May 13, 2011 • Vol. XXXIV, No. 8

Plutonic Love

Pluto gives Kait Tronrud a big hug while visiting the school during the Disney Wonder’s first cruise stop in Alaska.

Photo by Katie Emmets

Disney comes to Skagway

Characters make friends at school

Most things were normal on the first day of the cruise ship season this year.
On May 6, jewelry stores were open, buses went up and down Broadway, newsies handed out papers to passengers who were making their way into town.
But something drastically different happened:
Mickey Mouse disembarked.
The Walt Disney Company has spent the last several years putting together an Alaskan Cruise after many of its patrons expressed an extreme want for a northern itinerary to be added.
Disney worked with local Skagway tourism businesses for months to create special shore excursions, which are tailor-made to and exclusively for families on its ship. According to the Disney Cruise Line website, there are three excursion options in Skagway: Klondike rock climbing and repelling, a musher’s camp with a traditional sled dog ride, and a Liarsville experience.
But the Yukon Gold Rush re-enactors won’t be the only ones dressed up out there anymore.
Disney is offering their guests a Liarsville gold rush trail camp and salmon bake featuring exclusive “Disney Characters.”
“Take part in fun scavenger hunt around Liarsville Gold Rush Trail Camp, before trying your luck in gold panning joined by some of your favorite Disney Characters,” the website reads.
Disney guests are welcomed to participate in other excursions and activities around town, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is now prepared for the volume of children Skagway will be seeing this summer with its own Junior Ranger Activity Center in the Pantheon Building as part of a NPS initiative to reach children, said Cindy Von Halle, chief of interpretation.
In the activity center, kids will have the opportunity to dress in gold rush period clothing, find out the difference in supplies used in the late 19th century and supplies used in present day, and they will also be able to check out a backpack full of items used to explore town with binoculars and an information binder. The backpack even has a deck of cards in it, so kids can learn a card trick of their own – just like Soapy Smith.


“We gave out 30 Junior Ranger badges on the day of the first Disney ship, and we usually give out about 50 badges per week,” Von Halle said. “So we’re off to a good start with Mickey.”
While cruise ship kids were learning about the town’s history on Friday, the town’s kids were meeting Disney characters who came to the Skagway School.
Disney Cruise Line representative Barda Kosovrasti took Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Chip and Dale to the school to meet the students. The elementary school along with some younger children, older children and children-at-heart, filled the Skagway School gymnasium and got to hug each character and give them a high fives and kisses.
In 2010, Disney Cruise Lines logged in 4,500 hours of community service in total throughout all of their ports of call, which include the Mexican Riviera, the Bahamas and Europe.
Although there are many other things they could be doing while in port, the crew really enjoys and looks forward to getting out in the community and giving back some of their time, Kosovrasti said.
“This is the crew’s off time,” she said. “This is the time they get to explore the ports or shop if they need something or nap before they work at night.”
Kosovrasti said the cruse line has done beach clean-ups and painted murals for hospitals.
Bringing the characters to the Skagway School was a unique experience for the Disney employees who participated because the school’s numbers are so small. Instead of showing up and walking around to make sure everyone got a chance to see them, the characters got a lot of time to play with the students on an individual level.
But this experience isn’t just for children.
Disney Wonder Captain Thord Haugen said he feels fortunate be sailing the Alaskan waters.
“Alaska is kind of an iconic name,” Haugen said. “It is one of the last clean, nice places in the U.S. that has really pristine nature.”
An Alaska destination has been a pressing request from repeat cruise goers for many years, Haugen said, but Disney didn’t start the planning for it until about three years ago.
Haugen said that most of the crew, including himself, are excited to get out into the town of Skagway, explore a little and get up to some of Skagway’s lakes.
As a part the cruise ship tradition for first-time-ships in port, the cruise line invited some of Skagway’s officials and tour directors aboard the Disney Wonder to take a tour, thank each other for business and exchange gifts.
Skagway Tourism Director Buckweat Donahue was among the Skagwegians who exchanged a token of thanks.
Donahue, who loves Mickey Mouse, said he thinks the Disney Cruise Line coming to Skagway is great for both the town’s economy and it’s people.
“It didn’t matter what country, race or nationality everyone was when the Disney ship came to port for the first time,” he said, adding that everyone was excitedly asking if Mickey was coming into town. “For once, we were all on the same page and it was all because of some cartoon characters.”
A month before the Disney Wonder made its first port in Alaska, Disney Cruise Line announced that it will be returning for the summer season of 2012.
A release from the Governor’s office stated that by seeing an additional year, Alaska will be receiving approximately 38,400 additional passengers from the Disney Cruise Line, who will bring about $40 million to Alaska’s cruise ship industry.
While he was in Skagway Friday signing House Bill 119, which will allow AIDEA to bond up to $65 million for Skagway’s ore terminal, Parnell got the chance to go onboard the Disney Wonder. Parnell said the president of Disney was on the ship with his family for the first Alaska voyage of the company.
“I would like to say thank you to Disney for investing very heavily in Alaska and putting new ships here that were not here before and bringing an economic boost to Skagway and Southeast,” he said.

