Posted: Friday, June 08, 2007

John Allen was placed on the dean's list with highest honors for the 2007 spring semester at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. Allen is the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the recipient of the Alumni Scholarship and the Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship. He is the son of Bill and Vinessa Allen.

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The Juneau Symphony announced Wednesday, May 30, the winners of its 2007 Youth Concerto Competition. The competition featured four young musicians from Southeast Alaska: Colin Zheng, Pauline Zheng, Stephen Young and Ross Venneberg.

In the senior division, top honors went to 16-year-old Young, who played R. Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Bass Tuba. The Juneau Symphony also awarded an honorable mention to Venneberg, 16, for his "Concerto for Coloratura Soprano," by R. Gliere. In the junior division, the top performance went to Colin Zheng, 13, for his "Violin Concerto in A minor," by J.B. Accolay. The Juneau Symphony's conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett, concertmaster Steve Tada, and principal trombonist Jack Hodges judged the competition.

As the grand prize winner, Young will perform his winning piece next summer with the Juneau Symphony. Young will be a junior at the Juneau Douglas High School next year. He studies tuba with high school music teacher Ken Guiher. Sitka resident, Venneberg will perform also with the Juneau Symphony next summer. Colin Zheng studies violin with music instructor Guo Hua Xia. He will play his winning concerto with the Juneau Student Symphonies next season.

The annual competition is open to all young musicians in Southeast Alaska. Applications for the 2008 competition will be available in January 2008. For more information, contact the Juneau Symphony office at 586-HORN (4676).


Every semester the Floyd Dryden Middle School technology class awards the Golden Keyboard to the fastest typer. This semester sixth-grader Jimmy Busch won with 50 words per minute, seventh-grader Colton Welch won with 79 words per minute and eighth-grader Kacie Beltran won with 73 words per minute.


Nathan D. Austin, son of David E. and Donna E. Austin, of Hoonah, graduated with a Bachelors of Art on May 27 from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Austin, who majored in English, enterd Amherst after attending Mt. Bether Bible Center in Hoonah.


Jackie Ryan, the daughter of Jim and Laura Ryan, of Juneau, made the dean's list for the third time at Lewis-Clark State College, in Lewiston, Idaho. Her grade-point average is 3.4. She will graduate in December with a degree in early childhood development.


Lindsey Mondich, of Juneau, was among the Harding University students included in the school's dean's list for grades achieved during the spring semester 2007. Mondich is a sophomore majoring in nursing.


Karl Twelker graduated Magna Cum Laude in physics from Middlebury College on May 27. He will enter the doctoral program in physics at Stanford University this fall.


Juneau residents Kathryn Jean Diebels, Gretchen Mary Dierking and Leif Eric Olsen were among the Western Washington University students included on the honor roll for fall quarter.


Juneau residents Colin Macajah Dukes, Bachelor of Arts in geography; Jennifer Ann Kern, Bachelor of Science in business administration management; Emily Elizabeth Smith, Bachelor of Science in biology, cellular emphasis; and William Jeffrey Wyatt, Bachelor of Arts in history graduated from Western Washington University during the fall quarter.


The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Board of Directors selected on Tuesday Vice President of Community Health Services Mark Gorman as interim President/CEO. Gorman will oversee the transition period following Saturday's sudden death of president/CEO Ken Brewer.

Gorman has been vice president of community health services since 1989. He was deputy director of community health services from 1987-89. His division provides services to 19 rural villages in Southeast Alaska. These services include training and supervising community health aides and community wellness advocates, providing medical, dental and behavioral health services, residential substance abuse treatment, emergency medical services and training, community family service workers, environmental health, injury prevention and health promotion.

Gorman has also worked with Refugees International in Sri Lanka and Iraq, and worked with the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia, northern Iraq and Thailand. He was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic and worked with the Peace Corps in Hawaii and Papua New Guinea. He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Sitka from 1978-80. During his tenure at SEARHC, Gorman served on the boards for the Alaska Center for Rural Health (1991-2002), the Alaska Public Health Association (1994-98) and the Alaska Primary Care Association (2001-04).


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