Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007

The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood education profession, awarded Samantha Adams, of Juneau, a Child Development Associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children.

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Every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children or families by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment. Childcare staff and parents wanting information on CDA should write to the Council for Professional Recognition, 2460 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20009-3575, or call (202) 265-9090 or (800) 424-4310.


Amanda Jordan, former resident of Eagle River, Anchorage, Ketchikan and Fort Richardson, is a finalist for the Seattle Supersonics/Storm National Basketball Association Dance Team. She has made it past three rounds of eliminations, and now it comes down to the public's vote. Vote for Jordan online between 4 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday at More information about Jordan can be found on her Web site,


Jessica Arasmith graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine receiving her doctoral hood and taking her physicians oath on June 2. She received her Indian Health Pathway Certification from the University of Washington School of Medicine - Native American Center of Excellence in a Blanket Ceremony.

Arasmith started her residency program at Loma Linda Childrens Hospital in California. After residency, she plans to return to Alaska to work as a pediatrician. A 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, born and raised in Juneau, she is the daughter of Susan Arasmith and Arthur Stockton, and granddaughter of Patricia Arasmith.

Arasmith's family thanks the Juneau community. Arasmith may be contacted at


Kathleen "Kat" Vinson, who earned an early promotion to Specialist E-4, received, on Aug. 2 at Ford Hood, Texas, the Command Sergeant Major's Coin of Excellence from Sgt. Tweedy, who nominated her for the award. Vinson is the daughter of Rayme and Eleanor Vinson and daughter-in-law of Doug and Joan Harvey, all of Juneau. She is a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and is a nurse at Carl R. Darnall Army Community Hospital in Fort Hood.

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