The following individuals are serving as Senate pages for the 26th Alaska Legislature's first Senate session, from Jan. 20 to April 19:
Dave Langlee was born in North Dakota, later moved to the Seattle area and then attended Washington State University in Eastern Washington. He was an active member of Alpha Tau Omega, where he served as the philanthropy chairman and public relations chairman. He moved to Juneau after college and is currently working towards developing a graphic arts portfolio to pursue a career in the field of marketing or advertising.
Ellen Peyton was born in Galveston, Texas, to a Coast Guard family. She moved to Juneau in 1994 and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2007. She enjoys art, especially pottery, and was awarded the JDHS Art Department Award in 2007. She also won the art competition for Alaska's Oceanography Bowl in 2007. Peyton has been attending the University of Alaska Southeast and is currently taking this semester off to be a page.
Amanda Behrends was born and raised in Juneau and is a 2005 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School. She moved to Portland, Ore., where she earned an associate's degree in hospitality management, graduating magna cum laude from Western Culinary Institute in 2007. She returned to Juneau this past summer and attended the University of Alaska Southeast last fall. She will enroll in the Elementary Education program in the fall. Behrends is an active member of the Juneau Rotaract Club and enjoys being involved in the community.
"The opportunity to learn about Alaska state government first hand as a Senate page during our historic 50th year of statehood was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Behrends said.
Greta Thibodeau was born and raised in Juneau, like her parents and her grandfathers, who were both lifelong residents. After graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2004, she attended Whitworth University, where she was on the varsity soccer team. Thibodeau is a two-time Athlete/Scholar All-American and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in kinesiology. In Juneau, she enjoys running, skiing and being outdoors with her dogs. After the session, she plans to attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner.
Brynna Slater, daughter of Adrian Slater and Justine Emerson, of Juneau, was one of 47 students at Grove City College who completed graduation requirements in December 2008 and January 2009. Slater will obtain a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology.
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School recently released its honor roll students for the second quarter.
Sixth grade All-A honor roll: Cora Bontrager, Michael Dale, Chantel Eckland, Hary Czar Elizarde, Sarah Endicott, Brita Fagerstrom, Timothy Flanagan, Caitlyn Hammond, Samantha Heidersdorf, Katerina Johnson, Toni Kelly, Nathan Klein, Leah Liebelt, Kylah Moises, Manon Paul, Adriana Pintang, Emily Reyes, Victoria Ross, Sinead Scholl, Benjamin ScudderMegan SheufeltTessa SmithMorgan SpargoDanielle SteinmanYana Warner, Brayden Wrightson, Jasmin Yadao and Ashley Young.
Sixth grade honor roll: Lily Baastrup, Aurora Bodine, Hannah Brockmann, Jacob Calloway, Elle Campbell, Cole Cheeseman, Jollene Chup, Katherine Coleman, Laura Coleman, Agnes D'Cafango, Kristen Dalton, Bailey Davenport, Armando De Asis, Patrice DeAsis, Austin Desatoff, Shannon Dewar, Kristen Dutson, Amber Ecklund, Adam Empson, Remberto Franco, Quincy Gregg, Justice Harris, Jurny Hinz, Jason Hock, Emma Hopkins, Connor Hosier, Tatyanna Isaacs, Katherine Janes, Robert Janes, James Johnnie, Megan Johnson, Rick Johnson, Celeste Kalmakoff, Hanna Kim, Jasper Keir MacNaughton, Brady Mallinger, Abigail Maloney-Sheakley, Robert Markovich, Lyle Martin, Lillian Marvin, Simeon Mazon, Monica McFadden, Ian McGonegal, Reece Milks, Trace Mitchell, Shane Moller, Logan Moser, Haley Ogoy, Casandra Partin, Victoria Perez, Knute Phillips, Liam Porter-Bell, Liana Porter-Bell, Henry Prussing, Kendall Roberts, Sofia Schneider, Gunnar Schultz, Luke Sewell, Anthony Sexton, Sage Stirling, Dominique Stitt, Dylan Taylor, Jacob Thibodeau, Erika Tripp, Kaipo Tseu, Catherine Walsh, Isabelle Watts, Couric West, Jonathan Weston, Quinn White and Joshua Williams.
Seventh grade all-A honor roll: Katelyn Baertsch, Kayla Balovich, Justin Bellagh, Lucas Browning, Savannah Cayce, Neal Chapman, Orion Cohen, Michaela Demmert, David Dumesnil, Kiana Ford, Emma Good, Ariana Gross, Alexandra Hiley, Courtney Jones, Emily Keithahn, Sarah Landen, Kristopher Lowry, Melanya Mason, Marylynn Meiners, Stephen Mell, Mariell Mendoza, Haley Mertz, Julian Minne, Naomi Moritz, Zachary Morris, Rebekka Ord, Ethan Seid, Cheyenne Siverly, Ruby Steedle, Nicholas Stewart, Amalia Tamone, Eliza Walker and Tyler Young.
