May 22 — Soldotna High School
Jessie Alward
Kiana Anderson
Adriane Appelhanz
Anthony Appelhanz
Thomas Blaine
Molly Bowen
Abigail Brant
Cassandra Burkhardt
Weston Classen
David Coe
Brittany Craig
Nikole Eustice
Brennan Evarts
Leia Fuson
Chaela Hilts
Alex Jantzi
Jessica Jones
Alex Knudtson
Marina Kuznetsov
Victoria-Marie McCormick
Maxim Martushev
Emmet Meyer
James Nagle
Mark Nagle
Levi Newell
Cedar O‘Daugherty
Erick Paulsrud

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Through today: Leadership academy, Kenai Central High School, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 30: Effective instruction, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers, Soldotna, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
June 2: School board policy committee meeting, 12:30-2 p.m.
June 2: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.
June 2-8: Kagan Institute.
July 7: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.
July 31-Aug. 1: Administration meeting, all day.
Aug. 4: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.
Aug. 7: New admin meeting.

Local volunteer earns doctorate

Jonathan Richar of Trapper Creek graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Graduate School of Fisheries and Ocean Science in Juneau, with a doctorate in fisheries on May 4.
During the past two years, Richar did volunteer work with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and the Pratt Museum in Homer, where he collected live specimen for their aquarium under their special permit and received a lot of encouragement and mentoring.

Marine Trades scholarship goes to 2009 Kachemak Selo graduate

Deonisy Konev, a 2009 graduate of Kachemak Selo, has been awarded the 2014 Homer Marine Trades Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is open to current or prior year high school graduates pursuing vocational education and training.
Konev attended Kachemak Bay Campus for two years and is 12 credits short of receiving an associate’s degree. He will begin a course of study in information technology at AVTEC, Alaska’s Institute of Technology, in Seward in August.

Grads earn $1.6 million in scholarships

The following scholarships were awarded to Homer High School graduating seniors. The amount totaled more than $1.6 million. Individual amounts were not available.
University of Alaska Scholars: Hannah Baird, Katherine Dolma, Maggie Koplin; Mattea Peters, Brian Rowe, Elsa Simmons, Cassidy Soistman, Joshua Vantrease, John Walsworth;
KPAA: Tabitha Drover;
Ptarmigan Arts Visual Arts Scholarship: Irene Pellegrini;
Homer Elks Club, Lodge No. 2127: Hailey Hughes;
Karen Hornaday: Mattea Peters;
Kenai Peninsula Builders Association: Jake Eckert;

Scholarships give Ninilchik grads a boost

When a high school graduating class has a total of three students, an impressive ranking is guaranteed. That was a point Ninilchik teacher Bryan Hickey made for Ninilchik graduates Robert Delgado, Jessica Rogers and Matthew Thorne during Hickey’s May 21 high school commencement address.
“Coming from a small school, college years can be daunting, but I expect you will stay in the top third of your class wherever you go,” said Hickey, drawing a laugh from the graduates and the gathering of family, friends and community members in the school gym.

School Events

Susan B. English


Commencement Ceremony
4 p.m., May 20


Kaitlyn Irene Hecks

Alexandria Lauren Swick

Taylor Morgan Haller


Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Aug. 19: First day of 2014-2015 school year.


Sorensen graduates cum laude

Ithaca Ivy Sorensen, a 2010 graduate of Homer High School, has completed her studies at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore. At May 10 ceremonies, Sorensen graduated cum laude, receiving her bachelor of arts in sociology-anthropology. She minored in art.  Her thesis, for which she received honors, is entitled “One of Those Blond Natives, Selective Authenticity in Visitor Center Interactions in Homer, Alaska.” Sorensen is working this summer as the Youth Conservation Corps coordinator for U.S.

Advice, humor mark commencement

After noting Monday as a night to celebrate, Homer High School’s commencement speaker turned the tables on the class of 2014.

Sean Campbell, who teaches language arts at the school, drew a laugh by asking the students if they had “all made sure to have a teacher ... as your commencement speaker?”

It was clear from the emotion seasoning Campbell’s voice and the warmth with which he was received that they knew exactly what they had done by selecting him to mark this moment in their lives.

McNeil students go ‘buggy’ over picnic

Ever look at a picnic through the eyes of an army of ants? A beautiful monarch butterfly? A stink bug? How about a maggot?
The students of McNeil Canyon Elementary School offered that perspective May 8 in the school’s 30th annual spring concert. Kindergarten through sixth-grade students performed “Bugz,” a musical play for young voices by John Jacobson and John Higgins. Joanna Greene and Corise Story directed the school performance, with Debbie Piper serving as artistic director and Lenore Swanson the musical director.  

McNeil scientists share their research

Eighty-one students from McNeil Canyon Elementary and Razdolna schools put their curious minds and research abilities on display April 30. The occasion was McNeil’s science fair, with Laura Murphy’s fourth- and fifth-grade class inviting Razdolna to join in the fun.
The fair included a total of 53 science experiments and research projects.
Judges Mark Romano, Kris Holdereid and Jan Rumble awarded prizes to the following students:
Kindergarten through third-great experiment
First place: Bristol Johnson;

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
May 21: Schools close (unless otherwise noted).

Today: Kindergarten to Pratt Museum.
Today: Spring concert, 7 p.m.
May 16: Grade 1 to Pratt Museum, 11:30 a.m.
May 16: Borough track meet.
May 16: Grades 6-8 birding in Homer.
May 19: Kindergarten graduation, 2 p.m.
May 20: Eighth-grade promotion, 7 p.m.
May 21: Barbecue, 11:30 a.m.
May 21: Awards assembly, 1:30 p.m.

Fireweed (all grades)
May 20: Last school field trip to Kiki’s

Schools in Breif

Katherine Dolma is one of two Alaska students to be named Alaska’s top youth volunteers of 2014 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This nationwide program honored 102 young people earlier this month for outstanding acts of volunteerism, according to a press release issued by the awards program.

Middle School art students create Husky sculpture from marine debris

Homer Middle School art students are learning a powerful lesson about environmental footprints and collaboration with a giant art project destined to become a permanent installation at the school.
Led by art teacher Ingrid McKinstry and working in collaboration with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and local artist Lynn Naden, students are building a giant Husky mascot from marine debris collected on Alaska shores.

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Student news
Brian Rowe is one of 20 Alaska students to receive a ConocoPhillips Alaska  scholarship of $5,000 each.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

May 8-9: Seward, grades 2-3.
May 12-13: Eighth-graders HoWL field trip prep.
May 12-16: Swim lessons, grades 2-3.
May 12-14: Grade 8 field trip.
May 13: Fire hall, kindergarten.
May 15: Pratt Museum, kindergarten.

Fireweed (all grades)
May 20: Field trip to Kiki’s

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

May 21: School closes.


Chapman School

May 5: Kindergarten to Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

May 5-16: Swimming in Homer, grades 2-3. No swimming on May 8-9.

May 6: Career Day in Homer, grades 6-8.

May 6: Eighth-graders visit Homer High School, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


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