Gustafson nominated for Spirit of Youth Award

A 2011 Homer High School graduate, James Gustafson, was nominated for a Spirit of Youth Award for his volunteer work with Homer Wilderness Leaders. He was nominated for a 2011 Spirit of Youth Service to Community award. Winners will be announced in January.
Gustafson was the founding board president of the nonprofit when it first formed. He is a driving force in their mission to provide outdoor experiential education to young people in Alaska.
“The reason I enrolled for the first trip they ever went on was when Libby Bushell invited me to volunteer helping with the outdoor trips. We did back backing and camping, and a little bit of climbing,” Gustafson said. It was familiar territory on trails and hikes across Kachemak Bay at places such as Red Mountan. “We did a lot of camping with my family when I was younger, and I had been climbing a lot.”

HoWL program promises evening of adventure

Homer’s HoWLers are howling more loudly than ever, summoning an “Evening of Adventure” that will take Homer on a virtual expedition into the wild.
Homer Wilderness Leaders, known as HoWL, just completed its third season of bringing kids into the mountains and woods of Alaska on two-to-seven-day expeditions including hiking, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, surfing and mountaineering.

Homer takes first at Eagle River DDF tourney

Nineteen students from Homer High School competed in the Eagle River Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament this weekend. Homer students did very well as a team, finishing in first place overall. They also earned several individual-student awards. Homer finishers are as follows:   Lincoln-Douglas Debate Adi Davis – 5th place in Speaker Points, Quarter-Finalist Public […]

Local students gain recognition

Homer High students win AP awards Five of the 10 students who earned a 2010 Advanced Placement Scholar Awards were Homer High School Students, a release from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced Tuesday morning. Jason Baird, son of Steve and Marie Baird, won a AP Scholar with Distinction Award for earning an average […]

DDF: Not just for thespians and overachievers

For many students, starting something new can be both exciting, and frightening. But when that something new is Drama, Debate and Forensics, the outlet through which students can work through those feelings of anxiety, nervousness and fear is automatically built in.

Student enrollment numbers run the gamut

Shifts in school populations caught the attention of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Steve Atwater last week when the first numbers came in from Homer.
At McNeil Canyon Elementary School, 16 fewer students enrolled than anticipated. West Homer is down by 22 students, and Paul Banks Elementary class rolls record 32 fewer than expected.

Subduing the long winter break boredom

If the first weekend of Christmas break has already seen your youngsters bouncing off the walls from candy cane-induced sugar overload, it’s certainly not too early to consider how to keep those school-starved offspring entertained throughout the remainder of their time off.

More Thanksgiving recipes

Four of Brandon Young’s first-grade student recipes were inadvertently left out of last week’s Homer Tribune. We have included their recipes for Thanksgiving use next year. Natalie’s Turkey Ingredients: Turkey Directions: First you put it in the oven then take it out of the oven. Then stuff it. Roger’s Chocolate Pie Ingredients: Dough, Crust, Egg, […]

‘Someday soon you’ll speak English just fine’

Students at Kachemak Bay Campus studying English as a second language are finding much more than just basic instruction from volunteer teachers Jane Regan and Kyra Wagner; they’re finding a welcoming home.
Volunteer tutor Jane Regan and GED examiner Kyra Wagner were each recently recognized by the Alaska Adult Education Association for their teaching efforts. Regan brought home the “Rising Star” award, while Wagner picked up recognition as Volunteer of the Year.
KBC Director Carol Swartz announced the awards Friday, outlining the two tutors’ special talents in working with each of their students.

Learning to live fantastic without plastics

As beaches around Kachemak Bay began to empty of trash – thanks to CoastWalk 2009 clean-up efforts – the walls at the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies began filling up with art.
So far, McNeil Elementary School has gathered the most beach trash – about 1,800 pounds worth – and they have the artwork on exhibit to prove it.

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