The Juneau-Douglas High School Drama, Debate and Forensics Team finished second in drama at the recent Alaska State DDF Competition in Anchorage. Out of a 15-member team, 12 finished in the top six places in the state.
Shanae’a Moore, a senior at JDHS, won first place in humorous interpretation, and was one of only five state winners to be awarded a Command Performance. Moore also qualified for the National Forensics League National Competition in June; however, she will not be able to perform due to a prior commitment with Juneau Dance Unlimited’s Fine Arts Camp this summer.
Here’s a look at the other JDHS winners.
Dramatic interpretation: Shanae’a Moore, second place; Ellen Dyar, fifth place
Solo acting: Macrina Erickson, fifth place
Duet acting: Taylor Vidic and Nathan Fosket, second place; Ellen Dyar and McLean Cannon, fifth place
Pantomime: Mitchell Cabrigas and Hope McCraw-Hay, third place; Nathan Fosket, fifth place; Fisher Stevens and Jasmin Evans, sixth place
Reader’s theater: Shanae’a Moore, Ellen Dyar, Aria Moore, and Macrina Erickson, sixth place
Duo interpretation: Taylor Vidic and Nathan Fosket, third place
Domestic extemporaneous speaking: Orion Cohen, sixth place
Public forum debate: Orion Cohen and Leo Steedle, fourth place.
Lydia Elaine Mills has been invited to participate in a student youth caucus organized by the National Forest Service on the Land Management Planning Proposed Rule, March 10 in Washington, D.C. The Planning Rule is a draft rule that establishes procedure for public comment on Forest Service planning and policy.
Mills, who is attending Grinnell College in Iowa as a first-year student, has been invited along with six other students from California, the Southwest and Alaska to write and present her opinion on the Rule at the National Forum. The student caucus will share their findings, interact with participants, and submit their essays as formal comment on the Rule.
Mills grew up attending school in Juneau, and spent her summers food gathering in Hoonah and Excursion Inlet with her brother, Thomas, and father, Thomas L. Mills, Sr., along with members of the Mills, Belarde and Isturis families.
Mills believes the Proposed Rule is important because “it affects not only our natural resources but the cultures that rely on those resources,” she said.
Mills was recommended to take part in the Forum as a youth participant by Ben Van Allen, her supervisor last summer in Excursion Inlet where she worked as a fish technician with the Forest Service and the Hoonah Indian Association.
Mills graduated with honors from Juneau-Douglas High School in June 2010. Her mother, Jane Lindsey, and stepfather, Ross Soboleff, live in Juneau.
Mills is the subject of the book, “Meet Lydia,” written by Miranda Belarde-Lewis, published by the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute in 2005.
A team of middle school Mathletes from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition held on Feb. 12. MATHCOUNTS competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.
A total of 20 students from three middle schools competed in the MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition. The three schools were from the Juneau area: Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School and the Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program. Each school had one official team of four students participating and in addition, the three schools brought eight additional students competing as official individuals. Only official contestants are eligible for the state competition.
Teachers, coaches and students have been preparing for the competition since early fall. Students competed in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects which include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners received prizes and trophies.
Members of the winning team from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School, coached by Tina Pasteris and Mary Borthwick, are: James Cheng (second place, individual), Forest Kobayashi (fourth place, individual), Martina Worden (sixth place, individual) and Soren Thompson (ninth place, individual). The team will now advance to the state competition, to be held in Fairbanks on March 26.
In addition to the top team, the top two individuals not on the qualifying team will advance to the state competition. Those individuals are: Jamie Barnhill (first place individual) from Floyd Dryden Middle School and Aidan Seid (third place individual) from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School.
The second place team from Floyd Dryden Middle School was coached by Kirstie Dye and the third place team from Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program was coached by Craig Wilson.
MATHCOUNTS is a volunteer non-profit organization. National sponsors cover expenses at the national competition, but all State and Chapter competition expenses are funded locally. The costs of promoting academic excellence are considerable and none of this is possible without the generous support of local sponsors, who include Alaska Energy Engineering LLC, B2 Engineering, Inc., Boreal Controls, Gorman Engineers, Electric Power Systems, Haight & Associates, Inc., Jensen Yorba Lott, Inc., MRV Architects, Morris Engineering Group, Murray & Associates, P. C., NorthWind Architects, LLC, PND Engineering Inc., R & M Engineering - Ketchikan, Tetra Tech Inc. and Wilson Engineering Inc. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.