Homer High-Lights

2017 Summer Update

Graduation Time!

Section of Commencement Address for 2017


It is always a special occasion when someone can honor students for a job well done and help them celebrate the completion of their formal high school education. This couldn’t have happened without an incredible staff and supportive parents. This is their rite of passage from one part of their lives to the next.


What is unusual is the sheer number of accomplishments this class has achieved. They have earned over $156,000 in local scholarship and UA Scholars, we have a National Merit Scholar finalist and one National Merit Commended student, we have several AP accomplishment award winners, we have seniors who earned volunteering awards, youth leadership awards, several state athletic champions, and so much more.


To me what also makes this class stand out is their heart. They give back. We require seniors complete 30 hours of community service in order to graduate. Many of these seniors graduating have put in hundreds of hours of community service, through coaching youth sports, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Animal Shelter and the Salvation Army just to mention a few. NHS supports one to two families each Christmas with presents and food. They also host Homer’s annual blood drive. In fact, they did such a good job, the blood drive came back for 2 more days in the spring!


When one of our students was diagnosed with cancer our students rose to the occasion. The soccer team organized a clothing sale where the proceeds went to this student. They then planned a soccer camp for young students during an early release and together they raised over $3000. The Student Council stepped up and planned a social night fundraiser and a “Pennies for our Patient” fundraiser and raised over $2500. Another senior planned a 5K run which earned $800 for this cause.


This is just a small sampling of the great things these seniors were part of that make me proud to be principal.


Douglas Waclawski

Principal

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HHS Students Participate in First Ever Graduation Walk at WHE

Even on the day of their graduation, HHS students continue to give back.

Anna Brock - Two Event Individual State Champion!

Congratulations to Anna Brock. She earned two state individual championships at the State Track and Field meet this year in shot put and discus. She is the first two-event state champion at HHS in over 20 years. Great work, Anna!
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Congratulations to the Girls Track Team on Your State Championship!

Congratulations to the Homer Mariners Girls Track and Field team for winning the 1/2/3A State Championship! We are proud of you!


Here are all of the results from the State Meet.


Girl Results

  • 1st Place – Kaylee Veldstra – 100 Meters
  • 1st Place – Anna Brock – Shot Put
  • 1st Place – Anna Brock – Discus
  • 1st Place – Cheyenne Gillette, Lauren Evarts, Alia Bales & Kaylee Veldstra – 4 X 100 Relay
  • 1st Place – Megan Pitzman, Cheyenne Gillette, Lauren Evarts & Autumn Daigle – 4 X 400 Relay
  • 1st Place – Megan Pitzman, Audrey Rosencrans, Lauren Kuhns & Autumn Daigle – 4 X 800 Relay
  • 2nd place – Lauren Evarts – 300 M Hurdles
  • 2nd Place – Cheyenne Gillette, Kaylee Veldstra, Marina Carroll & Alia Bales – 4 X 200 Relay
  • 3rd Place – Kaylee Veldstra – 200 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Audrey Rosencrans – 800 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Audrey Rosencrans – 1600 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Audrey Rosencrans – 3200 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Lauren Evarts – 100 M Hurdles
  • 5th Place – Lauren Kuhns – 3200 Meters
  • 5th Place – Marina Carroll – 400 Meters
  • 6th Place – Autumn Daigle – 1600 Meters
  • 6th Place – Marina Carroll – Triple Jump



Boys Results

  • 1st Place – Joel Carroll – High Jump
  • 1st Place – Jared Brant, Bill Rich, Jacob Davis & Luciano Fasulo – 4 X 800 Relay
  • 2nd Place – Teddy Croft – 400 Meters
  • 3rd Place – Luciano Fasulo – 1600 Meters
  • 4th Place – Teddy Croft – 200 Meters
  • 4th Place – Luciano Fasulo – 800 Meters
  • 5th Place – Noah Fisk – 200 Meters
  • 5th Place – Jared Brant – 1600 Meters
  • 6th Place – Jared Brant – 800 Meters
  • 6th Place – Teddy Croft – 100 Meters


You can follow the link below to see all of the results yourself.
https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=289244#/blog

Summer Sports Update

It is summer and that means there are open gym's, camps and conditioning going on right now. Remember, many fall sports start July 26th! Here are coaches contacts, dates when practices starts and some other important information.


Football

Head Coach - Walter Love

  • 918-899-1160
  • 1st Day of Practice - July 26th
  • Football Camp -July 17-21st


Football Cheer

Head Coach - Lin Patton & Jennifer Cabana

  • 907-299-0569
  • 1st Day of Practice - July 26th


Cross Country Running

Head Coach - Annie Ridgely

  • 907-756-1110
  • 1st Day of Practice - July 26th
  • Community runs on track (Mondays at 12:30 pm)
  • Spit Run June 24th (clinic with culminate)
  • HHS Running season begins July 26th.
  • HHS TEAM Running CAMP weekend of July 28th-31st in Seldovia


Volleyball

TBD

  • 1st Day of Practice - Aug. 2nd


Swim/Dive

Head Coach - Thaddaeus Gunther

  • 907-299-2888
  • 1st Day of Practice - Aug. 2nd


Girls Basketball Open Gym

Head Coach - Chad Felice

  • Open Gym - Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 8:00 to 10:00 am (Until June 30th)

Softball Wins Regions!

Homer Softball started the Region Tournament by beating Kenai 24-2 and then lost to Soldotna 5-16 in rain and sleet. Our girls then rebounded by beating Kodiak 18-3 and Soldotna twice, 17-16 and 12-4 to earn the first ever Region Tournament Championship. Great work Mariners!
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Softball Earns Awards at the State Tournament!

