The quizzical look on Jeff Kaslers (right) face is from wondering where hell pack his parting gift unwrapped by wife Lori and Superintendent Michael Dickens.
Learning and memories: Awards Night 2003
By LUCIE STRAUB
Awards Night at Skagway School was an emotional one. People cried, shared memories, and imparted lessons learned to the crowd.
Guest speaker Jeff Brady spoke of attending a small school and involving himself in many academic and extracurricular activities that helped him make choices at college and beyond. He urged the Skagway students to learn who you are, learn as much as you can, and learn what you can do well.
Coach Jeff Kasler was one who teared up at the podium when he talked about the girls basketball team and how he would miss them.
Its hard to leave, he said. But we know when it is time to go.
At the end of the ceremony, Superintendent Dr. Michael Dickens presented the Kaslers with a stained glass mural of Face Mountain by Debbie Ackerman as a parting gift from Skagway High School, and they received a standing ovation.
Jerod Moore recieves from Don Hather the George Thiel Award for the best student athlete. He also was named student of the year. And Crystal Ketterman and Kyle Fairbanks pose with the Athlete of the Year awards.
For many awards, it was a close call. The list of awards are as shown:
Superintendent Honor Roll: Brent Beckner, Ali Doland, Aaron Kilburn, Brandie Wilson, Jordan Kasler, Arlen McClusky, Jerod Moore.
Band: Most improved- Brent Beckner, Michelle Harris. SE Honor Band- Jerod Moore. Skagway Composer of the Year- Lucas Heger. Skagway Music Award- Jerod Moore; Guitar: Outstanding Guitar Award- Jason ODaniel.
German: Highest GPA- Jordan Kasler. Best Verbally- Michelle Harris.
English: Outstanding Honor Track- Jordan Kasler, Jeremy Kilburn, Arlen McClusky, Jerod Moore.
Broadcasting: Marion Huteau, Arlen McClusky.
Auto I&II: Most Likely to become inventor- Max Jewell. Most Artistic with Paint- Savannah Ames. Most Likely to Become Manager- Cory Belilse. Most Creative & Resourceful- Scott Lesh. Most Likely to Be Renowned Mechanic- Tyler Cochran.
Math: Most Improved- Michelle Harris. Outstanding Geometry- Jordan Kasler. Student of the Year- Thomas Knorr.
Science: Most Outstanding- Brent Beckner, Jordan Kasler.
Social Studies: Most Outstanding- Jordan Kasler.
Technology: Edgars Outstanding Student- Rory Belilse, James Mosely, Lucas Heger. Edgar Most Technologically Challenged- Crystal Ketterman, Cory Belisle.
Cross Country: Most Improved- Tiffany Potter, Jordan Kasler. Most Outstanding- Candi Ketterman, Kyle Mulvihill.
Volleyball: Most Improved- Lucie Straub. MVP- Colleen Ketterman. Most Inspirational- Candi Ketterman.
Wrestling: Most Improved- Crystal Ketterman. MVP-Kyle Fairbanks.
Cheerleading: Captain- Kortney Downen.
Girls Basketball: Most Improved- Audrey Neitzer. Most Inspirational- Michelle Harris. MVP- Savannah Ames.
Boys Basketball: Most Inspirational- Kyle Fairbanks. Most Improved- Scott Lesh. MVP- Jarrett Brown.
Athletes of the Year: Crystal Ketterman, Kyle Fairbanks.
George Thiel Memorial: Jerod Moore, best student athlete.
Victor Marshall Award for best G.P.A.: Jordan Kasler, Jerod Moore.
Principals Award for overall improvement- Michelle Harris.
Student of the Year: Jerod Moore.
Connor Kasler chosen for SE Alaska AAU team
After school lets out next week, Skagway sixth grader Connor Kasler will jet to Reno, Nevada with his dad Jeff to participate in the Northwest Region AAU tournanment. Kasler will be on a squad of Southeast Alaskan sixth graders that his dad will help coach.
Soccer coming back to the school yard
Skagway Community Education is sponsoring a soccer program starting Monday, May 19. Soccer will be played on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the yard between the multipurpose room and the ball field at the school.
Skagway Basketball Camp next week
The annual Skagway Basketball Camp will be held May 26-29 at the school gym for children in grades 3-12. Cost is $20 per child or $40 for two or more from the same family.
For more information or to sign up, contact Community Ed. director Pat Taylor at 983-2962.