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Recognitions

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010

Steffan Wilcox, a 2009 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, completed his first successful year attending United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. On June 24, 2009, he entered the USAFA Class of 2013 "Best to Be Seen" (class motto) with 1,368 other cadets (277 of whom were women). Steffan is currently ranked 196 out the remaining1,201 class of 2013.

He made the Dean's list both semesters, with a fall semester 3.5 GPA and a spring semester 3.36 GPA. Cadets are eligible to wear a Silver Star on their uniform for recognition of making the Dean's list. Steffan's first academic year courses were, Chemistry 110, Engineering 101, Calc III, Physics 110 Honors, Physics 215 Honors, Differential Equations, Intermediate Spanish II, Behavioral Science, Computer Science, English Literature, Swimming, Water Survival and Boxing. Steffan continued his summer courses at the Air Force Academy with Combat Survival Training, Global Engagement and Soaring (USAFA's glider program). On July 30, 2010 Steffan earned his Soaring Solo Wings.

Steffan's fall 2010 semester started on Aug. 5 as a "Three Degree" (sophomore) majoring in Mechanical Engineering. As a member of the 34th Cadet Squadron, his "Three Degree" job assignment is squadron training clerk where he trains and upholds the "Four Degrees" in USAFA traditions.

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Carson Samuel Paul, of Douglas, earned a degree from the University of Montana College of Technology Building Maintenance Program in Missoula, Mont., in May 2010.

The University of Montana had 2,074 students who were degree candidates for spring semester 2010. The total included 118 certificates, 187 associates degrees, eight education specialists, 1,268 bachelor's degrees, 257 masters degrees, 73 juris doctorates and 163 doctoral degrees. There were 126 candidates for double degrees.

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Forest Ray graduated with a bachelor's in biophysics from Hunter College of the City University of New York on June 3 at Radio City Music Hall. He was also inducted into Sigma Xi, the Honor Society for Scientific Research.

Forest is the son of Glen Ray and Judy Macnak of Juneau and is a 1999 JDHS graduate. Forest served in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division as a medic from 2001 to 2005. Forest will be starting a Ph.D. program in biophysics at Columbia University this fall. He and his wife, Jordan Kraft, also of Juneau, currently reside in Brooklyn with their cat Mimi.

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Anna Macnak recently completed her dietetic internship through Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and successfully sat for her dietetic board exam, earning her the title of Registered Dietician.

Anna is the daughter of Glen Ray and Judy Macnak of Juneau and is a 2001 JDHS graduate. She received an AA from UAS, and a BS in nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash., in 2009. She is currently employed as a dietician at University Hospital in San Antonio and resides in Lakehills, Texas, with her faithful canine companion Sebastian.



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