Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Audrey Kirk chosen for Girls State

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Audrey Kirk

The David Ketchum American Legion Auxiliary and its Girls State Chairwoman Jeanne Cassell have announced that Community School junior Audrey Kirk of Ketchum has been chosen as a delegate to Idaho Syringa Girls State.

The 63rd Girls State this summer at Nampa's Northwest Nazarene University is a citizenship training program at which girls learn about local, county and state government by setting up their own mock governments. At the program's conclusion, two girls are chosen to represent Idaho as "senators" at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C.

Kirk is active at The Community School, where the junior has been involved in the community service program. The daughter of George and Cindy Kirk is also involved in the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood's Youth Groups and Leadership Team.

She has traveled to Nambia, where she participated in Impact Ndola and worked with orphans and native students at Northrise University.

Audrey became interested in politics during the 2008 presidential election when she participated in a presidential debate as part of her school's mock election process.

Hailey Elementary School fifth-grade student Carter Ros, son of Brian and Margo Ros, qualified to compete as a semifinalist in the 2009 Idaho Geographic Bee sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The contest was held April 3 on the Boise State University campus in Boise.

There was fierce competition at BSU Friday for 100 young geography whizzes in grades 4-8. reported that the final two competitors were Helena Kirkland from Moscow and Karthik Mouli from Boise. Mouli, 10, a Hillside Junior High fifth grader, correctly answered the final question, which was, "Pula, a port city on the Adriatic Sea, is an industrial center and resort city in which country?" The answer was Croatia. He won a $100 cash prize and will travel to Washington, D.C. in May where he will compete at the national level for a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy."

Local event equestrian and business owner Sarah Keppner of Bell Mountain Farm has recently been chosen to receive a grant from Southern California Equestrian Sports, Inc., a non-profit organization. The SCES grant will enable Hailey resident Keppner to compete across the country at national and international level events, with the goal of culminating the 2009 season at the Fair Hill International three-day event in Maryland. Keppner and her husband Shawn Keppner plan to host a SCES fundraising barbecue this summer at their equestrian facility located south of Bellevue.

Making the 2008 fall semester Dean's List at Michigan State University was Kyle Lubeck, who majors in advertising in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. The Wood River High School graduate is the son of Jeff and Linda Lubeck of Hailey.

Army 2nd Lt. Gregory J. Abide has graduated from Phase I of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) course at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala. Among other things, the course trains soldiers to detect, identify and disarm non-nuclear explosive ordnance, and to assist with disposal of munitions and explosive devices, fuels and oxidizers. The soldier is a son of Bill and Rose Abide of Irving, Texas, and a brother of Steve Abide of Hailey.

Adriana Maniere of Sun Valley has made the Dean's List for the fall 2008 semester at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. She is a sophomore majoring in theater arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Oregon State University winter term scholastic honor roll students in Corvallis included the following local students: Marne Elmore of Bellevue, a junior in Applied Visual Arts, 3.5 GPA or better; and Lauren Morgenthaler of Hailey, a freshman in University Exploratory Studies, straight-A average.

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