Community News and Notes

Air Force Reserve Airman Thomas M. Champion graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Champion is the son of Michael A. Champion of Franklin, N.H. and Sheila Hanks of Kenai.

He is a 2010 graduate of Franklin High School, N.H.

Alexi “Lexi” Beeson, a graduate of Kenai Central High School, daughter of Jim Beeson and Jill Groenen, has been named to the PHI BETA KAPPA honor society for overall academics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

Homer Electric Association’s annual meeting featured the winners of Homer Electric’s Safety Poster Contest, Youth Rally selections and HEA Scholarship Program recipients.

HEA’s annual Safety Poster Contest elevates awareness of electrical energy by challenging 3rd and 4th graders to think about the benefits, as well as potential hazards, associated with electric use. Students are encouraged to create a safety message that can be expressed through art.

Best Safety Message: Avrie Medina, 3rd Grade, K-Beach Elementary

Most Creative Message: Michael Boatright, 4th Grade, IDEA Home School

Most Humorous Message: Dimitry Basargin, 3rd Grade, Razdolna School

The Youth Rally is a week long summer camp specifically tailored for high school students in grades 10 and 11, designed to develop leadership skills, foster teamwork, strengthen communication techniques, highlight the unique qualities of electric cooperatives and increase awareness regarding important issues faced by the utility industry. The Youth Rally is held in Idaho and is a joint effort between statewide co-ops and the National Rural Electric Cooperative.

Margaret McGlothen, 10th Grade, Soldotna High School

Claire Kincaid, 11th Grade, Soldotna High School

HEA’s Scholarship Program is an outreach investment opportunity available to high school seniors and adults in pursuit of higher education. The award value and scholarship quantity is determined annually by the Board of Directors and funded by the interest earned on unclaimed capital credits.

$1,000 Scholarship Awards

District 1 — Brittany Hollers, Skyview High School; Michael Hollinger, Nikiski High School; Courtney Stroh, Kenai Central High School; Dan Adair, Other/Continuing Education Category.

District 2 — Kelci Benson, Soldotna High School; Julie Litchfield, Soldotna High School; Molly Silta, Soldotna High School; Joseph Meloche, Other/Continuing Education Category.

District 3 — Savely Kalugin, Voznesenka High School; Mattea Peters, Homer High School; Brian Rowe, Homer High School; Deonisy Konev, Other/Continuing Education Category.

For more information about Homer Electric’s Community Outreach programs, please visit www.homerelectric.com.

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