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.
Firefighters worked to douse the flames of an Eagle River house fire on the corner of Easy and Lazy Streets Saturday, marshalling 12 fire units from Anchorage, Eagle River and Chugiak. The home is a local landmark, well known for the annual Christmas light show set to music put on in years past by owner David Mikowski.
Chugiak High School hosted the 2015 ASAA 4A Alaska State Wrestling Championships Feb. 6 and 7. The Chugiak Mustangs placed sixth overall, thanks to three points by 190-pound champion senior Jesse Nelson. His win provided separation from East Anchorage in team scoring during the two-day championships.
Much of the crowd was still buzzing over the 145-pound Regional championship match between Eagle River’s Marcus Amico and top-seeded Rami Pellumbi, of South Anchorage, even more than an hour after Saturday’s evening’s last title match at Chugiak High.
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.”
Mary Lochner has been named editor of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. “I’m thrilled to be my hometown newspaper’s new editor,” Lochner said. “Chugiak-Eagle River is a great community, and I look forward to working with writers, photographers and local people to help tell its stories.”
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.
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.
Perhaps in no other varsity program is the parity of classes more apparent than among those playing for the Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team. With five freshman and four sophomores, it is the underclassmen that rank superior, at least numerically, to the balance of the team’s roster including three juniors and three seniors.