Community News and Notes

Carolyn Knackstedt

Carolyn Knackstedt

Tiffiny Decker and Gregory Gordon announce the birth of their son, Andrew Michael-Everett Gordon, at 10:16 p.m. right on his Thanksgiving due date, Nov. 26, 2015. He weighed 7 pounds, 15.5 ounces and measured 20.5 inches. He joins siblings Ashten Gordon, Riley Gordon, and Bruce Muller. His grandparents are James Decker of Nikiski, Carol Ault of Wyoming, and the late Thomas Gordon Sr. His godparents are Bea and Gary Hartke of Minnesota. He is named after his uncle Everett Gordon and beloved family friend Michael Easley, both veterans who served this country with honor and passed away in recent years.

U.S. Army Pvt. Allen G. Ellsworth Jr. has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Ellsworth is the son of Heather A. and Allen G. Ellsworth of Boise, Idaho.

He is a 2015 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Carolyn Knackstedt has been accepted to the University of Washington WWAMI School of Medicine, a collaborative medical school among universities in five western states. Carolyn graduated with honors at Pacific Lutheran University in 2015 with a BS in Premedical Biology and a minor in Psychology. Knackstedt was named to the Dean’s List at Pacific Lutheran University for the Fall 2015 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must complete twelve hours of graded coursework and earn a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Knackstedt is a 2011 graduate of Kenai Central High School. She is the daughter of Henry and Lilly Knackstedt of Kenai.

Caleb Dean Murray, son of John and Hydra Murray of Sterling, has been named to the Dean’s List at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, for academic achievement during the 2015 fall semester. Students on the Dean’s List achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the semester.

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Andrew Michael-Everett Gordon

Andrew Michael-Everett Gordon

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