East class lays foundation for library

Above: Inspired by an idea from classmate Tyson Duboc, Judith Phillips’ fourth-grade class at East Elementary has been raising money to benefit the new Kodiak Public Library building project. Through daily announcements, posters and collection jugs in every East Elementary classroom, the fourth-graders raised more than $130 as of last Friday. Left: A collection jug is seen in the fourth-grade classroom of Judith Phillips.

(James Brooks photos)

Old Harbor student leaders

Two Old Harbor teens, Kailey Shugak and Chris Ignatin, joined a diverse group of teenagers from communities around the state for a week-long Civics and Conservation Summit in Juneau last week through Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a program of National Wildlife Federation.

On March 22, the students gathered at the steps of the Alaska State Capitol to present three elected officials with the 2012 AYEA Legislator of the Year award. Those honored were Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, for their work championing issues the teens care about, including protecting Bristol Bay, stopping genetically modified fish, providing funding for school lunches, and coastal zone management.

Shugak and Ignatin spoke with Stevens and Rep. Alan Austerman about Kodiak issues.

Academic accolades

• Margaret (Maggie) Schmitt, a 2008 graduate of Kodiak High School, was awarded a grant from the Community Learning Through America’s Schools (CLASS) program of the National Education Association’s student program. The grant funded bilingual books to first-graders and second-graders and reading stories to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in connection with Read Across America on March 2.

In addition, Schmitt received the Indiana Student Education Association’s Outstanding Local Student Leader Award for the 2011-2012 school year.

• Mayville State University in North Dakota announced that Dylan Kavanaugh of Kodiak has been awarded a non-resident merit scholarship.

Dylan is the son of Dan and Margaret Kavanaugh and will graduate this spring from Kodiak High School. He will enroll at Mayville State as a freshman in fall 2012 to pursue a degree in sports management. He will also be playing football for the Comets football team.

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