Above: Mickey was everywhere when Disney first came to town, from the bow of the Disney Wonder to a howling presentation of a gold pan from Tourism Director Buckwheat Donahue to Captain Thord Haugen. KE

Bonding propositions pass, some were close

The preliminary results for Tuesday’s special election showed the four bonding propositions, totaling $9 million, all passing at the end of the day.
Prop. 1 will allow for $5 million for port improvement under the Gateway Project, and it was passing and had the largest margin with 143 yes and 66 no.
Prop. 2, which would give $1 million for Skagway’s small boat harbor, was passing with 115 yes and 94 no.
Prop. 3, would give $500,000 for the library extension project was passing with 119 yes and 90 no.
Prop. 4, which would allow for $2.5 million for the Main Street improvements, is the closest call and passing with 110 yes and 98 no.
“I believe that all four projects have very good merit to them and will do positive things for Skagway,” said Borough Manager Tom Smith.
Two hundred and nine people voted in the May 10 election, but the municipality is still waiting to open the 22 absentee-in-person ballots and will not have the final count until Thursday’s canvas board meeting, which was scheduled for 4 p.m. Final results will be posted on the News website Friday. – KE

UPDATE: all four passed after counting of absentees. The final gap on Prop. 4 was 10 votes.

ROTARY SNOW PLOW PHOTO FEATURE: Beautiful day for a snow plow

HB 119 signing allows AIDEA to bond up to $65M for ore terminal

Friday’s signing of House Bill 119 by Governor Sean Parnell marks the next big step toward major improvements to the Skagway Ore Terminal.
This bill will allow Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) to bond up to $65 million for this project, as opposed to the most recent cap of $10 million.
Over the past two years, Skagway has put together ideas and projects that would improve its ore terminal and has submitted proposals for the TIGER I and TIGER II grants. After Skagway did not receive any funding in the form of federal grants, Parnell put $10 million in the 2012 capital budget to go toward the borough’s Gateway Project for dock improvements. Parnell was also an instrumental part of the passing of HB 119, which will allow AIDEA, the owner of the ore terminal, to sell bonds for building out the ore warehouse and replacing the ship loader.
More than 25 people showed up to the ore dock at 10 a.m. May 6 to watch their labor come to fruition in the form of a signature.
Everyone who spoke before the bill signing touched on the creation of regional jobs, but before introducing Parnell, Vice Mayor Dan Henry told the audience that the signing of HB 119 is more than just a local issue.
“This bill will have impacts throughout this region stretching from Canada to the Borough of Skagway and south into the Lower 48,” Henry said.
But Henry also recognized impacts that the signing of the bill will have on a local scale.
Skagway is now working on becoming a viable port for Yukon ore transportation, and Henry believes this endeavor will create year-round jobs while bolstering the economy and possibly bringing in students to the Skagway School.
Southeast Alaska has lost about 20 percent of its population, since the 2000 U.S. Census and Mayor Tom Cochran thinks Skagway’s ore terminal will bring people back.
