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Johnson-Gray, Terry among winners in CFK contest


April 27, 2017 | View PDF

Krysten Johnson-Gray and Daisy Terry were among the big winners in the recent ‘Caring For the Kenai” contest. The two Seward students were among a handful of Kenai Peninsula high school students honored for their responses to the question “What Can I do, invent or create to better care for the environment of the Kenai Peninsula or improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?”

Johnson-Gray and Terry - both students of Seward educator Shoshana Brasher - earned a $550 prize by plaing sixth in the CFK contest. The two wrote and performed a tsunami song that was submitted to the contest.

Soldotna Prep freshman Anya Hondel took first-place honors and a $1,600 cash award in the annual environmental and natural disaster preparedness contest.

“I was trying to think of an idea but I was stuck. Science is not my best subject so I wanted to incorporate some of my passions into the idea. I love to teach and I love performing arts so my idea was to create a character that could raise environmental awareness by writing and performing a puppet show,” said Hondel.

Taking second and earning $1,100 was Angela Druesdow of Nikiski who invented a wolf yearn dispenser to keep moose off the highways.

“My plan is to install my ‘Spook the Moose’ boxes along sections of the highways that have the highest incidence of road kills,” said Druesdow.

In third and claiming a $900 prize was Bradley Walters another Soldotna Prep student. A Snow Shoe Gun Club member and skeet shooter, Walters has a plan to make lead contamination inert.

“We apply a phosphate base fertilizer that immobilizes the lead from seeping into the ground and harming wildlife,” he said.

Netting fourth and a $750 prize was was Hunter Beck of Kenai Central . Beck plans to build an outdoor platform to protect streamside vegetation from erosion so the Stream Watch program can continue. Coming in fifth and winning a $650 prize was Kimberly Trefon from KCHS, whose idea is to protect city rain drains from road run-off contaminants.

In addition to cash awards the finalists will receive the 2017 CFK hooded jacket. On Saturday, April 29, the finalists, teachers and guests will attend the CFK V.I.P Awards banquet hosted in their honor by Tesoro at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. All of the more than 400 participants that entered the contest will receive a custom battery pack for charging handheld electronic devices.

Caring for the Kenai is administered as part of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska educational programs.


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