The Mariner Softball team fought hard at state but fell short. They did make Homer proud by earning the academic award and Elsie Smith was voted to the all tournament team! Great job, girls!

Dates To Remember

July 17 - Football Camp Starts

July 26 - First day of practice for Football, Football Cheer and Cross-Country Running

Aug 2 - First day of practice for Swim/Dive and Volleyball

Aug 9 - Seniors pick up schedules 9:00-3:00

Aug 10 - Juniors pick up schedules 9:00-3:00

Aug 11 - Sophomores pick up schedules 9:00-3:00

Aug 14 - New Student Registration 9:00-3:00

Aug 17 - Freshman Orientation / Open House 6:00-8:00 pm

Aug 22 - First Day of School!

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Baseball Makes Some Noise at Regions!

Homer went to the Baseball Region Tournament with great expectations, but fell a little short. They lost a close game to Colony on the first night 11-12. The team went on to beat Kenai 15-0 the next day. That same night they battled Sohi in another close epic battle, but lost 4-2. Homer had a great season and they look ready to have an awesome season next year.

Soccer Earned State Tournament Birth

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Boys Soccer Earns Academic Award

The Homer Boys Soccer team qualified to compete at the state T=tournament again this year. They fought hard but ended up losing to West Valley 0-3 and Juneau-Douglas 1-4. The boys did earn the State Academic Award. We are proud of you!

More Graduation Pictures!

HHS Seniors Earn Local Scholarships

Each year HHS Seniors earn large amounts of money in scholarships. Here is a list of some of the local scholarship our students earned this year. Of course, this list doesn't include national, UAA or University scholarships student may receive. Congratulations class or 2017.


Mary Hana Bowe - Alaska State-Homer Emblem Club 350 - $1,000.00

Heather Harrington - Alaska State-Homer Emblem Club 350 - $1,000.00

Iris Paloma Ramirez - Alaska State-Homer Emblem Club 350 - $1,000.00

Sara Malina Fellows - Alaska State-Homer Emblem Club 350 - $1,000.00

Juan Sarmiento - Alain & Daniel Reisner Scholarship - $3000.00

Annali Metz - Health Care providers - $1,000.00

Katie Shank - Health Care providers - $1,000.00

Annali Metz - HOMER Community Science -$750.00

Katie Shank - HOMER Community Science - $500.00

Malina Fellows - Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime - $1,000.00

Megan Pitzman - Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime - $1,000.00

Juan Sarmiento - Beluga Tail Nonfiction Writing - $3000.00

Johanna Allen - Bill and Liz Johnson Teacher Education - $800.00

Katie Shank - Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic - $2000.00

Mary Hana Bowe - Nikki Geragotelis (Fry) Memorial - $1,000.00

Audrey Rosencrans - Ptamrmigan Arts Visual Arts Scholarship - $1500.00

Remi Nagel - Diane Wambach "Shoot for the Stars" - $500.00

Valerie Rios - Diane Wambach "Shoot for the Stars" - $1,000.00

Lauren Jones - Karen Hornaday Award - $500.00

Emily Coble - Black Hat Award - $300.00

Johanna Allen - Mcneil Canyon Scholarship - $300.00

Juan Sarmiento - Homer Electric Association - $1,000.00

Alicia Steiner - Homer Electric Association - $1,000.00

Eric Super - Homer Electric Association - $1,000.00

Eric Super - Kenai Peninsula Admin Association - $350.00

Annali Metz - Kenai Peninsula Borough Employees Assoc. - $500.00

Paloma (Iris) Ramirez - Kenai Peninsula Borough Employees Assoc. - $500.00

Johanna Allen - Kachemak Bay Lions Club - $500.00

Annali Metz - Kachemak Bay Lions Club - $500.00

Megan Pitzman - Kachemak Bay Lions Club - $500.00

Johanna Allen - Kachemak Bay Rotary Club - $1,000.00

Seth Classen - Kachemak Bay Rotary Club - $1,000.00

Annali Metz - Kachemak Bay Rotary Club - $1,000.00

Jamie Rios - Kachemak Bay Rotary club - $1,000.00

Katie Shank - Kachemak Bay Rotary club - $1,000.00

Timothy Woo - Kachemak Bay Rotary club - $1,000.00

Iris Paloma - Rodriguez HHS Student Government Scholarship - $250.00

Alicia Steiner - HHS Student Government Scholarship - $250.00

Mary Hana Bowe - Aleutian Harvester Scholarship - $2000.00

Remedy Moskios - Aleutian Harvester Scholarship - $2000.00

Remi Nagel - Aleutian Harvester Scholarship - $2000.00

Woape Huffman - Kachemak Board of Realtors - $1,000.00

Iris Paloma Ramirez - Kachemak Board of Realtors - $1,000.00

Rowan Biessel - Masonic Scholarships Awards - $1,000.00

Iris Paloma Ramirez - Masonic Scholarships Awards - $1,000.00

Mary Hana Bowe - Homer Elks Lodge - $1,000.00

Eryn Gillam - Homer Elks Lodge - $1250.00

Megan Pitzman - Homer Elks Lodge - $1,000.00

Jacob Socha - Homer Elks Lodge - $500.00

Jared Brant - American Legion Children of Warriors $ 1,000.00

Woape Huffman - American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 $ 500.00

Annali Metz - Oiler's Baseball Athletic Scholarship $ 1,000.00

Eryn Gillam - ASEA Kachemak Bay Chapter - $750.00

Emily Coble - Vicki Hodnik Awards - $500.00

Izabelle Hagge - Vicki Hodnik Awards - $500.00

Chloe Adkison - Youth Orchestra String Award - $100.00

Eric Super - Ken Fisher Memorial Scholarship - $1800.00