Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 23:00

Eagle Scout

Local Boy Scout Lucas Mahi earned his Eagle Scout Award on April 9 and will receive the award during an Eagle Court of Honor on May 12.

Lucas is the son of Lahsen and Judith Mahi. He started his quest towards Eagle in 2003 by earning his Bobcat badge with Cub Scout Pack 223, chartered by The Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 9785 in Eagle River.

Mahi, who earned 32 merit badges by the time he turned 18, was part of the Alaska Contingent to both the 17th National Scout Jamboree (Assistant Patrol Leader) in 2010 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., and the 18th National Jamboree (Senior Patrol Leader) in 2013 held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, W. Va. He was also part of the U. S. Contingent to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden in 2011. Mahi and members of his troop also attended Florida Sea Base in 2011.

Mahi attended the B.S.A. National Youth Leadership Training held at Denali High Adventure Scout Base and has been inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Nanuk Lodge 355.

His Eagle Scout project culminated in the renovation of the chapel, located in the Pastoral Center for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, into their new library under the guidance of Ms. Kim Bakic.

Mahi is a fourth generation Eagle Scout following in the footsteps of his Greatgrandfather, Joe A. Juncker; grandfather, Kip Maxwell; and Father, Lahsen Mahi.

He will graduate from Eagle River High School this May and will be attending Southern Utah University to study nursing and eventually earn his advanced nurse practitioner degree.


Scholar program

Paul Gabrys of Eagle River was one of 24 University of Rochester students accepted into the Take Five Scholars Program.

The program enables select undergraduates to enroll for a fifth year of study tuition-free.

Gabrys, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, will do coursework on the theme of homosexuality and the Catholic Church.

He is the son of Bruce Gabrys and Theresa Gabrys and a graduate of Chugiak High School.


Writing winner

Congratulations to Eagle River High School senior Jacob Fairbanks, who placed Honorable Mention in the F Magazine’s Alaska Statewide Youth Art and Writing Competition in the novel excerpt category.


Military graduation

Air Force Airman Jessica Nieto graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Nieto is the daughter of Lorie Nieto of Eagle River and a 2011 graduate of Eagle River High School.

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