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Spring Creek woman awarded aviation scholarship

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Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Sauveur and Julie Elizagoyen Memorial Aviation Scholarship winner Sarah Amerigian stands with with committee members/flight instructors Jim Carragher (left) and Joe Jarvis.

ELKO – Spring Creek native Sarah Amerigian has been awarded the 2021 Sauveur and Julie Elizagoyen Memorial Aviation Scholarship. She becomes the eighth recipient of the scholarship, which pays up to $7,500 of the cost of earning a private pilot’s license.

Sarah is the daughter of Seth and Roxanne Amerigian of Spring Creek. She graduated from Ruby View Christian Homeschool and is attending Great Basin Community College.

She became interested in aviation while watching helicopters draw water from South Fork Reservoir to combat wildfires. She then began looking for flight training opportunities.

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Her exploration led her to Silverhawk Aviation in Idaho for a demonstration ride, an experience that cemented her interest in a flying career.

Sarah has been accepted for the aviation program at the Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon, and expects to start in the fall of 2022. She hopes eventually to fly for the Nevada Department of Wildlife or Division of Forestry, or in some capacity connected with agriculture.

The memorial scholarship was established in 2013 by Norma Elizagoyen to memorialize the lives of her husband, Sauveur, and daughter, Julie, both private pilots who shared a passion for flying. Norma died shortly after establishing the scholarship.

PACE Coalition manages the scholarship. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee of flight instructors and a PACE representative.

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This PowerPoint talk will feature photos of the scenery, wildlife, birds and flowers that she and her husband Mark saw on the trip. It will include range maps for the birds that were seen, and she will discuss how many of these birds that breed in the far northern tundra of Alaska migrate through our area in the spring, fall or both.

Ports will also include interesting facts from their life histories. "We hope you can join us virtually for this presentation," she said.

Due to the high positivity rate for Covid-19 in our area the officers and board members for Bristlecone Audubon have decided that it is best to hold virtual meetings for at least the next few months.

The group will be using Zoom as its platform. If you would like to be sent a link for this program, email bristleconeaudubon@gmail.com before Thursday.

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