Academic recognitions

Steffan Wilcox


Steffan Wilcox, Juneau-Douglas High School class of 2009, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 29, 2013, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

His first base assignment will be being Vandenberg Air Force Base, California 30th Space Missile Wing. Wilcox graduates with an academic rank of 147 of 1028. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor society. Throughout his career at USAFA he held positions in his cadet squadron as training clerk, training NCO, element leader, assistant training officer and safety officer.

He earned his solo glider wings August 2010 and was selected for Student Instructor Pilot training and T-53A flight training. Wilcox recently co-presented a senior engineering project to Applied Research Associates of Albuquerque, N.M.

Wilcox would like to thank those who helped him achieve his ambition to attend one of our nation’s five prestigious military service academies.


Sarah Donohoe

Juneau resident and University of Portland sophomore Sarah Donohoe has received an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Donohoe, a biology major, will receive funding for both her junior and senior years as well as a summer internship. Donohoe is the first University of Portland student to win this award.

“I’ll be headed to NOAA headquarters in Maryland for a week this summer to get oriented into the program and set up with a mentor,” Donohoe said. “What I end up doing depends on the research my mentor is involved in within NOAA.”

Donohoe knew she wanted to be involved with NOAA since her days as a student at Juneau-Douglas High School.

“I’d love to certify as a science diver and work collecting data and doing research for a time,” Donohoe said. “I plan to go to graduate school for marine science either in Hawaii or Alaska.”


Merijke Coenraad

Merijke Coenraad of Juneau was awarded a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude degree during Creighton University’s commencement ceremony on May 18, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., presided. Lannon, a 1973 graduate of the University, is the first alum to serve as president of Creighton. About 1,600 degrees were conferred during Creighton University’s spring commencement.


Madeline Hess-Maple

Madeline Hess-Maple of Juneau has graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Hess-Maple is the daughter of Christine Hess and Eric Maple and a 2008 graduate of Charles Wright Academy.

About 350 degrees were conferred during Whitman’s Commencement ceremony May 19 in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 family members, faculty, staff and guests. The event was held on the scenic South Lawn of Whitman’s Memorial Building, and crowned a celebratory weekend of activities including the 50-year reunion of the Class of 1963, and the college’s traditional Baccalaureate ceremony. English comedian Eric Idle, a founding member of Monty Python, served as the 2013 Commencement Speaker.


Katherine Lukshin

Katherine Lukshin of Juneau has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Lukshin is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences.


John Joyce

Rev. Augustine Kelly, O.S.B., dean of the college, announced that John J. Joyce, a Business major, was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2013 semester at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH. Joyce, a resident of Auke Bay, is a member of the class of 2016. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile a grade point average of 3.0 or better.


Thunder Mountain High School

On Friday, May 24, the following students were awarded academic honors in an all-school celebration assembly. 

Science Department: Amber White, Erin Buhler, Grace Stauffer, Terra Pierce, Dylan Williams

Math Department: Algebra 1: Uziel Perez and Ethan Dagemijan; Geometry: Megan Peterson, Erin Buhler, and Lucie Roger; Algebra 2/trig: Ron Hansen, Max Suzuki, and Danielle Steinman; Pre-Calculus: Alex Iliev and Jamie Barnhill; Calculus: Rafael Sales.

English Department: Creative Writing: Katrina Greenlief; Contribution: Tatiana King; Most prepared: Avery Bunton and Chloe Varner; Critical Thinking: Honesty Zahnd, Medora Rorick, Dugan Paddock, and Darin Donahoe; Poetry Out Loud: Daemon Cook; Best Read Aloud: Tate Pollard and Josiah Martin

Social Studies: Honors History: Terra Pierce; Above Self: Gabe Donahoe; Work Ethic: Emily Adams; Outstanding History: Bradley Peterson; Outstanding Foreign Exchange: Ilya Tolmachev

Foreign Language: Russian: Dylan Taylor, BJ Sautao, Avery Bunton; French: Medora Rorick, Lauren Rabago, Michael Lohrey; Spanish: Kaitlyn Nelson, Jamie Barnhill, Cynthia Cabello

Art: Ceramics: Zach Gianotti; Digital Arts: Sheridan Cook; Painting: Avery Bunton; Mixed media: Izzy Christiansen; Drawing: Michael Limbaugh; Adv Studio Arts: Mackenzie Parker

Yearbook: Gabe Donahoe and Mikayla Ibias

Business: Work Readiness: Joy Elizarde; Desktop Publishing: Sarah Woods; Entrepreneur: Jonathon Funk and Laura Sidney; Work Ethic: Mercedes Tran-Kwong and Kaitlyn Nelson


Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation awards Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship

Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees has announced recipients of the Grace and Phil Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. These $5,000 per year scholarships are awarded to full-time students from Southeast Alaska who pursue a degree in a health sciences field at an accredited college or university and who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Karissa Jackson

The Trustees elected to renew the scholarship for Karissa Jackson of Juneau. Karissa first received the Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Karissa will be an intern at SEARHC this summer, gaining further experience in several health care fields of interest.

Mamie Clair

The Trustees also renewed the scholarship for Mamie Clare of Sitka. Mamie will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing or physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound, also in Tacoma, WA.

Linsey Tomaro

The Trustees additionally awarded two new scholarships, to Linsey Tomaro and Morgan Ramseth, both of whom are from Juneau. Linsey has completed her junior year at Pacific Lutheran University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with the goal of becoming a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. She will be job shadowing a physician assistant and volunteering at Bartlett Regional Hospital this summer to gain more insight into her career path.

Morgan Ramseth

Morgan received a Certificate in Pre-Nursing from the University of Alaska-Southeast and is currently working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She will enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Alaska-Anchorage in January, 2014.

These Scholarships were made possible by an Endowment from the Estate of Grace and Phil Edelman to Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation in 2007. The Edelmans served the community of Juneau for many years. They wished, through their Endowment, to provide financial assistance to students wanting to pursue study in a health sciences field and to encourage their return to practice in Southeast Alaska.

For more information on the Edelman Scholarship or Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, call 463-5704.


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