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Story last updated at 2:44 PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Student / Military Briefs


Benjamin Hawkenson

Hawkenson heads for Marines

After a summer of setnet fishing in the Ninilchik area, Benjamin Hawkenson, a 2011 Homer High School graduate, will be heading south for U.S. Marine boot camp. Hawkenson was active in high school wrestling and football and was an assistant coach for middle school students involved in both sports. He is the son of Regina and Edwin Mauras. "He chose the Marines because they are the type of unit that is duty bound and proud," said Regina Mauras. "He says that it best matches his own personal motto, 'Yes I can,' which is tattoed on his arm." Mauras' father, Charles Olson, served in the U.S. Air Force and "would definitely be a proud man," said Mauras, adding, "And I am awesomely proud. Kids like him don't grow on trees."


Ivan M. Radtke

Radtke returns from Iraq

Ivan M. Radtke recently transferred from 2-7 Infantry B and is currently stationed in Fort Stewart, Ga. Radtke joined the Army in May 2008, graduating from basic training as a combat engineer at Fort Leonardwood base in September 2008. He was commissioned to serve in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. He graduated from Mt. Edgecombe High School in 2008. His parents are Nancy and Michael Radtke of Nanwalek.

Kleine receives academic award

Nancy Kleine of Homer was among the 34 graduate students of the University of Scranton who were honored for their academic achievements at the College of Graduate and Continuing Education commencement ceremony. The Jesuit university conferred a record 700 master's degrees and 46 doctoral degrees in physical therapy at the ceremony. Kleine earned the Outstanding Academic Award in Educational Administration.

Mangum earns nursing degree

Bradley Dee Mangum of Homer graduated from Samford University May 14 with a master of science degree in nursing. The private university is located in Alabama and has an enrollment of 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in eight schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, law, nursing and pharmacy.

Two graduate from OSU

Kelliann McCune graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis on June 11 with a bachelor of science degree in animal sciences. Levi F. Kilcher was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy, Oceanography certificate from Oregon State University.

Robinson earns bachelor of arts

Amelia L. Robinson, daughter of Bruce and Kathy Robinson, graduated with honors from University of Montana in Missoula. She received a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in gerontology and human and family studies. She is a 2007 graduate of Homer High School.

Lambert on honor roll

Aurora J. Lambert of Anchor Point is among 11 Alaskans to make the Spring 2011 academic Dean's honor roll at University of Wyoming in Laramie. To be eligible for the honor roll, students must be enrolled in 12 credits or more and earn at 3.4 or better grade point average.