Hailey Summers, of Juneau, was recently awarded the Alaska Air Carriers Association 2008 Forrest Jones Scholarship. Taking a career match test at Juneau-Douglas High School created a profile for Summers, which included aerospace engineering.
Hailey researched the profession and in one article read the line, "If you instinctively look up when you hear an airplane, you know you have the aerospace bug."
"This line sparked my interest because it described me exactly," Summers, who graduated from JDHS in 2008, said.
Dale Bontrager, one of Hailey's teachers at JDHS wrote that Hailey is "an adept manager of her time. She maintained a 3.6 GPA (taking primarily advanced classes) while participating in various time-consuming extracurricular activities such as volleyball, nationally competitive jump rope, and music (she is an accomplished flautist)."
The Alaska Air Carriers Association scholarship committee commends Hailey for her demonstrated self-motivation, hard work, and willingness to tutor others. Bontrager stated that Hailey served as a Peer Tutor and "was able to use her very substantial knowledge of science to help struggling freshmen succeed in their physical science class. She assisted students in understanding what, for many freshmen, are difficult concepts."
"Hailey Summers is in her 10th year of participation as a Juneau Jumper and is part of an elite team of five members who are on a quest for the world stage," wrote Kimberly Pierce, a career adviser at JDHS.
Last year, wrote Barbara Conant, a counselor at JDHS, "Hailey traveled with a group of her peer jumpers to Anchorage to teach, encourage, and coach more than 50 grade school kids in the skills of jump roping. With patience and a great deal of personal enjoyment, she was able to organize a weekend clinic to promote jump roping as a sport and lifelong skill."
Conant works with many students and had this to share about Hailey. "Her intelligence, affinity and acuity for math and science, maturity and, most of all, willingness to face a challenge that might push her comfort zone, all make her a strong candidate for the field of aeronautical engineering."
Summers exemplifies the attitude and commitment which the Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship seeks to perpetuate in Alaska aviation. Forrest Jones made a significant contribution to aviation in the state of Alaska during his 40 years supporting aircraft. He was a dedicated aviation maintenance professional and role model who combined innovative thinking and a common-sense approach to everyday problems. His maintenance philosophy of "fixing it right, by the book" reflected a high degree of professionalism and integrity.
Former Petersburg resident Janice Roussa recently published a children's book, "The Gang." When the idea for "The Gang" came to her, Roussa decided to give it a try.
"For me, it is a dream come true," Roussa said. "I have always enjoyed reading to my daughters when they were children. I read to my three grandchilren through the years. The joy in their eyes and the anticipation of what will come next in the book made me want to write."
Roussa's book is not yet available in local book stores, but it can be purchased online at www.xlibris.com/Bookstore.
On Sept. 11, private Richard Snow graduated from the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox Kentucky, 5th Squadron, 15th Calvary Regiment. Snow successfully completed the basic and advanced infantry training to become a calvary scout soldier in the U.S. Army. The son of Paul Snow, of Juneau, and Lisa Snow, of North Pole, he is assigned to a Bradley Unit at Fort Carson, Colo.
On Sept. 11, private Ryan Martin graduated from the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox Kentucky, 5th Squadron, 15th Calvary Regiment. Martin successfully completed the basic and advanced infantry training to become a calvary scout soldier in the U.S. Army. The son of Kim Horn, of Juneau, and Gary Martin, of Arizona, he is assigned to a Bradley Unit at Fort Carson, Colo.