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Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School March Issue 1 2015

Students conduct DNA research at Chugiak High School

Forget dissecting frogs in science class. Students in the BioTAPP program at Chugiak High School are conducting original biotechnology research. The program’s acronym stands for Biotechnology Training and Preparatory Program, and it’s one of a kind in Alaska, said instructor Aaron Kallas. “I thought it would be important for the emerging need for medical professionals and bio technicians within the state of Alaska,” Kallas said.

CHS team wins history award for documentary February Issue 4 2015

CHS team wins history award for documentary

A trio of Chugiak High School sophomores won the senior division of the Anchorage History Day competition Feb. 14 for their documentary on the life of Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett. The event was part of the National History Day Competition. It also garnered the team a $250 prize from the Cook Inlet Historical Society in commemoration of the Anchorage Centennial.

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof February Issue 4 2015

Gruening students perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ spoof

During rehearsal last week for the Gruening Middle School production of “Juliet… Where Are Thou?” eighth grader Ian Burdick wore a red dress, his naturally deep voice transformed into a screech as he performed his lines from behind a red fan, fluttering his eyelashes for an overdone feminine effect.

Students take the lead in parent conferences February Issue 3 2015

Students take the lead in parent conferences

Gone is the long wait outside the classroom for middle school students while their parents or guardians talk with teachers during parent conferences. Instead, the Anchorage School District is moving to a student-led model.

Fleischhacker to state spelling bee February Issue 2 2015

Fleischhacker to state spelling bee

When fifth-grader Hunter Fleischhacker heard the word “sesame” announced as the one he’d need to spell correctly to win the Birchwood ABC Elementary School spelling bee, he thought of the popular preschool television show.

Culinary honors for Chugiak February Issue 1 2015

Culinary honors for Chugiak

Chugiak ProStart students competed in the Alaska ProStart Culinary Invitational Competition on Jan. 31. For the fourth year in a row the Chugiak Management Team earned a first-place award and the opportunity to represent Alaska at the National ProStart Invitational Competition being held in Anaheim, Calif., in April. Each team member earned over $30,000 in scholarships. The team designed and presented a business plan for a new restaurant they call “Wrap It Up.”

Student shares honor with friend, classmate January Issue 5 2015

Student shares honor with friend, classmate

He gave the medal he earned to a classmate he said was more deserving. Nathaniel Guderian is a fifth grade student at Eagle River Christian Academy. Tall enough for his age, Guderian’s frame already hints of athletic ability. He plays tennis, football and “a lot of” basketball, he said.

Local scouts take part in annual winter campout January Issue 5 2015

Local scouts take part in annual winter campout

Boy Scouts from troops in the Great Alaska Council Bear Paw, Denali and Eklutna district which covers Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, Palmer and Wasilla participated in the annual Freezeere campout Jan. 23 through Jan. 25. The event was held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center located off Muldoon Road.

‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition attracts a crowd January Issue 4 2015

‘Poetry Out Loud’ competition attracts a crowd

The library at Eagle River High School was packed with students and not only the obligatory presence of parents a week ago as the school’s 10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition was held. Forget the stereotype of poets as people who page through dusty books, are eccentric societal outsiders continually in deep, reflective thought and oddly always wearing a beret.

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