Across-the-bay principal heads to central peninsula

From teaching four grades to being principal of two schools, Sheryl Hingley has had her hands full since moving to Seldovia in 2006. Now, Hingley has decided its time for a change. When the 2013-2014 school year begins, Hingley will be principal of two other schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: the elementary school in Sterling and the school in Cooper Landing.

Nanwalek teens earn ‘Spirit of Youth’ award

The Nanwalek Summer Youth Group has been chosen 2013 Spirit of Youth award winners in the Cultural Activities category based on contributions to their community. 

The youth group was selected by the Spirit of Youth’s teen advisory council after reviewing more than 130 nominations.  
The teen members of the Nanwalek Summer Youth Group serve village elders by chopping wood, cleaning houses, delivering traditional foods and putting away fish for the winter.

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Nicholas Faulkner of Homer has been named to the honor role at Phillips Academy for the winter term. to be named to the honor, roll, students must maintain at least a five-point grade average on a six-point scale.

Rebecca Temple of Homer, has been named to the scholastic honor roll winter term at Oregon State University. She is one of 837 students with a straight-A average and carrying at least 12 graded hours of course work.  


The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. For information, contact Carla at 235-8191 or a school counselor. Deadline to apply is April 19. 

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

April 1: School board meeting, Soldotna, 7 p.m.

Chapman School

April 2-4: SBA testing, grades 3-8.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

Connections team places second in statewide Battle of the Books

The Homer Connections fifth- and sixth-grade team was surprised when it took first in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Battle of the Books, landing them a spot in state competition. That wasn’t the end of the surprises.

During telephonic state competition on Feb. 27, the youngsters claimed second place.

“There were 39 teams in round one. Then it went to 12 teams. Then it went to five teams. And then we were second, off by one question,” said the team’s coach Kristen Mertz at the Connections’ Homer office.



The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. Contact Carla at 235-8191 or a school counselor. Deadline is April 19. 

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Homer resident and Azusa Pacific University student Alivia Erickson has made the academic deans’ list. She is honored for a fall semester 2012 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Erikson is a nursing major who is joined by 1,698 other students receiving the same honor.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Big Fireweed (grades 3-6)

Mondays: After-school math homework club.

Area youth at peace forum receive enthusiastic support

The goal of the Jan. 25-27 Hawaiian Rotary Global Peace Forum was to bring young leaders (under age 40) from all over the world in one place to give them an opportunity to share their visions for making a world at peace and to have Rotary leaders support and encourage those ideas. 

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the democracy movement in Myanmar, inspired everyone with her message of persistence and perseverance in the face of severe obstacles in her work for peace. 

Students learn art of influencing policy-makers

Putting spring break to good use, Justice Sky of Homer and Mina Gherman of Anchor Point were among 20 youth from around the state to attend the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action’s 2013 Civics and Conservation Summit in Juneau.  

This is Sky’s fourth year to participate in the event and Gherman’s first time to serve as a youth delegate.

Bridge building: a weighty matter


Putting their physics know-how to use, Homer Middle School eighth-grade students took on the challenge presented by their science teacher, Jennifer Booz: Construct a bridge that will hold the most weight and have a high efficiency rating, load compared to bridge weight.

Rather than steel or concrete, the bridge-building material of choice was toothpicks.

Huskies Mathcounts team heads to state competition

After taking third place in chapter competition in Anchorage, the Homer Middle School Mathcounts team of eighth-graders Zane Boyer, Kenny Cortez, Douglas Dean and Logan Harris are on their way to state competition in Juneau on March 30.

They have been coached by Sara Reinert, who has taught math at Kachemak Bay Campus and has been coaching Mathcounts teams for years. Helping with the team’s preparations have been seventh-grade mathematicians Ben Kettle and Denver Waclawski.

Ninilchik students make science projects personal

When it came to choosing a science fair project, Ninilchik School student Wyatt Hamblen picked a subject that would help his family: which type of chain saw blade would cut the most wood. Installing a "full comp" chain, a chain with one space between each cutting tooth, Wyatt cut wood until he ran out of gas. Then he switched to a "skip tooth" chain, one with more space between the teeth, and repeated the process.

To see if he got the same results,Wyatt did it again. Wyatt's effort paid off.

One-day exhibit only the beginning for Fireweed artists

It isn't every day an artist is invited to show his or her work in a gallery. Especially artists in kindergarten, first and second grade. However, when 45 Fireweed Academy students were given that opportunity, they were not only quick to accept, but also filled the walls of Bunnell Street Arts Center for a one-day exhibit on Feb. 27.

"It was a really sweet event," said teacher Kim Fine. "We love opportunities to celebrate with our families and to draw friends and families and kids together to celebrate art."

Leading the way

Members of Homer Middle School’s leadership council — Charlie Menke, Elan Carroll, Kira Hamilton and Halen Hernandez; Maya Jones is not pictured — prepare to deliver results of a school food drive to Homer Community Food Pantry. Between Feb. 21 and March 1, the school’s 180 students gathered 2,441 items. “The kids really rallied,” said Linda Rourke, who, along with HMS teacher Bonnie Jason and student teacher Rand Seaton, coaches the leadership team.

New principal selected for Paul Banks school

Eric Pederson, site administrator at Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat, a K-12 school in Quinhagak, has been offered and has verbally accepted the position of principal at Paul Banks Elementary School, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced Wednesday.

Pederson and two other candidates were interviewed Feb. 28, by Dr. Steve Atwater, district superintendent, before a crowd of approximately 40 parents, school faculty and staff, district personnel and interested community members.


American Legion Auxiliary scholarships, $500 award for high school seniors (B-C student), Auxiliary Unit 16 scholarship, deadline is April 1.

Western District American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship, $500-$1,000. For continuing students who are members of the Legion family. Due March 31.


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