2005-2006 Laudable Lynx



Dimond High School effectively educates young people through the cooperative efforts of the entire Dimond community: students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, alumni, and school-business partners. During the 2005-2006 school year, Dimond students were awarded $3,592,000 in scholarships! Please join us in recognizing the following Laudable Lynx:

Award Winning Lynx
Drama, Debate, and Forensics State Championship
Jennifer Blankenship
Savannah Parker
Jennifer (a Dimond senior) and Savannah (a Dimond Sophomore) won the Alaska State Championship for Policy Debate. With their win they qualified for Nationals in Dallas.
History Day State Contest Winners
Hamid Nasir
Elena Coe
Mercedes Curran
Hamid, Elena, and Mercedes (all Dimond freshmen) won the Senior Paper Category, Senior Individual Performance Category, and the Senior Individual Documentary Category, respectively, of the 2006 History Day State Contest. The three will travel to Washington, DC in June to compete in the History Day National Contest.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Jazz Festival Honor Band
Anthony Reed
Brady Byers
Anthony and Brady were selected for the UAF Jazz Festival Honor Band. Anthony was honored for his performance with the trombone and Brady for the “vibes.” .
Football Booster Scholarship Award
Doug Brown Doug was awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Football Booster Club and Dimond Alumni. Any deserving Dimond High Senior Football Players and Managers who were interested in furthering their education after high school graduation were eligible for award. The selection process was based on community involvement, leadership development, personal qualities, strength, and the recommendation from a panel of judges.
Dimond Poetry Poster Contest
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Josh Burson Freshman Josh Burson won the Grand Prize for a poster based on his original poem, "Let Darkness Fall."
Karlee Brown Karlee won the 12th grade category for a poster based on "Stars" by Morton Marcus.
Austen Mersereau Austen won the 11th grade category for a poster based on his original poem, "A Math Poem."
Amy McVey Amy won the 10th grade category for a poster based on "I Have a Bird in Spring" by Emily Dickinson.
Chivonna Geanes Chivonna won the 9th grade category for a poster based on her original poem "Your Clown."
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Jae Chung Jae was chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar. This exceptional honor is accompanied by a scholarship covering all of Jae's tuition, books, and room and board for his entire undergraduate and graduate education. Jae plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Jae is a Dimond senior.

Presidential Scholars Program

Jennifer Blankenship
Katherine Lindsey
Scott Mahar
Olivia Putnam
Jennifer was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of 141 high school seniors nationwide selected for this distinction. Scott (a Dimond senior) was recognized as a semi-finalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Katherine and Olivia (both Dimond seniors) were recognized as candidates in the Presidential Scholars Program.

National Merit Scholar Program

Katherine Lindsey
Scott Mahar
Olivia Putnam
Katherine, Scott, and Olivia (all Dimond seniors) have been recognized as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Cayman Irvine
Max Miller
Alexander Morris
Erin West
Cayman, Max, Alexander, and Erin (all Dimond juniors) are among 50,000 students out of the 1.4 million students whose PSAT scores qualified them for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

American Legion Oratorical Contest

Chelsea Ray, State Winner Chelsea received a $3,000 prize for winning the state contest and will next compete in at the national contest in Indianapolis. This will be Chelsea's third trip to the national contest; in 2005 she finished in the top 10. Chelsea is a Dimond senior.
Karrsen Brannon-Young, State Finalist

Karrsen won his second consecutive district contest and finished in the top group of speakers at the state contest, earning him a $1,000 prize. Karrsen is a Dimond senior.

Meena Ganesan
Brittany Blouch
Jamie Archer
Meena, Brittany, and Jamie were top finishers at the district contest. They are all Dimond sophomores.
Model United Nations of Alaska
Justin Hurst, Distinguished Delegate, Security Council Justin was honored by the Model United Nations Security Council with its Distinguished Delegate award for his work representing the nation-state of Japan on the Council. Justin is a Dimond senior.

President's Volunteer Service Award

Katie Walther Katie was awarded a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding service to her school and community. Katie is a Dimond senior.

