In the Spotlight because: Matthew Newkirk of Troop 215 will be awarded Eagle Scout, Scouting's highest honor. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held at 7 p.m. April 29 at the United Methodist Church of Chugiak on the Old Glenn Highway. The public is invited.
In the Spotlight because: Bill Miller retired from the Anchorage Fire Department this month after 35 years of service. He was presented with an honorary gold ax for his service, and at his retirement party on March 18, guests told many stories about his years with the fire department.
In the Spotlight because: Anderson received the Spirit of Youth Award in the Service to Community category. She and other winners will be honored at the Spirit of Youth Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 19 in Anchorage.
In the Spotlight because: On Feb. 12, Sarah Smith Dickson won the title of Mrs. Alaska America 2011. The event consisted of several onstage productions, including a physical fitness segment, evening gown presentation in which the ladies were escorted by their husbands, and interviews with a panel of judges.
In the Spotlight because: Michael DeTerra attends Washington State University studying communication with an emphasis in broadcast production. He attended Mirror Lake Middle School and became interested in broadcast production after taking part in the video news program at the middle school.
In the Spotlight because: Karen Burns has been named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation in recognition of her commitment to serving the world community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is the foundation's highest honor.
In the Spotlight because: Pat Mullett led the construction of a study carrel for the Eagle River Public Library for his Eagle Scout project. He approached the library in January to see if they had any projects that he could do for his Eagle Scout project. Librarians Mary Williams and Wendy Sparkman suggested he build a quad-unit study carrel for the library. They had selected one out of a magazine that cost about $2,000, made of fiberboard and plastic wood veneer.
In the Spotlight because: Rollins, a former Eagle River resident, completed Ironman Arizona on Nov. 21. This 140-mile race covered the standard Ironman distance of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.
In the Spotlight because: Philip went the extra mile to complete an Eagle Scout Project to assist health needs in the community. He coordinated a free flu shot clinic. The Municipality of Anchorage, State of Alaska Department of Public Health and the United Methodist Church of Chugiak sponsored the project.
Melissa Lee Apodaca In the Spotlight because: as a 2008 Chugiak High School graduate, is a Native American representing the United States in the sport of women's wrestling. Her goal is to "one day become an Olympic champion while having the opportunity to represent some very important, yet tragic issues from my childhood.
Paul B. Smith - In the Spotlight because: Father Smith is the new full-time priest at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Eagle River. While new to Eagle River, he is not new to Alaska. He moved to Eagle River after living in Kodiak for the past 17 years. He moved to Kodiak in 1993 from West Virginia.