are involved in the program to make it a success. Thanks also goes to Dennis Dunn, Alan Fields, Lynn Janson, Mark Manuel, Connie Jung, Kathy Herring, Jim Davis, Tim Delaney, Susie Franklin, Rich Bartolowits, Deb Sounart, KCHS Jazz Band, National Honor Society and the technical crew at KCHS.

Pam Lazenby

KCHS Academic Recognition Committee

Kenai

Redoubt PTA raises funds with help from numerous community donors

To the family, friends and neighbors of Redoubt Elementary, I would like to extend my gratitude for the enormous support our school received from this community for our fall fund-raiser. The fund-raiser was a great success and will enable the Redoubt PTA to supplement the students' learning environment and education.

The money we raised will be used for educational supplies, programs such as forensics and Battle of the Books, school equipment (such as the new full size electronic piano we recently purchased) and community projects such as Holiday Kindness.

I was truly impressed by the generosity of everyone who made a purchase and also by the enthusiasm of our students in their participation in the fund-raiser. The value placed on education and our children by this community was evident in our success.

Thank you all so much, and Merry Christmas!

Seane Oglesbee

Redoubt PTA Co-Chair

Soldotna

Volunteers help make Soldotna tree lighting a glowing success

On Dec. 6, the city of Soldotna, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, the Soldotna area senior citizens and Central Emergency Services held the second annual Parker Park Tree Lighting. The entire park was decorated by area students -- headed up by Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey and Skyview High School students -- and the results were spectacular.

We would like to thank the After the Bell students; all of our local schools; Homer Electric, for placing the lights on the tree; McDonald's and First National Bank Alaska, for hot chocolate and juice; Kaladi Brothers, for the coffee; the Kenai Performers Carolers, for singing; Central Emergency Services, for delivering Santa and Mrs. Claus; Capt. BURNEE and EDITH, for entertaining the kids; Dan and Donna Mortenson as Santa and Mrs. Claus -- you were great; Dreamcatcher's Photography, for taking pictures; and Alaska C&C Stables and Alaska Horsemen Trail Adventures, for the horse-drawn carriage rides.

We are very grateful to our sponsors, Agrium and Conoco-Phillips. Through Agrium's support, we were able to offer free cookies from The Moose is Loose Bakery and Conoco-Phillips provided sponsorship for the wonderful caroling. I'd also like to thank Mayor Carey and the city of Soldotna, as they took a large part in organizing this event as well as Shanon Hamrick, Soldotna Visitor Center coordinator, for all the extra time that she spent to ensure a fantastic event. Finally, I want to thank all of you who bundled up and took part in our second annual Parker Park Tree Lighting.

Justine Polzin

Executive Director

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce



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