College Sports Scholarships

Ben Campbell Ben signed a letter of intent to play football at Saddleback Community College in California. Ben is a Dimond senior.
Anthony Davis Anthony signed a letter of intent to play football at Valley City State University in North Dakota. Anthony is a Dimond senior.
Bucky Ireland Bucky signed a letter of intent to play football at Southern Oregon University. Bucky is a Dimond senior.
Conner Kuper Conner signed a letter of intent to play football at Southern Oregon University. Conner is a Dimond senior.
Danny Moss Danny signed a letter of intent to play football at St. Mary's University. Danny is a Dimond senior.
Justin Ore Justin signed a letter of intent to play football at Western Oregon University. Justin is a Dimond senior.

Faculty and Staff Awards

Joann Pfisterer Ms. Pfisterer was honored as the Alaska Career Technology Teacher of the Year. Joann has been teaching Dimond students for 25 years. Joann currently serves as Dimond’s Career Technology Department Chair.
Derek Brewer Coach Brewer was honored as the 2005 Cook Inlet Conference Coach of the Year.
Mary Lind Ms. Lind, a longtime volunteer for the Dimond Career Resource Center, was honored as a 2006 AEA Friend of Education.

Best Buy te@ch Awards

Dimond PE Department The PE department received a $2,500 grant from Best Buy to purchase technology.

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Phenomenal Freshmen
September 2005 October 2005

Andres Ballesteros-Velasco
Charles Balog
Kyle Carter
Iris Chong
Mercedes Curran
Adrieannia Easley
Abdullah Elomari
Evan Estrada
Shane Frederick
Brandi Gum
Samoana Ingram
Sarah Lawrence
Chris Maene
Tamra Miller
Logan Sandar
Robert Suenram
Steven Summerhays
Reshelle Watson
Patrick Wood

Amy Arnone
Desiree Bax
Kevin Campbell
Sarah Chan
Sengahloyn (Joey) Choumkhammany
Elena Coe
Bentley Davis
Ryan Hanley
Ellen Holt
Ryan Holta
Brandon Nelson
Tommy Pulley
Elliot Stutzer
Vito Sua
Jessi Thompson
Geoffrey Yutuc

November 2005 January 2006

Quinton Cluff
Kalie Dickey
Madison Fitzgerald
Breanna Forceskie
Kimberly Gajonera
Sarah Germaine
Olivia Guzman
Kailee Henderson
Cody Hood
Andy Ivy
Jesse Keck
Trason Merritt
Kacie Neilson
Aaron Parmenter
Stormy Sagmoen
Jacqueline Sasieta
Eric Schultz
Marina Singian
Do So
Emilia Tifental
Kristin Wilson

Daryll Bristol
Michelle Bronson
Kristina Cain
Christopher Dunn
Bryan Gajonera
Kevin Garcia
John Groeneveld
Kim Kapelari
Ashlee LaVigne
Ardit Mamudi
Cari Masters
Donna Morgan
Arcelio Nagi
Nolan Olson
Jordan Randolph
Desiree Romann
Greg Torre

February 2006 April 2006

Kristen Ayala
Andrea Batac
Keli Booher
Brittany Brouillet
Kyle Guthrie-Kangas
Ross Houle’
Daniel Jackson
Anna Keller
Alena Koy
Alex Lutton
Marc Pacudan
Bamirse Papraniku
Flora Phillips
Eric Pringle
Alexia Rickard
Jonathan Sipin
Tufosa Tautua
Autumn Tetlow
Matt Willis

Kristopher Andre-Sam
Noelle Andrews
Caleb Asay
James Baehm
Terrell Bingham
Sara Cagle
Kelsey Close
Daniel Cox
Cole Crockett
Ashley Dove
Michael Dupree’
Vincent Gajonera
Kelci Geary
Cody LeBlanc
Amy Leece
Kathryn McIntyre
Joshua Pritchard
Kalee Rusenstrom
Kelly Vongdara
Michael Yoo

May 2006  

Toby Andrus
Victoria Bennett
Torrie Brewer
Joshua Burson
Kimberly Crow
Zach Eastlick
Nelly Fedorova
Tracy Jackson
Oriele Jones
Kris Laganson
Jayce Morris
Hamid Nasir
Daniela Sanchez
Michelle Sison


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