News Release

May 7, 2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Anchorage School District Attendance Recognition Program finished out the 2014-15 school year with 603 middle school students posting flawless attendance records. The program for middle schoolers is made possible by local businesses GCI and For Fun Alaska. Each quarter, one middle school student was chosen to receive a prize in recognition of their attendance achievement. 

On Wednesday, May 6, the 2014-15 grand-prize winner Catherine “Katie” Blankenburg, a seventh grader at Wendler Middle School, was surprised with an iPad from GCI and a party for up to 30 friends hosted by For Fun Alaska.  Her parents are very supportive and said, “Katie is in perfect health and we encourage her to strive for perfection.”

“GCI is proud to be part of such an important program and wants to encourage students to take initiative for their own attendance, even at the middle school level. Rewarding the effort these students are making is something we are happy to do, and we look forward to seeing this program continue to grow,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Paul Landes. 

According to the Anchorage School District, 603 middle school students had perfect attendance, and 3,621 had an attendance of 95 percent or better. While this is the second year of the Attendance Recognition Program, it is the first school year that middle school students are eligible to participate. GCI will award all middle school students who achieved attendance of 95 percent or better with a certificate of achievement. 

Attendance is a critical factor to students’ success in school, and also later in the workforce. For additional information about the Attendance Recognition Program, visit

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,300 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at

Media Contact:
Stephanie Plieness