This spring Salmon Sisters helped support a local scholarship that was available to the graduating seniors of Homer High School. The Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship was established in 2006 by North Pacific Fisheries Association, community donors, and the Scalzi Family, in memory of Drew Scalzi who was a commercial fisherman, representative in Alaska's legislature, and friend to our family.
The underlying philosophy of the scholarship is to nurture young adults pursuing their careers in the maritime field or who are from fishing or maritime families. We wanted to help provide graduating seniors further opportunity to pursuit an education after high school.
This year the scholarship was awarded to Deonsy Konev, who will study Information Technology at AVTEC (Alaska Vocational Technical Center). Deonsy is from a fishing family, the oldest of six kids, and the first male in his community of Russian Old Believers to go on to college.
It is important to us that we're able to give back to local outlets that supported us, and our inspirations, when we were in high school. We think it's awesome that Deonsy has chosen to continue his education, and we hope his learning experience at AVTEC is a positive one.
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Rich stories, sketches from the sea, recipes, poetry, time-tested advice, knot-tying - these are just some of the elements that weave into the fishing net of our lives. We are thrilled to be contributing members of The Young Alaska Fishermen’s Almanac, a first-ever compilation that celebrates our unique, shared and cherished fishing ways of life. The Almanac captures the ingenuity, persistence, humor and passion of the next generation of fishing leaders in Alaska and shares the stories of those who fish on Alaska's wild waters.
Meet Alaskan maker and private chef, Morgan Stewart of Gypsy Kitchen in Homer AK. If you're like us and crave seafood pretty much every day of the week, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of her interview for a Pesto Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe featuring Salmon Sisters Seafood.
Meet Oceana Wills! We grew up with Oceana in Homer, Alaska. She fishes commercially for sockeye salmon during the summertime in Bristol Bay and works on her artwork the other parts of the year. Her ocean-inspired prints cover the walls of our own home and we are so happy to share them with you! Find her prints on our web shop and at oceanawills.com.