When Alexa Heald came across the poem “Under the Vulture Tree” by David Bottoms, it took her breath away. “It spoke to me immediately,” she said. “It disturbed me. It really connected to me.” The Eagle River High senior and two-time defending champion recited the poem in this year’s ninth annual Poetry Out Loud School Final on Jan. 16.
The Chugiak High auditorium was transformed into a masked ball on Saturday, Jan. 11 when 10 contestants competed for pageant titles under the Miss Chugiak-Eagle River Scholarship Program.
Twenty-two Chugiak High School band, orchestra and choir students performed at this year’s All-State Music Festival held Nov. 21-22 at Bartlett and West high schools. Of those, seven received first-chair honors, including Kiana Gates (violin), Rebekah Jensen (alto clarinet), Dane Breitung (alto saxophone), David Stockhouse (tenor saxophone), Caleb Huntington (baritone saxophone), Noel Glenn (bassoon) and Mark Landon (trumpet).
The Chugiak High band presented “A Winter Concert” on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the school auditorium. The evening opened with the jazz band playing a livened-up rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” followed by Mark Landon performing a solo on the trumpet for “White Christmas” and Brandt Lomen and Dane Breitung soloing during “What is Hip?”
Cindy Lee learned a good lesson last week — life is expensive. The Chugiak High senior was one of about 50 upperclassmen who participated in the school’s Financial Reality Fair on Thursday, Nov. 21. As soon as students entered room 208, they turned 24-years-old. After they chose a profession, students were given a salary and some had spouses and/or children.
When Aaron Kallas isn’t teaching at Chugiak High, he spends his time training other educators in the field of biotechnology. And he’s doing award-winning work. Kallas earned the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award. The National Association of Biology Teachers will present the award to Kallas on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Atlanta.
Long, flowing dresses, shorter eveningwear with protruding spikes and stylish trains curving around the backs of outfits were all on display at Anchorage Museum on Saturday, Nov. 9. While there were a variety of garments — all created by high school students — each had one aspect in common.
Moments after the bell rang at 10:22 a.m., students and staff flocked to a salad bar stationed in the hall at Chugiak High on Sept. 26. At just $2 — no wonder dozens lined up to fill their bowl full of locally grown produce. Just as quickly as the surge formed, the lunch rush was over. Just like a restaurant.
In his first full school year on the job, Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff has no plans to make sweeping changes to the district’s direction.
The expression “school is your job” will take on a whole new meaning this year for some Eagle River High students. ERHS students who pass the AP exam in English, math and/or science at the end of the year with a score of 3 or higher will be paid $100 per passing grade.