Story last updated at 2:19 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2002

Student News
Mari Turtainen of Anchor Point has completed her studies for an associate degree in nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y. An emergency medical technician with the Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department, Turtainen did all her studies and testing through the Excelsior College distance education program.

Homer Middle School staff named Sierra Smith the school's Outstanding Student for the Kenai Masonic Lodge's Outstanding Student Awards Program. At a ceremony on Thursday, April 18 at Kenai Central High School, she received a plaque, books and a $50 savings bond. The awards program honors students from each Kenai Peninsula School.

Valisa Higman of Seldovia was named to Phi Beta Kappa at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Ore. Higman is a psychology major.

Homer Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2002-2003 school year. Children who will be ages 3 or 4 by Aug. 15 are eligible. Apply at Head Start, 1266 Ocean Drive, Suite C, the Public Health Office at 195 E. Bunnell Ave., Suite C, the Family Learning Center at 813 East End Road or the Homer Job Service at 270 W. Pioneer Ave. Call 235-4322.

Wednesday, May 1 is the deadline to apply for Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships for foreign study at the bachelor's or master's level. Applications are available by calling Tom Craig at 235-0351 or by visiting

Thanks to a grant from Wells Fargo Bank, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies sponsors two $500 scholarships for students studying the natural sciences. One scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from the lower Kenai Peninsula and the second is awarded to a student already attending a college or university. High school students should apply by Tuesday, April 30 and college students by Friday, May 31. Applications are available from counselors or from the CACS office on Lake Street. Call 235-6667.