Now that HB 119 has been signed, the borough assembly was set to meet with AIDEA’s Executive Director Ted Leonard this Thursday to discuss what the next step will be.
Cochran said he thinks the first project will be building out the warehouses so the terminal can support a larger volume of ore.
“We’ve had many mining companies interested because we are the closest port to get their product out,” he said. “It is shorter from Skagway to Asia than it is from Seattle or LA.”
As of now, Skagway is a port for the Minto and Bellekeno mines, but Cochran said there are three mining companies that are seriously interested in using Skagway as their port: Western Copper Corp., Selwyn Chihong Mining Ltd., and Eagle Mine, but there are about a dozen mines in various stages of mining, producing and permitting that have expressed their consideration of Skagway’s ore terminal.
Parnell, along with Whitehorse Mayor Beverly Buckway and AIDEA Chair Hugh Short, toured the ore terminal with Dave Hunz before the bill signing. Hunz owns Mineral Services, which has the operating contract with AIDEA for running the terminal. He also is a Skagway assembly member.
After everyone put bright-blue booties over their shoes for protection, they shuffled though the men’s restroom to get inside. Hunz discussed the current state of the terminal and explained what the funding it would receive will go toward.
“When we put our feet in the ore in the building, I just saw the job potential,” Parnell said. “I am very pleased to be a part of signing HB 119.”
When Parnell was in Skagway last summer campaigning, he had a brief opportunity to see the terminal and hear the plans that were in the works at that time.
“I remember about a year ago when I was brought here, the dream was painted for me of what could be in terms of jobs and economic development,” Parnell said.
By giving AIDEA some expanded power to bond for projects, Parnell said the bill will also allow for a number of other benefits throughout the state of Alaska as well, like providing the capacity for a jack-up rig in Cook Inlet, bringing more clean burning natural gas to South Central Alaska, and financing military facilities and expanding their bases.
Parnell said after a few of the terminal’s site control issues are cleared up, AIDEA could have the bond package completed as early as six months.
Hugh Short, AIDEA board chair, said that AIDEA is really living up to an industrial development and export authority by “partnering over boundaries from Canada to Skagway to Vancouver to China to Japan and creating jobs.”
He also added that Parnell really displayed his passion and support for Skagway by taking this bill through both houses of the Legislature and getting it to the table at the ore terminal where it was signed last Friday morning.
“The governor really pushed the legislation through the session,” he said. “ This bill allows the state of Alaska to step in and create huge infrastructure projects in communities the size of 900 people, and it allows them to prosper and create jobs, so I’m excited.”

Above: Governor Parnell speaks before signing HB 119. Watching from behind are Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell, AIDEA Chair Hugh Short, and Vice Mayor Dan Henry.

ON THE ATTACK – Brandy Mayo aims her squirt gun while Kaitlyn Surdyk paddles, during a carboard boat race in the small boat harbor. It was a fun test for the high school physics class on Archimedes’ principle of buoyancy. Andrew Cremata

