Community news and notes

Sam Tilly and Tessa Rhyner of Kenai announce the birth of their daughter, Atlas Indira at 3:32 a.m. June 21, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches. She joins a brother, Kale. Her grandparents are Tom and Mary Rhyner, and Jim and Laura Tilly

Hannah R.Thompson, a 2007 graduate of Nikiski Middle-High School, was named to the honor roll for both Spring and Summer semesters 2014 at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Students must earn a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester. Thompson is working toward a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

Jenna R. Jensen is an Army ROTC cadet involved in Cadet Language and Cultural Immersion Training — their first training deployment as a cadet. After a week-long training session at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the selected cadets are deployed to partner nations where they are immersed in the local cultures and languages. The selected cadets will spend three weeks involved in assisting with current Army missions that range from community outreach projects to teaching English to local children or host country military personnel. They are not only getting a total immersion in another culture, but are also building positive relationships and helping the people of partner nations. Jensen is currently a student at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash. She is a 2010 graduate of Soldotna High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Louis R. Velasco 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.

Velasco is the son of Luis Velasco of Soldotna, and of Clarissa Whitehead of Clifton, Colo.; and he is the step-son of Johhny Whitehead of Clifton, Colo. He earned a diploma in 2006 from Soldotna High School, and a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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