News and Notes

Jonathan and Kelsi Verhelst of DeWitt, Iowa are the parents of a son, Decker Lane, born June 26, 2015 at Unity Point in Bettendorf, Iowa. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19 inches long. Hid grandparents are Dennis and Renee Spain of DeWitt, Iowa and Tim and Mary Beth Verhelst of Anchorage. His great-grandparents are Leroy and Bev Jensen of Low Moor, Iowa and Richard Verhelst of Moline, Illinois. His great-great-grandmother is Leona Jensen of DeWitt, Iowa.

Nathan K. Spence, a graduate of Soldotna High School, has earned a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Oklahoma. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

In addition, the University has awarded Nathan a 5-year National Scholarship award valued at $120,000. His probable career field is Mathematics.

Kelsey Brush of Soldotna, graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 16, 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Brush is a 2011 graduate of Cook Inlet Academy.

Mitchel Daugherty of Sterling was named to the honor roll at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

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