Community News and Notes

Community News and Notes

JD and Nicole Hall of Nikiski announce the birth of their son, Russell James Hall, at 8:54 a.m. Feb. 17, 2015. He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches. He joins a sibling, Hudson. His grandparents are Mary and Smokey LeFebvre, and Tina and David Hall.

Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership.

Michael Vasquez from Kenai, serving with the Company F (Forward Support Company Infantry), 427th Brigade Support Battalion is promoted to the rank of Specialist. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

Briana VinZant of Soldotna has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2014 semester. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans’ list.

Chancellor’s List

Tamlyn L. Silva, Kasilof

Georgeanna L. Heaverley, Kenai

Orren J. Hyatt, Kenai

Michelle E. Klaben, Kenai

Mary P. Shaffer, Kenai

Sawyer A. Skiba, Kenai

Matthew R. Goffena, Soldotna

Christina M. Tachick, Soldotna

Elizabeth A. Phillips, Sterling

Chelsea J. Winter, Sterling

Dean’s List

Sarah E. Bressler, Kenai

Mandee L. Cogley, Kenai

Josiah D. Martin, Kenai

Kenley D. Scarlett, Kenai

Ashley R. Thornton, Kenai

Jared A. Wallis, Kenai

Sebastian A. Strickland, Nikiski

Eli D. Ward, Nikiski

Savannah B. Anchinges, Soldotna

Trace A. Braxling, Soldotna

Taylor T. Hanley, Soldotna

Megan A. Janorschke, Soldotna

Travis M. Semmens, Soldotna

Molly J. Silta, Soldotna

Danna M. Spring, Soldotna

Joshua B. Stinnett, Soldotna

Kyle D. Stropes, Soldotna

Marina L. Wallace, Soldotna

Has a new addition to your family just arrived? Where in the world is your military person and what are they up to? Got a new graduate, dean’s list student or an award-receiving youth?

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