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Congratulations Seldovia Graduates! Part II of V – Chaela Ogle Hilts

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

This week, we are honoring our 5 Seldovia graduates, Alexandria (Xandria), Aydana, Chaela, Kaitlyn and Taylor!  5 beautiful girls with 5 stories to share about their Seldovia experience in school and community!  This is part I of V in a series this week!  Graduation will be held at Susan B English school on May 20, 2014 at 4:00pm in the school gymnasium and all are welcome to celebrate with our graduates and families!

There is one exception as Aydana Omar will be leaving Seldovia for Kazakhstan on Monday, the day before graduation, so there will be a Community Graduation/Certificate Ceremony for her on Sunday, May 18th at the Sea Otter Community Center at 4:00pm, with a potluck to follow – and all are welcome!

Congratulations Chaela!

ChaelaThumbsUpGazette:  What is your “Seldovia” story?
Chaela:  My Seldovia story leads back to my large family. My biological grandpa grew up in Seldovia and was a successful fisherman. My biological mom and her siblings also grew up here.  Currently, I have more family members (though not blood related) that live in Seldovia, and they are the reason I moved here when I was 10. Paula and Gavin welcomed my brother and me into their home when things didn’t work out to live with other families in Anchorage.

ChaelaBabyPicGazette:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Now, as a Senior – what do you want to be when you grow up? How has that changed?
Chaela:  As a kid I always wanted to be a lawyer, because that was the dream of one of my older foster sisters. Now, I am hoping to get into some form of medicine or follow the path of working with children.  I love working with kids because they are so eager and excited about so many things, that we as adults see as simple. Its nice to have children around you in work because honestly at times it feels as if I am still a kid.

Whether that be teaching Head Start, or becoming a nurse, I’m not 100% sure.  Dreams change as you grow up and learn more about yourself.   I do know that I love to be able to help people and work with children, so I would like to pursue employment in those areas.

DevonLaurelChaelaGazette:  What are some of your favorite school memories? Seldovia memories?
Chaela:  There’s a lot of school memories that I can’t recall right this second, but one of them is when I met my sister Devon for the first time.   It was memorable meeting Devon because truthfully, at first, we did not get along. And then when we got to know each other, we became best friends. Little did we know that from that friendship my brother and I would be adopted into a very loving family.  Another memory I cherish is our East Coast trip in 2012 with the entire high school history class. We went to New York and saw the Statue of Liberty, among many other interesting and historic places. We had so much fun together.  And of course Marina was a huge part of my high school memories as she’s been such a great friend through thick and thin.

ChaelaRinaGazette:  What are your plans this summer? This next year?
Chaela:  I’m continuing to work the same job I had last summer, which is working with the children at Cha’nik’na children’s house. I am also going to be watching a little boy while his dad goes fishing and will definitely enjoy the new responsibility of that! This next year my main goal is to enjoy life outside of high school, as my plans aren’t set in stone. However, another huge goal I have is to make a successful move and to live on my own. I may end up going to college but right now I am enjoying my freedom.

ChaelaGavinGazette:  Growing up requires a lot of help – who do you want to thank? Who made a big impression on you and has influenced you in a positive way? Who deserves a “Virtual Rose”?
ChaelaRodSunniChaela:  There’s so many people who have helped me get to where I am today. My Hilts family, the Hoards, the O’Learys, the Gains, the Chissus family, my grandma Martha Ogle, Marina Chissus, Ginger Moffet, Sirena Turner, Kaitlyn Hecks, Mariah Turner, and Matt Rurka. Most importantly is my brother Hoyt Ogle who has always believed in me and been a good influence on positivity in my life.

Gazette:  What would you do with your life if you KNEW you could not fail?
Chaela:  I would definitely be a pediatric surgeon!

ChaelaBeachGazette:  Final thoughts?
Chaela:  Growing up in Seldovia has been a blessing and I am so glad I ended up where my family roots are. And no matter what people say, you’ll miss it when you leave.  I’ve been told it’s okay to not know your entire life plans as a young adult, and I am hoping that is true.  So for now, I am sticking to enjoying my new freedom and the new sense of responsibility.

