Jakob Nelson, a McNeil Canyon Elementary sixth-grader, was named an Alaska National Geographic Bee Semifinalist and is headed to the state championship on April 5. He is the son of Sonja and Thomas Nelson.
National Geographic Society Bees were held in schools across the U.S. last week, open to 4th-8th grade students. The winner of the state championship will receive $100, the complete “National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington DC to represent Alaska in the National Finals at National Geographic Headquarters May 20-22. The national winner receives a $25,000 college scholarship, lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and all-expenses-paid trip to the Galapagos Islands.There are plenty of scholarship opportunities for high school seniors of Homer.
UAA’s Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College announced registration has opened for the upcoming spring writing workshop to be conducted by author Debra Gwartney. She wrote the memoir Live Through This and was a finalist for the National Books Critics Award. She also was a 2012 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference presenter.
The workshop, The Art of Scene Writing in Personal Narrative, will be held the week-end of May 3-5 at the Kachemak Bay Campus. The focus of the workshop will be on the various elements related to the building blocks of narrative; scenes. Each participant will bring a four-five page scene. As a group, they will study scenes from books and essays, discuss participants’ work and write new scenes to present and workshop.
Debra Gwartney is also the co-editor of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, published in 2006. She is the recipient of many fellowships, including those from Hedgebrook, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently on the nonfiction faculty for the MFA program in writing at Pacific University and lives in Western Oregon.
Space is limited, and advanced registration by April 20 is required. Fee is $185.
The Mariners On the Move program named winners for the third quarter. Each Homer High faculty member nominates one outstanding student per year based on scholarship and citizenship. Nominees and their families are invited to a celebration catered by the HHS Culinary Arts class. Third-quarter winners were: Irene Pellegrini, nominated by Mrs. Spence; Waricha Thoechanthuek, nominated by Mrs. Casseri; Danny Rios, nominated by Ms. Roberts; Drew Raymond, nominated by Mr. Putney; Connor Browne, nominated by Dr. Gee; Robert Hockema, nominated by Miss Tetor; Isabella Vaz, nominated by Mr. Stineff and Hayden Chase, nominated by Mr. Wyatt.
• The Kachemak Bay Chapter of Alaska State Employees Association is offering a scholarship in the amount of $750.00 to a graduating senior from the Kachemak Bay area. The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, April 19. For more information contact Carla at 235-8191, or your school counselor.
• The Kachemak Bay Board of Realtors award three $1,000 scholarships to applicants this year. The committee is looking for high school students graduating from the Homer-Anchor Point area with plans to pursue career training in a vocational or technical field or those in a two-to-four year college degree program.
The application packet should include a short essay about future goals and career plans, including activities and achievements. It should also include two letters of recommendations and an official high school transcript. No minimum grade point average is required. A personal interview may be required. For more information, contact Gina Pelaia at 235-6183.
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