Students recognized for excellent attendance


November 2, 2015


The following news releases were shared by school business partners to recognize the efforts of students with excellent school attendance.



Media Contact:

Liz Baker



‌ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Two students were surprised today as they were recognized as the first quarter winners for the Drive for Perfect Attendance Recognition Program. Elise Oelke from Dimond High School won 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles courtesy of GCI. A group of committee members, Anchorage School District staff, members of the media and family members crowded into her second period class and made the presentation. Najma Ibrahim from Clark Middle School was brought on stage during the lunch period and presented with an iPad from GCI. In addition, Najma won a party from For Fun Alaska that includes a giant inflatable obstacle course and pizza for his entire class. 


First quarter attendance Dimond HS winner     First quarter attendance winner Clark MS

‌“As an employer, GCI values the dedication it takes to earn perfect attendance. We are happy to recognize these hard working students. This is a fun way to bring attention to the importance of coming to school every day.” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Paul Landes. “The GCI team is happy to continue rewarding the effort of local students as we enter the third year of the Drive for Perfect Attendance.”


Since the program began, overall attendance has improved at Anchorage-area middle and high schools. This quarter, 3,627 middle school students earned perfect attendance. In addition, 2,324 11th and 12th graders have perfect attendance are still in the running for the end of the year grand prize. Students who have perfect attendance for the year will be eligible to win a 2015 Jeep Renegade, courtesy of Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage, or 50,000 Alaska Airlines Miles, courtesy of GCI. One middle school student will win an Ultimate Field Day for his or her entire school as an end of year grand prize compliments of For Fun Alaska.


The Drive for Perfect Attendance Recognition Program, an Anchorage School District School Business Partnership program, is celebrating its third year and is made possible by local businesses including GCI, Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of South Anchorage, IBEW, Fun For Alaska, Saltchuk Corporation, Subway of Alaska and the Alaska Railroad.


At the end of the school year, high school students with perfect attendance will also be entered to win one of four pairs of round-trip tickets to Seward or Denali on the Alaska Railroad. Additionally, all high school students with 95 percent or better attendance will receive a voucher for a foot-long sandwich, donated by Subway.


For additional information about the Drive for Perfect Attendance Program, visit


About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,300 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at






Contact: Dora Wilson, IBEW Local 1547, Community Outreach Manager
(907) 351-8993 (cell), (907) 777-7225,


IBEW Local 1547, For Fun Alaska and Anchorage School Business Partnerships to Award Prizes to Celebrate Perfect Attendance
(Winning students will not be notified until the day of the awards presentation.)

WHAT: IBEW Local 1547, For Fun Alaska and Anchorage School Business Partnerships will award quarterly prizes to three elementary students for the Fall 2015 Anchorage School District Elementary Attendance Recognition Program. One Kindergarten or 1st grade student, one 2nd or 3rd grade student and one 4th, 5th or 6th grade elementary student with no unexcused absences for the entire first quarter are eligible to win an inflatable party for their entire classroom.

First quarter attendance recognition The purpose of the Elementary Attendance Recognition Program is to improve attendance in the Anchorage School District among elementary students. There are 11,488 students eligible to participate in this quarters drawing.


WHO: Dora Wilson, IBEW Local 1547

Cheri Spink, Anchorage School District School Business Partnerships
Three Anchorage School District Elementary School award winners, including:

  • Amariyah Tagulu-Taol: Kindergarten, North Star Elementary
  • Nyagoa Kong: 3rd grader, Fairview Elementary
  • Blake Page: 6th grader, Gladys Wood Elementary





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