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A Taste of Mali – Wednesday Night!

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Vivian Rojas
Taste of Mali

Congratulations Seldovia Graduates! Part I of V – Taylor Morgan Haller

| May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

This week, we are honoring our 5 Seldovia graduates, Alexandria (Xandria), Aydana, Chaela, Kaitlyn and Taylor!  5 beautiful girls with 5 stories to share about their Seldovia experience in school and community!  This is part I of V in a series this week!  Graduation will be held at Susan B English school on May 20, 2014 at 4:00pm in the school gymnasium and all are welcome to celebrate with our graduates and families!

There is one exception as Aydana Omar will be leaving Seldovia for Kazakhstan on Monday, the day before graduation, so there will be a Community Graduation/Certificate Ceremony for her on Sunday, May 18th at the Sea Otter Community Center at 4:00pm, with a potluck to follow – and all are welcome!

TaylorPortraitCongratulations Taylor!

Gazette:  What is your “Seldovia” story?
Taylor:  When I was younger, my dad was in the army for 13 years, so we moved around a lot, and I do mean a lot.  Before we moved to Seldovia we spent a few years in Washington. My parents came to us kids and we had a family meeting. We, as a family, decided we were going to move to Seldovia. June 28th we came off of the Kennicott into this beautiful town and that is when my life changed.
TaylorCamera I can remember getting off the boat in the car and Kaitlyn and a few other people were standing there to wave to us.  A part of me missed Washington, but a part of me knew that I was home.

TaylorTiffanyBeing in Seldovia has let me do things I would never be able to do. For example, walk around town with my friends or stay out till midnight on teen night. I remember the first year I was here, every time I wanted to go outside I asked my dad, out of habit. He finally got annoyed with me asking every day if I could go outside and he said that I don’t have to ask anymore because if I do something, it would get to the other end of town before I even got home. He knew I would be safe.

TaylorChanceLiving in Seldovia has given me wonderful opportunities. I played volleyball for 3 of my 4 years.   I attempted to play basketball my junior year and I enjoyed being the girls’ basketball team manager!   I was part of student council 3 of my 4 years and president and vice president throughout the last 4 years.   This year I am also part of the National Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Board.  Also, being in Seldovia I have been able to have a summer job every year, which is a lot of fun!  All in all, I love Seldovia and how everyone cares. Seldovia is just very homey.

TaylorYoungGazette:   As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Now, as a senior – what do you want to be when you grow up? How has that changed?
Taylor:  As a child I wanted to be anything and everything! Like any child, I wanted to be a firefighter, a doctor, a princess, (oh if only I could be a princess) a singer and a marine biologist. But I think my true passion lies in cooking.  I think it started to come out in middle school, but started showing more here in Seldovia. Through the last four years I have had the privilege of having foods class with Mrs. Bornheimer and it has been my favorite class every year.  I love to cook!

TaylorCheerGazette:  What are some of your favorite school memories? Seldovia memories? Favorite school memories?
Taylor:  Well where do I begin? I think my favorite memories always happen on volleyball trips. This year we got to do co-ed. Having the boys on the team was a BLAST! There was NO drama at all and they kept everything fun. One of the funniest things I can remember was last year when I was obsessed with One Direction. I made a cake and put a lot of decorations on it, and in the corner of the cake I put 1D on it. The whole cake was eaten except the part that said 1D! Everyone teased me about it for like 2 weeks!

TaylorDadAnother one of my favorite memories in school was when Seth and Kaitlyn would sing “Believe” by Cher.  Mr. Winters was our teacher at the time, and when they came to the part “Do you believe in life after love?” Mr. Winters said very loudly, NO!  I laughed so hard. One of my favorite Seldovia memories is whenever I have a bonfire with all my friends. My friends are the greatest people in the world.

