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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
I know we've all been busy voting in the Readers' Digest contest - but if you have a little clickable energy left please cast some votes for the kids at the Kokhanok School.

As registrar of students for the district, I can promise you that these are outstanding kids. Kokhanok is a Bush village with a population of around 180 - for the school to have made the top 10 in a nation-wide competition is pretty amazing. But the end of the voting is drawing near and we need more help to pull this off.

So. . . .

!!! Vote for Kokhanok !!! !!!

Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest is giving away $1,000,000 in technology grants to schools around the country and you can help make a difference! Go view videos created by the schools and vote for your favorite.
https://pages.samsung.com.../index.jsp

Kokhanok Students Need Your Help Now
Margaret Bauman
Alaska Newspapers Inc
Jan 19, 2011
http://alaskadispatch.com...r-help-now

Where is Kokhanok?
http://www.commerce.state...e=Kokhanok
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11888) 11 years ago
Done. I also signed a petition today to save NPR. I've been a busy little Liberal.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Thanks Amorette.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+15076) 11 years ago
Done.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
And Thanks to you as well ; -)
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Posted by Tim Miles (+470) 11 years ago
Put my five in for today.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6170) 11 years ago
Done.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Many Thanks. . . .
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Posted by Jody Collis (+222) 11 years ago
I voted too!
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Many Thanks. Remember to vote early and vote often ; -)
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Posted by TDF (+160) 11 years ago
Done
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Posted by Stone (+1590) 11 years ago
Done
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Posted by Bill Freese (+473) 11 years ago
Thanks. I was having a hard time not voting every morning after the RD contest ended. This helps.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11888) 11 years ago
Those of us with obsessive compulsive disorder are glad to vote again and again!
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Thanks folks - we're coming down to the wire. Just a few days left and the kids will know if they've won.
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Posted by Bill Freese (+473) 11 years ago
Five successful votes. So, when this one is over, what are we all voting for?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Voting ends Friday.

The prize?

Grand prize is a free trip to New York City for six middle school students from the school, plus tens of thousands $$ to be spent on science programs at the school.

Lesser prizes involve the tens of thousands $$ to be spent on science programs at the school.

Voting counts for 40% in the competition and the actual science project the kids pulled together counts for 60%.

Kokhanok has been slipping in the vote tally as the contest winds down - but we are still hoping the kids will win one of the lesser prizes. The top vote getting school has over 1,600 students - Kokhanok currently has 35 students total, pre-k through 12.

Even though our school district is the size of West Virginia, we only have around 360 students in our 13 schools : -)

!!! Vote for Kokhanok !!! !!!
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Posted by cyndie (+345) 11 years ago
Last day of voting. I did.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Many thanks everyone who voted for Kokhanok.

Finalists in the competition have been announced and Kokhanok made the top five !!! : -) !!!

The grand prize winner will be announced the first week in April. The grand prize includes a trip to New York for three students and their teacher - the school will receive around $155,000 in science & math related hardware and software.

The four runners up schools will receive around $80,000 in science & math related hardware and software.

Again, Many Thanks : -)
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1664) 11 years ago
Sweet!
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11888) 11 years ago
YAY!!!!!!

We may be a crazy bunch but we can click with the best of them!!!!!
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Posted by Bill Freese (+473) 11 years ago
Science and math hardware and software? Can you build a swimming pool with that?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10030) 11 years ago
Kokhanok School did not win the grand prize in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow science and math contest. The grand prize went to West Salem High School, Salem, OR.

However, for placing in the top five, the Kokhanok kids received a free, three day trip to New York City, and a technology package for their school valued at $80,000. Both of Alaska's Senators spent the evening of the awards banquet with the students. Students from a NYC public school made contact with the kids and took them a tour of the City. And they got to meet John Legend (doesn't mean much to me, but I guess it was a big deal for them).

Not only was Kokhanok the smallest school to make the Top 5 finalist list (enrollment: 34 PK-12), theirs was the only entry by middle school students to make it to the finals. Not too shabby, eh?

If you not saw the video of their project, it can be found here: http://pages.samsung.com/...lists.html

Again I want to thank those who voted for the kids.
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Posted by Rick Kuchynka (+4457) 11 years ago
Hey, no problem Hal. As you know, I'm fairly Republican so I'm used to voting for a few Kokhanokers every now and again.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11888) 11 years ago
YAY for Hal and his kids! Pretty impressive for a school with an enrollment of 34!
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