Salutes & Awards

July 20, 2012

Rachel Thomson awarded Nasa Dryden Employee Scholarship

by Alan Brown
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
NASA photograph by Tony Landis
Accompanied by her parents, Michael and Jennifer Thomson, Rachel Thomson, recipient of the 2012 NASA Dryden Employee Exchange Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Dryden Flight Research Center director David McBride.

The NASA Dryden Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2012 John K. Russell Memorial Scholarship Award to Rachel Thomson.

A graduate of the class of 2012 at Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base, Thomson plans to major in kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-athletic training at California State University – Long Beach this fall. Along with her twin sister Katherine, Rachel was a co-valedictorian of her high school class, both having earned a 4.3 grade-point average during their high school years. Rachel was ranked third academically out of 103 students in Desert High’s class of 2012.

The scholarship provides $2,000 per year for up to four years for attendance at a four-year college or university, or $1,000 per year for up to two years for attendance at a two-year community college, providing the recipient maintains a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants for the annual scholarship are required to be high school seniors whose parents are among the Dryden civil service or contractor workforce.

Rachel Thomson is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Thomson of Lancaster, Calif. Thomson, a career aerospace and flight test engineer and manager at NASA Dryden, currently heads the Science Mission Directorate at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.

In addition to excelling in advanced placement and honors classes during her high school career, Rachel was heavily involved in numerous school and community activities, including Desert High’s Associated Student Body where she served as president her senior year and junior class president in 2011. She also participated in the California State and Kern County science fairs her junior and senior years, acted in several school drama productions, is a member of the National Honors Society and the California Scholarship Federation and was a member of the Seekers Bible Club.

Rachel also found time for athletic involvement, participating in or managing Desert High’s volleyball, football and wrestling teams and running on the school’s girls varsity track team, where she was named the team’s most valuable player for two years.

Rachel’s sister Katherine, who was second only to Rachel in the scholarship selection committee’s rankings, will also be attending Cal State – Long Beach, where she plans to major in nursing. The sisters said they are close and share many of the same activities and interests, and even plan to room together.

“We are ready to leave home, but not each other,” said Rachel.

“They’ve both worked so hard. It will be nice that they are going together,” added her mom.

“It’s exciting,” agreed Mike Thomson. “I’m very proud of both of them, they knew only one scholarship would be awarded, and yet they both put the effort into applying for it.”

NASA Dryden Exchange Council scholarships are named for former employees of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, with honorees selected on a rotating basis. Scholarship funds are raised from various council activities, including proceeds from vending machine, Dryden Gift Shop and cafeteria sales and various fundraising events.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
ALS

ALS graduates 12 Airmen

Air Force graphic by Mark Wyatt The Edwards Education Center hosted the latest graduating class from Airman Leadership School Aug. 22. Class 14-F saw 12 Airmen take the next step towards more responsibility. Senior Airman Steph...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Range safety engineer named CAFA Civilian of the Year

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Andrew Hansen, 412th Test Wing Range Safety engineer, was named the U.S. Air Force Civilian of the Year for 2014 by the California Air Force Association. The award features famous aviator G...
 
 

Victim Advocate of the month

Name: Staff Sgt. Eli Rodriguez Duty title: Project “Speckled Trout” crew chief Organization: 412th Flight Test Squadron Years in the Air Force: Seven Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz. Why did you become a volunteer victim advocate? I volunteered to be a victim advocate to become part of something that helps the entire community and helps foster a...
 

 

2015 AFA Aerospace Award nominees sought*

Air Force officials are soliciting nominations for the 2015 Air Force Association Aerospace Awards for outstanding contributions to national defense in a variety of fields. Available awards include the following: Theodore Von Karman Award *- for contributions in the field of science and engineering relating to aerospace activity by an Air Force military member, Air...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

412th LRS director retires after 45 years

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, presented Sandra Sergent, 412th Logistics Readiness Squadron director, with a series of letters of appreciation and certificates honori...
 
 
promo-graphic

Team Edwards July enlisted promotions

Team Edwards saw 36 enlisted members pin on the next rank during Edwards AFB’s monthly promotion ceremony held July 31 at the Base Theater. Congratulations to all promotees!   To airman 1st class Rachel J. Williams, ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>