U.S. appeals court upholds decision to halt Juneau road

Because state and federal transportation officials failed to consider improving the current ferry system as an alternative to building the Juneau Access road in a 2006 environmental impact statement, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a federal district court decision which will continue to not allow the road project to move forward.
On May 4, the panel voted 2-1 favor of halting the proposed 51-mile road out of the state capital for a second time. Because it was not unanimous, this could possibly be grounds for an appeal in the future to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 2009, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick ruled that the 2006 environmental impact statement was both inadequate and flawed because it did not consider all possible alternatives to constructing a road. The project had already been advanced by the state under the Frank Murkowski administration and had received a Federal Highway Administration permit, but it was challenged by a consortium of environmental and community groups led by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC). It was put on hold by the Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell administrations.
After the initial ruling in September 2009, federal highway officials did not want to fight Sedwick’s judgment, but the state of Alaska decided to appeal to the 9th Circuit. Arguments were held last summer, and the decision came down last week.
Locally, the subject continues to start arguments.
Since the first serious consideration for the Juneau Access road came up in 1997, Jan Wrentmore has been against it. Every part of it.
And most Skagway residents agree with her.
In 2000, a Skagway Comprehension Plan showed that the majority of the town supported the Marine Highway mode of transportation, and in 2004, a public vote showed 62 percent of Skagway residents were in support of improved ferry service in Lynn Canal as opposed to the 38 percent who favored a road to Juneau.
At first, the road was intended to run all the way from Juneau to Skagway, however Wrentmore said the Federal Highway Administration is not allowed to put a road through a community recreation area or national park if there is an alterative – which there was. The road would have crossed the Dewey Lakes area and entered the Skagway National Historic Site.
Wrentmore, chair of the Skagway Marine Access Committee, said making changes to the ferry system by adding more day scheduling and creating boats without staterooms and large cafeterias to cut back on the costs would be more enticing to Skagway residents.
If a road were to be built, Wrentmore thinks the construction would take away from the innate beauty of the Southeast region.
“To me, it was a sacrilege to blast that much of our coast, and it would be a huge eyesore,” she said. “We live in a marine environment and we should work to make it fit our needs.”
State officials argued that even a shorter road would improve access and cut down on the cost of traveling. In its most recent proposal in the EIS, the road would start in north Juneau and end on the other side of the canal from Haines by the Katzehin River delta, where travelers would be required to hop a shuttle ferry for the remaining miles to Skagway and Haines.
On May 4, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down this plan.
According to a release from SEACC, the proposal would have extended Juneau’s already dead-end road 51 miles out of the city and would cost nearly half a million dollars to do so.
The court said the FHWA failed to consider a main argument from SEACC that the ferry system could be impacted by the road alternative displacing upper Lynn Canal ferries:
“The district court therefore properly concluded that it was arbitrary for the FHWA to refuse to consider reassigning vessels as a project alternative on the basis that it would increase costs and reduce services elsewhere when the chosen project alternative could have been rejected for the same reason. By failing to examine a viable and reasonable alternative to the proposed project, and by not providing an adequate justification for its omission, the EIS issued by the FHWA violated NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act).”
However the dissenting judge said NEPA does not mandate particular results, and said the No Action alternative in the EIS was adequate.
Mike Korsmo, assembly member and chair of Alaska’s Marine Transportation Advisory Board, shares Wrentmore’s opposition to the road and said his main reason for not agreeing with the project is because of the conditions of the would-be road during winter months.
“I have worked on the Lynn Canal for 26 years, and in my experience, especially in wintertime, there are avalanches from here to Juneau,” he said. “I wouldn’t feel safe driving on it, and it scares me to death thinking about my kids driving on it.”
Korsmo said he thinks the marine highway is a sufficient transportation mode for the Upper Lynn Canal, adding that a new Alaska Class ferry is being designed and construction could start as early as next year. It will then take 3-5 years to construct.
The 350-foot-long ferry will operate between Juneau, Haines and Skagway, and will cost about $120 million. Korsmo said the $500 million figure for the road alternative didn’t even include the cost of the two ferries the plan calls for.
“There could be road links in the future that could help transportation, but the Juneau Access project is not the one,” Korsmo said.
Although Mayor Tom Cochran is personally in favor of the road, he said he would not advocate it to the Alaska Department of Transportation because the municipality does not mirror his opinions on the project.
“I don’t really see it as much of a negative thing,” he said. “But most of the town thinks we would just become another truck stop on the way to Whitehorse.”
Cochran said that when a legitimate plan for the road was brought up in 2000, it really divided the community.
“Emotions got really high, and it was difficult to even discuss it,” he said.
Governor Sean Parnell is also in favor of the proposed road and has been evaluating options and reviewing the federal court’s decision since the project was shot down on May 4.
“We want to do this, but we want to do this right,” he said, adding that he thinks the access road would be good for community development and economic opportunities.
“It is important to pursue all transportation options,” he said. “Both a robust ferry system and a robust road system are needed.”

