Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Juneau Chapter of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 has awarded two scholarships for the 2010/2011 academic year.

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Photos Courtesy Of Asea/Afscme Local 52
Photos Courtesy Of Asea/Afscme Local 52

The recipient of the scholarship for the child of a Juneau Chapter member was August Browning. Browning is in his third year at Dartmouth College, and he plans to double major in economics and theater. In Southeast, Browning has worked as an archaeological intern, performed in plays at Juneau-Douglas High School, formed an improvisational comedy group, participated in science fairs, varsity cross country running, soccer, track, National Ocean Science Bowl, substitute taught and tutored calculus, in addition to holding jobs to pay for his education.

The recipient of the scholarship for a Juneau Chapter member was Edwell John. John is attending the University of Alaska Southeast while working for the Department of Health and Social Services as a Training Specialist II. John established a live online training program for this department. He is working for a bachelor of business administration and plans to continue on to receive a master of business administration.

The Juneau Chapter congratulates both of the scholarship recipients and hopes that education will help advance their career goals.


Kids who visit any of the three Juneau public libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. They may enter the drawing by writing a book review on forms available at the libraries or online at This is open to all ages through teens. Thanks to local businesses for their generous support.

Audrey Welling, age nine, won a gift certificate from the Alaska Fudge Company. She read "Enemy Watch" by Carolyn Keene. "It was very exciting," Welling said. "I could really get into it!"

Alex Stevens, age six, won a gift certificate to Rainy Retreat Books for reading "The Magic Toy Box" by Rodney Peppe. "Every single page had Pongo (name of the magical animal in the story)," said Stevens.

Ella Spencer, age five, won a tram pass for herself and an adult from the Mt. Roberts Tramway. She read "Granite Baby" by Lynne Bertrand. Said Spencer, "I thought the baby was funny, but it was made out of stone, but it was real."

Amina Armstrong, age nine, won a gift certificate from Nugget Alaskan Outfitters. She read "Juliet Dove, Queen of Love" by Bruce Coville. "It's interesting and magical," she said.

Sam Marnon, age six (almost seven), won a gift certificate to the Amazing Bookstore. He read "Hiromi's Hands" by Lynne Barasch, "...because I like sushi and I like the knife and the hand roll."

Isabelle Wassilie, age eight, won a gift from the Bear's Lair. She read "Nate the Great and the Stolen Base" by Marjorie Sharmat and thought the book was great "...because Nate the Great solved the mystery of where the octopus was." She also drew a picture of the octopus.


Two Juneau students, Erika Lyn Rothchild and Robin Michael Sylvester, have graduated from Washington State University this past semester.

Rothchild attained her bachelor of arts in sociology.

Sylvester attained his bachelor of arts in foreign languages and Cultures, magna cum laude and bachelor of arts in political Science, magna cum laude.


Megan Behnke, a student at Juneau-Douglas High School, has been selected to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2010 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors. She is one of 65 students who were selected from 122 applicants from across the United States. Her attendance is supported in part by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and the City and Borough of Juneau.

The Summer Seminar, started in 1981, is a rigorous two-week program designed for a select group of theater students who have recently completed their junior year in high school. Students stay on the campus at Southern Oregon University, where OSF's theater professionals present workshops and forums on a variety of topics.


Kelsey E. Preston, of Juneau has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2010 semester at the University of Vermont. Preston is a junior microbiology major in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

To be named to the dean's lists, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

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