School Briefs – April 24

Homer students ‘Care for the Kenai’ Of some 500 applicants who worked to develop ideas for improving the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, five Homer High students were in the top 12 finalists of the 2013 Caring for the Kenai program. Maggie Koplin, Tayla Cabana, Hannah Baird, Elsa Simmons and Elise Webber traveled to Kenai […]

McNeil sixth-graders amaze with ROV inventions

by Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune McNeil Canyon Elementary 6th grade students spent last week taking their Standards Based Testing in the morning and building robots in the afternoon. Sheryl Sotelo’s 6th grade class found the two topics harmonizing. “It was a great thing after focusing so hard on the tests. From noon to 2 p.m., […]

‘Math Counts’ team qualifies for State

Last weekend, Zane Boyer, Logan Harris, Douglas Dean, Denver Waclawski, Ben Kettle and I went to Anchorage for the annual Math Counts competition. Zane, Logan, Douglas and I were on the official team, while Denver and Ben competed as official individuals.
When we first got to the meet, we went into a large room with a bunch of other kids from 11 other schools. After we registered, the competition soon began. We each sat at different tables with kids from other schools. The parents and coaches then had to leave the auditorium. The first round we did was the “Sprint Round.” It was 40 minutes long and consisted of 30 questions. After that round, all the kids excitedly awaited the answers.

School Briefs – Feb. 20

Christianson earns Coach of the Year Homer High School Drama, Debate and Forensics coach Amy Christianson was named Coach of the Year at the DDF State Tournament at Eagle River High School over the weekend. Her team took fourth in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, third and fifth in Dramatic Interpretation, sixth in Duo Interpretation, fourth in Duet […]

Student art show, geography bee and BP awards

Student art: ‘Colors of Homer‘ reflects town Homer High School students will exhibit artwork at K-Bay Caffe for the month of February. An opening reception is planned to celebrate “Colors of Homer” from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at K-Bay, now located on Pioneer Avenue next to the Refuge Chapel. Colors of Homer is an all-inclusive program, […]

Six teens to attend International Peace Forum in Hawaii

Peace comes in small and big stages each time a problem gets solved, like the polio vaccine program that the Rotary developed which saved millions of lives and continues into the present day in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
Each year the Rotarians focus on peace forums, a conference that includes teens in workshops and discussions to help the next generation learn and think about strategies toward peace. The Downtown Rotary meeting from 6-7 p.m. tonight at the Bidarka Inn features scholarship winners who will talk about the coming conference.
Six teens were selected for travel scholarships to attend the Rotary International Peace Forum in Honolulu Jan. 25-27. The teens are Taylor Ellison from Anchor Point, Amelia Tyrer from Homer, Ivana Ash, from Nanwalek, Traven Apiki, McKenzy Haber and Katherine Dolma, all from Homer.
Three of these scholarships came from Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club, and two from Homer Downtown Club (from donations from Steve and Noko Yoshida and from the Club), and one personally was donated by Jane Little, a member of the Homer Downtown Club.

Homer teens favor Obama in mock election

Homer High School was one only two schools in Alaska to take part in My Voice National Student Mock Election and the resulting ballot counts might surprise the students’ parents.
In much larger percentages, they rejected the Alaska adult majority’s favored candidate in Mitt Romney and backed President Barack Obama for a second term. Ballot results from the Homer High VOTES Program showed Obama and Vice President Joe Biden won187 votes, or 51 percent to Romney and Paul Ryan’s 136 votes, or 37 percent. Of the other presidential candidates,
Green Party Candidate Jill Stein took 17 votes, or 5 percent. Constitutional Party Candidate Virgil Goode won 17 votes, or 5 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson took 11 votes, or 3 percent.
Homer and Haines High Schools joined with 101 other schools in the VOTES program and gave Obama the majority vote.

Midtown Cafe move to offer Homer’s youth more options

The Midtown Cafe for young people moved this week from its lease on Pioneer Avenue by the Refuge Chapel to the Kachemak Bay Center, downstairs by the former Division of Motor Vehicles office.
The public is invited to a grand opening from 6-8 p.m. Friday where they can tour the new space.
Midtown Cafe director Rob Way said the Refuge Chapel Building space was no longer available, and there were definite advantages to moving.
“Having our own location gives us the ability to hold more events,” Way said. “It’s a little smaller, but there is actually more useable space. It has an open floor plan, so it’s easy to monitor what’s going on.”
Way said it also puts the cafe that much closer to Homer High School, so it offers a community place for teens to go for healthy activities.

Middle school students conduct mock elections

Homer Middle School students cast their ballots in eighth grade U.S. History class as part of an “Electing the President” simulation.
“We borrowed several voting booths from City Hall and students were able to cast votes for their candidates,” said history teacher Holly Alston. “It was a great experience for all students.”
History teachers Suzanne Haines and Darcy Mueller also had students participating.
Students were placed into two separate parties, the “Do Right” party and the “Fair and Square party.” Each party had a candidate for president (primary election) and the presidential candidates chose their vice presidential candidates.
All candidates prepared speeches based on general platforms of main political issues. At this point, the rest of the students in the class represented individual voters. Candidates gave speeches and students were able to ask questions.

McNeil students perform with pros

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra performed for Homer audiences on Sunday and gave a rare opportunity to the budding musical talents of McNeil Canyon Elementary School. McNeil Canyon teacher Debbie Piper wrote a grant last year to bring the Weill Music Institute’s Carnigie Hall Education Program to Homer. “Seven years ago, McNeil Canyon did a link-up […]

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