Skagway prefers district with Haines, come what may

Skagway residents who attended an Alaska Redistricting Board hearing at City Hall on May 4 were in agreement that Haines and Skagway should be linked in the same House district.
One of the two draft plans released by the board last month split the two upper Lynn Canal communities. In both plans, Skagway would be linked with a north Juneau House district, and this prospect also did not sit well with most local residents who testified.
Two members of the board were present for the Skagway hearing, vice chair PeggyAnn McConnochie of Juneau and Marie Greene of Kotzebue. They took testimony off and on for about two hours, and during recesses got up and answered questions in front of maps of the board’s draft plans and a few private plans that have been submitted. All may be viewed at .
McConnochie said they are bound by certain federal Justice Department rules such as “one person, one vote.” Districts must be near a target population of 17,775, within plus or minus five percent. They must be contiguous and relatively compact. There must be no gerrymandering, and they must comply with the U.S. Voting Rights Act. To this end, the board has seen a need to have nine districts statewide that have at least 35 percent Alaska Native representation.
“Thirty-five percent is not arbitrary, but it worked last time,” McConnochie said.
One of these districts would remain in Southeast, but this has become more difficult with Southeast going from five House districts to four because of statewide population shifts. McConnochie said she drew the Southeast maps for the board. The new proposed Southeast “Native district” stretches from Saxman to Yakutat, including all of the predominantly Native villages and communities. One alternative includes Haines.
Skagway, because its Native population is around 6 percent, so far has not been included in most plans that would resemble the representation it has in the current House District 5 under Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Haines) and Sen. Albert Kookesh (D-Angoon). However it was noted that Skagway has an active village council that works well with others in the region.
Only one new private plan, from the head of the Republican Party, comes close to including Skagway in a rural district, but it also brings in Petersburg and Wrangell. A RIGHTS Coalition alternative supported by the Democratic Party proposed a mostly northern SE district with north Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Gustavus, Hoonah, and Yakutat; a previous version looked like it dropped Hoonah and stretched up to McCarthy and Copper Center.
During testimony, many said they were happy with the current representation with other small SE communities and feared that being lumped into a Juneau district would cause Skagway to lose its rural voice.
“Something that may be of benefit to Juneau may not be beneficial to Skagway,” said Assemblyman Tim Cochran.
“To be joined at the hip of north Juneau does not serve our long-term best interest,” added Borough Manager Tom Smith.
But Mavis Irene Henricksen said that Skagway had good representation when combined with Juneau in the 1970s, when she was on city council. She said she preferred districts to be fairly compact instead of strung out across Alaska.
Assemblyman Mike Korsmo said that the board’s draft maps looked like there was a potential for gerrymandering. Four of the five members are Republicans.
“To be separated from Haines does not make sense to me,” he said, noting that the two communities have passed a joint resolution saying they want to be together because of shared port interests and hydroelectric projects. “Overall (the draft plans) take a bite out of rural Alaska,” he said.
Fellow Assemblyman Paul Reichert said, “Our goals as a municipality are more in line with communities such as Haines.”
Others echoed those sentiments. Dennis Bousson said Skagway should be in a district with “communities of similar status,” Liz Lavoie said Skagway would be “crowded out” in a Juneau district, and Randy Wiley said Haines and Skagway are like “sister cities” that should not be separated. Tim Bourcy, Jan Wrentmore and Charlotte Jewell said Skagway needs the fair representation it gets in a rural district.
“Do we look like a suburb of Juneau?” Wrentmore asked the board.
Korsmo on a second turn at the mike said if it is inevitable that Skagway would have part of Juneau in whatever House district it winds up in, then he preferred the RIGHTS map. “It’s more beneficial than what I’ve seen on your guys’ maps,” he said.
With all the rules they must follow, and trying to please all the community concerns, “it’s not easy,” McConnochie said.
The board is under a tight deadline. It finished its round of community hearings last week and will meet again starting May 16 to come up with a final plan that must be presented to the Justice Department by June 16. The board also is grieving the loss last weekend of its executive director, former AIDEA head Ron Miller, who died unexpectedly from a heart attack in Anchorage.

KINDERGARTEN GRADS - Denise Caposey talks about her class, and Dr. Thielbar helps first grader Marhsall Lewis read about kindergartener Adelia Deach. KE

SCHOOL REPORT (complete report in print edition)

