Community News and Notes

Briana VinZant of Soldotna graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English and theatre from the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota, at a May 9 commencement ceremony held at the Jamestown Civic Center. VinZant also was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Jamestown for the Spring 2015 semester. The Dean’s list is comprised of students who have achieved at least a 3.0 grade point average during the term and are taking at least 12 credits.

Joseph Trefren of Soldotna graduated with a degree in nursing from the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, North Dakota, at a May 9 commencement ceremony held at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Ninilchik resident Esther Daniels graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, in a May 8 commencement ceremony. Daniels graduated with a MS in Biblical Counseling.

Kailey Mucha,of Soldotna, was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Music during the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay commencement ceremonies on May 16.

Julie Litchfield of Soldotna, a sophomore majoring in biology, Lydia Power of Kenai, a sophomore majoring in entrepreneurship and management, and Brandi Wagoner of Kenai, a junior majoring in nursing were named to the Dean’s List at George Fox University, a Christian college in Newberg, Oregon. Students on the Dean’s List earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Jedidiah McGlasson of Kenai received a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on May 9 in Winona.

The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association is pleased to announce the 2015 Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship recipients. Each of the following young adults were awarded a $1000 scholarship to assist in their pursuit towards a building related career: Sullivan Jackson, Connections; Justin West, Soldotna High School; Tyler Hill, Soldotna High School; Brooks Furlong, Soldotna High School.

The KPBA Scholarship program is now in its 31st year. Its members are proud to support the young people on the Kenai Peninsula who will be the future of our building and construction industry.

The Kenai Borough Employees Association is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. Each recipient will receive $500 to further their education. KBEA’s membership of more than 200 employees funds these scholarships.

Melissa Clark, Ninilchik High School — Melissa plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the pre-vet program with hopes of becoming a veterinarian.

Bradyn Holly, Soldotna High School — Bradyn plans to attend Kenai Peninsula College to pursue an associate’s degree in paramedicine and State of Alaska Firefighter I certification.

Hailey Ames, Soldotna High School — Hailey will be attending the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue a nursing degree and become a certified Nurse Anesthetist.

Meret Beutler, IDEA Homeschool — Meret will attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks to pursue a degree in biological sciences and a career in veterinary medicine.

This year, KBEA received 17 complete applications from graduating seniors on the Kenai Peninsula.

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