Seventh grade honor roll: Samuel Adam, Venice Noel Algabre, Billy Bacon, Connor Barelli, William Benning, Jessica Billy, Seth Bodine, Joseph Calnan, Hannah Cassell, Sarah Cerne, Rahul Chhabria, Michael Conkle, John Connolly, Teresa Cunan, Gabriel Donohoe, Zachary Easton, Jason Ecklund, Barbara Edenshaw, Jacob Estenson, Kaitlin Fagerstrom, Townsend Fletcher, Toriana Fogg, Jack Garrard, Riley Goldrich, Francisco Gonzales Ortiz, Mariah Gosling, Cody Graves, Jonah Graves, Sara Heath, Breanna Helf, Debra Hersrud, Skyler High, Roxie Hildebrand, Nadja Hotch, McKenzie Hunt, Kalino Iha, Kellen Johansen, Catalino Johnson, Gina Kim, Stefania Kristjansson, Christina Lara, Abram Leigh, Destiny Martin, Megan McAllister, Aleisha McCormick, Sabrina Meredith, Brittany Meyer, Thomas Morrow, Brooke Moss, Jason Nguyen, Kathryn Noreen, Mackenzie Parker, William Pollard, Jesse Quick, Sarah Quigley, Jerrica Razpotnik, John Reid, Elias Romanoff, Molly Sanders, Thea Sangster, Kyle Schimanski, Dakota Scranton, Kordell Searles, Valarie Skelton, Delores Smith, Justine Roi Soriano, Shawn Stearns, Kyle Stephens, Kevin Suryan, Caitlyn Taboada, Kathe Tallmadge, Derik Vance, Kathryn Vandor, Thieu Vu, Kylie Waggoner, Mersade Wells, Barclay Weyhrauch, Rhiannon Wiederspohn, Ravyn Williams, Erick Willis and Keenan Wright.
Eighth grade all-A honor roll: Taylor Baker, Matthew Campbell, Caleb Cave, Rachel Doogan, Aileen Funk, Blue Hamilton, Felisha Hope, Juliana Lukshin, Colleen Luna, Spencer Lunda, Christianne Lou Mariano, Sarah Paul, Chelsea Peterson, Kyle Phillips, Talyn Ramos, Reilly Schrader-Dee, Esra Siddeek, Kevin Sigler, Leo Steedle, Anna Thompson, Kendra Wittwer, Martin Woodby and Gabriella Worden.
Eighth grade honor roll: Julianna Bibb, John Bozarth, Marissa Brakes, Aquino Brinson, Luke Brockmann, Connor Brown, Nicholas Bursell, Evan Carnahan, Savana Carroll, Jocelyn Cayce, Madison Cook, Cristian Crabtree, Donovan Culp, Jericho Severo Erasmo, Taylee Escalante, Nicolas Ettinger, Jestoni Feliciano, Hannah Finochio, Amberli Fitka, Angela Flores, Tianna-Jae Garcia, Gerald Gardner, Zoe George, Nolan Harvey, Ryan Harvey, Tarra Hayward, Marc Heifetz, Darbee Hickok, Stephan Hildebrand, Kristen Hosier, Linda Hubbard, Logan Hulse, Angela James, Denise Johnson, Stefan Jones, Laela Kegler, Brian Kenyon, Eli Kesten-Brackett, Rohan Kishore, Riley Leary, Jackson Lehnhart, Liam Macaulay, Natasha Madsen, John Mallinger, Michelle Massad, Kyler Mitchell, Natalie Montez, Aria Moore, Sierra Mow, Nicole Neussendorfer, Ellis Notmeyer, Bernadette Osborne, Heather Pavlik, Fernando Pintang, Kieran Poulson-Edwards, Robert Quick, Stephen Ringle, David Russell-Jensen, Thelea Savlick, Dalton Small, Rochelle Smallwood, Trevor Smith, Jasper Soriano, Samantha Sportel, Derec Steinman, Avery Stewart, Ryan Story, Clover Strickling, Shawn Taylor, Thomas Thompson, Eyerusalem Tingley, Liana Tseu, Taylor Tucker, Darcie Wall, Hugh Watts, Paul Whitehead, Jason Williams, Emily Winters and Calen Young.
Jared Burns, of Juneau, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Morehead State University in Kentucky.
Spc. Austen Clair, of Juneau, is serving in Iraq with the Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Wainwright. While on patrol, he came upon two baby goats in an abandoned house, his mother said. After "rescuing" them, one returned the favor by chewing on his helmet, she said. The son of Rick Clair and Lynda Giguere, of Juneau, Clair is stationed in Diyala Province, Iraq.
Merijke Coenraad, student body secretary at Juneau-Douglas High School, and Marcus Farquhar, of Wasilla, were recently chosen among hundreds of applicants to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the U.S. Senate Youth Program's 47th annual Washington Week, to be held March 7-14 in Washington, D.C.
Each year, this competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students - two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity - to Washington, D.C., for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, the foundation grants each of the student delegates a $5,000 college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are provided by the foundation.
Coenraad has held leadership positions in student council, band, National Honor Society and Youth for Environmental Action. While maintaining a 3.96 grade-point average, she devoted countless hours to organizing the 350 delegate statewide Alaska Association of Student Governments Conference. From teaching preschoolers in Sunday school to winning a state tennis championship, Merijke gives her all to her commitments.
Scott Spickler and Linda Egan, of New York Life Insurance Co.'s Juneau office, recently introduced their newest agent, Juneau resident Zachary T. Kohan.
Over the past several months, Kohan has participated in New York Life's rigorous agent training program, NYLIC University. This training has helped give Kohan the ability to understand clients' distinct insurance and financial objectives and draw upon New York Life's resources to effectively work with clients to meet them.
"Having the ability to present insurance and financial options for individuals and assist in their family's potential security is very rewarding for all of our agents," Spickler said.
Born and raised in Juneau, Kohan graduated from and played baseball for William Jewell College in Kansas City, Mo., majoring in business with an emphasis in entrepreneurial leadership. His parents are Tom and Trish Kohan, and his siblings include one sister, Michael, and two brothers, Patrick and Joseph. Kohan and his fiancé, Amanda Bergmann, thoroughly enjoy the outdoors of Southeast Alaska. The couple is intent and excited to become a permanent fixture in the Juneau community.