Gazette:   What are your plans this summer? This next year?
Taylor:  This summer I will be working my own hot dog stand called Main Street Munchies. That is the only thing I really have planned. This next year my best friend from Washington will be moving up here. We will both be going to KPC the following year. This next year we plan on working before we go off to college.

TaylorAshleyGazette:   Growing up requires a lot of help – who do you want to thank? Who made a big impression on you and has influenced you in a positive way? Who deserves a “Virtual Rose”?
TaylorTiffanyTaylor:  I would like to thank many people. Mom and Dad, thank you for dealing with me the last 18 years. I know I have been a pain but thank you for never giving up on me even though I’m probably the most stubborn person in the house. Thank you for raising me right. You guy are the best. Jenny, thank you for everything you’ve done to help me with my photography. It means a lot to me. Ms. Montgomery, thank you for all the hard work you put into me and all the other students. You are an amazing teacher and friend! Mrs. Bornheimer, thank you for paying out of your own pocket most of the time just to do foods class. We all love that class and I am so happy you did it our senior year. Ms. Sensenig, thank you for being our advisor and helping so much with everything.

TaylorRobertGazette:  What would you do with your life if you KNEW you could not fail?
Taylor:  If I knew I would not fail I would open a small bakery/coffee shop. That is what I have wanted to do for the past two years.

Gazette:   Final thoughts?
Taylor:  My time in Seldovia was short but in the years I’ve been here I have made wonderful friends, I have learned and seen so much. Thank you to everyone who was there for me and everyone who never gave up. This is one of the saddest goodbyes I’ve had to say. I know I will see everyone around town, but this goodbye means the start of my new life, as an adult. So thank you to everyone who has helped me grow up into the person I am today. As I am writing this, my eyes are tearing up. I feel like I am saying goodbye for good. Where ever my life takes me, Seldovia will always be my home.

Welcome to Seldovia – Leif Willsson Brun

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

IMG_0402Gazette:  Congratulations Allison on the birth of your new little man!  When was he born?
Allison:  Leif Willsson Brun was born on April 29 at 11:50pm to Allison Miller and Will Brun.

Gazette:  Where does the name Leif come from?  Is it a family name?
Allison:  Leif is an old Scandinavian name meaning “heir or descendant”, and his middle name follows the Scandinavian tradition of adding son onto the father’s name, Will’s son.

Gazette:  We knew you were on the other side – awaiting his arrival, where was Leif born?
Allison:  He experienced a gentle home birth at a cottage in Homer, attended by Rite of Passage midwives Amy Reedy and Sarah Robertson.  Also in attendance were Allison’s mother, Pam Jones and sister Amanda Miller.  Leif’s big brother Bo was also present, but sound asleep!

Gazette:  How much did Leif weigh, he looks like a big boy!
Allison:  Leif weighed 8lbs., 12oz at birth and measured 21 inches long!  He does seem a bit bigger and less fragile than I remember Bo being. But of course I know more the second time around (like I’m not going to break him!), and he did cook in there 9 days past my “due date”. 🙂

Gazette:  I know you’ve got a lot of family support, who are the proud grandparents?
Allison:  By no means lacking in grandparents, Leif has a plethora to love him: Pamela and Kenneth Jones, Michael Miller and Sue Rich, Honeybee Nordenson, Will Ourada, and Christine Gloss.

Bo and LeifGazette:  How is Brother Bo dealing with the new arrival and sharing his mom?
Allison:  Bo is now 4 (and a quarter, he’ll be sure to tell you), and he is thrilled to finally be a big brother. Pronouncing Leif’s name has taught him to say his “Ls”, and he didn’t even have a meltdown when the long-awaited sibling turned out to be a boy (he was hoping for a sister).  Bo has been a huge help, fetching things and soothing the baby with songs.

Welcome little Leif to Seldovia!  We are excited to meet you!
Congratulations Allison and Will!

Saturday the 10th Bird Walk and on the 17th Algae Collecting!

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tania Spurkland
Bird Walk

Otterbahn Trail Closure due to Broken Boardwalk

| May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Sandy Murray

Broken Boardwalk on Otterbahn
Otterbahn Closure