‘Pursuing Excellence’
2011 SHS students do it all; Surdyk student of the year

Fairbanks coaching legend Frank Ostanik has been coming to Skagway for many years to conduct summer basketball camps, so he knew the kids that he was talking to, and talking about, at this year’s SHS Awards Banquet.
“Pursuing excellence” was the theme on the program and it played right into the coach’s message. He has coached UAF teams and now runs the girl’s program at Monroe Catholic High School. His 3A team has twice been victim to the 2A state champion Skagway Panther girls.
Behind him were two banners made by Jean Worley that portrayed the balance of academics and athletics that most schools dream of: one showed the “Repeat” state champion girls basketball team, and the other the region and state champion Robotics team.
“Excellence in anything should be applauded and appreciated,” Ostanik said.
He drew on a personal experience. He was flipping through TV channels one day and landed on David Letterman’s show which featured violinist Iztak Perlman. Except for a year of piano lessons, Ostanik had no musical training, and no reason not to keep channel surfing, but he stopped and watched the greatest violinist in the world. “It was mesmerizing.”
To get to that point of excellence takes a lot of work, he noted, but it also takes overcoming a “fear of failure” and finding something that you love to do.
He offered another illustration of a college history professor who was late for class one day because he had slipped on the ice outside. It was obvious he had a broken arm. A student offered him a ride to the hospital, but the professor asked to wait a few minutes so he could tell them about FDR. More than a half hour later, the professor stopped lecturing and said he would take that ride.
“I thought, ‘that guy really loves what he does,’” Ostanik said.
He closed by saying kids have opportunities to enjoy excellence all throughout life, but no one achieves it on their own so “give thanks to those who made it possible.”
The Skagway network of people who help kids was thanked throughout the night as awards were presented, from the late Don Hather to the cooks in the kitchen and the clean-up crews.
Many of the major awards of the night were presented to Kaitlyn Surdyk, who received Student of the Year, the George Thiel Award for best scholastic athlete, and Female Athlete of the Year, which she shared with Jesse Ellis.
Victor Marshall Awards for perfect 4.0 grade point averages went to Surdyk, Jade Cook, Lisa Buschmann, Alexis Grieser, Monica Harris, and Brandy Mayo.
The Principal’s Award for the most inspired and improved student went to KC Mayo. Male Athlete of the Year was Danny Moore.

The Skagway School Winter Weezers team poses with the Egyptian team at the World Robotics Jamboree in St. Louis. Vivian Meyer

Here are the other awards:
Attendance: Perfect - Amanda Hoover; 3 absences or less - Jade Cook, Zack Wassman, Lisa Buschmann, Anna Korsmo.
Superintendent’s Honor Roll: Denver Evans, Gavin Murphy, Kiara Selmer, Taylor Carlson, Zoe Wassman, Rosalie Westfall, Jade Cook, Hannah O’Daniel, Zack Wassman, Airk Cochran, Amanda Hoover, Riley Westfall, Lisa Buschmann, Jesse Ellis, Alexis Grieser, Monica Harris, Brandy Mayo, Kaitlyn Surdyk.
Honor Roll: Alex Ackerman, Colton Belisle, Hailey Jensen, Trevor Cox, Trysten Burnham, Donovan Henson, Nick Ackerman, KC Mayo, Cora Jacobi, Polly Brown, Jayce Ellis, Anna Korsmo, Rori Leaverton, Danny Moore, John Doland, JR Madden, Sam Madden, Kaylie O’Daniel.
Robotics: Zoe Wassman, Rosalie Westfall, Trevor Cox, Denver Evans, Hailey Jensen, Gavin Murphy, Kiara Selmer, and Riley Westfall (mentor).
English: Alexis Grieser.
Math: Jesse Ellis, Alexis Grieser, Kaitlyn Surdyk, John Doland.
Social Studies: Jade Cook, Amanda Hoover, Riley Westfall, Jayce Ellis.
Science: Trysten Burnham, Hannah O’Daniel, Airk Cochran, Jayce Ellis, Kaitlyn Surdyk.
Student Council: Brandy Mayo (president), Rori Leaverton (VP), Kaylie O’Daniel (sect.), Polly Brown (treas.); class reps. – Jesse Ellis, Kaitly Surdyk, Anna Korsmo, Riley Westfall, Jade Cook, Rosalie Westfall, Taylor Carlson, Gavin Murphy.
DDF: Brandy Mayo, Alexis Grieser, Jade Cook.
J-High Basketball: Co-captains- Zoe Wassman, Gavin Murphy; Supportive- Trevor Cox; Improved- Alex Ackerman.
Cross-Country and Track: Spirit- Rori Leaverton; MVP- Kaitlyn Surdyk; Special Award- Jake Grieser.
Volleyball: Co-captains- Kaylie O’Daniel, Jesse Ellis; Most Improved- Polly Brown; MVP- Kaylie O’Daniel, Jesse Ellis.
Girls Basketball: Co-captains: Kaylie O’Daniel, Jesse Ellis, Kaitlyn Surdyk; Most Improved- Polly Brown; MVP- Jesse Ellis.
Boys Basketball: Most Improved- KC Mayo; Co-captains- John Doland, JR Madden; Inspirational- Devin Fairbanks; MVP- Danny Moore.